Geochemistry International

, Volume 55, Issue 11, pp 1000–1009 | Cite as

Origin of corundum rocks of the Belomorian mobile belt: Evidence from noble gas isotope geochemistry

  • E. Yu. Akimova
  • E. N. Kozlov
  • K. I. Lokhov


The noble gas isotopic composition is studied in gas-liquid microinclusions from minerals of the corundum-bearing and host rocks of the Khitoostrov occurrence, North Karelia. It was established for the first time that fluid participating in the formation of rocks with anomalous oxygen isotopic composition is devoid of an atmospheric component, while helium and neon show significant fractionation relative to argon. The formation of rocks with extremely light oxygen isotope composition was related to the effect of endogenous fluid.


noble gas isotopic geochemistry extremely light oxygen corundum-bearing metasomatites Belomorian mobile belt 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Precambrian Geology and GeochronologyRussian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.St. Petersburg State UniversityInstitute of Earth ScienceSt. PetersburgRussia
  3. 3.Geological Institute, Kola CenterRussian Academy of SciencesApatityRussia

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