Recent advances in exploration modelling for tin deposits and their application to the S.E. Asian environment

Author : R.G. Taylor & P.J. PollardPublication : Bulletin of the Geological Society of MalaysiaVolume : 19Page : 327-347Year : 1986


Bulletin of the Geological Society of Malaysia, Volume 19, April 1986, pp. 327 – 347


Recent advances in exploration modeling for tin deposits and their application to the Southeast Asian environment


James Cook University of North Queensland, Townsville, Australia


Abstract: During the last decade considerable international exploration attention has been devoted to locating large tin deposits. In a general sense the programme has been unsuccessful, with very few major discoveries. However, numerous new very large occurrences have been discovered and, perhaps more importantly, the new data base has allowed refinement of exploration models and increased perception of individual tin systems (pegmatites, porphyry tin, greisen, etc.). The importance of structural control (stockworks), alteration (argillic) and replacement controls (carbonate replacement/skarns) have been re-emphasised, and tonnage/grade perspectives refined. 

It has been increasingly obvious that the utilisation of sophisticated district analysis is essential for any regional exploration program, and refinement of techniques and application are becoming critical to exploration design.