Einaudi, Marco T. Department of Applied Earth Science, Stanford University, Stanford, California.
- Characteristic features and origin
- Classification of deposits
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A broad range of rock types made up of calc-silicate minerals such as garnet, regardless of their association with ores, that originate by replacement of precursor rocks. It was a term originally coined by miners in reference to rock consisting of coarse-grained, calc-silicate minerals associated with iron ores in central Sweden. Ore deposits that contain skarn an gangue are termed skarn deposits; such deposits are the world's premier sources of tungsten. They are also important sources of copper, iron, molybdenum, zinc, and other metals. Skarns also serve as sources of industrial minerals such as graphite, asbestos, and magnesite. See also: Ore and mineral deposits; Silicate minerals
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