Anatomy of an ore deposit

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    • A major ore deposit that was formed by the flow of metal-laden seawater through hot rocks is at the Kidd Creek Mine in Ontario, Canada. These ores were deposited around deep-sea hot springs.

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  • For Educators

    • Topic: Earth Science

      Subtopic: Minerals and Resources

      Keywords: Canada, Natural resources, Hydrogeology, ore deposits

      Audience: General

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Peacock ore

Peacock ore

This massive ore is composed of the copper-rich sulfide minerals covellite (purple and blue) and bornite (blue-black).

Fragmented ore

Fragmented ore

Underwater steam explosions and the collapse of the vent structures resulted in great piles of fragmented sulfides.