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Using soil geochemistry to investigate gold and base metal distribution and dispersal in the glaciated north of Ireland

Dempster, Michael; Cooper, Mark; Dunlop, Paul; Scheib, Andreas. 2016 Using soil geochemistry to investigate gold and base metal distribution and dispersal in the glaciated north of Ireland. In: Young, M.E., (ed.) Unearthed: impacts of the Tellus surveys of the north of Ireland. Dublin, Ireland, Royal Irish Academy, 89-99, 11pp.

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Abstract/Summary

Soil geochemistry is routinely and effectively used for mineral prospecting in areas of glaciated terrain, notably in Canada and Finland. This study uses the Tellus and Tellus Border soil geochemical data to investigate possible glacial dispersal of gold and base metals in the Down–Longford terrane of Ireland. Results from multivariate statistical analysis of the data correlate well with known mineralisation and prove effective in identifying further areas of potentially high prospectivity. Dispersal of gold and base metals is identified, reflecting single and multiple ice flow directions over relatively short distances (≤20 km).

Item Type: Publication - Book Section
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3318/978-1-908996-88-6.ch7
Programmes: BGS Programmes > Geological Survey of Northern Ireland
ISBN: 9781908996879
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 19 Jan 2017 16:37 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/515368

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