Dr Simon Jones is a Research Fellow based at University College Dublin. Simon obtained a BSc in Geology from Imperial College London (2007) and a PhD from the University of St Andrews (2020). He has worked in petroleum and mineral exploration, most recently for First Quantum Minerals as the Principal Geologist for Basin-Hosted Mineral Systems. He joined iCRAG in 2023. His research spans a variety of basin-hosted mineral systems including iron oxide-copper-gold (IOCGs), carbonate-hosted Pb-Zn, and volcanic massive sulphide (VMS) deposits. His primary field of interest is sediment-hosted stratiform copper, where he has extensive experience in the Central African Copperbelt (Zambia-DRC) and has worked on White Pine (Michigan), Creta (Oklahoma), Spar Lake (Montana), Kupferschiefer (Germany), Motheo (Botswana) and Dzhezkazgan (Kazakhstan).
Sediments accumulate in depressions in the Earth’s crust that geologists call basins. Over millions of years these sediments slowly turn to rock, and fluids trapped within them may begin to move. Under the right conditions these fluids can concentrate metals, such as copper, into mineable ore deposits.
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