Crustal evolution and metallogenesis

The line of research focuses on the geological evolution of the Brazilian territory, other countries in Central and South America and other continents, on a regional and local scale, with the aim of defining the factors that control the genesis of rocks mineral deposits, striving to use this knowledge as a means of understanding the geodynamic processes and establishing genetic models capable of subsidising mineral exploration. The researchers involved in this line use a variety of methods and techniques, such as geological mapping, geochronology, petrology, geochemistry of major elements and rock and mineral traces, geochemistry of stable and radiogenic isotopes, fluid inclusions, structural geology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, geophysics and remote sensing, required to understand the evolution of the terrestrial crust and the geological controls that determine the situation, location and economic value of mineral resources.