Mineralium Deposita

, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 353–369 | Cite as

Genetic relationship between silver–lead–zinc mineralization in the Wutong deposit, Guangxi Province and Mesozoic granitic magmatism in the Nanling belt, southeast China

  • Pilar Lecumberri-Sanchez
  • Rolf L. Romer
  • Volker Lüders
  • Robert J. Bodnar
Article

Abstract

More than 50 % of the world's total reserves of tungsten are in China and most tungsten deposits are located in the Nanling range in southeast China. This study explores the potential genetic relationship between tungsten–tin (W–Sn) mineralization and shallower Ag–Pb–Zn deposits in the Nanling range based on data from the Wutong deposit, Guangxi Province. The lead, oxygen, carbon, sulfur, and strontium isotopic compositions of minerals at Wutong indicate that a single crustal-derived fluid was responsible for mineralization. Wutong likely formed at relatively low temperatures (∼200–300 °C) and low pressures, as indicated by the similarity between homogenization temperatures of fluid inclusions and those estimated from S isotopic compositions of minerals. The hübnerite age (92.3–104.4 Ma) indicates that the Wutong mineralization is likely related to nearby Late Yanshanian (Cretaceous) S-type granites derived from Proterozoic crust. This mineralization event coincides with the last W–Sn mineralization event and the Cretaceous peak of mineralization in the Nanling range.

Keywords

Cathaysia Yanshanian Hübnerite dating Chalcopyrite disease Fluid inclusions Isotopes 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pilar Lecumberri-Sanchez
    • 1
    • 3
  • Rolf L. Romer
    • 2
  • Volker Lüders
    • 2
  • Robert J. Bodnar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of GeosciencesVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA
  2. 2.Helmholtz Centre PotsdamDeutsches GeoForschungsZentrum (GFZ)PotsdamGermany
  3. 3.Department of Earth SciencesETH ZurichZürichSwitzerland

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