The Bristol PCD project

Unraveling the story of porphyry copper deposits...

Our publications

Research papers

In preparation:

     Causes of fragmented crystals in ignimbrites: a case study of the Cardones ignimbrite, Northern Chile. M. van Zalinge.


     Alteration and mineralization conditions in the Don Manuel porphyry. A. Gilmert.

     Regional controls on water table depth in the Northern Atacam desert. L. Evenstar.

In review:

     Petrogenesis and assembly of the Don Manuel igneous complex, Miocene-Pliocene porphyry copper belt, Central Chile. A. Gilmert.

     The Cardones ignimbrite; development and destabilization of a complex, zoned and fractionated magmatic system. M. van Zalinge.

     Zircon U-Pb Geochronology and Geochemistry of the Cerro Colorado Porphyry Copper Deposit, Northern Chile. D. Tsang

     Cu-Mo partitioning between felsic melts and saline-aqueous fluids as a function of ∑Cl, fO2, and fS2. B.Tattich.

Published papers:


     Schöpa, A, Annen, C, Dilles, JH, Sparks, RSJ & Blundy, JD 2017, 'Magma Emplacement Rates and Porphyry Copper Deposits: Thermal Modeling of the Yerington Batholith, Nevada' Economic Geology, vol 112, no. 7, pp. 1653-1672. DOI: 10.5382/econgeo.2017.4525.

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     Evenstar, LA, Mather, AE, Hartley, AJ, Stuart, FM, Sparks, RS & Cooper, FJ, 2017, ‘Geomorphology on geologic timescales: evolution of the late Cenozoic Pacific paleosurface in Northern Chile and Southern Peru’. Earth-Science Reviews, vol 171., pp. 1-27

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     Van Zalinge, M, Sparks, S, Evenstar, L, Cooper, F, Aslin, J & Condon, D, 2017, Using ignimbrites to quantify structural relief growth and understand deformation processes: Implications for the development of the Western Andean Slope, northernmost Chile. Lithosphere, vol 9., pp. 29-45,

     Gilmer, A, Sparks, S, Rust, A, Tapster, S, Webb, A & Barford, DN 2017, 'Geology of the Don Manuel igneous complex, central Chile: Implications for igneous processes in porphyry copper systems' Geological Society of America Bulletin, vol 129, no. 7-8, pp. 920-946. DOI: 10.1130/B31524.1

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     Mavrogenes, J., Blundy, J.D., 2017, Crustal sequestration of magmatic sulfur dioxide, Geology, v. 45, p. 211–214, doi: 10.1130/G38555.1.

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     Mutch, E.J.F., Blundy, J.D., Tattitch, B.C., Cooper, F.J., Brooker, R.A., 2016, An experimental study of amphibole stability in low-pressure granitic magmas and a revised Al-in-hornblende geobarometer, doi: 10.1007/s00410-016-1298-9.

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     Cooper, F.J., Adams, B.A., Blundy, J.D., Farley, K.A., McKeon, R.E., Ruggiero, A., 2016, Aridity-induced Miocene canyon incision in the Central Andes, Geology, v. 44, p. 675–678, doi:10.1130/G38254.1.

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     Matjuschkin, V., Blundy, J.D., Brooker, R.A., 2016, The effect of pressure on sulphur speciation in mid-to deep-crustal arc magmas and implications for the formation of porphyry copper deposits, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 171:66, doi:10.1007/s00410-016-1274-4.

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van Zalinge, M.E., Sparks, R.S.J., Cooper, F.J., Condon, D.J., 2016, Early Miocene large-volume ignimbrites of the Oxaya Formation, Central Andes, Journal of the Geological Society, doi:10.1144/jgs2015-123.

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     Evenstar, L.A., Hartley, A.J., Archer, S.G., Neilson, J.E., 2015, Climatic and halokinetic controls on alluvial-lacustrine sedimentation during compressional deformation, Andean forearc, northern Chile, Basin Research, v. 28, p. 634–657,

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     Blundy, J., Mavrogenes, J., Tattitch, B., Sparks, S., Gilmer, A., 2015, Generation of porphyry copper deposits by gas-brine reaction in volcanic arcs, Nature Geoscience, v. 8, p. 235–240, doi:10.1038/ngeo2351.

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     Evenstar, L.A., Stuart, F.M., Hartley, A.J., Tattitch, B., 2015, Slow Cenozoic uplift of the western Andean Cordillera indicated by 3He in alluvial boulders from the Pacific Planation Surface, Geophysical Research Letters, v. 42, doi:10.1002/2015GL065959.

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     Matjuschkin, V., Brooker, R.A., Tattitch, B., Blundy, J.D., Stamper, C., 2015, Control and monitoring of oxygen fugacity in piston cylinder experiments, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 169:9,  doi:10.1007/s00410-015-1105-z.

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