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Episodes 1987; 10(4): 297-302

Published online December 1, 1987


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Changing Thoughts About Mineral Deposits: The 5th to 28th IGC

Brian J. Skinner

Geology and Geophysics at Yale University (New Haven, CT 06520, U.S.A.)

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A century ago North American geologists showed little interest in the genesis of ore deposits, but by the time of the 1933 IGC in Washington there was a major emphasis on magmatic hydrothermalism, led by Waldemar Lindgren. This review traces the development of thinking on ore deposits to the contemporary focus on mineral deposit models.