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I am bit confused about the term supergene on a genetic mineral classification.

At this genetic clasification of minerals the author includes on supergene type "Weathering and oxidation zone".


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Wenk, H. R., & Bulakh, A. (2016). "Minerals: their constitution and origin". Cambridge University Press


I used to associate supergenic term to enrichment ores, but not to every mineral formed by alteration of rock bodies in surface.

Should every neogenic mineral resulting from weathering in contact with the atmosphere be classified as supergenic?

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    $\begingroup$ I agree that the common usage is to associate supergene with ore deposits, not as a general term for minerals formed by weathering. In Australia it is common to refer to the weathering zone as regolith, which is often deep given the continental stability, but i haven't heard it used as an adjective - regolithic? $\endgroup$ – haresfur Nov 25 '19 at 23:15

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