Clumped C-O isotope temperature constraints for carbonate precipitation associated with Irish-type Zn-Pb orebodies

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Title: Clumped C-O isotope temperature constraints for carbonate precipitation associated with Irish-type Zn-Pb orebodies
Authors: Hollis, Steven P.
Menuge, Julian
Doran, Aileen
Güven, John
et al.
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Date: 23-Aug-2017
Online since: 2018-05-04T12:28:22Z
Abstract: Ireland hosts the greatest concentration of discovered zinc per square kilometre on Earth, with production from 5 carbonate-hosted deposits, including the giant Navan deposit. Clumped C-O isotope analyses of carbonates offer a powerful new technique to directly deliver accurate fluid temperatures and precise calculations of fluid O isotope compositions, offering a significant opportunity to refine the evolving genetic models, and develop new vectoring tools for exploration. We present the first clumped C-O isotope results for parageneticallyconstrained carbonate generations from a number of Irishtype Zn-Pb deposits. Preliminary analysis of hanging-wall white matrix breccias from Lisheen show non-systematic temperature variation (~100 to 170°C), with fluid d18OV-SMOW increasing with temperature. Significant variations in temperature at the thin section scale may be indicative of fluid mixing and/or multiple phases of WMB dolomite brecciation. Post-ore pink dolomite at Lisheen, and crosscutting calcite veins formed at significantly lower temperatures (67 to 42°C). Temperatures of 61 to 110°C were obtained for sphalerite-bearing calcite veins in the hanging-wall of the Randalstown Fault near Navan. These veins contain coarse sphalerite interpreted to have been remobilised from the nearby Navan orebody by a single, cool fluid (Marks, 2015). Clumped C-O data will also be presented for samples from Galmoy, Kilbricken and Castlegard ("Pallas Green"), from which existing fluid inclusion constraints are available.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
Type of material: Conference Publication
Keywords: ZincLead
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Language: en
Status of Item: Not peer reviewed
Conference Details: SGA Quebec 2017 14th Biennial Meeting, Quebec City, Canada, 20-23 August 2017
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