Precambrian Rift: Genesis of Strata-Bound Ore Deposits

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Science  06 Sep 1968:
Vol. 161, Issue 3845, pp. 1002-1005
DOI: 10.1126/science.161.3845.1002


Study of deep seismic reflections has detected a Precambrian rift valley below flat-lying sediments in southern Alberta. The anomalous magnetic and gravity trends show that the rift is continuous across Alberta and British Columbia (through the Kimberley lead-zinc field) and possibly the Coeur d'Alene mining district of Idaho. There is evidence that these ore bodies were deposited in a Precambrian rift under conditions similar to those prevailing in the hot-brine areas of the modern Red Sea.