Lead and sulfur isotope constraints on the genesis of the polymetallic mineralization at Oued Maden, Jebel Hallouf and Fedj Hassene carbonate-hosted Pb–Zn (As–Cu–Hg–Sb) deposits, Northern Tunisia

Jemmali, Nejib, Souissi, Fouad, Carranza, Emmanuel John M., and Bouabdellah, Mohammed (2013) Lead and sulfur isotope constraints on the genesis of the polymetallic mineralization at Oued Maden, Jebel Hallouf and Fedj Hassene carbonate-hosted Pb–Zn (As–Cu–Hg–Sb) deposits, Northern Tunisia. Journal of Geochemical Exploration, 132. pp. 6-14.

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Abstract

The Oued Maden, Jebel Hallouf and Fedj Hassene Pb–Zn (Ba–Sr–F–Fe–Hg) hydrothermal ore deposits are located in the Nappe zone of Northern Tunisia. These ore deposits occur as epigenetic veins, karst and stockwork fillings in Upper Cretaceous limestones. The ore mineralogy consists mainly of galena and sphalerite, accompanied by minor amounts of jordanite, pyrite, chalcopyrite, orpiment, realgar, and other sulfosalts. Sulfur isotope data from sphalerite and galena indicate that the reduced sulfur was derived through thermochemical and/or bacterial reduction of dissolved sulfate resulting in metal precipitation. Lead isotope ratios and corresponding calculated age models indicate that the Pb in galenas has been derived from a homogenous crustal source during Upper Miocene time.

Item ID: 27944
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0375-6742
Keywords: Oued Maden; Jebel Hallouf; Fedj Hassene; Nappe zone; sulfur and lead isotopes; Northern Tunisia
Date Deposited: 05 Jul 2013 00:08
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0402 Geochemistry > 040203 Isotope Geochemistry @ 80%
04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0403 Geology > 040307 Ore Deposit Petrology @ 20%
SEO Codes: 84 MINERAL RESOURCES (excl. Energy Resources) > 8401 Mineral Exploration > 840199 Mineral Exploration not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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