“Tactites” Formed by Ca-Al Metasomatism on Amphibolites in the Seridó Scheelite Province — NE Brazil

  • H. Beurlen
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Petrographic observations made in several scheelite occurrences of NE Brazil proved that “tactites” — the local designation for all calc-silicate rocks — were formed by replacement of amphibolites and, or, amphibole-biotite gneisses successively by: (1) diopside + plagioclase; (2) vesuvianitegarnet-(epidote?); (3) epidote-tremolite-chlorite-quartz-calcite. A previous investigation on trace elements in the Brejuí Mine indicated that part of the amphibole-biotite gneisses that enclose the scheelitiferous “tactites” are orthoderived. Also orthoderived cummingtonitites, phlogopite schists and mylonites are the host rocks of the scheelite in Carnaubinha Mine as indicated by petrochemical investigation. In the Malhada Limpa Prospect, diabasic textures are preserved in amphibolites that are partially replaced by banded amphibole gneisses and calc-silicate rocks. In all of the above-mentioned occurrences, at least two phases of scheelite were observed: the first one crystallized during the pre- or early metamorphic stage, while the second phase was formed by recrystallization and remobilization during later tectono-metamorphic events. The spatial coincidence of orthoderived rocks and scheelite mineralization observed in the three important scheelite deposits mentioned above, and the petrographical similarities in dozens of other occurrences in the Seridó Province, indicated that a premetamorphic volcanogenic tungsten contribution in the Seridó scheelite province as a potentially important metallogenetic event can no longer be discarded.


Host Rock Quartz Vein Petrographic Observation Biotite Schist Spatial Coincidence 
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  • H. Beurlen
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  1. 1.Universidade Federal de PernambucoRecifeBrazil

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