THE MILLENNIUM NUCLEUS FOR METAL TRACING ALONG SUBDUCTION (NMTM)

aims to contribute to the challenging scientific problem of how metals concentrate and form large ore deposits in the crust.

RESEARCH LINES

Our approach is to determine the role of the Earth’s mantle in controlling the occurrence of world-class ore deposits, emphasizing the possible link that exists between mantle melt production, crustal growth and metal enrichment in selected metallogenic belts and districts.

We use geochemical proxies to track weathering processes, and constrain timescales of supergene cycling of metals associated with different geomorphological units.

Our aim is to determine whether giant ore deposits have a unique mode of formation, or if they represent the extreme end of a spectrum of deposit sizes, formed by an optimum convergence of common geological processes.

This research line aims to unravel the nanoscale distribution of “critical” or strategic elements in ores, to better understand their behavior during ore genesis and provide relevant information for evaluation of potential commercialization of these commodities.