AUTHORS: Jonathan Hronsky
It is proposed that ore forming systems are examples of self-organized critical systems. This concept has very important implications for spatially-predictive mineral targeting, both at the regional and deposit scale. In particular, it emphasises that a local threshold barrier to fluid/magma flow is an absolutely essential element in an ore forming system. This and other important practical implications of the SOC system model are not included within the current dominant paradigm for understanding mineral systems: that is source-trap-transport.
KEYWORDS: Self-organised critical systems, dynamics, focused fluid flux, predictive targeting, structural heterogeneity and mineralization
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