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Fractures, Fluid Flow & Mineralization

Product Code: SP155
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by K. McCaffrey, L. Lonergan and J. Wilkinson
Publication Date: 03 October 2001
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Hydrothermal mineralization is usually structurally controlled so it is important to understand the role of faulting and fracturing in enhancing rock permeability and facilitating fluid flow and mass transfer. This is the main theme of this interdisciplinary volume and the papers included are intended to provide an overview of current ideas at the interfaces of structural geology, fluid flow and mineralization research. The volume includes some speculative but provocative ideas which should stimulate a re-examination of existing concepts regarding fluid flow in fracture systems and the genesis of hydrothermal mineral deposits. It also highlights recent advances which show the importance of the development of fracture connectivity in focusing fluid flow. The volume concludes with a thematic set of papers presenting new research results on the genesis of the world famous Carboniferous base metal deposits of Ireland. This volume is intended for geoscientists studying the flow of fluids through fault, vein and fracture systems or the genesis of mineral deposits and will be of interest principally to those involved in the minerals industry and in academia.

Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 1-86239-034-7
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-1-86239-034-8
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 330
Weight: 0.95 kg


Contents Preface • Fractures, fluid flow and mineralization: an introduction • Fracture populations: Fractal analysis and percolation properties of veins • Geometry and population systematics of a quartz vein set, Holy Island Anglesey, North Wales • Influence of layering on vein systematics in line samples • Scaling systematics of vein size: an example from the Guanajuato mining district (Central Mexico) • Fluid flow and fracture systems • Critical stress localization of flow associated with deformation of well-fractured rock masses, with implications for mineral deposits • Discrete fracture network modelling applied to groundwater resource exploitation in southwest Ireland • Prediction of static and dynamic fluid pathways within and around dilational jogs • Structural controls on mineralization • Deformational controls on the dynamics of fluid flow in mesothermal gold systems • Are gold deposits in the crust fractals? A study of gold mines in the Zimbabwean craton • Thrust fracture network and hydrothermal gold mineralization: Witwatersrand basin, South Africa • Adularia-sericite gold deposits of Marmato (Caldas, Colombia): field and petrographical data • Fluidized hydrothermal breccia in dilatant faults during thrusting: the Colombian emerald deposits • Nickel Ore Troughs in Archaean volcanic rocks, Kambalda, Western Australia: indicators of early extension • Structural controls on hydrocarbon and mineral deposits within the Kutai Basin, East Kalimantan • Irish Zn/Pb deposits: structure and fluid flow • Extensional faults that localize Irish syndiagenetic Zn- Pb deposits and their reactivation during Variscan compression • Fracture-controlled fluid flow in the Lower Palaeozoic basement rocks of Ireland: implications for the genesis of Irish-type Zn-Pb deposits • Carboniferous basin evolution of central Ireland - Structural controls and mineralization • Age of mineralization of carbonate-hosted, base metal deposits in the Rathdowney Trend, Ireland • Gravity lineaments and Carboniferous-hosted base metal deposits of the Irish Midlands • Index


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