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Reference Number
YEG2019_6
Title
Geochronologic and Pb-isotopic constraints on gold mineralization at the Plateau South property (Yukon MINFILE 105N 034, 035, 036), central Yukon
Reference Type
Yukon Geological Survey
Document Type
Annual Report Paper


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Abstract: Quantitative mineralogy, U-Pb geochronology of zircon and monazite, 40Ar/39Ar geochronology of muscovite and sericite, and Pb isotopes from galena in veins and feldspar in plutons provide insight into the age of metamorphism, mineralization, intrusion emplacement and the sources of metals at the Plateau South (MINFILE 105N 034, 035, 036) occurrences in central Yukon. Orogenic mineralization and metamorphism is ca. 110 Ma to 100 Ma, and possibly as old as ca. 130 Ma. Following deformation and regional metamorphism, two biotite-muscovite plutons, the Russell stock and Armstrong pluton, were emplaced at 95.39 ± 0.03 Ma and 95.51 ± 0.03 Ma, respectively. These plutons are here reassigned to the Tungsten suite based on mineralogy, chemistry and age. Coeval with these plutons are contact metamorphism and possibly intrusion-related mineralization. Lead isotopic data from galena cluster into two groups: Group 1 is enriched in thorogenic Pb with 206Pb/204Pb values between 18.31 and 18.14, 207Pb/204Pb between 15.62 and 15.55 and 208Pb/204Pb between 38.77 and 38.30. Group 2 is isotopically evolved with 206Pb/204Pb values between 19.13 nd 18.91, 207Pb/204Pb between 15.78 and 15.63 and 208Pb/204Pb between 39.24 and 39.07. We suggest that late Early Cretaceous mineralization is related to large-scale orogenic fluids that tapped primitive (deep?) metal sources and early Late Cretaceous mineralization, coeval with local intrusions, sourced isotopically distinct metals from the intrusions. Alternatively, all mineralization could relate to Early Cretaceous orogenic fluids but with heterogeneous, locally derived metal sources and thermal resetting of Ar ages near the intrusions.
Authors: Sack, P., Gabites, J., Crowley, J., Benowitz, J., McFarlane, C., Gobadi, M. and Ferraro, D., 2020
NTS Mapsheet(s): 105N06
Citation: Sack, P., Gabites, J., Crowley, J., Benowitz, J., McFarlane, C., Gobadi, M. and Ferraro, D., 2020. Geochronologic and Pb-isotopic constraints on gold mineralization at the Plateau South property (Yukon MINFILE 105N 034, 035, 036), central Yukon. In: Yukon Exploration and Geology 2019, K.E. MacFarlane (ed.), Yukon Geological Survey, p. 99-119.

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