Olympic dam in test tube: Critical experiments and theory for understanding Fe-Cu-U-REE in hydrothermal fluids and during fluid-rock interaction

  • Brugger, Joel (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Bedrikovetski, Pavel (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Pring, Allan (Chief Investigator (CI))

    Project: Research

    Project Description

    Olympic Dam (OD) is a supergiant CU-U-Au-Ag-REE ore deposit, containing more than a trillion AU$ worth of metals, and hosted by hematite-rich breccia in South Australia. Yet, key aspects of the geochemistry of OD-style deposits remain poorly understood. We will conduct innovative experiments to address the role for fluorine in Fe, U and REE transport at OD, and the role of fluid-rock interaction in generating the unusually oxidised FE-Cu mineral assemblages and in controlling U grades and distribution. The fundimental information gained will underpin intense on-going research aimed at discovering new OD-style orebodies and at creating new ore-processing technology that are environmentally sustainable and able to access lower-grade ores.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/06/141/10/18

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC)
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD285,000.00