Rubidium-strontium dating of ore deposits hosted by rubidium-rich rocks, using calcite and other common Sr-bearing minerals.

Joaquin Ruiz, L. M. Jones, W. C. Kelly

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Abstract

Applications of Rb/Sr dating on ore deposits using common gangue minerals are tested. The only conditions a deposit must meet are: 1) it should have minerals with a low Rb/Sr ratio, such as calcite and fluorite; 2) it should be enclosed by wall rock with a high Rb/Sr ratio. The Rb/Sr 'model ages', obtained for three hydrothermal ore deposits of different age, mineralogy, and geological setting agree well with those obtained by conventional K/Ar and Rb/Sr dating methods. The precision, however, can be poor and depends chiefly on the Sr isotope heterogeneity of the wall rock and its Rb/Sr enrichment. The approach presented here might be useful in dating fractures and faults filled with calcite and in deciphering the geological history of structurally complex areas.-L.-diH.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-262
Number of pages4
JournalGeology
Volume12
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology

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