Dr. Clifford Patten

  • Institut für Angewandte Geowissenschaften 
    Professur für Geochemie & Lagerstättenkunde


    KIT - Karlsruher Institut für Technologie
    Campus Süd
    Adenauerring 20b, Gebäude 50.40
    76131 Karlsruhe 

Research activities

The scope of my research is to better constrain the distribution and mobility of metals during the formation and evolution of the oceanic crust.

Important fluxes of metals occur during oceanic crust formation, alteration and, eventually, collision or subduction. These fluxes, when the conditions are appropriates, can lead to the formation of various type of hydrothermal ore deposits such as volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits. The source areas of the metals trapped in these deposits, however, are not well constrained and their investigation can provide important information on their genesis.

Publications


2024
Journal Articles
Disruption of a high‐pressure unit during exhumation: Example of the Cycladic Blueschist unit (Thera, Ios and Naxos islands, Greece)
Peillod, A.; Patten, C. G. C.; Drüppel, K.; Beranoaguirre, A.; Zeh, A.; Gudelius, D.; Hector, S.; Majka, J.; Kleine-Marshall, B. I.; Karlson, A.; Gerdes, A.; Kolb, J.
2024. Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 42 (2), 225–255. doi:10.1111/jmg.12753
2023
Journal Articles
Improved whole rock low detection limit gold analysis by LA-ICP-MS utilizing pressed-powder-pellets
Patten, C. G. C.; Beranoaguirre, A.; Hector, S.; Gudelius, D.; Kolb, J.; Eiche, E.
2023. International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, 488, Article no: 117039. doi:10.1016/j.ijms.2023.117039
New Insights on the formation of the Jingchong Cu-Co-Pb-Zn deposit, South China: Evidence from sphalerite mineralogy and muscovite 40Ar-39Ar dating
Peng, E.; Kolb, J.; Walter, B. F.; Frenzel, M.; Patten, C. G. C.; Xu, D.; Wang, Y.; Gan, J.; Beranoaguirre, A.; Wang, Z.
2023. Ore Geology Reviews, Article no: 105667. doi:10.1016/j.oregeorev.2023.105667
2022
Journal Articles
Tectonic setting, fluid inclusion and gold mineralization of the southwest Poli region (northern Cameroon Domain)
Ngounouno, F. Y.; Negue, E. N.; Kolb, J.; Walter, B.; Teda Soh, A. C.; Patten, C.; Ngounouno, I.
2022. Journal of African Earth Sciences, 194, Art.-Nr.: 104579. doi:10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2022.104579
Ultramafic-hosted volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits: an overlooked sub-class of VMS deposit forming in complex tectonic environments
Patten, C. G. C.; Coltat, R.; Junge, M.; Peillod, A.; Ulrich, M.; Manatschal, G.; Kolb, J.
2022. Earth-Science Reviews, 224, Artk.Nr.: 103891. doi:10.1016/j.earscirev.2021.103891
2021
Journal Articles
Differences in decompression of a high-pressure unit : A case study from the Cycladic Blueschist Unit on Naxos Island, Greece
Peillod, A.; Majka, J.; Ring, U.; Drüppel, K.; Patten, C.; Karlsson, A.; Włodek, A.; Tehler, E.
2021. Lithos, 386-387, Art.-Nr. 106043. doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2021.106043
2020
Journal Articles
An Improved Analytical Protocol for the Determination of Sub-nanogram Gold in 1–2 g Rock Samples Using GFAAS After Polyurethane Foam Pretreatment
Liu, Y.; Wang, Z.; Xue, D.; Yang, Y.; Li, W.; Cheng, H.; Patten, C.; Wan, B.
2020. Atomic spectroscopy, 41 (3), 131–140. doi:10.46770/AS.2020.03.006
Metal fluxes during magmatic degassing in the oceanic crust: sulfide mineralisation at ODP site 786B, Izu-Bonin forearc
Patten, C. G. C.; Pitcairn, I. K.; Alt, J. C.; Zack, T.; Lahaye, Y.; Teagle, D. A. H.; Markdahl, K.
2020. Mineralium deposita, 55, 469–489. doi:10.1007/s00126-019-00900-9
Gold mobilization during metamorphic devolatilization of Archean and Paleoproterozoic metavolcanic rocks
Patten, C. G. C.; Pitcairn, I. K.; Molnár, F.; Kolb, J.; Beaudoin, G.; Guilmette, C.; Peillod, A.
2020. Geology, 48 (11), 1110–1114. doi:10.1130/G47658.1
2018
Conference Papers
The source of metals in the recent polymetallic sea-floor massive sulfide mineralization at the Kolumbo arcvolcano, Greece
Ahmad, Q.; Patten, C. G. C.; Kolb, J.; Kilias, S. P.; Lahaye, Y.; Pitcairn, I.
2018. GEOBONN 2018
What can we learn from mineral scalings in geothermal power plants?
Eiche, E.; Slunitschek, K.; Patten, C.; Kolb, J.
2018. GEOBONN 2018

Publications until 2017

Peer reviewed journals

 

Patten C., Pitcairn I.K. and Teagle D. (2017) Hydrothermal mobilisation of Au and other metals in supra-subduction oceanic crust: insight from the Troodos ophiolite. Ore Geology Reviews
Patten C., Pitcairn I.K., Teagle D., Harris M. (2016) Sulphide mineral paragenesis and metal mobility at IODP site 1256D: implications for the generation of metal-rich fluids in the oceanic crust. Geochimica and Cosmochimica Acta, v. 193, 132-159.  
Patten C., Pitcairn I.K., Teagle D., Harris M. (2016) Mobility of Au and related elements during the hydrothermal alteration of the oceanic crust: implications for the sources of metals in VMS deposits. Mineralium Deposita, v. 51, p. 179–200
Patten C., Barnes S.-J., Mathez E.A., Jenner F.E. (2013) Partition coefficients of chalcophile elements between sulfide and silicate melts and the early crystallization history of sulfide liquid: LA-ICP-MS analysis of MORB sulfide droplets. Chemical Geology, v. 358, p. 170-188
Patten C., Barnes S.-J., and Mathez E.A. (2012) Textural variations in MORB sulfide droplets due to differences in crystallization history. The Canadian Mineralogist, v. 50, p. 675-692

 

 Abstracts & Conference Proceedings

 

Patten C., Pitcairn I.K., Teagle D. (2016) Mobility of Au and other metals in supra-subduction zone oceanic crust: insight from the Troodos ophiolite. 26th Goldschmidt Conference, Yokohama, Japan.
Patten C., Pitcairn I.K., Teagle D., Harris M. (2015) Mobility of Au and related elements during the hydrothermal alteration of the oceanic crust: implications for the sources of metals in VMS deposits. 13thSGA Biennal Meetings, Nancy, France
Patten C., Pitcairn I.K., Teagle D., Harris M. (2014) Behaviour of Au, As, Sb, Se and Te during the hydrothermal alteration of the oceanic crust: a study case from IODP site 1256D. 38thMineral Deposits Studies Group, Southampton, United Kingdom
Patten C., and Pitcairn I.K. (2013) Behaviour of Au, As, Sb, Se and Te during the hydrothermal alteration of the oceanic crust: a study case from IODP site 1256D. 31th Nordic Geological Winter Meeting, Lund, Sweden
Patten C., Barnes S.-J. and Mathez, E.A. (2012) Siderophile and chalcophile elements distribution in MORB sulphide droplets: Determination of new sulphide melt-silicate melt partition coefficients and early sulphide crystallisation history. 12th International Ni-Cu-(PGE) Symposium, Guiyang, China
Patten C., Barnes S.-J. and Mathez, E.A. (2011) Concentration of chalcophile and siderophile elements in MORB sulphide droplets: New sulphide melt-silicate melt partition coefficients. GAC-MAC meeting, Ottawa, Canada
Patten C., Barnes, S.-J. and Mathez, E.A. (2011) Concentration of chalcophile and siderophile elements in MORB sulphide droplets: New sulphide melt-silicate melt partition coefficients. 21th Goldschmidt conference- Mineralogical Magasine Vol. 75(3), Praha, Czech Republic
Patten C., Barnes S.-J. and Mathez, E.A. (2010) Platinum-group elements and chalcophile elements content in sulphide droplets from MORB glass. 11th International Platinum Symposium, Sudbury, Canada