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Ministry of Energy Mines and Responsible for Core Review

GeoFile 2015-9

Detrital apatite trace-element compositions: A robust new tool for mineral exploration

by M. Mao, A.S. Rukhlov, S.M. Rowins, J. Spence, and L.A. Coogan 

Apatite is a widespread accessory mineral that incorporates significant quantities of a wide range of trace elements (e.g., Na, Mg, Mn, Fe, Sr, Y, Ba, REE, Pb, Th, U, V, As, Si and S). This study shows that trace-element compositions can be used to discriminate between apatites associated with mineral deposits and those in unmineralized rocks and to identify major deposit types.


Poster presented at the annual Mineral Exploration Roundup Conference (2015) sponsored by the Association for Mineral Exploration British Columbia (AMEBC). 


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