Composition and genesis of the Konevinsky gold deposit, Eastern Sayan, Russia

Abstract

The Konevinsky gold deposit in southeast Eastern Sayan is distinguished from most known deposits in this region (Zun-Kholba, etc.) by the geological setting and composition of mineralization. To elucidate the cause of the peculiar mineralization, we have studied the composition, formation conditions, and origin of this deposit, which is related to the Ordovician granitoid pluton 445–441 Ma in age cut by intermediate and basic dikes spatially associated with metavolcanic rocks of the Devonian–Carboniferous Ilei Sequence. Four mineral assemblages are recognized: (1) quartz–pyrite–molybdenite, (2) quartz–gold–pyrite, (3) gold–polysulfide, and (4) telluride. Certain indications show that the ore was formed as a result of the superposition of two distinct mineral assemblages differing in age. The first stage dated at ~440 Ma is related to intrusions generating Cu–Mo–Au porphyry mineralization and gold–polysulfide veins. The second stage is controlled by dikes pertaining to the Devonian–Carboniferous volcanic–plutonic association. The second stage is characterized by gain of Hg and Te and formation of gold–mercury–telluride paragenesis.

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Original Russian Text © B.B. Damdinov, S.M. Zhmodik, P.A. Roshchektaev, L.B. Damdinova, 2016, published in Geologiya Rudnykh Mestorozhdenii, 2016, Vol. 58, No. 2, pp. 154–170.

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Damdinov, B.B., Zhmodik, S.M., Roshchektaev, P.A. et al. Composition and genesis of the Konevinsky gold deposit, Eastern Sayan, Russia. Geol. Ore Deposits 58, 134–148 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1134/S1075701516020033

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Keywords

  • Pyrite
  • Fluid Inclusion
  • Chalcopyrite
  • Gold Deposit
  • Mineral Assemblage