Structure and Origin of Gold Mineralization: From Primary to Placer Gold Deposits
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2024 | Viewed by 5153
Interests: mineral prospecting; geology of ore deposits; mineral prospection; mining geomorphology; geoarchaeology; remote sensing; UAVs; LiDAR
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Interests: economic geology; stable isotope geochemistry; geoarchaeology
Gold has been coveted for thousands of years due to its rarity in nature, beauty and physical properties such as durability and ductility. From the early Egyptian civilization to the California gold rush, the prospection and exploitation of gold ores has aroused considerable interest. Gold represents a reserve asset material, as a safe haven for capital in time of crisis. Since the stock market crash in October 1987, gold has acquired a notable interest for economies worldwide. Recent advances in the study of gold mineralization requires a multidisciplinary approach based on geological, geochemical, and geophysical data. The implementation of remote sensing techniques and hyperspectral images in combination with soil, water, and biologic geochemistry has led to the recognition of potential economic deposits within a variety of tectonic settings. The development of aeromagnetic surveying has also allowed for large-scale prospecting tasks in remote or difficult to access areas of the planet, improving the geological characterization of near-to-surface deposits. Studies range from the analysis of macro- and micro-scales based on traditional geological prospection and metallogenetic relations observed in new and different types of gold deposits to the advanced analysis of isotope geochemistry and fluid inclusions using the latest techniques to gain insights into the genesis and evolution of mineralizations. This Special Issue aims to contribute to understanding the origin and structure of gold mineralization using different methods and techniques. The main goal is to provide readers with a comprehensive and updated overview via studying primary and secondary gold occurrences.
Dr. Javier Fernández Lozano
Prof. Dr. Erik Melchiorre
Dr. Pablo Caldevilla Domínguez
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- gold prospecting
- biogeochemistry of gold
- geochemical analysis
- gold deposits
- geophysical survey
- remote sensing