An Investigation of the Manner and Time of Formation of Malachite
AuthorBeane, Richard Edward
AdvisorTitley, Spencer R.
Committee ChairTitley, Spencer R.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractA group of minerals typical of the oxidation zone of copper deposits was studied using chemical thermodynamics, mineral stability relationships, and petrography. It has been concluded that many processes, such as alteration, can be explained using thermodynamics and are compatible with natural relationships. A mineral assemblage consisting of basic carbonates of copper and zinc was investigated with carbon isotopes and mineral stability relationships. The results obtained are consistent with processes resulting from oxidation and leaching of a sulfide deposit followed by redeposition of copper and zinc in the zone of oxidation. Four processes have been suggested by which copper could be introduced into a near-surface environment from depth. Reactions which would occur under these conditions may result in formation of mesogene or hypogene malachite and chrysocolla. A vein deposit containing minerals typical of the zone of oxidation was investigated and it has been concluded that the minerals may have formed from a hydro-thermal solution related to near-surface volcanism.
Degree ProgramGraduate College