Banded ore main content.

Banded ore

Part of Hall of Planet Earth.

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The ore body is composed mainly of zinc and copper-iron sulfide minerals. They formed around vents where hot, watery fluids entered the cold ocean. Layers were formed by the precipitation and settling of very fine crystals of sulfides onto the seafloor.

Provided by Falconbridge Limited, Timmins, Ontario, Canada

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Minerals and Resources

Keywords: Sulfides, Hydrothermal vents, Oceanography, Minerals, ore deposits

Audience: General