Mineral Deposits in Relation to the Global Tectonic Megacycles

  • T. P. Trurnit


The concepts of geosynclinal evolution, of plate tectonics as expressions of the earth’s thermal convection, of the standard global stress field, the Wilson cycle and the orogenic cycle combined with one another result in an extended global tectonic model. In view of the eastward displacement of the Pacific or Tethys (only in regard to the shape but not the crust) and the upper mantle in relation to the earth’s crust, geological bodies and mineral deposits are subjected to a series of global tectonic megacycles arranged from east to west from the younger toward the older evolutionary state, overlapping one another by approximately 180° each and migrating east with the velocity of the Pacific. The mineral deposits are classified according to either their original setting during the global tectonic megacycles or their specific plate tectonic environment in which they are found today.


Continental Margin Subduction Zone Oceanic Crust Mineral Deposit Black Shale 
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