Developments in Economic Geology, 11: Geology of Tin Deposits focuses on the principles, methodologies, and approaches involved in the study of the geology of tin deposits. The book first tackles metallogenic provinces, primary tin deposits, and tin in the geochemical cycle. Topics include tin distribution, deposits associated with anorogenic granites and passive and/or batholithic magmatic environments, deposits related with terrestrial acid lava flows, classification of provinces and province analysis, and plate tectonics and tin provinces. The manuscript then ponders on the relationship between granitoids and tin concentration, significant geological features of tin deposits and their application in search techniques, and observations on large low grade tin ores. Concerns include tonnage-grade curves of various deposit types, porphyry tin deposits, geochemical prospecting, vein analysis, tin distribution and concentration mechanisms in the igneous environment, and trace element specialization. The text takes a look at the transport of tin in the formation of ore deposits, mineralogy and aspects of the crystal chemistry of tin, aspects of secondary deposits, and economic and management considerations. The publication is a dependable reference for researchers interested in the geology of tin deposits.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgements

Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1 General Background


Chapter 2. Metallogenic Provinces

2.1 Distribution

2.2 Classification of Provinces and Province Analysis

2.3 Plate Tectonics and Tin Provinces


Chapter 3. Primary Tin Deposits

3.1 Classification of Deposits

3.2 Deposits Associated with Terrestrial Acid Lava Flows

3.3 Deposits Associated with Subvolcanic Regions

3.4 Deposits Associated with Passive and/or Batholithic Magmatic Environments

3.5 Deposits Associated with Granitoids of Deep Subvolcanic Character

3.6 Deposits Associated with Anorogenic Granites

3.7 Precambrian Pegmatite Style

3.8 Bushveld Province


Chapter 4. Tin in the Geochemical Cycle

4.1 Tin Distribution


Chapter 5. The Relationship Between Granitoids and Tin Concentration

5.1 Major Element Specialisation

5.2 Trace Element Specialisation

5.3 Tin Distribution and Concentration Mechanisms in the Igneous Environment


Chapter 6. Some Significant Geological Features of Tin Deposits and their Application in Search Techniques

6.1 District Analysis - General

6.2 Zoning

6.3 Vein Analysis

6.4 Pipes

6.5 Alteration Environments

Local Alteration Effects (i.e. Adjacent to Fractures, Veins, Pipes, etc.)

Broad Scale Alteration Effects (i.e. Apogranite Environments).

Greisenisation and Feldspathisation

Argillisation and Tourmalinisation

Alteration Effects (and Deposits) Associated with Ca-Rich Rocks

Magnetite Rich (Iro


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Reviews of the few international texts available on tin and is undoubtedly one of the most useful. It will be immediately popular with economic geologists and is an excellent reference for senior students. @source: Australian Mining