The Dvoinoye and September Northeast high-grade epithermal Au–Ag veins, Vodorazdelnaya district, Chukotka region, Russia

Thomson, Brian, Tellez C., Carlos, Dietrich, Andreas, Oliver, Nicholas H.S., Akinin, Vyacheslav, Blenkinsop, T.G., Guskov, Aleksey, Benowitz, Jeff, Layer, Paul W., and Polzunenkov, Gennadiy (2022) The Dvoinoye and September Northeast high-grade epithermal Au–Ag veins, Vodorazdelnaya district, Chukotka region, Russia. Mineralium Deposita, 57. pp. 353-376.

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High-grade epithermal Au–Ag veins of the Vodorazdelnaya district in far eastern Russia are hosted by Early Cretaceous volcanic rocks of the Tytylveem belt. The largest deposit is Zone 37, a 1-km long, northeast-striking vein that is up to 35-m wide, containing at least 32 t Au. The main shoot consists of crustiform—colloform banded quartz-chalcedony-adularia-sulfide veins, of low-sulfidation style. The vein is cut by late-mineral rhyolite sills and dikes. Zone 37 vein is dated at 117 ± 2 Ma, overlapping within error with the cross-cutting rhyolites (121–119 Ma) and with intrusions of the nearby Ilirney granitic pluton (119–117 Ma). The volcanic host rocks are dated at 121–115 Ma. At September Northeast, 15 km west-northwest of Zone 37, mineralisation consists of veins up to 4 m wide, with crustiform banded quartz ± chalcedony ± adularia ± chlorite, and Zn-Pb-Cu sulfides, of intermediate sulfidation style, in a 1-km-long, north-northeast striking trend. High grades are associated with gold dendrites in fine-grained quartz bands and with minor late-stage tellurides. The veins were disrupted by intrusion of rhyolite dikes and associated phreatic breccias. Some breccias host mineralisation as vein clasts and minor matrix sulfides. The Tytylveem belt is preserved below a regional unconformity that forms the base to the overlying Late Cretaceous (106–77 Ma) Okhotsk-Chukotka Volcanic Belt (OCVB). Intrusive rocks attributed to OCVB magmatism were emplaced at about 96 Ma and are associated with overprinting hydrothermal alteration, sub-economic veins and thermal resetting of some vein adularia ages at Zone 37, to 91–97 Ma.

Item ID: 75431
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1432-1866
Copyright Information: © The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2021
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2022 23:12
FoR Codes: 37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3705 Geology > 370505 Mineralogy and crystallography @ 100%
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