Gold-bearing hedenbergite skarns from the SW contact of the Andorra granite (Central Pyrenees, Spain)

Translated title of the contribution: Gold-bearing hedenbergite skarns from the SW contact of the Andorra granite (Central Pyrenees, Spain)

A. Soler, C. Ayora, E. Cardellach, J. Delgado

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Abstract

Several varieties of skarn outcrop have been found to develop along the contact between the Andorra granite and the Devonian limestones. The skarns contain variable amounts of gold ranging up to 5 g/t, always associated with sulphides. The sulphides in the skarn include arsenopyrite and pyrrhotite with lesser amounts of chalcopyrite, galena, sphalerite and Bi-minerals. Geothermometric and geobarometric data indicate the skarns formed at about 2 kbar and temperatures ranging from 500 ° to 350 °C from CO2-free polysaline brines at a slightly acidic pH and oxygen fugacity which decreases with time from the pyrite-pyrrhotite-magnetite towards the QFM buffer. Available data on gold solubility suggest that sufficient quantities of gold to form an ore deposit could have been transported as AuCl2-at the high temperatures and salinities under which the skarns formed. Both gold deposition and sulphide precipitation could have occurred due to a decrease in temperature and/or oxygen fugacity. © 1990 Springer-Verlag.
Translated title of the contributionGold-bearing hedenbergite skarns from the SW contact of the Andorra granite (Central Pyrenees, Spain)
Original languageMultiple languages
Pages (from-to)559-568
JournalMineralium Deposita
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1990

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