Event Title

ELEMENT MOBILITY IN THE FLAMBEAU VOLCANOGENIC MASSIVE SULFIDE DEPOSIT OF NORTHERN WISCONSIN

Mentor 1

Prajukti Bhattacharyya

Location

Union Wisconsin Room

Start Date

24-4-2015 2:30 PM

End Date

24-4-2015 3:45 PM

Description

The Flambeau deposit is a copper rich deposit located in the Ladysmith district of Northern Wisconsin. The deposit has been extensively studied for its economic potential, but hydrothermal changes associated with sulfide mineral deposition at deeper levels of Flambeau deposit have not been studied. The goal of this research project is to study how hydrothermal fluids at Flambeau deposit concentrated Copper (Cu) and Zinc (Zn). Since the deposit contains stratabound and stratiform sulfide ore deposits, there is a high probability of finding larger concentrations of these minerals at deeper levels. I am collecting data with an XRF analyzer from selected core samples from Flambeau deposit. Preliminary results show that the moving hydrothermal fluids at Flambeau deposit does have an effect on the deposition of sulfide ores. The concentrations of Cu are high near the surface, but at deeper levels it switches to high concentrations of Zn. These results could provide insight on how changing temperatures and chemistry of hydrothermal fluids can affect distribution and deposition of metallic sulfide ores in the same deposit. This could promote future exploration of similar deposits locally, and around the world.

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Apr 24th, 2:30 PM Apr 24th, 3:45 PM

ELEMENT MOBILITY IN THE FLAMBEAU VOLCANOGENIC MASSIVE SULFIDE DEPOSIT OF NORTHERN WISCONSIN

Union Wisconsin Room

The Flambeau deposit is a copper rich deposit located in the Ladysmith district of Northern Wisconsin. The deposit has been extensively studied for its economic potential, but hydrothermal changes associated with sulfide mineral deposition at deeper levels of Flambeau deposit have not been studied. The goal of this research project is to study how hydrothermal fluids at Flambeau deposit concentrated Copper (Cu) and Zinc (Zn). Since the deposit contains stratabound and stratiform sulfide ore deposits, there is a high probability of finding larger concentrations of these minerals at deeper levels. I am collecting data with an XRF analyzer from selected core samples from Flambeau deposit. Preliminary results show that the moving hydrothermal fluids at Flambeau deposit does have an effect on the deposition of sulfide ores. The concentrations of Cu are high near the surface, but at deeper levels it switches to high concentrations of Zn. These results could provide insight on how changing temperatures and chemistry of hydrothermal fluids can affect distribution and deposition of metallic sulfide ores in the same deposit. This could promote future exploration of similar deposits locally, and around the world.