Origin of Vein-Type Ore Deposits

Drilling in the Western Erzgebirge

View over the Erzgebirge (Germany).

The Erzgebirge region is particularly suited for the study of ore-forming processes because of the great diversity of types of ore deposits that were formed in close proximity within a small area over a time span of more than 200 Ma. The major scientific objective in studying drill cores from the area is gaining an improved and comprehensive understanding of the complexity of processes that gave rise to the formation of diverse types of vein-type ore deposits (in particular W-Mo, Pb-Zn-Ag, U-Se, Bi-Co-Ni), which worldwide have a great economic importance as metal raw materials. 

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