Rare Earth Element Signatures of the Bled M’Dena Porphyry Molybdenum-Copper System, Eglab Massif (SW, Algeria)

  • Karima LagraaEmail author
  • Stefano Salvi
  • Didier Béziat
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This work depicts the geochemical characteristics and distribution of the rare earth elements (REE) of the Bled M’Dena porphyry Mo-Cu complex which is located in the Eglab-Yetti Junction Zone (Reguibat Rise), SW Algeria. The whole-rock REE data exhibit LREE enrichment relative to HREE (Lagraa et al in J Afr Earth Sci 127:159–174, 2017 [2]), whereas the potential deposits reveal a downward pattern from LREE to HREE, suggesting a higher content of the former REE (Zarasvandi et al in Ore Geol Rev 70:407–423, 2015 [7]). The Eu anomalies are low (Eu/Eu* = 0.87–1.10) and also show relatively high La/Sm and Sm/Yb values, representing probably thickened crust and indicate the fractionation of amphibole with minor garnet. The geochemistry of the host rocks and the REE ore minerals indicate that the Mo-Cu Bled M’Dena porphyry presents similarities with other economic porphyries in the world.


REE geochemistry Mo-Cu porphyry Eglab Bled M’Dena Economic porphyry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Oran 2 Mohamed Ben AhmedOranAlgeria
  2. 2.University of Paul SabatierToulouseFrance

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