Lauren Tuffield, Postgraduate Researcher

Fertility of subduction and post subduction magmatism associated with porphyry- and epithermal-Cu-Au mineralisation in the Aegean using zircon geochronology and geochemistry

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Research Theme

Solid Earth

Project Overview

The UK has passed legislation to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This will require new geological resources to underpin non fossil fuel transport and energy generation. Porphyry copper deposits are the world’s major source of copper – a key raw material in electric motors and dynamos. They are also notable, in certain geodynamic environments, for their enrichment in a wide range of trace elements and minerals, including “critical” elements, such as Te, Pt, Pd, Bi and Sb, used in clean energy generation. Hence, in the drive for “net zero”, there will be a requirement for new porphyry-copper resources and consequently a better understanding of the key processes that result in their formation and the locations where they can be found.

Research Questions

  • How does the magmatism associated with porphyry copper deposits evolve with time in the Aegean?
  • Do porphyry copper deposits in post-subductions setting have distinctive fertility indicators compared with deposits in convergent settings?

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