The Bristol PCD project

Who are we?

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

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


*What is the relationship between PCDs and volcanoes?

*Can we better constrain the chronologic development of PCD enrichment and burial?

*Can we develop a new model for the origin and metal carrying capacity of PCD magmas?

*What controls fluid distribution in PCDs influencing the genesis of metal enrichment?

*Can we identify local or regional structural controls on PCD formation?

Discovering the story of porphyry copper deposits...