Nickel Sulfide Ores and Impact Melts: Origin of the Sudbury Igneous Complex

By Peter C. Lightfoot, Ph.D.,P.Geo.

A classic case study forging research from the fields of economic geology, petrology, geochemistry, geophysics, and the study of large terrestrial and extra-terrestrial impact structures.

  • The only reference book focusing entirely on the Sudbury Igneous Complex
  • Brings together an understanding of ore deposit and impact melts as a basis for future exploration
  • Authored by a leading expert on the geology of the Sudbury Igneous Complex, with 35 years of experience working on nickel sulfide ore deposits.
  • Nickel Sulfide Ores and Impact Melts: Origin of the Sudbury Igneous Complex presents a current state of understanding on the geology and ore deposits of the Sudbury Igneous Complex in Ontario, Canada. As the first complete reference on the subject, this book explores the linkage between the processes of meteorite impact, melt sheet formation, differentiation, sulfide immiscibility and metal collection, and the localization of ores by magmatic and post-magmatic processes.

    The discovery of new ore deposits requires industry and government scientists and academic scholars to have access to the latest understanding of ore formation process models that link to the mineralization of their host rocks. The ore deposits at Sudbury are one of the world’s largest ore systems, representing a classic case study that brings together very diverse datasets and ways of thinking. This book is designed to emphasize concepts that can be applied across a broad range of ore deposit types beyond Sudbury and nickel deposit geology. It is an essential resource for exploration geologists, university researchers, and government scientists, and can be used in rock and mineral analysis, remote sensing, and geophysical applications.


    Exploration geologists, university researchers, and government scientists. Environmental monitors and researchers in rock and mineral analysis, remote sensing and geophysical applications.

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    Sudbury, Ontario

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