Physiochemical characteristics during potassic alteration of the porphyry copper deposit at Ajo, Arizona

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Title:
Physiochemical characteristics during potassic alteration of the porphyry copper deposit at Ajo, Arizona
Author:
UyTana, Veronica Feliciano
Issue Date:
1983
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
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Abstract:
Potassium metasomatism is a widespread alteration type in porphyry copper deposits and is often spatially associated with hypogene sulfide ore formation. At Ajo, potassic alteration composes the dominant alteration type and is spatially, and to some extent, temporally, associated with chalcopyrite and bornite mineralization. Physiochemical conditions prevailing during potassic alteration thus describe a significant portion of the hydrothermal ore-forming process. Studies of fractures, fluid inclusions in quartz, and structural and compositional characteristics of K-feldspar, all in the potassic alteration zone at Ajo, indicate that: fracturing was strongest during potassic alteration and sulfide deposition, pressure were at approximately 650 bars, temperatures started a a minimum of 580°C, continued through 470°C, log aK+/aH+ changed from 2.6 at 580°C to 3.2 at 470°C, log aNa/aH+ changed from 2.7 at 580°C to 3.8 at 470°C, and the ratio aK+/aNa+ radically decreased from 0.8 to 0.3 in this temperature range.
Type:
text; Thesis-Reproduction (electronic)
Keywords:
Copper ores -- Arizona -- Ajo Region.; Copper ores -- Arizona -- Pima County.; Geochemistry -- Arizona -- Ajo Region.; Geochemistry -- Arizona -- Pima County.; Porphyry -- Arizona -- Ajo Region.; Porphyry -- Arizona -- Ajo Region.; Porphyry -- Arizona -- Pima County.
Degree Name:
M.S.
Degree Level:
masters
Degree Program:
Geosciences; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona

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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.titlePhysiochemical characteristics during potassic alteration of the porphyry copper deposit at Ajo, Arizonaen
dc.creatorUyTana, Veronica Felicianoen
dc.contributor.authorUyTana, Veronica Felicianoen
dc.date.issued1983en
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en
dc.description.abstractPotassium metasomatism is a widespread alteration type in porphyry copper deposits and is often spatially associated with hypogene sulfide ore formation. At Ajo, potassic alteration composes the dominant alteration type and is spatially, and to some extent, temporally, associated with chalcopyrite and bornite mineralization. Physiochemical conditions prevailing during potassic alteration thus describe a significant portion of the hydrothermal ore-forming process. Studies of fractures, fluid inclusions in quartz, and structural and compositional characteristics of K-feldspar, all in the potassic alteration zone at Ajo, indicate that: fracturing was strongest during potassic alteration and sulfide deposition, pressure were at approximately 650 bars, temperatures started a a minimum of 580°C, continued through 470°C, log aK+/aH+ changed from 2.6 at 580°C to 3.2 at 470°C, log aNa/aH+ changed from 2.7 at 580°C to 3.8 at 470°C, and the ratio aK+/aNa+ radically decreased from 0.8 to 0.3 in this temperature range.en
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dc.typetexten
dc.typeThesis-Reproduction (electronic)en
dc.subjectCopper ores -- Arizona -- Ajo Region.en
dc.subjectCopper ores -- Arizona -- Pima County.en
dc.subjectGeochemistry -- Arizona -- Ajo Region.en
dc.subjectGeochemistry -- Arizona -- Pima County.en
dc.subjectPorphyry -- Arizona -- Ajo Region.en
dc.subjectPorphyry -- Arizona -- Ajo Region.en
dc.subjectPorphyry -- Arizona -- Pima County.en
thesis.degree.nameM.S.en
thesis.degree.levelmastersen
thesis.degree.disciplineGeosciencesen
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen
dc.identifier.oclc10984010en
dc.identifier.oclc10983887en
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b14611910en
dc.identifier.bibrecord.b14611909en
dc.identifier.callnumberE9791 1983 403en
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