Professor Jian-xin Zhao, one of the principal researchers, said the team started by analyzing a silicate mineral called garnet, which then helped to understand the accumulation of precious metals like gold. , copper, zinc lead, silver and uranium.
"Garnet looks a bit like a pomegranate seed, which is a challenging mineral to date but very common in volcanic mineral systems. It forms when hot magma enters the Earth's crust and gives it to it." "We have clues about other magmatic elements in the same area. By better understanding when, where and why magma activity occurs, we will be able to find mineral-rich hotspots." Zhao said.
This new method will better establish the relationship between the historical stages of magma activity.
Dr. Renjie Zhou, one of the scientists, shared that the team hopes this new method will better establish the relationship between the historical stages of magma activity and mineral accumulation.
"Many of the world's important mineral deposits are formed in geological environments such as the Pacific Ring of Fire, an earthquake-prone area and volcanic eruptions that surround the Thai basin. Binh Duong, where hot magma constantly invades the crust, " said Dr. Zhou.
By understanding exactly when certain formations have occurred, identifying mineral-rich mines is much easier.
Researchers believe this discovery comes at a critical time for the mining industry on our planet.