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A form of magmatic differentiation in which a sulphide liquid separates from a mixed sulphide–silicate magma and sulphide droplets sink to the bottom of the intrusion or lava flow, where they accumulate. The sulphide liquids have a strong affinity for nickel, copper, iron, and platinum-group elements. Consequently, liquation produces valuable orebodies.

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