Structural and Geochemical Analyses of Disseminated-Gold Deposits, Bald Mountain-Alligator Ridge District, Nevada: Insights into Fault-Zone Architecture and its Effect on Mineralization
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Master of Science (MS)
James P. Evans
James P. Evans
Structural and geochemical analyses of the Top and Casino deposits, Bald Mountain-Alligator Ridge district, Nevada, were conducted to determine how structures affected gold deposition in Carlin-type deposit s. We also examined how permeability changed over time in a fault that cuts siltstone-dominated sedimentary rocks. The association of gold and related arsenic with faults at the margins of a Jurassic pluton and sedimentary rocks suggests that ore fluids migrated along faults and fracture s. Permeability of the faults changed over time within the Casino deposit, where the ore-controlling fault was a distributed conduit in the early stages of mineralization but a barrier and a localized conduit a t opposite ends of the deposit during later stages. Results indicate that faults may significantly influence patterns of ore deposition and change character over deposit-scale distances, and continued slip along faults may create clay-rich low-permeability faults that are mineralized during early stages of development.
Hammond, K. Jill, "Structural and Geochemical Analyses of Disseminated-Gold Deposits, Bald Mountain-Alligator Ridge District, Nevada: Insights into Fault-Zone Architecture and its Effect on Mineralization" (2001). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 6719.
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