This project combines geological, geophysical, geochemical and numerical efforts that take place at the moment at Centre for Exploration Targeting. It takes on a holistic approach to ore deposit research, acknowledging that the genesis of mineral occurrences required the conjunction in time and space of three main independent parameters, including fertility, lithosphere-scale architecture, and favourable transient geodynamics.
The main question asked in the part of the project that will utilise iVEC facilities.
1. Architecture: what are the key pathways that connect geochemical reservoirs and permit the efficient multi-scale flux of energy and fluids in space and time?
2. Transient geodynamics: what are the critical tectono-metamorphic events that favour the efficient extraction of metals from a fertile source and their focused concentration into a final reservoir?