Unravelling metal source and transport in the Cu-Mo prospects of Delamerian Orogen using iron isotopic systematics

A geological project investigating metal source and migration in porphyry copper-molybdenum prospects using novel iron isotopic compositions.

Murray Basin

Cover thickness of the Murray Basin and porphyry-skarn mineralisation occurrences in the Delamerian Orogen, SA. View larger image.

This project is a part of the MinEx CRC (minexcrc.com.au), the world's largest mineral exploration collaboration bringing together industry, government and research organisations. You will also be part of a dynamic research group.

A number of porphyry- and skarn-type Cu-Mo-Au prospects have been discovered in the Delamerian Orogen of South Australia, including the Anabama Hill, Netley Hill, Bindigo and Blue Hill. The sources, transport, and deposition of metals and fluids in this magmatic-hydrothermal system remain unclear.

This project will use the novel iron isotope approach to directly investigate metal derivation, migration and deposition mechanisms of porphyry- and/or skarn-style prospects.

The main contents of this project include:

  1. to optimise analytical protocol and method of iron isotopes at the University of Adelaide
  2. to analyse iron isotopic systematics of minerals from the investigated domain
  3. to critically interpret iron isotope data and potentially provide a new exploration tool for porphyry-style mineral system

Wei Hong


Dr Wei Hong, Dr Juraj Farkas, Dr Lucy McGee and Emeritus Professor John Foden

Research area: Mineral and energy systems, Tectonics and solid earth processes

Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Geology

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