Submarine Volcanic Exhalations That form Mineral Deposits; An Old Idea Now Proven Correct

  • Brian J. Skinner
Part of the NATO Conference Series book series (NATOCS, volume 12)


Submarine volcanism, the circulation of seawater through rocks of the seafloor and the formation of mineral deposits on and in rocks on the seafloor are all processes that were realized during the 19th Century. The possibility that the three processes might be connected and that formation of many kinds of mineral deposit might result, is a realization of the 20th Century, with the principal ideas coming from Japan and Norway. Observations of modern ore-forming systems in operation in the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and the Pacific have proven the process but leave open the question of equivalence in tectonic settings between modern deposits and older ores in the geological record.


Volcanic Rock Mineral Deposit Sulfide Mineral Spreading Ridge Massive Sulfide Deposit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian J. Skinner
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  1. 1.Department of Geology and GeophysicsYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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