Metal Deposits in Relation to Plate Tectonics

  • Frederick J. Sawkins

Part of the Minerals and Rocks book series (MINERALS, volume 17)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Introduction: Plate Tectonics and Geology

    1. Frederick J. Sawkins
      Pages 1-11
  3. Convergent Plate Boundary Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Frederick J. Sawkins
      Pages 14-60
    3. Frederick J. Sawkins
      Pages 61-81
    4. Frederick J. Sawkins
      Pages 82-108
    5. Frederick J. Sawkins
      Pages 109-135
  4. Divergent Plate Boundary Environments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Frederick J. Sawkins
      Pages 138-157
    3. Frederick J. Sawkins
      Pages 213-244
  5. Collisional Environments and Other Matters

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Frederick J. Sawkins
      Pages 246-269
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 282-328

About this book


I attempt this volume with no small degree of trepidation, for despite the near universal acceptance of plate tectonic theory, and the undeniable sweep and power of the concepts in­ volved, points of controversy and uncertainty still abound. This is especially true with regard to the limited extent to which many ancient geologic terrains, however well studied, lend themselves to plate tectonic interpretation. There is also considerable controversy regarding the genesis of many metal deposits, and this impacts upon the degree to which such deposits can be meaningfully related to the tectonic settings in which they occur. It is relatively simple matter to point out that certain types of ore deposits exhibit impressive time-space associations with certain kinds of more recent plate boundary environ­ ments. It is also all too easy to possible plate tectonic-ore deposit relationships in ancient geologic terrains. What is more challenging is the recognition of the boundaries beyond which speculation is idle, but within which useful new insights regarding the relationship of certain ores to their lithologic and tectonic environments may emerge.


Deposits Erzlagerstätte Plattentektonik Relation plate tectonics

Authors and affiliations

  • Frederick J. Sawkins
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geology and GeophysicsUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-96787-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-96785-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0343-2181
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