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Trace element geochemistry of glacial sediment deposits as an exploration tool for concealed copper desposits: A case study from Pebble, Alaska

Status Current
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 06/18/2014
End Date 06/30/2015
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grant
Funding Amount
Community Partner
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Last Updated 08/18/2014 11:50PM
Keywords copper, glacier, pebble

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Faculty
  LeeAnn Munk

Student Researchers
  Stephen Warta

Abstract



Monday, August 18, 2014
11:35 PM

This project will examine tlu.ee shallow sediment cores taken at the Pebble Exploration site near Iliamna, Alaska. The project will involve the examination of the sand and fine fractions from the cores with binocular microscopes, and then the samples will be sent to Actlabs to be analyzed by two different geochemical methods. Research has been conducted on the site, but more research needs to be conducted to evaluate the accuracy of the methods and determine if better, more accurate con.elations can be drawn between the geochemist1Y of overlying till and the mineralization in the underlying bedrock. After the research is conducted, the results can be correlated to pomhyny copper indicator mineral (PCIM) data. After this, other deposits in similar geological locations can be analyzed by these methods in order to increase discovering porphyry copper ore deposits through geochemical methods.

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