Over half of the world´s presently exploited metal deposits were formed in a submarine environment, the majority by processes relatedto rifting of arc crust. Such rifting is observed today in eastern Papua New Guinea, where a complex microplate mosaic offers a uniqueopportunity to study crustal growth and mineral endowment of emerging continental crust. Using an integrated approach of multibeammapping, geophysics including seismology, electromagnetics, heat flow and gravimetry, visual observations and sampling, DYNAMET willexplore the links between geodynamics and metallogeny in the New Ireland Basin. SO299 will use an integrated approach to study oneof the world’s most complicated yet mineral-rich belts and attempt to address a major unsolved question about the region: why has somuch metal been added to the crust at this location?

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