Introduction: A ‘soft-rock’ petroleum-type approach to exploration for ‘hard-rock’ minerals in sedimentary basins

  • D. Taylor


Several major groups of ore deposits are found as tabular, stratiform bodies or as crosscutting but essentially stratabound deposits within sedimentary basins. Important examples are oxide and carbonate ores of iron and manganese, copper and zinc—lead sulphides and gold—uranium deposits. Where the host basins have been strongly inverted and deeply eroded and the mineralized horizons brought to outcrop, the laterally extensive nature of the mineralization usually results in outcrop or subcrop of the ore itself. Direct detection by geological or geochemical prospecting is then possible.


Source Rock Sedimentary Basin Trap Site Salt Dome Hydrocarbon Phase 
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