P1153 will develop new methods and implement methods developed in previous projects (P765, P765A and P1060) to help its sponsors discover porphyry and/or epithermal deposits. Analysis of the geochemical signals recorded in hydrothermal alteration halos will provide explorers with both fertility (how large?) and vectoring information (how far, and in what direction?), allowing the presence, location and significance of porphyry and/or epithermal copper, gold and molybdenum deposits in an exploration tenement to be determined during the early stages of exploration. HIGHLIGHTS/DELIVERABLES/VALUE ADDITIONS This project will further refine fertility and vectoring tools in porphyry and epithermal environments and in addition there is also a significant focus on being able to replicate learnings in the field by seeking out simple technologies that can provide qualitative analysis to use as proxies for the mineral chemistry vectors learnt from the application of more sophisticated technologies like LA-ICP-MS.
Professor David R Cooke