The North American Midcontinent Rift System is a major metallogenic feature that contains
Researchers will study the sediment-hosted copper deposits of the Midcontinent Rift, with a focus on:
White Pine is the largest sediment-hosted copper deposit in North America, and the nearby Copperwood deposit also contains significant copper resources. Globally, sediment-hosted copper deposits contain significant resources of cobalt and platinum group elements, and White Pine contains significant silver. We will use modern analytical methods to evaluate the chemistry of the ore minerals of these deposits.
Use whole rock geochemistry and petrography to test for alteration within the aquifer and (or) source rocks, by fluids that mobilized and transported copper to the White Pine and Copperwood deposits.
Central Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center
Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center