Sedimentary deposits of copper are common, contributing between 25 and 30 percent of the world’s production (Jacobsen 1975, table 1). Most of this amount, however, comes from one district, the Central African Copperbelt. Silver is almost always associated with the copper in these ores, and so will also be considered in this chapter. Also discussed are supergene deposits of copper and silver. Although of diminished economic importance today, they serve to illustrate the geochemical processes involved in ore-formation without some of the uncertainties associated with interpretations of the genesis of the larger deposits.
KeywordsBlack Shale Copper Deposit Ground Water Flow Quartz Arenite Native Copper
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