SHRIMP U-Pb (zircon), Ar-Ar (muscovite) and Re-Os (molybdenite) isotopic dating of the Taoxikeng tungsten deposit, South China Block

C Guo, J Mao, Frank Bierlein, Z Chen, Y Chen, C Li, Z Zeng

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    The Taoxikeng tungsten deposit is located in the Jiangxi Province in the southern part of China, and is one of the largest wolframite quartz-vein type tungsten deposits in the country. The deposit is situated in Sinian (Neoproterozoic) to Permian strata at the contact with the buried Taoxikeng Granite. Sensitive High Mass Resolution Ion Microprobe (SHRIMP) zircon U-Pb analysis of the granite has yielded dates of 158.7A?3.9 and 157.6A?3.5Ma, which are interpreted as the emplacement age of the granite. Molybdenite separated from ore-bearing quartz-veins yields a Re-Os isochron age of 154.4A?3.8Ma, and muscovite separated from greisen between the granite and country rocks yields 40Ar/39Ar plateau ages of 153.4A?1.3 and 152.7A?1.5Ma. These dates obtained from three independent geochronological techniques constrain the ore-forming age of the Taoxikeng deposit and link the ore genesis to that of the underlying granite. The Taoxikeng deposit is an example of a Jurassic regional-scale tungsten-tin ore-forming event between 160 and 150Ma in the Nanling region of the South China Block. The deposit s strikingly low rhenium contents (4.9 to 13.0??10-3I?g/g) in molybdenite suggests that the ore was derived from a crustal source. This conclusion is consistent with previously published constraints from S, D and O stable isotopes, Sr-Nd systematics, and petrogenetic interpretations of spatially related granites.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)26 - 39
    Number of pages14
    JournalOre Geology Reviews
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

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