Applied mineral exploration methods, hydrothermal fluids, baro-acoustic decrepitation, CO2 rich fluids

How CO2 inclusions form from aqueous fluids

Understanding heterogeneous fluids : why gold is not transported in CO2 fluids

Gold-quartz deposits form from aqueous heterogeneous fluids: NOT from CO2 fluids

Inclusion shapes can prove heterogeneous FI trapping

Disproportional FI trapping from heterogeneous fluids explains gas-dominant systems

A discussion of H2 analysis by mass spectrometry

A mechanism to form H2 in the MS ioniser during analyses


Sangan skarn Fe deposits, Iran

New model 205 decreptiometer

Studies of 6 Pegmatite deposits

A study of the Gejiu tin mine, China

Exploration using palaeo-hydrothermal fluids

Using opaque minerals to understand ore fluids

Understanding baro-acoustic decrepitation.

An introduction to fluid inclusions and mineral exploration applications.

 Interesting Conferences:

AGCC expo, Adelaide, Aust. Oct. 14-18 2018


ECROFI, June 24-26, Budapest, Hungary

AOGS, Singapore, 28 Jul-2 Aug 2019

SGA, Glasgow Scotland, Aug. 27-30 2019

Comprehensive Geology Conference Calendar

Bibliography of recent Decrepitation articles

(In date order)

BURLINSON, K. (1980) - Fluid inclusion procedures for exploration - a literature survey. Company report. 28pp.
(A 4.2 Mbyte pdf of this old report is here)

BURLINSON, K. (1981) - Decrepitometry Application Note 1, Porphyry type deposits. Company Report. 8pp.

BURLINSON, K. (1982) - The fluid inclusion technique in exploration for gold mineralisation. Company report. 12 pp.

BURLINSON, K., DUBESSY, J.C., HLADKY, G. and WILKINS, R.W.T. (1983) - The use of fluid inclusion decrepitometry to distinguish mineralised and barren quartz veins in the Aberfoyle tin-tungsten mine area, Tasmania. J.Geochem. Explor, 2129, 319-333.    (Full paper as pdf - 3.2 Mbyte)  

BURLINSON, K. (1984) - Exploration for gold at Pine Creek and Tennant Creek, N.T. and at Halls Creek, W.A. using the fluid inclusion decrepitation technique [extended abstract,  as a pdf file]Aust.I.M.M. Darwin Conference, 1984, 373-375. 

BURLINSON, K. (1984) - Fluid inclusion decrepitation as a gold exploration technique in the Pine Creek area, N.T. [abstract only]. Abstracts, Seventh Australian geological convention, Sydney, 1984, 84-85.

HLADKY, G. and WILKINS, R.W.T. (1985) - A new approach to the theory and practice of decrepitometry of minerals. CSIRO Research Review, 1985, 135-136.

BURLINSON, K. and MACKIE, A.W. (1986) - Geology & fluid inclusion decrepitation studies at the Arltunga goldfield, N.T. [abstract only]. Abstracts, Eighth Australian geological convention, Adelaide, 1986, 35-36.

HLADKY, G. and WILKINS, R.W.T. (1987a) - A new approach to fluid inclusion decrepitometry. Practice. Chem. Geol. 2621, 37-46.  (Full paper as pdf, 2.8 Mbyte)

HLADKY, G. and WILKINS, R.W.T. (1987b) - An evaluation of fluid inclusion decrepitometry using quartz from the Kingsgate moybdenite-bismuth deposits, New South Wales, Australia. Nues Jahrb. Mineral. Monatsh. V12, 537-549.  (full preprint as pdf, 3.2Mbyte)

HO, S.E. (1987) - Fluid inclusions: Their potential as an exploration tool for Archaen gold deposits. Recent advances in understanding precambrian gold deposits, Geology dept and University Extension, University of Western Australia, 1987.

BURLINSON, K. (1988) - An instrument for fluid inclusion decrepitometry and examples of its application. Bull. Mineral. 111, 3-4, 267-278.  (Full paper as pdf 3.5 Mbyte)

CHRYSSOULIS, S.L. and RANKIN, A.H. (1988) - Decrepitometry of fluid inclusions in quartz from the Guadalcazar granite of Mexico; Principles and application to mineral exploration. Mineral. Deposita 23, 42-49.

BURLINSON, K. (1988) - The recognition of variations in sample suites using fluid inclusion decrepitation - applications in mineral exploration. J. Geol. Soc. India, No 11, 67-78.    [Full paper as a pdf file]

BURLINSON, K. (1989) - Decrepitation as an aid to Microthermometry. [Abstract only] Second biennial Pan-American conference on research on fluid inclusions (PACROFI II) Jan 4-7 1989, Virginia Polytechnic Inst., Blacksburg, Virginia. (Also in Fluid Inclusion Research V22, 1989).

BURLINSON, K. (1991) - Decrepitation studies in gold exploration. A case history from the Cotan prospect, N.T., Aust. J. Geochem. Explor. 42, 143-156. [Full paper as a pdf file]

WILKINS, R.W.T., HLADKY, G., GRATIER, J. and JENATTON, L. (1992) - Some relationships between cracks and fluid inclusions. PACROFI IV, Program and Abstracts 89-90. (See also Fluid Inc. Research V25, 1992, 236-237.)

ALDERTON, D.H.M., RANKIN, A.H. and THOMPSON, M. (1992) - Fluid inclusion chemistry as a guide to tin mineralization in the Dartmoor granite, south-west England. J.Geochem. Explor. 46, 163-185.

MAVROGENES, J.A., McQUEEN, K.G., BODNAR, R.J. and BURLINSON, K. (1993) - Decrepitation, microthermometric and compositional characteristics of barren versus auriferous mesothermal quartz veins. Archiwum mineralogiczne, v49 no. 1, 145-148. (See also Fluid Inc. research, V26 1993, 110-111.) (Full abstract as a pdf 0.5Mbyte)

MAVROGENES, J.A., BODNAR, R.J., GRANEY, J.R., McQUEEN, K.G. and BURLINSON, Kingsley (1995) - Comparison of decrepitation, microthermometric and compositional characteristics of fluid inclusions in barren and auriferous mesothermal quartz veins of the Cowra Creek gold district, New South Wales, Australia. J. Geochem. Explor. 54, 167-176.

PARTAMIES, S.A.G. and POUTIAINEN, M.A.J. (2001) - Application of acoustic fluid inclusion decrepitometry to gold exploration in Finland. Geochemistry: Expl.Env. Anal. 1, 109-118.

BURLINSON, K (2001) - Fluid Inclusions for exploration - the acoustic decrepitation method. 20th International Geochemical Exploration Symposium, Santiago de Chile, May 2001. (Abstract only).  Full presentation     Poster  

POUTIAINEN, M. and PARTAMIES, A. (2003) - Fluid inclusion characteristics of Auriferous quartz veins in archean and paleaoproterozoic greenstone belts of eastern and southern Finland.  Econ. Geol V98, 7, 1355-1370.

PHILLIPS, G.N. & EVANS, K.A.   (2004)   - Role of CO2 in the formation of gold deposits. Nature V429, 24 June, 2004, p860-863. (full pdf)

BURLINSON, K. (2006) - Acoustic decrepitation as a rapid means of determining CO2 (and other gas) content of inclusion fluids and its use in exploration. An explanation of the acoustic decrepitation behaviour of gas rich fluid inclusions. First Asia Current Research on Fluid Inclusion meeting (ACROFI-I), Nanjing, China, May 2006. (Abstract only).

BURLINSON, K. (2006) - Decrepitation results from Shandong and Hebei gold mines - Auriferous fluids without CO2First Asia Current Research on Fluid Inclusion meeting (ACROFI-I), Nanjing, China, May 2006. (Abstract only).

BURLINSON, K. (2006) - Hydrothermal fluid chemistry in exploration. Acoustic decrepitation as a method of locating potentially auriferous quartz systems formed from CO2 rich fluids. Aust. earth sciences convention 2006 (18th AGC), Melbourne, Australia, July 2006. (Extended Abstract only as pdf file).

BURLINSON, K. (2007) - Acoustic Decrepitation as a means of rapidly determining CO2 (and other gas) contents in fluid inclusions and its use in exploration, with examples from gold mines in the Shandong and Hebei provinces, China. Acta Geologica Sinica. 2007, V23, 65-71. (Full paper).

BURLINSON, K. (2007) - An updated understanding of acoustic emission decrepitation. ECROFI 14, Bern, July 2007. (Abstract only) (Full presentation)

BURLINSON, K. (2007) Exploration for gold using fluid inclusions - the acoustic decrepitation technique. With examples from Hebei, China and El penon, Chile. 23rd IAG symposium, Spain, June 2007. (Extended abstract)  Full presentation

BURLINSON, K. (2008) - An updated understanding of the baro-acoustic decrepitation method. Second Asian Current Research on Fluid Inclusion meeting (ACROFI-II), Kharagpur, India, Nov 2008. (Extended Abstract).  Full paper  here (as html)

BURLINSON, K. (2009) - Gold exploration using fluid inclusions. Geosciences NZ annual meeting, Nov. 2009, Oamaru. (Abstract only)

BURLINSON, K. (2010) - Gold exploration using baro-acoustic decrepitation. International Mineralogical Association meeting, Budapest, July 2010. (Abstract only).     [Full presentation]

BURLINSON, K., MERNAGH, T., GABOURY, D.,  JIUHUA Xu,  and LONGHUALIN (2012) - Fluid inclusion studies using opaque minerals.   ACROFI-4 meeting, Brisbane 2012.   [Full presentation]

BURLINSON, K. 2013 - Geochemical exploration using palaeo-hydrothermal fluids. SGA 2013 meeting, Uppsala, Sweden. (oral presentation)

BURLINSON, K. 2013 - A discussion to point out errors in H2 analyses of fluid inclusion volatiles by mass spectrometry. Economic Geology, August 2013 V108 #5 p1211.

Marta Sośnicka, Ronald J. Bakker, Curt Broman, Iain Pitcairn, Ihor Paranko & Kingsley Burlinson. Fluid types and their genetic meaning for the BIF-hosted iron ores, Krivoy Rog, Ukraine.  Ore Geology Reviews 68 (2015) 171194      Extract (PDF file)(3.5 Mbyte) here

Fatemeh Sepidbar, Hassan Mirnejad, Jian-Wei Li, Chunjing Wei, Luke L. George, Kingsley Burlinson.  Mineral geochemistry of the Sangan skarn deposit, NE Iran: Implication for the evolution of hydrothermal fluid.      Chemie der Erde (2017)          (PDF file, 5.8Mbyte here)

BURLINSON, K. 2017 Gold deposition from heterogeneous aqueous, CO2-rich fluids: resolving the enigmatic and misleading hypothesis of deposition from CO2 only fluids.  (On this website)

K. Burlinson,  Dec 2017

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