3D process modelling and data-driven analysis of ore-formation within the Middle and Lower Yangtze Metallogenic Belt (MLYMB)
This project aims to examine the MLYMB through a complex systems approach, taking into account that there may be feedback loops and strong interconnections between parts (the nodes) of the MLYMB system at microscopic, local and regional scales. The project aims to test the hypothesis that so called small world networks are characteristic of highly mineralised systems implying long range spatial connections between deposits. The system is viewed as a regional set of nodes at which open flow chemical reactors operate to produce ore bodies of various grades. Various models will be analysed which optimise the ore grades at specific nodes in the system, microscopic and local as well as regional, and their implications for mineral exploration. The approach is one of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, encompassing nonlinear dynamics and non-parametric data-driven visualisation and analysis of big data sets.