ID FROM TYPE OF DEPOSIT
A   Syn- to late-orogenic ore deposits
A10 A Syn- to late-orogenic, fault-related ore deposits: Au, Zn, As, Sb, Cu, Ni, Co
A11 A10 Ductile shear-zone related "mesothermal" gold deposits (amphibolite to granulite facies): Au (As, Cu, Ag, W)
A12 A10 Brittle-ductile shear-zone related "mesothermal" gold deposits (greenschist facies): Au (Ag, W, As, Sb, Cu, Ni, Co, Bi, Te)
A13 A10 Brittle-fault related ore deposits (very low grade metamorphic facies): Au and/or Sb (Cu, As, Bi, Te, W, B, F, Sb, Hg, Ag)
A14 A10 Fold related Au-quartz-carbonate veins: Au and/or Sb (As, W, Ag)
A15 A10 BIF-related gold veins (epigenetic sulphidation): Au, Ag, As, (Fe)
A16 A10 Brittle-fault related vein and silicified breccia ore deposits: Zn, Pb, Ag, Cu ("BPGC") and/or F, Ba
A17 A10 Shear-zone related mesothermal uranium deposits: U, (Fe, Cu, Pb, Zn, Se)
A18 A10 Shear-zone related emerald deposits in basic-ultrabasic rocks or black shales (Muzo): emerald, (P, REE, F)
A20 A Atypical syn- to late-orogenic ore deposits
A30 A Unspecified syn- to late-orogenic ore deposits
B   Ore deposits related to basic-ultrabasic magmatic rocks
B10 B Fault-related ore deposits in a magmatic context: Cu, As-Co-Cu-Ni-Ag-Bi
B11 B10 Fault-related Cu veins hosted by basic intrusions (Churchill): Cu, (Ag)
B12 B10 Five-element associated (or Co arsenide polymetallic) veins: As, Co, Cu, Ni, Ag, Bi, U (Sb, Hg, Se, F, Ba)
B20 B Ore deposits hosted by basic-ultrabasic magmatic complexes: PGE, Cr, Ni, Cu, Au
B21 B20 Sulphide deposits hosted by ultrabasic rocks: PGE, Ni, Cu, (Co)
B22 B20 PGE ("reef-type") deposits hosted by basic-ultrabasic complexes: PGE, Cr, (Au)
B23 B20 Ore deposits in layered ring complexes (Ural and Alaskan sub-types): PGE, Cr
B24 B20 Chromitite deposits in layered basic-ultrabasic complexes: Cr
B30 B Ore deposits hosted by basic intrusions: Fe, Ti, V, Ni-Cu (Au, Co)
B31 B30 Astrobleme-related sulphide deposits associated with basic sill-like intrusions (Sudbury): Ni, Cu, (PGE, Co, Au)
B32 B30 Sulphide deposits hosted by basic (tholeiite and troctolite) intrusions: Ni-Cu, (Co, PGE)
B33 B30 Anorthosite-hosted ilmenite and hematite-ilmenite deposits: Ti, Fe, V, (Cr, Mn, Ni)
B34 B30 Gabbro-norite hosted deposits of disseminated-titano-magnetite: Fe, Ti, (V, P)
B40 B Ore deposits hosted by basic-ultrabasic lavas: Cu-Ni-PGE (Co, Ti)
B41 B40 Sulphide deposits in basic dykes and sills associated with flood basalts (Norils'k): Cu-Ni-PGE, (Co, Ti)
B42 B40 Komatiite-hosted ore deposits (Kambalda): Cu-Ni, (PGE)
B43 B40 Basalt-related copper deposits (Michigan): Cu, (Ag, Zn, Cd)
B50 B Ophiolite-hosted ore deposits: Cr, (PGE)
B51 B50 Podiform chromite deposits: Cr
B52 B50 Ophiolite-hosted PGE-rich deposits: PGE, Cr
B60 B Diamondiferous kimberlites and lamproites: diamond
B61 B60 Diamondiferous kimberlites (pipes and dykes): diamond
B62 B60 Diamondiferous lamproites: diamond
B70 B Ore deposits of basic to ultrabasic affinity: Hg, Sb, As, (Co, Ni, Au, Ag, Cu, Zn)
B71 B70 Cinnabar deposits hosted by sediments injected by basic diatremes (Almaden): Hg, (As, Sb)
B72 B70 Cinnabar-silica-carbonate deposits hosted by serpentinized intrusions (New Almaden): Hg, (Sb, Cu, Zn)
B73 B70 Ore veins hosted by basic and ultrabasic rocks: As, Sb
B74 B70 Ore veins and bodies hosted by ultrabasic rocks: Co, Ni, As, (Au, Ag)
B75 B70 Asbestos, talc or magnesite deposits hosted by basic and ultrabasic rocks
B76 B70 Listwaenites (associated with ductile to brittle-ductile faults): Au, (Cr)
B80 B70 Hydrothermal and atypical PGE deposits: PGE, Au, Cu
B81 B70 PGE-bearing hydrothermal veins and breccias, and remobilization deposits: PGE, Au, Cu, (Ni, As, Bi, Te)
B82 B70 Ophiolite-hosted hydrothermal PGE deposits: PGE
B90 B Unspecified ore deposits related to basic-ultrabasic magmatic rocks
C   Ore deposits in an acid and alkaline plutonic context
C10 C Carbonatite-hosted ore deposits: REE, Nb,Ti, Zr, U, Th, (P, F, Cu, Ba, Sr, etc)
C11 C10 Nepheline-carbonatite hosted Nb deposits: Nb, (P, REE, Ba, Sr, etc)
C12 C10 Nepheline-carbonatite hosted REE deposits: REE
C13 C10 Carbonatite-hosted Cu-U-apatite deposits: Cu, U, apatite, (REE, Au, Ag, Ni, PGE, Se, vermiculite)
C14 C10 Carbonatite-hosted apatite deposit: P
C15 C10 Calcitic carbonatite hosted fluorite deposits: F
C20 C Ore deposits related to alkaline to peralkaline intrusive complexes: Nb-Ta, REE, Zr, Y, Ce, U, Au, Cu, F
C21 C20 Rare-metal and uranium deposits related to peralkaline complexes: Nb, Ta Zr, Y, Ce, REE, (Be, U, Th, Ga)
C22 C20 Intrusive alaskite hosted deposits of disseminated uranium in highly migmatized complexes: U
C23 C20 Uranium deposits related to alkali-silicate "metasomatites" (albitites, etc): U
C24 C20 Diatreme- or breccia-hosted iron-oxide-rich deposits: U-REE, Au, Cu, F
C30 C Iron ore (magnetite and/or hematite) deposits in an anorogenic volcano-plutonic context: Fe-P, Cu-U-Au
C31 C30 Magnetite-apatite (tabular bodies, pipes, dykes) deposits (Kiruna): Fe, P
C32 C30 Polymetallic breccia-fill deposits (Olympic Dam): Cu, U, Au, (Co, Ag, REE, F, Ba, P)
C40 C Granitoid controlled ore deposits: Au, Ag, Cu, Sn, W, Sb, gemstones
C41 C40 Mesothermal Au-sulphide rich intra- and peri-intrusive quartz veins: Au, Cu, (Mo, Bi, Ag, Pb, Zn)
C42 C40 Polymetallic peribatholithic veins: Pb-Zn-Cu, (Ag, Ge, U)
C43 C40 Granitic and perigranitic veins and stockworks (greisen): Sn-W, (Cu, Bi, Sb, base metals)
C44 C40 Uraniferous peri- or intragranitic (leucogranite) veins: U, (F, Ba, base metals, Fe)
C50 C Porphyry and porphyry-related ore deposits: Cu, Au, Mo, Sn, Ag, (W, Pb, Zn, etc)
C51 C50 Porphyry copper deposits: Cu, (Mo, Se, Au, Ag)
C52 C50 Porphyry Cu-Au deposits: Cu, Au, (Ag, Bi, Te)
C53 C50 Porphyry Cu-Mo and Mo deposits: Cu, Mo, (W, U, Re)
C54 C50 Porphyry Sn deposits (stock or dome-related): Sn +/- Ag
C55 C50 Porphyry wolfram deposits: W
C56 C50 Breccia-pipe deposits: Cu-Mo-(Au) and/or Au, (Mo, Ag, Cu, Pb, Zn)
C57 C50 Volcano-plutonic veins ("Andean"): W +/- Sn or W+/- polymetallic (Sb, Pb, Zn, Cu, Ag, F, Hg)
C60 C Pegmatites: Sn, Nb-Ta, Li-Be, gemstones, cryolite, mica, etc.
C61 C60 Zoned granitic pegmatites: Sn, Nb-Ta, Be-Li, U, mica, kaolin, (Rb, Cs, Sc)
C62 C60 Granitic and syenitic pegmatites: U, U-Th
C63 C60 Cryolite deposits
C64 C60 Gem-bearing pegmatites: Gemstones (beryl, sapphire, topaz, tourmaline, etc.)
C70 C Replacement deposits (skarns, mantos): Au, Cu, Pb, Zn, Ag, W, Mo, Sn, Fe
C71 C70 Au-Cu skarns: Au, Cu, (Ag, As, Bi, Te)
C72 C70 Cu skarns: Cu, (Au)
C73 C70 Pb-Zn-Ag skarns and mantos: Pb, Zn, Ag, (Au)
C74 C70 Sn - base-metal skarns and mantos: Sn, polymetallic
C75 C70 W (scheelite) - Mo skarns: W, (Mo)
C76 C70 Fe (magnetite) skarns: Fe, (Co)
C80 C Industrial rocks and minerals related to plutonic rocks: ornamental stone, feldspar, nepheline, etc.
C90 C Atypical or unspecified ore deposits associated with acid and alkaline plutonic rocks
D   Ore deposits related to volcanic systems and shallow intrusions
D10 D High-sulphidation (acid-sulphate) epithermal deposits: Au, Cu, (Hg, As, S)
D11 D10 Stratabound high-sulphidation epithermal replacement silica deposits: Au, (Hg, Cu)
D12 D10 High-sulphidation epithermal massive-enargite (gold) sulphide deposits: Cu, (As, Au)
D20 D Low-sulphidation (adularia-sericite) epithermal deposits: Au, Ag, Pb, Zn, Cu, Sb, (Hg, As, Mn, Tl)
D21 D20 Low-sulphidation epi- to mesothermal Ag – polymetallic veins: Pb, Zn, Ag, Mn, Cu, (As, Sb)
D22 D20 Fault and shear-zone controlled low-sulphidation epithermal veins: Au, Ag, (Mn)
D23 D20 Volcanic-dome related low-sulphidation epithermal deposits: Au, Ag
D24 D20 Vein and disseminated Sb deposits: Sb, Hg, As, (Au, Tl..)
D30 D Sediment-hosted ore deposits related to shallow intrusions: Au, Ag, Hg, Sb, As
D31 D30 Sediment-hosted vein and disseminated replacement deposits (Carlin): Au, Ag, (As, Sb, Hg)
D32 D30 Jasperoid-hosted stratabound low-sulphidation epithermal veins: Hg, Sb
D40 D Ore deposits associated with acid volcanic rocks: Sn, U, (W, Mo, Be, F, Li, As, Sb, Pb, Zn, Bi)
D41 D40 Rhyolite lava-dome hosted Sn vein and disseminated deposits (Mexican): Sn, (W, Mo, Be, F, Li, topaz, As, Sb, Pb, Zn, Bi)
D42 D40 Uraniferous vein, breccia and stratabound-disseminated deposits: U, (Mo, Cu, Se, F, Th, REE, Pb, Zn)
D50 D Shallow and surficial deposits: energy resources, precious and base metals, industrial rocks and minerals, etc.
D51 D50 High-sulphidation solfatara: S, pyrite
D52 D50 Low-sulphidation epithermal hot-spring sinter: Au, (Hg, Sb, As, Tl)
D53 D50 Geothermal energy (geothermal system): energy resource, (B)
D54 D50 Thermal springs: energy resource
D55 D50 Travertine-related deposits: Mn, (W)
D56 D50 Volcanic-hosted industrial rock and mineral deposits: bentonite, diatomite, kaolinite, pumice, opal, chalcedony, zeolite, vermiculite, perlite, etc
D60 D Atypical high- or low-sulphidation ore deposits
D70 D Unspecified ore deposits related to volcanic systems and shallow intrusions
E   Volcanogenic, volcano-sedimentary and sedimentary-exhalative ore deposits
E10 E Volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) deposits: Cu, Pb, Zn +/- Au-Ag, (Sn, S, As, Cd, Bi, etc)
E11 E10 Archean-Proterozoic type VMS Cu-Zn deposits (Noranda): Cu, Zn, (Au)
E12 E10 Deposits of volcanogenic massive and disseminated Cu-Au sulphides: Cu, Au, (Zn, Co, Mo, Bi)
E13 E10 Ophiolitic VMS Cu-Zn +/- Co deposits (Cyprus-Oman, Outokumpu): Cu, Zn, Co, (Au, Ag, Sn, Cd)
E14 E10 Besshi-type deposits (Kieslager): Zn, Cu, (Co, Ag, Ni, Cr, Au)
E15 E10 Phanerozoic-type VMS Zn-Pb-Cu deposits (Kuroko): Zn, Pb, Cu, (Au, Ag, Sn, Sb, Bi)
E16 E10 Phanerozoic-type VMS Au-rich Zn-Pb-(Cu) deposits: Zn, Pb, Au, Ag, (Cu, As, Sb, Ba)
E20 E Sedimentary-exhalative to volcano-sedimentary sulphide and silicate deposits: Pb-Zn-Ag, Ni-PGE, Au-B
E21 E20 Sedimentary-exhalative massive sulphide deposits (Sedex): Pb, Zn, (Ag, Ba)
E22 E20 Sheet-like enriched pyrite layers (phosphatic marine black shales-hosted): Ni-PGE- (Zn +/-Mo), (P, V, U, Ba, Se, As)
E23 E20 Stratabound tourmalinites: Au, B, (Co, As, Zn)
E30 E Sedimentary-exhalative to volcano-sedimentary Mn or Ba deposits: Mn, Ba
E31 E30 Volcano-sediment hosted Mn and "silicified umber" (jasper and chert) deposits: Mn, (Ba, tr. Zn, Cu, Pb)
E32 E30 Bedded barite deposits: Ba
E40 E Recent sea-floor hydrothermal and primary oxidation deposits: Cu, Au, Zn (Mn, Fe, Pb, As, Sb, Ni, etc.)
E41 E40 Ochre (submarine oxidation) deposits: Cu, Au
E42 E40 Black smoker and seamount deposits: Zn, Cu, Au, etc.
E43 E40 Recent metalliferous brines: Mn, Fe, Zn, Pb, Cu, (Au, Ag, As, Sb, Ni, Ba)
E50 E Atypical volcano-sedimentary and sedimentary-exhalative ore deposits: metamorphosed VMS or Sedex deposits, etc
E60 E Unspecified volcano-sedimentary and sedimentary-exhalative deposits
F   Ore deposits related to sedimentary rocks
F10 F Modified paleoplacers: U, Au, diamond
F11 F10 Modified paleoplacers (quartz-pebble conglomerate): Au, U, (pyrite)
F12 F10 Gold-hematite paleoplacers: Au, (hematite)
F13 F10 Diamond paleoplacers: diamond
F20 F Red Bed (sandstone) hosted base-metal deposits: Cu, Pb-Zn-Ag, F-Ba
F21 F20 Red Bed hosted copper deposits: Cu, (Ag)
F22 F20 Red Bed hosted lead deposits: Pb, Ag, Zn
F23 F20 Sandstone +/- dolomite hosted stratabound ore deposits: F, Ba, (Pb, Zn)
F30 F Black-shale hosted ore deposits: Cu-Co-PGE, V, W, REE
F31 F30 Kupferschiefer (or Cu shale) deposits: Cu, Co, (PGE, Ag, Au, U, etc.)
F32 F30 Vanadiferous deposits hosted by gypsum-bearing shale with bituminous intervals: V
F34 F30 Monazite-rich black shale: REE
F40 F Carbonate-hosted base-metal deposits: Pb-Zn-Ag, Ba, F
F41 F40 Carbonate-hosted stratabound and vein Pb-Zn deposits (Mississippi Valley type [MVT]): Pb, Zn, Ag, (Ba, F, Cd, U)
F42 F40 Carbonate-hosted stratabound and vein Ba or F deposits (MVT): Ba, F, (Pb, Zn)
F43 F40 Polymetallic deposits associated with diapirs: Pb, Zn, Ba, (Sr, S, etc.)
F44 F40 Dolomite-hosted replacement breccia-pipe deposits (Kipushi): Cu, Pb, Zn, (Ag, Co, Ge, Ga, Mo, W, Sn, Bi, U, V)
F50 F Sedimentary Fe and Mn deposits: Fe, Mn
F51 F50 Oolitic iron-ore deposits (Clinton, Minette): Fe
F52 F50 Banded iron formations (BIF "Superior Fe"): Fe
F53 F50 Banded iron formations with associated volcanics (BIF "Algoma"): Fe, (Mn)
F54 F50 Sedimentary manganese deposits
F55 F50 Recent sea-floor polymetallic nodule deposits: Mn, (Co, Ni, etc)
F60 F Sedimentary uranium deposits: U, (V, Mo, Ni, Cu, Zn, Pb, As)
F61 F60 Unconformity-related uranium deposits: U, (V, Mo, Ni, Cu, Zn, Pb, As)
F62 F60 Uraniferous sandstones (roll-type, tabular and basal channel): U, (V, Cu)
F63 F60 Uraniferous black shales: U, (Mo, V, Cu)
F64 F60 Uraniferous phosphorites: U, P
F65 F60 Uraniferous coal and lignite deposits: U
F66 F60 Other uraniferous sedimentary deposits (bone beds, limestone, dolomite): U
F67 F60 Uraniferous collapse breccia pipes: U
F70 F Fossil fuel deposits: C, hydrocarbons, (U, S)
F71 F70 Coal deposits
F72 F70 Lignite deposits
F73 F70 Peat deposits
F74 F70 Oil deposits: oil, (S)
F75 F70 Oil shales, bituminous sandstones and limestones: oil, (S)
F76 F70 Gas deposits: gas, (S)
F80 F Sedimentary phosphate deposits: P, (U)
F81 F80 Phosphorites (or sedimentary phosphates): P, (U)
F90 F Evaporite- and brine-related deposits: K, Na, Mg, Li, B, Br, Cl, I, industrial rocks and minerals
F91 F90 Salts and gypsum deposits: Na, K, Mg, Ca, (Sr, Li, Cl, Br, I, etc.)
F92 F90 Lacustrine deposits (sebkha, salar, alkaline lake): Li, B, (Na, Mg, Ca, nitrate, sulphate, etc.)
F93 F90 Evaporite-related industrial rocks and minerals: Attapulgite, gypsum, anhydrite, magnesite, sulphur
G   Industrial rocks and minerals related to sedimentary or metamorphic rocks
G10 G Sediment-related industrial rocks and minerals: clays, limestone, dolomite, calcite, silica sand, quartzite, etc.
G20 G Slate, marble and ornamental-stone deposits
G30 G Industrial rocks and minerals related to metamorphic rocks: andalusite group, wollastonite, graphite, etc.
H Supergene ore deposits
H10 H Modern placers, deposits associated with tillites, etc.: Au, Pt, Sn,Ti, REE, diamond, gemstones, (Zr, etc.)
H11 H10 Beach sands and offshore placers: Au, Pt, Sn,Ti, REE, diamond, gemstones, (Zr, etc.)
H12 H10 Alluvial-eluvial placers: Au, Pt, Sn, Ti, REE, diamond, gemstones, (Zr, etc)
H13 H10 Eolian-related ore deposits: Sn, etc
H14 H10 Deposits associated with tillites, subdesert fan deposits, etc.
H20 H Residually enriched ore deposits: Fe, Mn, Ni-Co, Au, Pt, P, U, corundum, etc.
H21 H20 Laterite-related ore deposits: Fe, Mn, Ni-Co, Au, Pt, corundum, P, REE, Nb, etc.
H22 H20 Bauxite and Al-rich rock deposits (karst, laterite and Tikhvinsk types): Al, (Fe, Ga)
H23 H20 Gossan (VMS, MVT, Veins, etc.) -related deposits: Au, Ag, Zn
H24 H20 Uraniferous duricrust deposits (calcrete, silcrete, phoscrete): U
H25 H20 Other surficial uraniferous deposits (karst, pedogenic, fracture fill): U
H30 H Secondary sulphide and oxide (cementation) deposits: Cu, (Au, Ag)
H31 H30 Secondary Cu oxide (cementation) deposits: Cu
H32 H30 Secondary Cu sulphide (cementation) deposits: Cu
H40 H Supergene industrial rock and mineral deposits: clays, kaolin, silica sand, etc.
H50 H Atypical supergene deposits
H51 H50 Exotic supergene Cu deposits: Cu
H60 H Unspecified supergene ore deposits
I   Anthropic deposits: industrial and mining wastes
I10 I Mine tailings and stockpiles: Au, Ag, Co, REE, etc.
I20 I Industrial wastes (slags, bottom ash): Co, V, Ti
J   Unspecified ore deposit type
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