The importance of tectonic setting in assessing European Rare Earth potential

Goodenough, Kathryn M.; Deady, Eimear; Wall, Frances; Shaw, Richard A.; Lusty, Paul. 2014 The importance of tectonic setting in assessing European Rare Earth potential. In: 1st European Rare Earth Resources Conference, Milos, Greece, 4-7 Sept 2014.

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Rare earth element (REE) resources are commonly found associated with alkaline igneous complexes or carbonatites, or as secondary deposits derived from igneous rocks. Globally, many REE deposits occur around the margins of Archaean cratons, most in continental rift zones. Europe contains many such rift zones, which are generally younger in the south. Many of these rifts are intracontinental, whereas others are associated with the opening of oceans such as the Atlantic. All these rift systems have the potential to host REE resources, but whereas the older provinces of northern Europe are deeply exposed, exposures in southern Europe are largely at the supracrustal level. This paper considers how an understanding of the tectonic setting of Europe’s REE resources is vital to guide future exploration.

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Date made live: 22 Sep 2014 13:28 +0 (UTC)

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