Thomas Monecke

Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering

Thomas Monecke


  • PhD, Economic Geology, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany, 2003
  • MSc, Mineralogy, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany, 1996

Research Interests

  • Metallogeny of modern and ancient volcanic arcs.
  • Economic geology of hydrothermal ore deposits.
  • Fluid-fluid, fluid-mineral, and fluid-rock interactions as tools to reconstruct fluid characteristics.
  • Physical volcanology.
  • Archean geology and metallogenesis.
  • Hydrothermal geochemistry


  • GEOL 513: Hydrothermal Geochemistry
  • GEOL 519: Abitibi Geology and Exploration Field School
  • GEOL 599A: Economic Geology
  • GEOL 599B: Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide Deposits
  • GEOL 599C: Low-sulfidation Epithermal Deposits

Selected Publications

  • Taylor, R.D., Monecke, T., Reynolds, T.J, 2019, Formation mechanism of quartz veins in orogenic gold deposits: Insights from Grass Valley, California, USA. Proceedings of the 15th biennial SGA meeting, Glasgow, Scotland, UK (August 27-30, 2019), p. 788-791.
  • Monecke, T., Petersen, S., Augustin, N., Hannington, M., 2019. Seafloor hydrothermal systems and associated mineral deposits of the Tyrrhenian Sea. In: S. D’Angelo, A. Fiorentiono, G. Giordano, A. Pensa, A. Pinton, L. Vita (eds.) Atlante delle Strutture Vulcaniche Sottomarine Italiane. Memorie Descrittive Della Carta Geologica D’Italia, 104, 41-74.
  • Keevil, H.A., Monecke, T., Goldfarb, R.J., Moeller, A., & Kelly, N.M., 2019, Geochronology and geochemistry of Mesozoic igenous rocks of the Hunjiang region, Jilin Province, NE China: Constraints on regional tectonic processes and lithospheric delamination of the eastern North China block: Gondwana Research, 68, 127-157.
  • Mavrogonatos, C., Voudouris, P., Spry, P.G., Melfos, V., Klemme, S., Berndt, J., Baker, T., Moritz, R., Bissig, T., Monecke, T., & Zaccarini, F., 2018, Mineralogical study of the advanced argillic alteration zone at the Konos Hill Mo-Cu-Re-Au porphyry prospect, NE Greece: Minerals 2018, 8, 479; doi: 10.3390/min8110479.
  • Pierre, S., Gysi, A.P., & Monecke, T., 2018, Fluid chemistry of mid-ocean ride hydrothermal vents: A comparison between numerical modeling and vent geochemical data: Geofluids 1389379, 20 p.
  • Nassif, M.T., Kuiper, Y.D., Goldfarb, R.J., Monecke, T., & Holm-Denoma, C.S., 2018, Structural evolution of a gold-bearing transtensional zone within the Archean Porcupine-Destor deformation zone, southern Abitibi greenstone belt, eastern Ontario, Canada: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 117, p. 203-218.
  • Taksavasu, T., Monecke, T., & Reynolds, T.J., 2018, Textural characteristics of non-crystalline silica in sinters and quartz veins: Implications for the formation of bonanza veins in low-sulfidation epithermal deposits: Minerals, v. 8, p. 331, doi:10.3390/min8080331.
  • Monecke, T., Monecke, J., Reynold, T.J., Tsuruoka, S., Bennett, M.M., Skewes, W.B., & Palin, R., 2018, Quartz solubility in the H2O-NaCl system: A framework for understanding vein formation in porphyry copper deposits: Economic Geology, v.113, p. 1007-1046.
  • Monecke, T., Gibson, H.L., & Goutier, J., 2017, Volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits of the Noranda camp: Reviews in Economic Geology, v. 19, p. 169-223.
  • Hannington, M.D., Gemmell, T., & Monecke, T., 2017, The Kidd Creek volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit – An update: Reviews in Economic Geology, v. 19, p. 81-102.
  • Dubé, B., Mercier-Langevin, P., Ayer, J., Atkinson, B., & Monecke, T., 2017, Orogenic greenstone-hosted quartz-carbonate gold deposits of the Timmins-Porcupine camp: Reviews in Economic Geology, v. 19, p. 51-79.
  • Monecke, T., Mercier-Langevin, P., Dubé, B., &  Frieman, B.M., 2017, Geology of the Abitibi greenstone belt: Reviews in Economic Geology, v. 19, p. 7-49.
  • Monecke, T., Mercier-Langevin, P., Dubé, B., & Hannington, M., 2017, Archean base and precious metal deposits, southern Abitibi greenstone belt, Canada: Reviews in Economic Geology, v. 19, p. 1-5.
  • Holley, E.A., Monecke, T., Bissig, T., & Reynolds, T.J., 2017, Evolution of high-level magmatic-hydrothermal systems: New insights from ore paragenesis of the Veladero high-sulfidation epithermal Au-Ag deposit, El Indio-Pascua belt, Argentina: Economic Geology, v. 112, p. 1747-1771.
  • Stolze, S., & Monecke, T., 2017, Holocene history of ‘non-native’ trees in Ireland: Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, v. 244, p. 347-355.
  • Frieman, B.M., Kuiper, Y.D., Kelly, N.M., Monecke, T., & Kylander-Clark, A., 2017, Constraints on the geodynamic evolution of the southern Superior Province: U-Pb LA-ICP-MS analysis of detrital zircon in successor basins of the Archean Abitibi and Pontiac subprovinces of Ontario and Quebec, Canada: Precambrian Research, v. 292, p. 398-416.
  • Anderson, E.D., Monecke, T., Hitzman, M.W., Zhou, W., & Bedrosian, P.A., 2017, Mineral potential mapping in an accreted island-arc setting using aeromagnetic data: An example from southwest Alaska: Economic Geology, v. 112, p. 375-396
  • Monecke, T., & Monecke, H., 2016, The Horne deposit in Quebec, Canada: A summary of the geology and history of discovery and development: Der Anschnitt 68, 2-13.
  • Monecke, T., Petersen, S., Hannington, M.D., Grant, H., & Samson, I., 2016, The minor element endowment of modern sea-floor massive sulfides and comparison with deposits hosted in ancient volcanic successions: Reviews in Economic Geology, v. 18, p. 245-306.
  • Holley, E.A., Bissig, T., & Monecke, T., 2016, The Veladero high-sulfidation epithermal gold deposit, El Indio-Pascua belt, Argentina: Geochronology of alunite and jarosite: Economic Geology, v. 111, p. 311-330.
  • Taylor, R., Goldfarb, R.J., Monecke, T., Fletscher, I.R., Cosca, M.A., & Kelly, N.M., 2015, Application of U-Th-Pb phosphate geochronology to young orogenic gold deposits: New age constraints on the formation of the Grass Valley gold district, Sierra Nevada Foothills Province, California. Economic Geology, 110, 1313-1337.
  • Ufer, K., Kleeberg, R., & Monecke, T., 2015, Quantification of stacking disordered Si-Al layer silicates by the Rietveld method: Application to exploration for high-sulphidation epithermal gold deposits. Powder Diffraction, 30 (suppl. 1), 111-118.
  • Monecke, T., Petersen, S., & Hannington, M.D., 2014, Constraints on water depth of massive sulfide formation: Evidence from modern seafloor hydrother-mal systems. Economic Geology, 109, 2079-2101.
  • Petersen, S., Monecke, T., Westhues, A., Hannington, M.D., Gemmell, J.B., Sharpe, R., Peters, M., Strauss, H., Lackschewitz, K., Augustin, N., Gibson, H., & Kleeberg, R., 2014, Drilling shallow-water massive sulfides at the Palinuro volcanic complex, Aeolian Island Arc, Italy. Economic Geology, 109, 2129-2157.
  • Gardner, J.E., Befus, K.S., Miller, N.R., & Monecke, T., 2014, Cooling rates of mid-ocean ridge lava deduced from clinopyroxene spherulites. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 282, 1-8.
  • Anderson, E.D., Zhou, W., Li, Y., Hitzman, M.W., Monecke, T., Lang, J.R., & Kelley, K.D., 2014, Three-dimensional distribution of igneous rocks near the Pebble porphyry Cu-Au-Mo deposit in southwestern Alaska: Constraints from regional-scale aeromagnetic data. Geophysics, 79, 1-17.
  • McNicoll, V., Goutier, J., Dube, B., Mercier-Langevin, P., Ross, P.S., Dion, C., Monecke, T., Legault, M., Percival, J., & Gibson, H., 2014, New U-Pb geochronology from the Blake River Group, Abitibi greenstone belt, Quebec, and implications for base metal exploration. Economic Geology, 109, 27-59.
  • Mercier-Langevin, P., Gibson, H.L., Hannington, M.D., Goutier, J., Monecke, T., Dube, B., & Houle, M.G., 2014, A special issue on Archean magmatism, volcanism and ore Deposits: Part 2. Volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits – Preface. Economic Geology, 109, 1-9.

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