Institute of Applied Geoscience (IAG)

Ores and Mineralization Group

The Leeds Ores and Mineralization Group (OMG) is a multi-disciplinary group with broad research interests in both fundamental and applied studies into economic mineralization. Our current research follow two broad themes of exploration- and deposit-specific studies on one hand, and regional aspects and models of ore mineralization systems on the other hand. We are especially focused on Phanerozoic orogenic gold, placer gold systems, and porphyry deposits.

We draw upon expertise in ore deposit systems, geochemistry, metamorphic and igneous petrology, structural geology at all scales, geophysics, instrument analysis and (uniquely) sedimentology and basin analysis.

With in-house, state-of-the-art facilities such as the advanced electron optics facility, LA-ICP-MS, stable isotope, radiogenic isotope laboratories, experimental rock deformation laboratory, and high-end computing facilities we can combine numerous techniques to elucidate highly complex multi-dimensional ore systems. You can find all our active research projects on the Current Research page, and recent publications arising from current and past projects on the Publications page.

Research Summary

Our current and past research projects encompass a wide range of scales and aims from deposit-specific, to regional, and further into more generic mineralization studies.

The deposit-specific studies look into actively explored areas in e.g. Yukon, British Columbia, and Newfoundland in Canada; Turkey; Northern Ireland; Republic of Ireland; and Scotland. These studies take a variety of approaches, from detailed gold mineralogy in placers and in veins and their host rocks, to wider structural controls of the mineralization.

Our more regional research efforts include mineralization in Northern Cordillera: We have been active partners in MDRU (UBC) industry funded projects which have developed a metallogenic framework for the area. This work has recently expanded into Alaska in collaboration with the USGS.

Much of our regional research interests also focus on the structural and geochemical characterization of mineralization in the wider Caledonides of the British Isles and their equivalents in North America; this line of study additionally feeds into investigating genetic models for structurally controlled ("orogenic") gold, especially in Phanerozoic systems. This branch of investigations is being strengthened by two new PhD studies.

OMG is engaged in general research into trace element mobility and concentration in Cu-Au magmatic hydrothermal systems, this research branch too is being supported with a new PhD project.

We have expertise in placer deposits: here, recent projects include studies of heavy minerals as ore deposit indicators, and sedimentary controls on placer deposit formation. In these projects, we have worked with placer deposits in e.g. Yukon and Namibia.