Metal Deposits on the Inner Sides of Principal Arcs

  • Frederick J. Sawkins
Part of the Minerals and Rocks book series (MINERALS, volume 17)


In mature island arc systems (e.g., Japan) and Cordilleran belts a spectrum of metal deposits form that are sufficiently distinctive from those of principal arcs to merit separate consideration. They tend to exhibit a close spatial association with isolated stocks that intrude the zone on the inner side of principal arcs. The precise demarcation of this zone is not easy and is particularly tenuous in situations where the principal arc itself has migrated back and forth relative to the trench axis. As suggested in the previous chapter, inner arc magmatism and related metallogenesis is probably a function of subduction attaining some critical low angle (Fig. 2.1). Nevertheless, inner arc metal deposits are sufficiently distinctive to warrant separate treatment vis a vis principal arc deposits.


Fluid Inclusion Metal Deposit Vein System Porphyry Copper Deposit Tungsten Deposit 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick J. Sawkins
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  1. 1.Department of Geology and GeophysicsUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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