Tectonic Settings, Geodynamics and Temporal Evolution of Hydrothermal Mineral Systems


The topic of tectonic settings and mineral deposits was addressed by the wellknown books by Mitchell and Garson (1981), Hutchison (1983) and Sawkins (1990). Condie (1997, 2005) examined the tectonics and crustal evolution of the Earth. Review papers on tectonic settings of mineral systems include Kerrich et al. (2005) and Groves and Bierlein (2007). For the first part of this chapter I draw from these works and discuss the tectonic environment of mineral systems. In the second part I discuss the temporal evolution and distribution of mineral systems. It is difficult to avoid including magmatic ore systems in these discussions, because they and hydrothermal mineral deposits within the same tectonic setting may be interrelated.


Tectonic Setting Mantle Plume Rift System Rift Basin Continental Rift 
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