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The architecture of the porphyry-metal system as a prospecting stratagem in the Southern Rocky Mountains

January 1, 1994

A model of the porphyry-metal system characteristic of the consanguineous Cretaceous and Tertiary igneous rocks and associated ores of the southern Rocky Mountains is constructed from the bits and pieces exposed in the Colorado mineral belt and the San Juan volcanic field. Hydrothermally altered rocks in a part of the areas of mineralized rock associated with the Platoro caldera are matched against the model, to locate and to characterize latent mineral deposits for optimal prospecting and exploration. The latent deposits are two stockwork molybdenite deposits (porphyry-molybdenum) and one or two copper-gold-silver chimney deposits.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1978
Title The architecture of the porphyry-metal system as a prospecting stratagem in the Southern Rocky Mountains
DOI 10.3133/ofr78130
Authors George J. Neuerburg
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Series Title Open-File Report
Series Number 78-130
Index ID ofr78130
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization