Sample records for ILMENITA (ilmenite)
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Composición química de la betafita, ilmenita, rutilo y rabdofano del yacimiento W-Mo «Badillo», Angulos, Argentina/ Chemical composition of the betafite, ilmenite, rutile and rhabdophan of the W-Mo-bearing «Badillo» deposit, Angulos, Argentina

Sardi, FG
2003-09-01

Resumen en español El yacimiento Badillo de Angulos, ubicado en el sector centro-oriental del Sistema de Famatina, consiste en lentes de cuarzo que rellenan cavidades (fisuras y fracturas) de la roca de caja, cuya mineralogía está constituida esencialmente por wolframita, scheelita y molibdenita. El yacimiento tiene relación espacial y genética con el leucogranito especializado de Potrerillos, con una importante alteración muscovítica, a veces relacionada a la mineralización. Betafit (mas) a, ilmenita, rutilo y rabdofano son accesorios en la constitución mineralógica del yacimiento y todos ellos tienen tamaño microscópico. Han sido citados en algunos trabajos anteriores, pero es en éste donde se realiza un estudio composicional y mineraloquímico de detalle. La betafita, encontrada en las lentes mineralizadas de cuarzo, corresponde a un titanato-niobiato de uranio y calcio perteneciente al grupo del pirocloro, casi sin tantalio. La ilmenita proveniente de las lentes mineralizadas ha dado valores altos en manganeso, promedio de 7,14 % y 3,18 % de MnO para sendos ejemplares analizados. El rutilo asociado a biotita del Granito Potrerillos formado a causa de la alteración postmagmática registró hasta 7,31 % WO3, mientras que en el de las lentes de cuarzo, se obtuvo hasta 7,92 % de Nb2O5. Estos valores son mayores a los registrados por otros autores para los mismos minerales de procedencia nacional, pero de diferente yacencia y origen. Por último, el fosfato detectado portador de tierras raras livianas y torio corresponde a rabdofano. Resumen en inglés The «Badillo» deposit, located in the central-east sector of the Famatina System, is formed of small quartz-lenses which are cavity fillings (fissures and fractures) in a host-rock whose mineralogy is essentially wolframite, scheelite and molybdenite. The deposit is spatially and genetically related to the Potrerillos leucogranite which has an important muscovite alteration, locally related to the mineralization. Betafite, ilmenite, rutile and rhabdophane are accessory (mas) minerals in the mineralogy of the «Badillo» deposit and all are of microscopic size. Although mentioned in earlier literature, no detailed compositional and and minero-chemical study had previously been carried out. The betafite belongs to a uranium and calcium titanate-niobiate of the pyroclore group, with scarce tantalium. The manganese concentration in the ilmenite is high (7.14 % MnO), while the rutile associated with the biotite in the Potrerillos granite, formed during post-magmatic alteration, recorded up to 7.14 % WO3, and the rutile in the quartz lenses up to 7.92 % Nb2O5. These values are than higher than reported by other authors for the same minerals in different Argentine ore-deposits. Finally, the phosphate-bearing light rare earths and thorium belong to rhabdophane.

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Los espinelos del complejo alcalino puesto La Peña, provincia de Mendoza/ The spinels of the alcaline complex Puesto la Peña, province of Mendoza

Zappettini, Eduardo O.; Brodtkorb, Milka K. de; Bernhardt, Heinz-Jürgen; Villar, Luisa
2009-06-01

Resumen en español En este trabajo se dan a conocer datos mineralógicos y condiciones de cristalización de los espinelos, además de ilmenita, presentes en el Complejo Alcalino Puesto La Peña, provincia de Mendoza. El estudio fue realizado con una microsonda electrónica e incluye los espinelos: magnetita, ulvöespinelo y espinelo s.s. ferífero. Resumen en inglés New electron microprobe data and crystallization conditions of magnetite, ulvöspinel, ferriferous spinel s.s. and ilmenite from Puesto la Peña alkaline complex are presented.

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La susceptibilidad magnética del batolito de Achala (Devónico, Sierra Grande de Córdoba) y sus diferencias con otros granitos achalianos/ The magnetic susceptibility of the Achala Batholith (Devonian, Sierra Grande de Córdoba) and its difference with other Achalian granites

Geuna, Silvana E.; Escosteguy, Leonardo D.; Miró, Roberto; Candiani, Juan Carlos; Gaido, María Fernanda
2008-09-01

Resumen en español El magmatismo devónico de las Sierras Pampeanas de Córdoba y San Luis está representado por batolitos y plutones de composición monzogranítica y forma subelíptica, emplazados en un basamento metamórfico-plutónico eopaleozoico. Se distinguen dos grupos: el primero, compuesto por granitoides con hornblenda-biotita, metaluminosos a débilmente peraluminosos; y el segundo, formado por granitoides con biotita y muscovita, peraluminosos. Ambos grupos se caracterizan res (mas) pectivamente por tener magnetita e ilmenita como fases accesorias, lo cual genera propiedades magnéticas distintivas. Entre ellos, el batolito de Achala, Córdoba, con una extensión de casi 2.500 km², es un buen exponente de los granitos paramagnéticos (no magnéticos). Su mineralogía magnética fue caracterizada en cuarenta y un sitios, la mayoría de ellos en el Monzogranito Achala. Se determinó una susceptibilidad magnética promedio muy baja, 15 x 10-5 (SI), controlada por el contenido de biotita e ilmeno- hematita. Veintiún sitios mostraron remanencia magnética estable portada por hematita, que aparece como un mineral accesorio, intercrecida con discos de exsolución de (hemo)ilmenita. La anisotropía de susceptibilidad magnética es débil y predominan las formas obladas, como es usual en fábricas magmáticas de granitos paramagnéticos; casi no se obtuvieron lineaciones. El grado de anisotropía es mayor en zonas con cizallamiento magmático, debido al efecto de la deformación subsolidus. El magnetismo débil del monzogranito de Achala contrasta con el carácter magnético de los plutones monzograníticos porfíricos más representativos de otros batolitos de la región, como Renca, Cerro Áspero y Las Chacras-Piedras Coloradas. La virtual ausencia de magnetita, junto con la presencia de ilmeno-hematita exsuelta, indica que un enfriamiento bajo condiciones oxidantes sería el responsable del carácter paramagnético de Achala. Como consecuencia de aplicación práctica, ambos tipos de granitos devónicos pueden ser distinguidos a través de sus propiedades magnéticas. Resumen en inglés Devonian magmatism in the Sierras Pampeanas of Córdoba and San Luis is represented by elliptical, porphyritic, batholithic, syn- to post-tectonic monzogranites emplaced in an Eopaleozoic metamorphic-plutonic basement. Two groups can be distinguished: the first one composed by metaaluminous to weakly peraluminous, hornblende-biotite-bearing granitoids, and the second one formed by peraluminous, biotite-muscovite-bearing granitoids. Both groups are characterised respective (mas) ly by magnetite and ilmenite as accessory phases, and therefore they show distinctive magnetic properties. The magnetic assemblage of the Achala Batholith (2,500 km² in outcrop), representative of the paramagnetic (i.e. non-magnetic) second group, is characterized in this paper. Forty-one sites were sampled, most of them in the coarse to medium porphyritic monzogranite phase. The mean magnetic susceptibility is very low, about 15 x 10-5 (SI), mainly due to biotite and ilmeno-hematite. Twenty-one sites showed hematite as magnetic carrier of a stable remanence. The ilmeno-hematite appears as an accessory mineral, with exsolved disc-shaped intergrowths of (hemo)ilmenite. The anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility is weak and oblate forms dominate, as usual in magmatic fabrics of paramagnetic granites; lineations are scarce. The anisotropy degree is higher along magmatic shear zones, due to the effect of subsolidus deformation. The weak magnetism of Achala monzogranite facies contrasts with the magnetic character of other Devonian monzogranite plutons in the Sierras de Córdoba and San Luis, included in Renca Granite and Cerro Áspero and Las Chacras-Piedras Coloradas batholiths. The virtual absence of magnetite together with the presence of exsolved ilmeno-hematite suggest that a cooling history under highly oxidizing conditions was responsible for the paramagnetic character of the Achala monzogranite. Magnetic properties can be used to distinguish between both granite types.

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La Hornblendita Ushuaia (Tierra del Fuego):: Petrografía, geoquímica y geocronología/ The Ushuaia Hornblendite (Tierra del Fuego): petrography, geochemistry and geochronology

Acevedo, R. D.; Linares, E.; Ostera, H.; Valín-Alberdi, M. L.
2002-06-01

Resumen en español Se presentan descripciones petrográficas y datos geoquímicos y geocronológicos sobre la denominada Hornblendita Ushuaia, un complejo de rocas mesocráticas a melanocráticas hidratadas que aflora en las inmediaciones de la ciudad de Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. El conjunto litológico está constituido principalmente por hornblenditas, hornblendito-piroxenitas, dioritas, gabros, sienitas y monzodioritas. La composición mineralógica de la muestra más representativa es (mas) de hornblenda y diópsido como minerales esenciales, biotita y feldespato potásico en menor proporción, titanita, apatita y minerales opacos (principalmente magnetita, ilmenita, pirita y calcopirita) como accesorios. Los fenómenos de alteración consisten en albitización, epidotización, cloritización y carbonatización, los cuales produjeron sustanciales cambios químicos que pudieron haber afectado cualquier clasificación de la roca. Sin embargo, se considera que el magma parental ha sido calcoalcalino, de tipo Andino, relacionado con el Batolito Andino, producido durante el evento subductivo regional. Evidencias geológicas concluyen que estos cuerpos ígneos no pertenecen en modo alguno a una columna ofiolítica. La geoquímica calcoalcalina es atribuida a un proceso de fusión parcial. En realidad, no constituyen fundidos primarios del manto sino fluidos mantélicos evolucionados y contaminados que ascendieron hacia niveles corticales, favoreciendo un proceso de asimilación, en un ambiente de emplazamiento de arco magmático. Los ensayos radimétricos sobre una muestra de hornblendita, usando el método de K/Ar sobre roca total, dieron una edad de 113 ± 5 Ma. Resumen en inglés Petrographic descriptions and geochemical and geochronological data are given for the so-called Ushuaia Hornblendite, a complex of mesocratic and melanocratic hydrated rocks that crops out in the vicinity of the city of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego. The complex consists mainly of hornblendites and hornblendite-piroxenites, diorites, gabbros, syenites and monzodiorites. The mineralogy of the most representative specimen shows that it is composed of hornblende and diopside as (mas) essential minerals, with biotite and potassic feldspar as minor constituents, and sphene, apatite, and opaque minerals (mainly magnetite, ilmenite, pyrite and chalcopyrite) as accessories. Alteration processes include albitization, epidotization, chloritization and carbonatization, that represent substantial chemical changes that would affect any chemical classification of the rocks. Nevertheless, it is considered that the parental magma was of calc-alkaline Andean Type, related to the Andean Batholith, produced during regional subduction, and not in any way to an ophiolitic sequence. The calc-alkaline geochemistry is attributed to partial melting. In fact, the magma did not derive from primary mantle melts but came from evolved and contaminated mantle fluids that ascended toward crustal levels, thus favouring an assimilation process, in a magmatic arc setting. Potassium-argon whole-rock dating of one hornblendite sample gave an age of 113 ± 5 Ma

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Caracterización mineralógica del diamante de los placeres aluvionales del río Icaburú, Santa Elena de Uairén, estado Bolívar, Venezuela/ Mineralogical characterization of the diamond of the alluvial placer from Icabaru River, Santa Elena de Uairén, Bolivar State, Venezuela

Newman, José Albino; Carvalho, Daniela T. de Newman; Gandini, Antonio Luciano; Gomes, Newton Sousa; Rojas, Arol Josue
2009-06-01

Resumen en español La caracterización mineralógica consistió en el estudio de 458 cristales de diamantes entre las variedades gemológica e industrial, provenientes de la región de Santa Elena de Uairén, específicamente de los placeres aluvionales localizados en los ríos Icabarú y Uaiparú. En este trabajo se realizaron análisis mineralógicos donde las muestras fueron estudiadas a partir de las propiedades físicas, el peso promedio de los cristales fue entre 0,2 y 1,0 quilates. U (mas) tilizando análisis de microscopia óptica se estudiaron las secciones superficiales, permitiendo la caracterización morfológica. En relación al color los porcentajes de distribución son de 37% incoloros, 20,5% amarillos, 19% marrones, 9,5% verdes, 3% negros, 7,5% con capas verdes y 3,5% capas castañas, también se consiguió diferenciar la variedad policristalina de aspecto negruzco, denominada carbonado. A partir de análisis de microscopía electrónica de barrido, aplicando la técnica Espectroscopía de Energía Dispersiva (EDS) se consiguió reconocer figuras superficiales como trigons, cuadrons, crecimiento en bloque, crecimiento laminar, estrías, surcos y colinas que permitieron establecer la evolución morfológica, partiendo del octaedro primitivo y pasando por fenómenos de disolución originando formas transicionales (111)+(110), (111)+{hkl}, proporcionando hábitos rombododecaedricos {110} y hexaoctaedricos {hkl}. Con análisis de espectroscopía de absorción en el infrarrojo (FTIR) se obtuvieron datos de la composición química que permitieron determinar los tipos de diamante Ib, IaA, IaB , IaAB y IIa. Mediante espectroscopía micro- Raman se identificaron inclusiones de olivino, ilmenita y granada, posicionadas superficialmente en los cristales. Resumen en inglés Mineral characterization consisted on the study of 458 diamond samples representative of gem-grade and industrialgrade varieties, obtained from alluvial (placer) diamond exploration located in the Icabaru and Uaiparu Rivers, Santa Elena de Uairén. Mineral analyses were predominantly focused on physical properties and average weight (0.2 and 1.0 ct). Optical microscopy was used to study surface sections of diamonds and morphological characterization which resulted in the (mas) following. In relation to color, distribution percentages were colorless (37%), yellow (20.5%), brown (19%), green (9,5%), black (3%), green lattice points (7.5%), and brown lattice points (3.5%). Also, a polycrystalline variety known as carbonado, or black diamond, was studied. Some surface shapes such as trigons, quadrilateral, block and film growth, groove and hillocks were determined through Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Energy Dispersive Spectrometer technique (EDS). Morphological evolution could be established from the octahedral primitive through dissolution phenomena for (111)+(110), (111)+{hkl} facets having rhombic dodecahedron {hkl} and hexaoctahedron {110} habits. Chemical composition data were collected through Infrared Absorption Spectroscopy (FTIR), and diamond types were determined Ib with low nitrogen concentration, IaA, IaB and IaAb diamonds with high, average and low nitrogen concentration and IIa diamonds with no nitrogen concentration. Inclusions of olivine, ilmenite and garnet on the crystal surface were detected by micro-Raman spectroscopy.

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Mineralogía de arenas y limos en suelos, sedimentos fluviales y eólicos actuales del sector austral de la cuenca Chacoparanense: Regionalización y áreas de aporte/ Sands and clay mineralogy in soils, fluvial and eolian Present sediments in the southern sector of the Chacoparanense basin: Different regions and source areas

Etchichury, M. C.; Tofalo, O. R.
2004-06-01

Resumen en español Análisis mineralógicos de las fracciones arena fina y limo grueso de suelos y sedimentos actuales fluviales y eólicos de la pampa húmeda del norte de Santa Fe y parte de la Mesopotamia (Entre Ríos y Corrientes), permiten establecer dos zonas caracterizadas por sendas asociaciones mineralógicas genéticamente diferentes. En el área que comprende las provincias de Buenos Aires, noroeste de La Pampa, Córdoba, centro y sur de Santa Fe y sur de Entre Ríos, tanto los c (mas) omponentes pesados (hornblenda verde, basáltica, castaña, hipersteno, enstatita, augita, magnetita, hematita, ilmenita, leucoxeno, epidoto, zoicita) como livianos (plagioclasas, litoclastos de volcanitas, vitroclastos, cuarzo, ortosa), tienen un origen volcánico piroclástico y derivan en gran parte de sedimentos pampeanos y postpampeanos a los que se añaden materiales propios de las volcanitas mesozoicas norpatagónicas, del basamento de Sierras Pampeanas y de las erupciones piroclásticas cuaternarias. En Corrientes y el norte de Santa Fe y Entre Ríos, la suite de minerales pesados (estaurolita, cianita, sillimanita, andalusita, hornblenda, epidoto, opacos) refleja aporte metamórfico y la asociación de livianos (cuarzo mono y policristalino, ortosa, microclino, metamorfitas cuarzo-micáceas, arenitas cuarzosas), indica además contribución ígnea y sedimentaria procedente del cratón aflorante en Brasil y Uruguay y de las sucesiones sedimentarias superpuestas. La particular distribución de los materiales está condicionada a las diferentes direcciones de las redes de drenaje y a la acción de los vientos dominantes. La isopleta correspondiente al 30% de frecuencia del cuarzo marca el límite de las dos asociaciones mineralógicas. Resumen en inglés Mineralogical analysis based on fine sand and coarse silt fraction from soils and fluvial and aeolian recent sediments of the Pampa Húmeda (Wet Pampas) and the northen region of Santa Fe province and part of the Mesopotamia (Entre Ríos and Corrientes provinces) allowed to define two zones characterized by two genetically different mineralogical associations. Minerals of volcanic - pyroclastic origin (heavy: green, basaltic and brown hornblende, hypersthene, enstatite, a (mas) ugite, magnetite, hematite, ilmenite, leucoxene, epidote, zoicite, and light: plagioclase, volcanic fragments, pumice and glass shards, quartz, orthoclase) are observed over a broad area including whole Buenos Aires and Cordoba provinces, northwestern regions of La Pampa, central and southern Santa Fe and southern Entre Ríos. The provenence of these minerals included the pampean and post-pampean sediments and scarce contribution from volcanic Mesozoic rocks of north Patagonia, Sierras Pampeanas and also Quaternary pyroclastic eruptions. Conversely, a heavy suite of metamorphic provenence (staurolite, kyanite, sillimanite, andalusite, hornblende, epidote, opaques) and a light association composed of igneous and metamorphic clast (monocrystalline and polycrystalline quartz, orthoclase,microcline, schists) and others of sedimentary origin (quartz arenites) is recorded in Corrientes and northern Santa Fe and Entre Ríos provinces. These minerals are coming from older basement rocks outcropping in Brazil and Uruguay and the younger overlain sedimentary succession. The peculiar material distribution is related to the drainage systems and wind pattern. Quartz 30% frecuency isoplet points out the limit between both mineralogical associations.

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Micro-Raman spectroscopic study of El Gasco pumice, western Spain

Rull, Fernando; Martínez-Frías, Jesús; Rodríguez-Losada, José A.
2007-02-01

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Los Oxidos de Fe-Ti de las Rocas Calco-Alcalinas del Sureste de España

López Ruiz, J.; Rodríguez-Badiola, E.; Arroyo, A.; Coy-Yil, R.
1984-01-01

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Internal features, mineralogy and geochemistry of ferromanganese nodules from the Gulf of Cadiz: The role of the Mediterranean Outflow Water undercurrent

González, F. J.; Somoza, L.; Lunar, Rosario; Martínez-Frías, Jesús; Martín Rubí, J. A.; Torres, T.; Ortiz, J. E.; Díaz del Río, Víctor
2010-03-01

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Hydrocarbon-derived ferromanganese nodules in carbonate-mud mounds from the Gulf of Cadiz: Mud-breccia sediments and clasts as nucleation sites

González, F. J.; Somoza, L.; Lunar, Rosario; Martínez-Frías, Jesús; Martín Rubí, J. A.; Torres, T.; Ortiz, J. E.; Díaz del Río, Víctor; Pinheiro, L. M.; Magalhães, V. H.
2009-06-01

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Geología, petrología y mineralogía del granito Inti Huasi, sur de la sierra de Comechingones, Córdoba/ Geology, petrology and mineralogy of the Inti Huasi Granite, southern Sierra de Comechingones, Córdoba

Otamendi, J. E.; Fagiano, M. R.; Nullo, F. E.; Castellarini, P. A.
2002-12-01

Resumen en español El granito de Inti Huasi que aflora en el extremo sur de la sierra de Comechingones es uno de los tres ejemplos del magmatismo monzogranítico débilmente peraluminoso post-Famatiniano de las Sierras de Córdoba. Considerando datos de relevamiento geofísico se puede notar que el granito Inti Huasi está mayormente cubierto (> 90 %) por sedimentos modernos del Cuaternario. Esta relación de campo impide diferenciar el número de pulsos magmáticos independiente que podrí (mas) an haber formado plutones discretos dentro del granito Inti Huasi. No obstante, la diversidad litológica de las rocas que afloran, reflejan que los tipos litológicos del granito están vinculadas genéticamente por la acción de procesos petrológicos que ocurrieron a nivel de epizona. La roca ígnea más abundante es un monzogranito con biotita y muscovita. Estos monzogranitos se caracterizan por ser félsico (SiO2 > 73 %, y FeO* + MgO + TiO2 Resumen en inglés The Inti Huasi granite at the southern end of the Sierra de Comechingones is one of three examples of post-Famatinian, alkali-rich, weakly-peraluminous monzogranitic magmatism of the Sierra de Córdoba. According to geophysical data the Inti Huasi granite is largely covered (> 90%) by Quaternary sediments. The sedimentary cover, however, makes it impossible to identify and map satisfactorily all the possible sub-intrusions units which represent individual magmatic pulses (mas) that fed the Inti Huasi granite. Nevertheless, rock diversity seems to reflect the effect of high-level differentiation processes. The most common rock type is a biotite ± muscovite bearing monzogranite. Monzogranites are characteristically felsic (SiO2 > 73 %, and FeO* + MgO + TiO2

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Estructuras de deformación (¿sismitas?) en la Formación Río Negro, provincia de Río Negro, Argentina

Schillizzi, Roberto; Luna, Liliana; Falco, Juan Ignacio
2010-07-01

Resumen en español A Las estructuras de deformación (ED) en sedimentos blandos comprenden las alteraciones que se producen casi simultáneamente con la sedimentación. Estos procesos se hallan en relación directa con las características internas de los materiales sedimentarios y de los factores externos que actúan sobre ellos. Sus resultados incluyen deformaciones como inyecciones, fracturas, volcanes y laminaciones convolutas que afectan total o parcialmente la estratificación. Los se (mas) dimentos blandos deformados por sismos se incluyen bajo la denominación general de sismitas (seismites). Como objetivo de esta investigación se plantea reconocer, por primera vez, estructuras de deformación ubicadas en la Formación Río Negro presentes en el sector norte del Golfo San Matías, en inmediaciones del Faro Río Negro. La metodología empleada consistió en el reconocimiento y descripción de las estructuras, para lo cual se extrajeron muestras para determinar granulometría, mineralogía y contenido de materia orgánica. Se fotografiaron los distintos sectores con deformaciones con el fin de establecer modelos comparativos. El sector estudiado, de 4 km de extensión, se ubica entre el faro de Río Negro y el inicio del Banco Verde y morfológicamente corresponde a un frente acantilado con orientación ENE-OSO. En él se determinaron las siguientes ED: a- de carga simple, pseudonódulos contiguos y aislados, y estructuras complejas; b- de escape de fluidos y c- estructuras de deslizamiento basal y por presión dirigida. El origen de las deformaciones se debe a las características de las sedimentitas y a los procesos que las afectan tales como los efectos por carga, escapes de fluidos y las presiones dirigidas. Como origen de estos procesos se señalan: la presión de la columna litológica, las olas de tormentas y los terremotos. Por los rasgos hallados las deformaciones del litoral rionegrino tendrían un origen sísmico, proceso ocurrido en un único evento durante el ciclo Andino cuyos inicios se fijan hace aproximadamente 45 Ma. Por otra parte sus techos y bases no se hallan asociados a otros procesos de deformación y sus espesores no exceden el metro de potencia. Además se hallan acotadas a la zona de transición entre los miembros medio y superior de la Formación Río Negro descansando en algunos casos sobre arcilitas y en otros sobre limolitas, originadas en un paleorelieve de interdunas. Resumen en inglés Soft-sediment deformation structures (SSD) are alterations produced almost simultaneously with sedimentation. They are directly related to internal characteristics of sedimentary materials as well as to external factors acting on them. Results derived from such alterations are evidenced as injections, fractures, volcanoes and convolute laminations, among other forms, affecting stratification either totally or partially. Soft-sediment deformation structures resulting from (mas) seisms are known as seismites. The present study aims at determining for the first time the presence of SSD structures in the Río Negro Formation, located in the northern area of San Matías Gulf, near Río Negro Lighthouse, Argentina (Fig. 1). To this end, structures were firstly identified and further described. Samples were subsequently collected for the determination of grain-size, mineralogy and organic matter content. Photographs of the different sectors evidencing deformations were taken in order to determine further comparative models. Morphology in the study area is associated to cliffs with vertical, fractured fronts and with an average height of 70 m in whose base torn-down blocks are accumulated. The geological structure of the study area is related to the Cuenca del Colorado and the Comarca Nordpatagónica, whose basement is mainly composed of Paleozoic and Mesozoic crystalline rocks. The sedimentary tertiary cover from the Miocene-Pliocene is represented by light-blue sandstones of the Río Negro Formation (Andreis, 1965). This unit was formed in an aeolian environment with intercalations of clay-silt shallow lagoons and a marine episode located in the mid area of the Río Negro Formation. At the top of the Río Negro Formation there are Pleistocene-Holocene sedimentites having a thickness of up to 5 m. Within the local structural framework of our study area there are fractures with a NE-SW and a NW-SE direction, which are related with fractures N55º, N90º and N350º azimuth located in the abrasion platform. According to Dzulinsky and Walton (1965), Lowe (1975), Brencley and Newall (1977), Clauss (1993), van Loon (2002), Owen (2003), Neuwerth et al. (2006), Alfaro et al. (2006), Montenat et al. (2007), among others (Table 1), and, taking into account the geometry of deformations, laboratory reconstructions and field observations from our study area, it can be concluded that the classifications of SSD structures tend to establish morphologic and genetic systematizations. The following characteristics were identified in our study area: limited deformations among stratigraphic horizons; a lateral continuity of SSD structures at considerable distances; and a confinement between non-deformed strata and its lithological association with psamitic-pelitic sediments. The study area, which is 4 km long and is located between Río Negro Lighthouse and the beginning of Banco Verde, is from the morphological point of view, a cliffed front with an ENE-WSW orientation. Different types of SSD structures were identified in this area. For example, from the morphological point of view and according to the loading mechanisms observed, simple-load structures (Fig. 2), attached and detached pseudonodules (Figs. 3, 4 and 5) and complex structures (Fig. 6) were identified. Furthermore, from the genetic point of view and according to the intrusion processes observed in soft sediments, water-scape structures (Fig. 7) and plate- or fountain-like deformations (Fig. 8) were found. From the genetic point of view, and based on the collapse and pressure mechanisms observed, basal slumping (Fig. 9) and directed-pressure structures (Fig. 11) were also found. The above-mentioned SSD structures were analyzed and interpreted following Strachan´s model (2002) (Fig. 10) and Laird´s model (1968) (Fig. 12). The origin of SSD structures depends on the characteristics of sedimentites and on the mechanisms that produce them. In the study area, the materials susceptible to deformation come from an interdune environment that is characterized by granulometric variations derived from the fluctuating and restrictive climatic conditions (Cojan and Thiry, 1992) that typify the Río Negro Formation. Fine-grained materials having low cohesion and poor sorting such as the sediments of deformed strata (Fig. 13) produced SSD structures as a result of high pore pressure and liquefaction effects (Tsuchida and Hayashi, 1971; Obermeier, 1996). Grain packing with a porous value as that allows intercommunication among grains and saturated material, is also crucial to the formation of SSD structures. The mineralogic content of deformed levels is composed of i) quartz, chalcedony, orthose, plagioclase, pyroxenes and biotite, opaques (magnetite and ilmenite, autigenic pyrite) in crystalline aggregates; ii) undetermined Fe oxides; and iii) colorless and light-brown unaltered volcanic glass shards, clays identified as smectite-illite interstratified and scarce kaolinite. Grains are mainly subangular and, to a lesser extent, sub-round and round. The surface of the majority of grains in the study area was found clean and with some marks. The percentage of CaCO3 was found to vary from 0.5 to 3% and that of total organic carbon (TOC) was found to reach 1.5%. Deformations may be produced as a result of load deformation mechanisms, fluid escape, basal slumping or pressure-directed displacements. Due to load deformation mechanisms, structures are linked to gravity-related movements occurring during the initial stages of deposition. For these deformations to occur, grain-size at the overlaying levels should be thicker than at the underlying levels, for example, sandstones rather than silstones or claystones. These deformations are related to water saturation at the deformed level (fluidization-liquefaction). Therefore, deformation mechanisms, which involve both expulsion and rotation of fragments as well as fluid escape, are characterized by the action of lithostatic pressure which produces movement (deformation) and by the action of the underlying sedimentary levels. Deformations may also result from a fluid escape mechanism, i.e., from a mechanism associated to i) the spatial arrangement of grains (packing), ii) their shape, iii) their tendency to inequigranularity, and iv) the communication among macro- and micro- pores as well as the high or low sinuosity connection among themselves (Net and Limarino, 2000). Further requirements for deformations to occur include particular thixotrophic conditions, especially the presence of colloids among grains. The rupture of unions of particles either by hitting or by shearing is, among others, a cause which produces an unbalance between hydrostatic pressure and lithostatic pressure. If the latter is altered, the energetic unbalance makes fine sediments flow among the weakly lithified sandstones whose extrusion will occur via both vertical and horizontal pore ducts (Lopez Gamundi, 1986; Clauss, 1993). Basal slumping produces deformations that are associated not only to soft sediments deposited in natural slopes but also to interbedded sand- and mud-levels. Layers tend to have a prismatic-shaped geometry whose materials are under ductile-to-fragile conditions, in which antique layers support younger ones. Once horizontality is affected, movement, which is marked by a rupture of the original slope, begins. The lower levels are expected to transport the upper ones without affecting the original succession of layers. At the delay of movement derived from the compressive effect of the displacement front, fluids extrude forming cones or cut dikes (Fig. 10). Several deformations of this type initiate movement as result of differences in the hydrostatic gradient (Strachan, 2002). Deformations may be also produced as a result of pressure-directed displacements which are conditioned by the compaction level, thickness and ability of materials to deform. Thus, deformations occur because the original level is saturated in water as a result of the ductile behavior of materials (Bracco et al., 2005). Laird (1968) claims that SSD structures should meet some of the following requirements to be considered of seismic origin: slightly curved strata walls and floors to follow the original stratification and interruption of continuity of the stratum that is marked by a scar in which the sedimentary fillings keep their characteristics both above and below stratification. There could be rotated sediment clasts below the discontinuity as a result of a thrust-induced drag of the upper sedimentary packing. These processes could be, in turn, triggered either by the charge or pressure of the lithologic column, storm waves and seismicity. Storm-wave impact may also produce deformation in soft sediments. Nonetheless, no high energy structures such as cross-beddings or tsunami-type chaotic sedimentation were observed in our study area. Noteworthingly, for stormwave-derived liquefaction to occur, waves should reach magnitudes higher than 6 m (Alfaro et al., 2002), this being a phenomenon that was not recorded in our study area. Taken together, findings from the present study indicate that SSD structures in our study area are seismic alterations that occurred in an event during the Andean cycle whose beginnings are traced approximately 45 My ago. The fact that i) both the roofs and bottoms of these structures are not associated to other processes of deformation, ii) their thickness does not exceed one meter, and iii) they are confined to a transitional area between the middle and top members of the Río Negro Formation, lying in some cases on claystones and in some other cases, on siltstones, originated in an interdune paleorelief, confirms their seismic origin.

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Characterization and valorisation of norm wastes; application to the TIO2 production

Gázquez, Manuel J.; Mantero, J.; Bolívar, J. P.; García-Tenorio, R.; Galán, F.; López Gómez, Félix Antonio; Puertas, F.; Alguacil, Francisco José; Guerrero Bustos, Ana María
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Arsenopyrite Weathering Products in Barruecopardo Mine Tailings (Salamanca, pain)

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