Geochronology, geochemistry, and Hf Isotope of the granites from the Mo deposits in Fengning region, China: implications for tectonic evolution and mineralization of the North China Craton

  • Zhenjun Sun
  • Zongqi WangEmail author
  • Henan Yu
  • Xiaohui Yu
  • Guanghu Liu
  • Chengyang Wang
Original Paper


The Dacaoping and Sadaigoumen Mo deposits were recently discovered along the northern margin of the North China Craton. In this paper, we present new zircon U–Pb ages, Hf isotope data, and whole-rock major and trace element data for the monzogranite and granodiorite in the Dacaoping Mo deposit and the monzogranite in the Sabagaogoumen Mo deposit, and we use these data to constrain the metallogenic epoch and the tectonic background in the area. Combined with previous data, we suggest four phases of mineralization in the Dacaoping and Sabagaogoumen Mo deposits; these phases are 248 Ma, 236 Ma, 147 Ma, and 140 Ma. The Early Triassic monzogranite and Early Cretaceous granodiorite in the Dacaoping Mo deposit and the Middle Triassic monzogranite in the Sabagaogoumen Mo deposit are I-type granite with similar geochemical characteristics. The Triassic granites formed in a collisional–post-collisional setting between the North China plate and the Siberian plate, and the Cretaceous granodiorite formed from the rapid thinning of the lithosphere. Their source rock should mainly originate from the partial melting of ancient crustal material. Compared with other Mo deposits in the region, we can further divide these Mo deposits into three phases, namely (1) Triassic (ca. 248–223 Ma), (2) Early–Middle Jurassic (ca. 187–165 Ma), and (3) Late Jurassic–Early Cretaceous (ca. 155–130 Ma), which are consistent with the times of magmatic activity. These activities occurred during the collision and post-collision between the North China plate and the Siberian plate after the Paleo-Asian Ocean’s closure, intracontinental orogeny, and rapid thinning of the lithosphere, respectively.


Fengning region Zircon U–Pb dating Hf isotope North China Craton tectonic evolution 



Thanks are due to anonymous reviewers and the editors of the Arabian Journal of Geosciences for their careful review and insightful suggestions, which greatly improved this article.

Funding information

This work was financially supported by the Innovation Team funding program (ZY20160109), the project of prospecting and prediction for the major mining area in China (DD2016005222), and the Higher School Science and Technology Research Key Project in Hebei Province (ZD2015203).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhenjun Sun
    • 1
    • 2
  • Zongqi Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Henan Yu
    • 2
  • Xiaohui Yu
    • 2
  • Guanghu Liu
    • 2
  • Chengyang Wang
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Mineral ResourcesChinese Academy of Geological SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of Earth SciencesInstitute of Disaster PreventionBeijingChina

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