Rock Geochemistry in Mineral Exploration, Volume 3

1st Edition

Editors: G.J.S. Govett
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444420213
eBook ISBN: 9781483289700
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 1st January 1983
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Table of Contents



Part I. General Principles

Chapter 1. Geochemistry in the Exploration Sequence


Principles Underlying Geochemical Exploration

Main Types of Geochemical Surveys

Sequence of Geochemical Exploration


Chapter 2. Crustal Abundance, Geochemical Behaviour of the Elements, and Problems of Sampling

Abundance of the Elements

Classification and Geochemical Behaviour of the Elements


Chapter 3. Recognition of Geochemical Anomalies


Background and Threshold

Spatial Distribution of Data

The "Law of Lognormality"

Population Partition

Anomalous Patterns

Soviet Interpretative Procedures


Part II. Regional Scale Exploration

Chapter 4. Regional Scale Exploration for Deposits of Plutonic Association — Discrimination Between Productive and Barren Intrusions

Element Concentration and Geochemical Specialization

Character of Frequency Distributions

Case Histories Based on Whole Rock Analyses of Felsic Intrusions

Case Histories Based on Whole Rock Analyses of Mafic Intrusions

The Use of Mineral Separates, Halogens, and Mineral-Selective Leaches

Rationale for the Approach

Measurement of Halogens and Water in Whole Rock

Halogens in Biotite

Distribution of Metals in Biotite and Feldspar

Sulphide-Selective Leaches


Chapter 5. Regional Scale Exploration for Deposits of Plutonic Association — Identification of


Handbook of Exploration Geochemistry, Volume 3: Rock Geochemistry in Mineral Exploration focuses on the application of rock geochemistry in mineral exploration, including deposits of plutonic association, volcanic and sedimentary association, and sequence of geochemical exploration.

The publication first elaborates on geochemistry in the exploration sequence, crustal abundance, geochemical behavior of elements, and problems of sampling and recognition of geochemical anomalies. Discussions focus on population partition, spatial distribution of data, abundance of elements, classification and geochemical behavior of elements, principles underlying geochemical exploration, sequence of geochemical exploration, and main types of geochemical surveys. The text then takes a look at regional scale exploration for deposits of plutonic association; regional scale exploration for vein and replacement deposits; and regional scale exploration for stratiform deposits of volcanic and sedimentary association.

The book ponders on the synthesis of geochemical responses and operational conclusions, local and mine scale exploration for stratiform deposits of volcanic and sedimentary association in Cyprus, Turkey, and Oceania, New Brunswick deposits, and Precambrian, Proterozoic, and Kuroko deposits.

The text is a valuable reference for researchers interested in the application of rock geochemistry in mineral exploration.


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@qu:The book is the best modern compilation of the tools needed in the field of rock geochemistry where geochemical exploration had and has its most convincing successes. Congratulations to the author. @source:Chemical Geology

About the Editors

G.J.S. Govett Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, University of New Brunswick