Late Permian–Triassic metallogeny in the Chinese Altay Orogen: Constraints from mica 40Ar/39Ar dating on ore deposits

Yi Zheng, Yan jing Chen, Peter A. Cawood, Yue jun Wang, Hua-yong Chen, Li Zhang, Deng feng Li

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The Central Asian Orogenic Belt (CAOB) constitutes the largest Phanerozoic accretionary orogen on Earth. It extends over 5000 km and hosting numerous metal deposits. The Chinese Altay Orogen, an important element of the CAOB, hosts abundant Devonian (ca. 410–370 Ma) deposits. The 40Ar/39Ar dating of seven mica separates from the representative samples syngenetic with orogenic-type mineralization is summarized to record a poorly studied Permian to Triassic metallogenic episode in the Chinese Altay Orogen. The Kelan and Maizi basins in the Chinese Altay Orogen, which likely represent an arc accretionary complex, contain a series of polymetallic lode deposits hosted in low-grade metamorphic volcano–sedimentary rocks. Two muscovite and five biotite separates were obtained from the ore-forming veins paragenetically associated with Au-bearing polymetallic sulfides in the Keketale Pb–Zn, Wulasigou Cu, Tiemurt Pb–Zn, Dadonggou Pb–Zn and Sarekuobu Au deposits. These separates yielded 40Ar/39Ar plateau ages ranging from 260 Ma to 205 Ma. Integration of these results with other published geological and geochronological data indicates that the Au–Cu–Pb–Zn mineralization post-dated the final CAOB assembly, with fluid movement and mineralization possibly driven by regional metamorphism and deformation. It is herein proposed for a metallogenic model that the metamorphic fluid migration following final assembly of the CAOB results into the formation of the deposits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-16
Number of pages13
JournalGondwana Research
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Ar/Ar geochronology
  • Central Asian Orogenic Belt
  • Chinese Altay Orogen
  • Late Permian–Triassic
  • Orogenic lode deposit

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