Exploring volcanic arcs as factories of critical minerals (2024–2028)

Volcanoes at destructive plate boundaries (magmatic arcs) host most global copper deposits, critical for renewable energy and in unprecedented rising demand. This project aims to use high-resolution geochemical zoning of erupted crystals to uncover how magmatic processes lead to copper mineralisation and explosive volcanic eruption in arc volcanoes. The expected outcome is new knowledge on the inner workings of volcanoes and their copper enrichment potential. Anticipated applications are refined exploration targeting for copper and improved volcano hazard assessment. This will benefit the Asia-Pacific region and enhance the capacity of mining companies in the global race to produce metals of the future.
Grant type:
ARC Future Fellowships
Funded by:
Australian Research Council