EARTH Magazine: Studies Re-examine How Major Copper Deposits Form

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From EARTH Magazine, 06/24/2015  --  Humans depend on copper for everything from electrical wiring to water pipes. To meet demand, the metal has been largely mined from Porphyry Copper Deposits (PCDs). For decades, scientists generally agreed upon the geological processes behind PCD formation; now EARTH Magazine examines two new studies that suggest alternatives to these long-held understandings.

From enriched pulses of magmatic fluids creating copper concentrations, to remelted crust allowing deeper PCDs to rise up to shallower depths, these conclusions may better inform geologists about where large new copper deposits may be located. Get the  full perspective on this new research in the July Issue of EARTH Magazine: http://www.earthmagazine.org/article/studies-re-examine-how-major-copper-deposits-form.

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