Preferential magma extraction from K- and metal-enriched source regions in the crust
We compare melting of potassic alteration zones in metamorphosed gold deposits with that of unaltered rocks of the same protolith to examine their relative contributions to crust-derived magmas and to investigate the implications for ore genesis. Potassic hydrothermal alteration, at the crustal levels where orogenic gold deposits form, stabilizes a higher proportion of muscovite and biotite than is possible in unaltered rocks at high metamorphic grades. Because these micas contain water, they...[Show more]
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