Potassic Igneous Rocks and Associated Gold-Copper Mineralization

  • Daniel Müller
  • David I. Groves

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Daniel Müller, David I. Groves
    Pages 1-3
  3. Daniel Müller, David I. Groves
    Pages 5-12
  4. Daniel Müller, David I. Groves
    Pages 13-41
  5. Daniel Müller, David I. Groves
    Pages 67-86
  6. Daniel Müller, David I. Groves
    Pages 143-166
  7. Daniel Müller, David I. Groves
    Pages 181-184
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 211-252

About this book


Potassic igneous rocks have gained much attention among petrologists worldwide, mainly due to their distinct geochemistry, and many geoscientists still consider them as petrological curiosities with an obscure petrogenesis. In the past, a plethora of genetic hypotheses and of local names for potassic igneous rocks from different localities have been created. This has produced some confusion in the literature. This book reviews the geochemical and petrological characteristics of the potassic igneous rock complexes and investigates the different tectonic settings in which these rocks occur. The authors provide an overview and a classification of these rocks and attempt to elucidate the geochemical differences between barren and mineralized potassic igneous complexes. Many epithermal gold and porphyry copper-gold deposits are hosted by high-K rocks. Therefore, this book is not only relevant to academic petrologists working on alkaline rocks, but also to exploration geologists prospecting for epithermal gold and/or porphyry copper-gold deposits in modern and ancient terranes. This third, updated and enlarged edition contains several new sections, new geochemical data and additional references.


classification exploration igneous rock mineral

Authors and affiliations

  • Daniel Müller
    • 1
  • David I. Groves
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for MineralogyMining-Academy FreibergFreibergGermany
  2. 2.Centre for Strategic Mineral Deposits Department of Geology and GeophysicsThe University of Western AustraliaNedlandsAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-64075-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-59665-0
  • Buy this book on publisher's site