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Titanite geochronology and geochemistry - Capricorn case study project (RP04-063-M436)
Titanite geochronology and trace element chemistry across the Capricorn Orogen
01 Jan 2014
31 Jan 2018
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CSIRO (Australia), Curtin University (Australia)
Taylor, Richard; Olierook, Hugo; Erickson, Timmons; Clark, Christopher; Reddy, Steven; Jahn, Inalee; Kirkland, Christopher; Barham, Milo (2018): Titanite geochronology and geochemistry - Capricorn case study project (RP04-063-M436). v1. CSIRO. Data Collection.
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SIEF Distal Footprints
The Capricorn Orogeny, in the north of Western Australia, is the subject of study in this overarching project which has been scoped to define distal footprints of ore systems under cover and how to detect them. This area of known mineral potential has received limited research attention despite that it lies between the Pilbara and Yilgarn Cratons,... more two of the most significant mineral economic regions in the world. In the area, there are some large known deposits (Plutonic, Degrussa, Paulsens, Abra), and other ore systems for a range of commodities including Fe, Au, Cu, Zn, U and Pb. The region is characterised by a complex geological evolution, a paucity of outcrop and a complex regolith cover, which together present a considerable exploration challenge. Thus, the project aims to establish the evolution of Capricorn mineral systems, within the context of tectonically complex geological history, and provide a detailed examination of the extensive cover sequences that both hinder our ability to detect ore deposits but also present an opportunity to host them (e.g. CID, channel U, supergene Au). We have aimed at developing exploration approaches and appropriate toolkits that improve the ability to prospect under cover. The approach has been to integrate regional- and lithospheric-scale datasets with prospect scale focused studies to determine and develop scale-dependent criteria for the recognition of the distal footprints of ore systems. Some prospect-scale study areas have be defined through discussion with relevant industry partners. The outcomes will not only be directly applicable to the Capricorn region but will undoubtedly be of relevance for exploration in covered terrains elsewhere. The project represents a and exciting collaboration between internationally recognized, multi-disciplinary researchers in a team comprising several scientists from the CET at UWA, Applied Geology at Curtin and the Discovery Theme of CSIRO. less
Geochemical Analysis of Titanite
Geochronology and trace element geochemistry of titanite grains using Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry at Curtin University.
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