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Where are the future resources of metals?

Laznicka, Peter

Global Tectonics and Metallogeny Volume 5 Number 3-4 (1996), p. 167 - 174

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published: Jan 1, 1996

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Abstract

The former Czechoslovakia occupies portion of the Variscan and Alpine orogens. It is a territory with more than 1000 years long history of mining and exploration. The state of geological knowledge is very high, with virtually every outcrop recorded and interpreted. Although the present political and economic situation does not encourage a new wave of exploration and mining of metallic deposits, the Czech and Slovak Republics present a fertile ground for prognostic speculation with the objective to suggest a possible presence of undiscovered ore deposits in these countries considered as a target. This could be attempted using, as a standard, some highly mineralized regions abroad. Out of the class of "forgotten" deposits in outcrop, or in subcrop of existing (and explored) ore districts, the Carlin-type of "invisible" gold mineralization has been selected as a "standard", and its controlling factors compared with three target areas in Slovakia. To test the class of ore deposits possibly remaining in crystalline basement under young platformic sedimentary basins, the "unconformity uranium" model in the Athabasca Plateau and along its perimeter in Saskatchewan, Canada, has been compared and contrasted with the conditions as they exist under the NE Bohemian Cretaceous Basin.

Keywords

Variscan and Alpine orogenCzech RepublicSlovak Republicmetallic deposituraniumgold mineralizationAthabasca PlateauBohemian Cretaceous Basin