Hein, K. A. A.; Both, R. A.; Bone, Y.
The Tarcoola goldfield is located in the Gawler Craton in northwestern Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. The gold deposits are hosted in the Middle Proterozoic Tarcoola Formation, comprised of the fluviatile Peela Coglomerate Member, the shallow marine Fabian Quartzite Member, and the marine Sullivan Shale Member. Mineralization in the goldfield consists of north-northeast to north-northwest trending gold-bearing quartz veins with associated hematite, pyrite, arsenopyrite, sphalerite, chalcopyrite, galena, electrum and gold. Adamellite in contact with the Tarcoola Formation has previously been included in the Middle Proterozoic Hiltaba Suite granitoids, on the basis of an apparent intrusive relationship with the Tarcoola Formation, and the gold-quartz veins were interpreted as being genetically related to the cooling pluton. However, detailed field and petrographic studies have demonstrated that the contact between the Tarcoola Formation and adamellite is a nonconformity. Hence, there is no genetic relationship between the mineralization and the adamellite. Oxygen isotope data indicate that an oreforming fluid, derived from convective circulation of meteoric or seawater, or from formation water, underwent isotope exchange with sediments of the Tarcoola Formation. A magmatic heat source for the hydrothermal system is suggested by the presence of intrusive igneous rocks, including dykes of aplite, quartz monzonite and microdiorite. Sulphur isotope characteristics of the mineralization can be explained by reduction of seawater sulphate or dissolution of disseminated sulphides in the sedimentary sequence. Metals were probably derived from rocks of the Tarcoola Formation. A complex paragenetic sequence involved deposition of minerals in several stages separated by episodes of fracturing. Fluid inclusions in quartz and fluorite show that deposition took place over a temperature range of about 340° to 110°C from a low salinity fluid. Analyses of chlorite coexisting with
Full Text Available Actual granitoid analytical data of 767 composited samples are presented here. The data source is 6080 samples collected mainly from 750 large- to middle-sized granitoid bodies across China. Data from the composited samples, which includes that of 70 elements, is analyzed according to geological age — Archeozoic (Ar, Proterozoic (Pt, Eopaleozoic (Pz1, Neopaleozoic (Pz2, Mesozoic (Mz, and Cenozoic (Cz — and three major compositional varieties, e.g. alkali-feldspar granite, syenogranite and adamellite. Petrochemical parameters, trace-element content and rare-earth element (REE distributions of the different rock types and geological ages are characterized, and change tendencies through Archean to Cenozoic time are recorded. The comprehensive analytical data presented here has not been previously published. This significant data set can be used as fundamental information in studies of basic China geology, magma petrogenesis, ore exploration and geochemistry.
Fu, Lebing; Wei, Junhao; Tan, Jun; Santosh, M.; Zhang, Daohan; Chen, Jiajie; Li, Yanjun; Zhao, Shaoqing; Peng, Lina
The widespread Mesozoic magmatism in the North China Craton (NCC) has received considerable attention as a trigger for large scale lithospheric destruction. Here we investigate the Early Cretaceous Jiguanzi adamellite from the northern part of the NCC which is contemporaneous with shallow extensional deformation and deep lithospheric destruction. This intrusion emplaced at ca. 133 Ma is located in the foot wall of the Kalaqin metamorphic core complex (MCC), and occurs as a synextensional ring complex with numerous magmatic equigranular (Group 1) and porphyritic (Group 2) enclaves. Hornblende and plagioclase from the host adamellite and xenocrysts of Group 2 enclaves show distinct inverse zoning with Mg- and Ca-rich mantle. The Group 2 enclaves are characterized by plagioclase xenocrysts hosting hornblende, biotite and apatite inclusions, quartz ocelli with fine-grained rim enriched in biotite and hornblende, and poikilitic biotite surrounded by hornblende. Geochemically, the host intrusion is calc-alkaline to alkaline and metaluminous with variable contents of SiO2 (60.70-72.20 wt.%), Al2O3 (14.19-17.22 wt.%), Na2O + K2O (6.16-9.42 wt.%), and Mg# values (28.0-47.7), whereas the Group 2 enclaves exhibit low SiO2 (54.05-55.55 wt.%), high Fe2O3 (8.18-8.64 wt.%) and TiO2 (2.08-2.28 wt.%), and moderate Mg# (44.0-44.1). Both the host intrusion and Group 2 enclaves are enriched in large-ion lithophile and light rare earth elements, and depleted in high field strength elements and heavy rare earth elements except that the latter has lower Ba and high Nb, Ta and Ti contents. The major and trace element contents of the Group 1 enclaves are broadly similar to those of the host intrusion. Analyses of Sr-Nd-Hf isotopes in the host intrusion, and in Group 1 and Group 2 enclaves show (87Sr/86Sr)ihost = 0.70600-0.70618, εNd(t)host = - 8.2 to - 9.6, T2DM(Nd)host = 1592-1706 Ma, εHf(t)host = - 9.2 to - 12.0, (87Sr/86Sr)iGroup 1 = 0.70590-0.70635, εNd(t)Group 1 = - 9.6 to - 10
Abd El-Naby, H H; Saleh, G M
Lithologically, the rock types in the Gabal El Fereyid area are dominantly granites with minor amounts of pegmatites. The granites range in composition from tonalite to granite-adamallite with minor acidic dikes, quartz and pegmatite veins. The granite-adamallite is peraluminous and formed as a result of partial melting of amphibole-bearing rocks at depths of approximately 24-30 km and at temperatures of 800-950 degrees C. Among the different rock types, the muscovite-rich pegmatites had the highest U and Th contents (66 and 38 ppm on average, respectively). The high level of radioactivity in pegmatites is attributed to the presence of the radioactive minerals thorianite, uranophane and allanite as confirmed by XRD analysis. Binary relations of Zr/U, Zr/Th, Ce/U and Ce/Th against either U or Th in the granite-adamellite exhibit significant negative correlations indicating that both elements are not preferentially hosted in the accessory minerals phases such as zircon and monazite, but could be associated with major forming minerals such as biotite, muscovite, plagioclase and quartz, or U is situated within labile sites within granite. The uranium and thorium enrichment in the pegmatites is a two-stage process. The primary stage is magmatic whereas the secondary enrichment is from hydrothermal concentration. The magmatic U and Th are indicated by the presence of thorianite and allanite, whereas evidence of hydrothermal mineralization is the alteration of rock-forming minerals such as feldspar and the formation of secondary minerals such as uranophane and pyrite.
Santosh, M.; Drury, S. A.; Iyer, S. S.
Granite and syenite plutons with alkaline affinities ranging in age from 550 to 750 Ma sporadically puncture the Precambrian granulites of the Kerala region. All the bodies are small (20 to 60 sq km), E-W to NW-SE elongated elliptical intrusives with sharp contacts and lie on or close to major late Proterozoic lineaments. Geochemical plots of A-F-M and An-Ab-Or relations show an apparent alkali enrichment trend on the former, but the plutons define relatively distinct fields on the latter. Most of the plutons are adamellitic to granitic by chemistry. The variations of SiO2 with log sub 10 K2O/MgO (1) brings out the distinct alkaline nature of the plutons. Some of the granites are extremely potassic, like the Peralimala pluton, which shows up to 11.8 percent K2O. On a SiO2-Al2O3-Na2O+K2O (mol percent) plot, the plutons vary from peraluminous to peralkaline, but none are nepheline normative. Low MgO, low to moderate CaO and high Fe2O3/FeO values are other common characteristics. Among trace elements, depletion of Ba, Sr and Rb with high K/Ba and K/Rb values are typical. Overall, the plutons show a trend of decreasing K/Rb ratio with increasing K content. Individual plutons show more clearly defined trends similar to those from granitic masses characterized by plagioclase fractionation.
G. A. Kallistov
Full Text Available We present the results of geological, petro‐geochemical and mineralogical studies of synplutonic intrusive formations in the Chelyabinsk granitoid massif, South Urals. Numerous synplutonic intrusions in the study area are in early phases, composed of quartz diorites and granodiorites of the Late Devonian – Early Carboniferous. Such intru‐ sions are represented by a bimodal series of rocks from gabbro‐diorite to plagioleic granite. Both the mafic and salic members of the series form separate independent dykes and, jointly, compose the dyke bodies of complex structures. With respect to the relationships with host rocks, two types of the studied dykes are distinguished: (1 ‘classical’ synplutonic dykes with monolithic bodies that are split along strike by the enclosing granodiorite into separate frag‐ ments; and (2 ‘post‐granite’ dykes that clearly break through the host quartz diorites and granodiorites that are older that the dykes, but show similar isotope ages: the U‐Pb‐Shrimp ages of zircon in the samples taken from the dyke and the host quartz diorite are 362±4 и 358±5 Ma, respectively. The first group includes the dyke of melanocratic diorite, the second – granitoid dykes and dykes of gabbro‐diorites and diorites. The intrusion of acid rocks preceded the basites and was completed after their formation. As a result of the nearly simultaneous intrusion of both, the dykes of complex structures were formed. The material compositions of mafic rocks in these two groups are significantly dif‐ ferent. The ‘post‐granite’ dioritoids are moderately alkaline. Melanodiorite in the synplutonic dyke belongs to normal alkaline rocks. It has a very high content of MgO (12.5 mass % and is sharply enriched with chromium (~700 ppm vs. 100–350 ppm in the ‘post‐granite’ dykes. It is thus closer to sanukitoids. The acid ‘post‐granite’ dykes vary in compo‐ sition from plagoleic granite and adamellite to
Martín Patino, M. T.
Full Text Available Three weathering profiles of granitic rocks and two arkoses in the NW of Madrid Province have been studied. Rocks are granodiorites and adamellites with albites showing variable degrees of sericitization, and no-weathered potassic feldspars. Clay fraction in the weathered horizons from these rocks displays high content in beidellite, and minor amounts of illite and 7 Çº-halloysite. On the other hand, beidellite, illite and well crystallized kaolinite are clay minerals in the arkosic rocks. Microfabric characteristics from SEM studies show abundant weathered albites with clean surfaces and formation of beidellite in all areas of the samples. Moreover, spatial relations between albite and beidellite are not observed. In pedochemical weathering of albite, sodium from this mineral should be exchanged with protons from soil solution with very quick kinetics. This initial alkalinization produces an increase in the silica solubility released from albite network. In these environments, a continued contact between weathering solution and albite causes a silica and alumina enrichment and beidellite or 7 Çº-halloysite precipitation. Microclimatic variations in weathering environment may cause fluctuations in silica and alumina activities with resultant pH changes. So, when silica activities are high, beidellite neoformation is favoured; on the contrary, 7 Çº-halloysite is precipitated.Se han estudiado tres perfiles de alteración de rocas graníticas y dos muestras de arcosas en la zona NO de la provincia de Madrid. Las rocas, clasificadas como granodioritas y adamellitas, presentan albitas con sericitización variable, y escasos feldespatos potásicos muy poco alterados. La fracción arcilla de los horizontes de alteración de estas rocas presenta un alto contenido en beidellita, así como porcentajes menores de ilita y haloisita-7Çº. Por otra parte, los minerales de la arcilla presentes en las arcosas son ilita, beidellita y caolinita bien