Saturday, May 16, 2015


Morphological Ore Deposit Types

Layered Rhythmic Bedded
Layered”, “rhythmic” and “bedded” types of deposits are formed generally by deposition and consolidation of sediments that may or may not be metamorphosed. The type of ore deposit will depend on the composition of the transported sediments. The deposits showing these features are iron ore (BHQ/BIF), lignite, and coal. The layered and rhythmic features are also developed during the differential crystallization and segregation of the mafic and ultramafic magma in a huge chamber over a prolonged time.  The early crystallization, settling and consolidation of heavy metal-rich layers are composed of Cr-Ni-Cu-Pt-Pd and disseminated sulfides +,- Au and Ag forming economic mineral deposits. The late crystallization and solidification of residual magma form alternate layers of dunite, peridotite, gabbro and anorthosite. The process repeats with addition of fresh magmatic cycles. The examples are Bushveld platinum-chromite deposits, South Africa, Sittampundi Cr-Pt-Pd, Sukinda Cr-Ni, India.

Layered Rhythmic Bedded
Layered Rhythmic Bedded
Porphyry Ore Deposit
Porphyry” is a diversity of igneous rock consisting of large-grained crystal such as quartz and feldspar scattered in a fine-grained groundmass. The groundmass is composed of indistinguishable crystals (aphanites as in basalt) or easily distinguishable crystals (phanerites as in granite).
Porphyritic refers to the texture of the rocks and suffix as granite-, rhyolite-, and basalt-porphyry. The porphyry deposits are formed by differentiation and cooling of a column of rising magma in stages. In the process it leads to a separation of dissolved metals into distinct zones and responsible for forming rich deposits of copper, molybdenum, gold, tin, zinc and lead in the intrusive rock itself. There are several large porphyry copper deposits in the world:
Examples Chuquicamata (690 Mt at 2.58% Cu), Dexing Cu-Au-Ag Distirct, South China, Escondida and El Salvador, Chile, Toquepala, Peru, Lavender pit, Arizona and Malanjkhand, India.

Porphyry Ore Deposit
Porphyry Ore Deposit
Lenticular Pipe
Magmatic segregation deposits are formed by fracture filling within the host rock or contained within them. They are generally irregular, roughly spherical, more often “tabular” or “lenticular” in shape. The width and thickness ranges between few centimeters and few meters. The length may exceed kilometers. Examples are Sukinda chromite deposits in dunite-peridotites and Balaria zinc-lead-silver deposit in dolomite, India.

Pipes may be formed by infillings of mineralized breccias in volcanic pipes e.g. copper-bearing breccia pipes of Messina, South Africa. Another common type of volcanic pipes is a deep narrow cone of solidified intrusive magma characteristically represented by Kimberlite or lamproite. Kimberlite Deposits Epigenetic Primary: Diamond Other: Kimberlite Indicator Minerals (KIM) Host: Kimberlite Process: Formed in depths over 100 km under the temperature of 900 – 1200 C and high pressure. Ideal conditions are in the old, cold, thick Archean (>2.5 Ga). Rapid igneous intrusions known as Kimberlite pipes. Best example is diamond pipe at Kimberly, South Africa, and Canada,Russia.

Lenticular & Pipe Ore Deposit
Lenticular & Pipe Ore Deposit
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