Shallow Drilling of Seafloor Hydrothermal Systems Using the BGS Rockdrill: Conical Seamount (New Ireland Fore-Arc) and PACMANUS (Eastern Manus Basin), Papua New Guinea.

Petersen, Sven , Herzig, Peter, Kuhn, Thomas, Monecke, T., Franz, L., Hannington, Mark D. and Gemmel, J.B. (2005) Shallow Drilling of Seafloor Hydrothermal Systems Using the BGS Rockdrill: Conical Seamount (New Ireland Fore-Arc) and PACMANUS (Eastern Manus Basin), Papua New Guinea. Marine Georesources & Geotechnology, 23 (3). pp. 175-193. DOI 10.1080/10641190500192185.

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Abstract

From September to October 2002, shallow drilling, using the submersible (5 m) Rockdrill of the British Geological Survey and the German R/V Sonne revealed critical information on the subsurface nature of two distinct hydrothermal systems in the New Ireland fore-arc and the Manus Basin of Papua New Guinea. Drilling at Conical Seamount significantly extends the known surface extent of the previously discovered vein-style gold mineralization (up to 230 g/t Au) at this site. Drilling the conventional PACMANUS volcanic-hosted massive sulfide deposit recovered complexly textured massive sulfide with spectacular concentrations of gold in several core sections including 0.5 m @ 28 g/t Au, 0.35 m @ 30 g/t Au, and 0.20 m @ 57 g/t Au. Shallow drilling is a fast and cost efficient method that bridges the gap between surface sampling and deep (ODP) drilling and will become a standard practice in the future study of seafloor hydrothermal systems and massive sulfide deposits.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: Seafloor massive sulfides, shallow drilling, conical seamount, PACMANUS, gold, RV Sonne, SO166
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > D-DIR Directorate
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB4 Dynamics of the Ocean Floor > FB4-MUHS Magmatic and Hydrothermal Systems
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1080/10641190500192185
ISSN: 1064-119X
Projects: IGCP Project 502
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Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2008 16:51
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 10:13
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/6260

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