Mineralogy and Petrology

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Re–Os molybdenite dating of granite-related Sn–W–Mo mineralisation at Hnilec, Gemeric Superunit, Slovakia

  • M. Kohút
  • H. Stein


Re–Os molybdenite ages from the exocontact of the Hnilec granite-greisen body provide temporal constraints for tin, tungsten and molybdenite mineralisation in the Gemeric Superunit, Slovakia. Two molybdenite separates were taken from a representative sample of the Sn–W–Mo mineralisation at Hnilec and their Re–Os ages of 262.2 ± 0.9 and 263.8 ± 0.8 Ma (2-sigma) are in excellent agreement. The obtained Re–Os molybdenite ages are similar to recent but less precise electron microprobe monazite (276 ± 13 Ma) and U–Pb single zircon (250 ± 18 Ma) ages from the Hnilec granite intrusion, supporting a granite-related greisen origin for the Sn–W–Mo mineralisation. Our precise Re–Os molybdenite ages resolve the long time controversy over the timing of high-temperature mineralisation in the Gemeric Superunit. These Permian ages eliminate suggestions of an Alpine age. The sulphur isotope composition of the studied molybdenite is δ34S(CDT) = 1.71 ± 0.2‰ and is consistent with a magmatic sulphur source. Field observations indicate the lack of a broad contact aureole in the vicinity of the Hnilec granite body. Shallow level granite emplacement in schistose host rocks was accompanied by alteration and formation of tin-tungsten greisen in the upper part of the granite and exocontact molybdenite mineralisation, both commonly lacking in other granite bodies within the Gemeric Superunit.


Molybdenite Sulphur Isotope Sulphur Isotope Composition Granite Body Contact Aureole 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Kohút
    • 1
  • H. Stein
    • 2
  1. 1.Dionýz Štúr Institute of Geology, Geological Survey of Slovak RepublicBratislavaSlovakia
  2. 2.AIRIE Program, Department of GeosciencesColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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