This site stems from a PhD project (completed in September 2002) at Camborne School of Mines (Cornwall UK; now part of the Combined Universities in Cornwall - CUC) entitled 'The Tectonics of Variscan Magmatism & Mineralisation in South West England'. This project aimed to achieve an understanding of the emplacement tectonics of the Cornubian Batholith and how the changing stress fields from the Variscan onwards affected the intrusion of the granite and the subsequent phases of mineralisation. This work followed on directly from previous research on the chronology and tectonics of deformation in the metasediments carried out at CSM.

The following pages are an edited version of a literature review undertaken as part of my study. They include a full set of references for anyone wishing to follow up anything they read here. The work looks at curent theories regarding the Variscan Orogen and the emplacement of the granite, together with some data on geochemistry & geochronology. A section relating to mineralisation across the Cornubian Orefield has also been included.

Download times may take a little while, the printed version of this work reached some 100+ pages of A4, though here I've split it into a number of HTML pages.

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This page last updated 16/04/2006