Mineralising systems as nonlinear dynamic systems
- Publication Type:
- Conference Proceeding
- 2017, pp. 49 - 51 (3)
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The purpose of this paper is to emphasise that hydrothermal mineralising systems are giant chemical reactors that operate as nonlinear dynamical systems held far from equilibrium by the infux of energy and mass. Te nonlinear behaviour leaves its mark as apparently stochastic distributions of alteration assemblages, mineralisation and structures are deterministic and contain all the information required to understand why the ore body is small or large and whether it is well or poorly endowed.
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