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Uniformitarianism and Ore Genesis

  • D. T. Rickard
Conference paper
Part of the Special Publication of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits book series (MINERAL DEPOS., volume 2)


A large variety of on-going ore-forming systems have been discovered in recent years. These cover the whole spectrum of ore geology from synsedimentary through volcanic to even orthomagmatic processes. It appears that a large number of those systems which are thought to have been responsible for ore deposition throughout geologic time are observable at present. This has caused ore geology to develop from being one of the least uniformitarian of the natural sciences to becoming one of the most actualistic. Ore deposits are not the result of exceptional processes occurring rarely in earth’s history but are seen as normal consequences of geologic evolution.


Geothermal Field Porphyry Copper Deposit Manganese Nodule Econ Geol Volcanic Exhalation 
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  • D. T. Rickard
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  1. 1.Ore Research Group, Geological InstituteStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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