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Temporal evolution of mineralization events in the Bohemian Massif inferred from the Re–Os geochronology of molybdenite


Molybdenite is a common mineral accompanying Sn–W, Au, and base metal mineralizations located in different geotectonic units of the Bohemian Massif, but it is also widespread in granitoids and/or related quartz veins/pegmatites forming disseminated Mo mineralization. Thirty Re–Os ages were obtained for molybdenite samples from the Bohemian Massif to provide constraints on the timing and duration of mineralization event(s) within the framework of previously published geochronological data for the host and/or associated rocks. The obtained data for Sn–W–(Li) deposits in the Erzgebirge metallogenetic province indicate the predominance of one and/or multiple short-time mineralization events taking place between ∼319 and 323 Ma, with the exception of the Krupka deposit associated with the Altenberg–Teplice caldera where the data may suggest prolonged activity until ∼315 Ma. The ages of the Pb–Zn–(Au–Mo) Hůrky u Rakovníka and Fe–Cu–As Obří důl mineralizations from the exocontacts of the Čistá pluton and Krkonoše-Jizera Plutonic Complex, respectively, provide evidence for synchronous emplacement of the ore and the associated granitic rocks. In contrast, the Padrť Fe–As–Mo mineralization postdates the age of the associated Padrť granite. Disseminated Mo mineralization in Cadomian and Variscan granitoids and/or related to quartz veins/pegmatites provides Re–Os ages that overlap with the previously published geochronological data for the host rocks, suggesting coeval evolution. Molybdenite samples from the Sázava suite granites of the Central Bohemian Plutonic Complex (CBPC) have resolvable younger ages than their host granites, but similar to the age of spatially related Au mineralization which is associated with the latest evolution of the CBPC.

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This research was supported by the Czech Science Foundation (13-15390S to L.A. and J.P.). The Scientific Programme RVO67985831 of the Institute of Geology, The Czech Academy of Sciences, is also acknowledged. We are grateful to Jana Ďurišová (The Czech Academy of Sciences) for obtaining Re data using SF-ICP-MS; Vladislav Chrastný and Tomáš Magna (Czech Geological Survey) for the help with MC-ICP-MS measurements; Krystle Moore (University of Alberta) for the help in the lab; and Jana Rajlichová (The Czech Academy of Sciences) for the technical assistance. The reviews of Rolf Romer and an anonymous reviewer significantly helped to improve the manuscript.

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Ackerman, L., Haluzová, E., Creaser, R.A. et al. Temporal evolution of mineralization events in the Bohemian Massif inferred from the Re–Os geochronology of molybdenite. Miner Deposita 52, 651–662 (2017).

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  • Re–Os
  • Geochronology
  • Molybdenite
  • Bohemian Massif
  • Granite