Special Issue "Minerals Down to the Nanoscale: A Glimpse at Ore-Forming Processes"
A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2019) | Viewed by 50498
Interests: ore-forming processes; nanoscale characterisation of ore minerals; microanalysis
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Interests: economic geology; geochemistry of mineral deposits; hydrothermal systems; nanogeochemistry; sulfide mineralogy
Minerals form in all types of geological and anthropogenic environments. They often record superimposed geochemical processes as they react with fluids of various origins, or undergo tectonothermal events in terranes with protracted geological histories. Understanding their evolution in the context of mineral associations can provide evidence of how ore deposits formed, or failed to form. Such glimpses of ore-forming process can be recorded by incorporation and release of trace elements from host minerals, the degree of order/disorder in mixed-layer compounds or complex sulfides, or the distribution of nanometer-scale inclusions relative to nanopores or reaction boundaries. Understanding such aspects is paramount in tracking the robustness of mineral geochronometers, equilibrium vs. disequilibrium, mass-transport and mineral reactions in confined spaces. Nano-inclusions in ore minerals can underpin mineral formation and overprinting, or provide insights into the magmatic-to-hydrothermal transition for common ore minerals such as iron-oxides or sulfides, whether these are inherited from pre-existing protoliths, or form from hydrothermal fluids throughout an ore deposit lifespan.
Many new insights have been obtained owing to the expanding development of analytical capability at the nanoscale, including transmission electron microscopy, nanoSIMS, microbeam X-ray absorption spectrometry, and atom probe. In-situ slicing, 3D-tomography, or electron backscatter diffraction on focused-ion-beam-platforms allows unparalleled opportunities to bridge scales of observation on sites of petrogenetic interest. This session invites analytical and experimental studies demonstrating that physicochemical properties observable at the nanoscale represent important clues to elucidate the character and timing of geological processes, including but not limited to magmatic and hydrothermal ore genesis and associated alteration.
The special issue will include papers presented in the session of the same name at Goldschmidt-2018 in Boston (session 06b) but submission is encouraged to all authors wishing to publish new research demonstrating a nanoscale approach to ore-forming processes and similar topics.
Dr. Cristiana L. Ciobanu
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Satoshi Utsunomiya
Prof. Dr. Martin Reich
Assist. Prof. Dr. Oliver Plümper
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