Global tectonics and resources

Author : Fyfe, W.S.
Publication : Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia
Page : 1-19
Volume Number : 20
Year : 1987

Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia, Volume 20, August 1986, pp. 1 – 19

Global tectonics and resources


Department of Geology, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada N6A 5B7


Abstract: The formation of most metallic resources involves the focussed flow of very large (km3) fluid volumes. Different types of fluids, sea water, metamorphic fluids, meteoric fluids, with or without biomolecules, may be specific for certain metals or suites of metals. Whenever large fluid volumes are involved in a geologic process there is a potential for local metal enrichment. During weathering processes, short-term leaching produces fertile soils, long-term leaching produces laterite.