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Special Issues published

in 2017


Total of 119 articles; 13 accepted in the 2017 run, the rest accepted between 2015 and 2016


Top 5 countries from which papers were submitted in 2017: China, Australia, Iran, US-Canada, UK

SIs published in 2017

Special Issue Title

Guest Editors

Cover date

number of articles

Vol No

Urals deposits

Richard Herrington, Steven Hollis,

Valery Maslennikov,

Olga Plotinskaya, Svetlana Tessalina




Marine Mineral Deposits

Georgy Cherkashov, James R. Hein




Yanshanian ore deposits

Guoxiang Chi, Weidong Sun, Deru Xu, Yanhua Zhang, Zhaochong Zhang




Chromite petrogenesis

Sisir K. Mondal, Ria Mukherjee




Ni-Cu-PGE Symposium

Marco Fiorentini, Margaux LeVaillant, David Mole




Tethys Metallogeny

Jun Deng,  M Santosh, Qingfei Wang, Liqiang Yang




China Metallogeny Part 1

Nan Li, Keyan Xiao, Leon Bagas





Overviews of Special Issues published in 2017

Special Issues are increasingly a fundamental component of Ore Geology Reviews. The topics covered by Special Issues effectively comprises almost every aspects of mineral systems, ranging from specific regions, mineral or metal species, metallogenic belts to ocean environments, to prospectivity analyses, etc. The overviews given below are largely extracted from the published editorials by the Guest Editors of the relevant Special Issue (see Table above).


An overview of mineral deposits in the Urals; Herrington R, Hollis S, Maslennikov V, Plotinskaya O, Tessalina S (eds); v. 85: pages 1-215


The Urals Orogenic belt (or Uralides) is a ca. 2500 km-long belt extending from the islands of Novaya Zemlya in the Arctic through to the Aral Sea in the south. The Urals host numerous and diverse VMS, gold, iron and porphyry deposits. Papers published in this Special Issue, focus on advances in understanding of mineral endowment of the Urals, with examples covering early development of intraoceanic arcs through to deposits resulting from subsequent closure of the Urals Palaeo-ocean during and after collisional events. A new review of the mineral endowment of the Urals is discussed, as are the lead signature of VMS deposits, which are usually well preserved in the southern Urals, as recorded by fossil seafloor vents. In the southern Urals, these structures share many similarities with modern ocean floor systems. Porphyry copper deposits are covered in the next group of papers. Late subduction and collisional events in the trans-Uralian zone are linked to development of intrusion-related skarns. Gold deposits in the Urals include Carlin-type, orogenic and skarns, many of which led to the formation of auriferous placers.

Marine mineral deposits: new resources for base, precious and critical metals; Hein JR, Cherkasov GA (eds); v. 87: pages 1-192


Deep-ocean mining is evolving at an amazing pace, with more than 2.5 x 106 km2 under contract for exploration and increasing monthly. Global metal markets, establishment of regulatory frame-works by coastal nations, the International Seabed Authority, and technology developments are driving this global endeavour. Technology now exists for the mining of deep-ocean seafloor massive sulphides, manganese nodules, and phosphorite, as well as the final stages of development for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts. Articles in this issue report on discrimination of ferromanganese deposits that can be used with shipboard instruments, growth rates of ferromanganese crusts using magnetostratigraphy, crusts that occur within the Californian continental margin, Fe-Mn deposits from the Cretaceous seamounts in the Canary islands, the NW Pacific, the Arctic Ocean. The presence of significant amounts of REE and Y, and in some cases of Ni, Cu and Co, is reported. Studies on the source of sulphur (igneous and seawater) and on biota in marine hydrothermal fields are also discussed.

Yanshanian (Late Mesozoic) ore deposits in China; Xu D, Chi GX, Zhang YH, Zhang ZC, Sun WD (eds), v. 88: pages 481-840


The late Mesozoic tectono-thermal event in China, known as Yanshanian, is one of the most important for the development of mineral systems. These include metallogenic belts in the Jiaodong peninsula (a major repository of gold deposits), in the Middle-Lower Yangtze River Valley, the Jiangnan and Nanling belts in the South China Block, the south-eastern China Coast belt, and the Sanjiang belt in southwest China. Important contributions in this Special Issue can be summarized as follows: (1) A the ‘‘intracontinental reactivation” type, is suggested for the genesis of Au-(polymetallic) deposits  hosted within older metamorphic rocks and related to the Late Mesozoic basin-and-range extensional settings; (2) Late Mesozoic re-activation of the pre-existing structures by the Yanshanian tectono-thermal event(s) might be an important mechanism controlling large-scale mineralization; (3) A-type granites formed by partial melting of the Mesoproterozoic crust, but with inputs from mantle-derived melt are also favourable for Sn mineralization; (4) Calculated oxygen fugacities (ƒO2) of granitic magmas based on chemical compositions of primary biotite are confirmed to be effective proxy for distinguishing Cu-Au-Mo-W-Sn-Pb-Zn mineralized granites from barren granites; (5) A significant epoch of W–Sn magmatic-hydrothermal ore system at ca. 145-135 Ma is identified in the southeastern China Coast; and (6) In addition to traditional structural geology, mineralogy, petrology, geochemistry and geochronology, new analytical techniques (e.g. Cu isotopes) and data treatment method (e.g., Bi-dimensional empirical mode decomposition) can be used to provide more constraints for deep exploration.

Chromite: Petrogenetic indicator to ore deposits; Mondal SK, Mukherjee R (eds); v. 90: pages 63-307


This special issue assembled 16 articles documenting the latest knowledge on the various types of chromite ore deposits, genetically related to mafic-ultramafic magmatism, occurring at different time periods in the Earth’s geological history. A group of paper addresses formation of stratiform chromitites hosted in layered intrusions, probably best exemplified by the UG-1 chromitites of the Bushveld Igneous Complex. Another group of papers addresses various aspects of chromitites from orogenic belts, including ophiolite systems and Alaskan type zoned mafic-ultramafic intrusions, followed by papers discussing various aspects of late-magmatic and metamorphic processes, chromite compositions from Brazil, India, Turkey, Spain, Greece, Saudi Arabia, East Africa and the Central Asian Orogenic Belt.


Special Issue on the 13th International Ni-Cu-PGE Symposium, Fremantle, Western Australia;  Fiorentini M, LeVaillant M, Mole D (eds), v. 90: pages 323-771


This Special Issue is an outcome of the 13th International Ni-Cu-PGE Symposium, held in Fremantle (Western Australia) in September 2016. This special issue provides a comprehensive overview of some of the latest advances in the field of research on magmatic nickel-sulphides associated with mafic and ultramafic rocks. Topics comprise studies focused on: 1) the latest advances in analytical techniques used to provide new insights and data visualization in order to unravel some of the most controversial problems in magmatic ore deposits; 2) new experiments investigating the processes that lead to sulphide saturation and ore genesis; 3) physical processes related to magma emplacement and sulphide transport; 4) deposit-scale documentation of poorly known magmatic systems in new districts; and 5) re-evaluation of well-known mineral districts on the basis of new data and exploration results. Some interesting studies provide detailed documentation of poorly known magmatic systems in remote areas, such as the Musgrave Province of Western Australia. The special issue also provides overviews of  Permian magmatic Ni-Cu mineral systems from Western China, such as those in the Kalatongke district of the Southern Chinese Altai Orogenic Belt and the Huangshannan Ni-Cu sulphide deposit in the southern Central Asian Orogenic belt in the Eastern Tianshan. Two contributions investigate komatiite-hosted nickel sulphide systems, whereas three interesting studies focus on the recent advances on the characterisation of the metallogenic features of three Canadian PGE-rich mineral systems (Lac des Iles Complex, the W Horizon, Marathon Cu-Pd deposit and the Coldwell Alkaline Complex).


Metallogeny associated with multiple orogenesis in the Tethyan domain; Jun D,  Santosh M, Wang QF, Yang LG (eds); v. 88: pages 791-1117


The Tethyan tectonic domain in Tibet, Sanjiang, and Qinling–Qilian–Kunlun, China is characterized by the spatial overlap between the accretionary orogenesis during the evolution of Tethyan oceans and the India–Eurasia continental collision. Twenty two papers are presented, discussing mineral systems that include: porphyry Cu-Mo, such as the world-famous 43.3–33.0 Ma Jinshajiang–Red River porphyry metallogenic belt, polymetallic deposits, porphyry-skarns, Pb-Zn deposits, hot spring-type gold deposits and sedimentary bauxites. Seven articles reported on the metallogenic background including petrogenesis of igneous rocks related to the Tethyan evolution, geophysical crustal structure (seismic tomography) and stream sediment geochemical patterns.


Quantitative assessment of China’s mineral resources, Part 1; Bagas L, Xiao K, Jessell M, Li N (eds); v. 91: pages 1081-1161


The first part of this SI (Part 2 to follow in 2018) introduces mineral assessment resources conducted in China from 2006 to 2013. This Part 1 reports a systematic methodology of prospectivity analysis based on studies of metallogeny, prospecting indicators of specific deposit types and application of GIS-based statistics. In this Special Issue, synthetic methodology, including expert system, information integration, and quantitative extrapolation of mineral deposit resources for both brownfields and greenfields, are treated. It is the first time that one of the major emerging market economic countries organized and carried out such impressive, systematic, and multiple methodological plan, for a sustainable development of its economy and environment. The topics treated in this Special Issue can also be considered important world-wide, especially for developing countries.




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