Metallogenesis and hydrocarbon generation in northern Mount Isa Basin, Australia: Implications for ore grade mineralization

  • M. Glikson
  • M. Mastalerz
  • S. D. Golding
  • B. A. McConachie


Maturation studies of organic matter provide a powerful tool in the reconstruction of thermal histories of sedimentary basins. Of particular interest are basins where high grade ore deposits are associated with various types of organic matter. Organic matter is known to have an affinity for trace elements in general, and metals in particular. Studies of soils (Cheshire et al., 1977; Suess, 1979), peat deposits (Giese and Briese, 1977; Brumsack, 1980) and black shales have clearly shown that certain organic compounds adsorb metals, and/or form organo-metallic complexes. The direct correlation between C and metal concentrations has been documented in many studies (Mo et al., 1973; Leventhal, 1981; Glikson et al., 1985a, b).


Organic Matter Total Organic Carbon Black Shale High Reflectance Hydrocarbon Generation 
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  • M. Glikson
  • M. Mastalerz
  • S. D. Golding
  • B. A. McConachie

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