Project HiTech AlkCarb - New geomodels to explore deeper for High-Technology critical raw materials in Alkaline rocks and…

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Title:
HiTech AlkCarb - New geomodels to explore deeper for High-Technology critical raw materials in Alkaline rocks and Carbonatites
Duration:
01/02/2016 to 31/07/2018
Abstract / short description:
The HiTech AlkCarb project brings together 12 teams to make a step-change in exploration models for alkaline and carbonatite provinces. The project will tackle a series of geological science questions that have the potential to revolutionise exploration in alkaline-carbonatite complexes.
One of these questions is if and how we can we predict what intrusive rocks are present at depth using volcanic carbonatites and alkaline rocks exposed at the surface.
This is fundamental to being able to explore at depth, especially in central and southern Europe. The question will be tackled first by gathering new petrological and geochemical data from drill core produced from the test drilling site at the Kaiserstuhl carbonatite, which is Europe’s best example of a carbonatite-alkaline complex containing extrusive and intrusive alkaline rocks and carbonatites.
These data will be compared to the known surface outcrops to find out more about the genetic relations between intrusive and extrusive carbonatitic and alkaline silicate rocks and how they change with depth in the intrusion. The Tübingen petrology group will lead this task.

Staff

Managers

Mineralogy and Geodynamics Research Area
Department of Geoscience, Faculty of Science

Contact persons

Faculty of Science
University of Tübingen
Mineralogy and Geodynamics Research Area
Department of Geoscience, Faculty of Science

Local organizational units

Mineralogy and Geodynamics Research Area
Department of Geoscience
Faculty of Science

Funders

Brüssel, Belgium
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