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Title: CO2-fluxing collapses metal mobility in magmatic vapour

Magmatic systems host many types of ore deposits, including world-class deposits of copper and gold. Magmas are commonly an important source of metals and ore-forming fluids in these systems. In many magmatic-hydrothermal systems, low-density aqueous fluids, or vapours, are significant metal carriers. Such vapours are water-dominated shallowly, but fluxing of CO2-rich vapour exsolved from deeper magma is now recognised as ubiquitous during open-system magma degassing. Furthermore, we show that such CO2-fluxing leads to a sharp drop in element solubility, up to a factor of 10,000 for Cu, and thereby provides a highly efficient, but as yet unrecognised mechanism for metal deposition.
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  1. McGill Univ., Montreal, QC (Canada)
  2. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 2410-339X
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Geochemical Perspectives Letters
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 824; Journal Issue: C; Journal ID: ISSN 2410-339X
European Association of Geochemistry
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
58 GEOSCIENCES vapor transport of metals; magmatic plumes; gas pulses; ore deposits