Bruce Mountain


Full Name: Bruce Mountain

Position: Lead Scientist - Experimental Geochemistry Lab (Wairakei)

Contact details

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Phone: +64-7-376 0137

Specialist Profile

Short CV Bruce Mountain has 20 year's experience in geothermal and mineral chemistry, and a background in geological engineering. He has published more than 40 publications in the areas of geothermal and hydrothermal chemistry, mineralisation and geomicrobiology research. His current interests include experimental hydrothermal geochemistry related to geothermal systems and ore-forming environment, and temperature stability of organic molecules in geothermal environments. Additionally, Bruce provides advice on sampling and analysis of geochemical samples, and develops methods for the analysis of geothermal samples.


1984: BSc (Honours), Geological Engineering; 1986: MSc, Mineral Exploration; 1993: PhD, Geochemistry

Areas of expertise

Geochemist: Geomicrobiology
Geochemist: Geothermal chemistry
Geochemist: Hydrothermal chemistry
Geology: Geochemistry
Geology: Mesothermal gold mineralisation
Geology: Metallic minerals

Professional activities

International Society of Environmental Biogeochemistry (ISEB): Organising Committee

Major publications

Mountain, B.W. 2006 Life in hot springs. Electronic document IN: Te ara : the encyclopedia of New Zealand. Wellington: Ministry for Culture and Heritage

Pancost, R.D.; Pressley, S.; Coleman, J.M.; Talbot, H.M.; Kelly, S.P.; Farrimond, P.; Schouten, S.; Benning, L.; Mountain, B.W. 2006 Composition and implications of diverse lipids in New Zealand geothermal sinters. Geobiology, 4(2): 71-92; doi: 10.1111/j.1472-4669.2006.00069.x

Pancost, R.D.; Pressley, S.; Coleman, J.M.; Benning, L.G.; Mountain, B.W. 2005 Lipid biomolecules in silica sinters : indicators of microbial biodiversity. Environmental Microbiology, 7(1): 66-77; doi: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2004.00686.x

Benning, L.G.; Mountain, B.W. 2004 The silicification of microorganisms : a comparison between in situ experiments in the field and laboratory. p. 3-10 IN: Wanty, R.B.; Seal, R.R. (eds) Water-rock interaction : proceedings of the eleventh International Symposium on Water-Rock Interaction, 27 June - 2 July 2004, Saratoga Springs, New York, USA. Leiden, The Netherlands: Balkema

Cleverley, J.S.; Benning, L.G.; Mountain, B.W. 2003 Reaction path modelling in the As-S system : a case study for geothermal As transport. Applied Geochemistry, 18(9): 1325-1345

Mountain, B.W.; Benning, L.G.; Boerema, J.A. 2003 Experimental studies on New Zealand hot spring sinters : rates of growth and textural development. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, 40(11): 1643-1667; doi: 10.1139/e03-068

Mountain, B.W.; Seward, T.M. 2003 Hydrosulfide/sulfide complexes of copper (I): experimental confirmation of the stoichiometry and stability of Cu(HS)2- to elevated temperatures. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 67(16): 3005-3014; doi: 10.1016/S0016-7037(03)00303-X

Mountain, B.W.; Williams-Jones, A.E. 1996 Mass transfer and the path of metasomatic reactions in mesothermal gold deposits : an example from Flambeau Lake, Ontario. Economic Geology, 91(2): 302-321

Wood, S.A.; Mountain, B.W.; Pan, P. 1992 The aqueous geochemistry of platinum, palladium and gold : recent experimental constraints and a re-evaluation of theoretical predictions. Canadian mineralogist, 30(4): 955-982

Wood, S.A.; Mountain, B.W. 1991 Hydrothermal solubility of palladium in chloride solutions from 300 degrees to 700 degrees C : preliminary experimental results : a discussion. Economic Geology, 86(7): 1562-1563

Wood, S.A.; Mountain, B.W. 1989 Thermodynamic constraints on the solubility of platinum and palladium in hydrothermal solutions : reassessment of hydroxide, bisulfide, and ammonia complexing. Economic Geology, 84(7): 2020-2028

Mountain, B.W.; Wood, S.A. 1988 Chemical controls on the solubility, transport, and deposition of platinum and palladium in hydrothermal solutions : a thermodynamic approach. Economic Geology, 83(3): 492-510

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