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Developing the lithotectonic framework and model for sulphide mineralization in the Jebilet Massif, Morocco: implications for regional exploration

Lusty, Paul A.J.; Goodenough, Kathryn M.; Essaifi, Abderrahim ; Maacha, Lhou . 2015 Developing the lithotectonic framework and model for sulphide mineralization in the Jebilet Massif, Morocco: implications for regional exploration. In: André-Mayer, A.S.; Cathelineau, M.; Muchez, Ph; Pirard, E.; Sindern, S., (eds.) Mineral resources in a sustainable world. Proceedings of the 13th Biennial SGA Meeting. Nancy, France, Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA), 1635-1638.

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Abstract/Summary

The central Jebilet massif, part of the North African Variscan Belt, hosts significant polymetallic sulphide mineralization. It is generally considered syngenetic and has many features of volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) mineralization. However, some characteristics are not compatible with a classic VMS model and two alternative scenarios for formation have been proposed. Our preliminary research favours a complex, multi-stage development of the sulphide deposits. Uncertainty as to the critical processes controlling the mineralization and lack of agreement on a genetic model inhibit regional exploration. We identify the key knowledge gaps regarding sulphide mineralization in the central Jebilet and outline a research program to address these, with the ultimate aim of improving regional mineral exploration targeting and unlocking the economic potential of this relatively undeveloped district.

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 28 Sep 2015 12:42 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/511885

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