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Special Issue "Mineral Deposits Related to Mantle Rocks"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2020.
Mantle rocks host important mineral deposits that are not yet well constrained in terms of both genesis and exploration, such as chromite, PGM, and magnetite among metallic ores; and olivine, talc, and magnesite among industrial minerals. Lateritic nickel is also closely related, through pedogenetic processes, to mantle rocks. These deposits underwent a hard to unravel sequence of very different processes, leading to their present-day features. These comprise but are not limited to mantle magmatism and metasomatism, CO2 and/or water-rich fluids percolation, extensive ductile and fragile deformation, erosion, weathering, and pedogenesis.
Exploration targeting in this environment is a major challenge as mineralogical, geochemical, or structural clues are often fuzzy and misleading, and the primary picture is usually obliterated by a long and intricate tectonic and metamorphic history.
While acid mine drainage is usually not a major environmental concern related to these deposits, the presence of asbestos fibers can be important, and the peculiar geochemical signature of mantle rocks can lead to an anomalously high background concentration of heavy metals, whose release and spread can be strongly enhanced by exploitation.
This Special Issue invites contributions that can provide new insights into the formation, modification, remobilization, and environmental concern of mantle rocks-related mineral deposits. Contributions on exploration targeting and beneficiation technology improvements are also welcome.
Prof. Dr. Giovanni Grieco
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Minerals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Mantle rocks
- Mineral deposits
- Metallic minerals
- Industrial minerals
- Lateritic nickel
- Environmental concern