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Cindy Lizeth Urueña

Cindy Urueña

Doctoral student

Cindy Lizeth Urueña

Multidisciplinary petro-geo-thermochronological approach to ore deposit exploration

Author

  • Matthias Bernet
  • Alejandro Piraquive
  • Cindy Urueña
  • Julián Andrés López-Isaza
  • Mauricio A. Bermúdez
  • Carlos Zuluaga
  • Sergio Amaya
  • Nicolás Villamizar

Summary, in English

The continuous search for mineral resources such as gold, copper and base metals etc. requires a refined understanding of the thermal evolution and exhumation history of potential exploration targets, as only ore deposits can be exploited that have been exhumed to the surface or near to the surface. In order to better understand the exhumation history of the ore deposits a multidisciplinary approach using single grain geo- and thermochronology double/triple dating in combination with other geochemical, fluid inclusion and petrological analyses, can significantly support prospecting for such resources, particularly in frontier areas, where little geological information exists. Geo-thermochronology provides information on the timing of initial host rock crystallization, ore deposit formation and subsequent exhumation as the thermal history can be modelled and exhumation rates can be determined. Here we present a methodological outline on which single-grain double/triple-dating techniques can be used, what sampling strategies may be applied, and how the data may be interpreted.

Department/s

  • Lithosphere and Biosphere Science

Publishing year

2019

Language

English

Publication/Series

Ore Geology Reviews

Volume

112

Issue

Sept.

Document type

Journal article review

Publisher

Elsevier

Topic

  • Geochemistry

Keywords

  • Exhumation
  • Exploration
  • Geochronology
  • Low-temperature thermochronology
  • Ore deposits
  • Prospecting

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0169-1368