The Bristol pcd project


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School of Earth Sciences

University of Bristol

Wills Memorial Building

Queen’s Road

Bristol BS8 1RJ

United Kingdom


The Bristol PCD project is a collaboration between the University of Bristol and the global mining company, BHP Billiton.

Our objective is to modify existing porphyry copper deposit (PCD) models in the light of recent advances in geological research through 5 key questions:

  1. BulletWhat is the relationship between PCDs and volcanoes?

  2. BulletCan we better constrain the chronologic development of PCD enrichment and burial?

  3. BulletCan we develop a new model for the origin and metal carrying capacity of PCD magmas?

  4. BulletWhat controls fluid distribution in PCDs influencing the genesis of metal enrichment?

  5. BulletCan we identify local or regional structural controls on PCD formation?

Who are we?

The Wills Memorial Building,

University of Bristol