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Trace element partitioning during the pyrite to pyrrhotite reduction


Johnson, SC and Large, RR and Meffre, S and Raub, TD, Trace element partitioning during the pyrite to pyrrhotite reduction, Goldschmidt Abstracts 2015, 16-21 August 2015, Prague, pp. 1464. (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Pyrite and pyrrhotite are commonly associated minerals in many economic deposits and black shales across the world. The metamorphic reduction of diagentic pyrite into pyrrhotite is known to result in the release of sulfur, thereby enabling further formation of other metal- sulfide clusters.

We discuss here the various geochemical and and physiochemical transitions that result during this reduction. We observe that diagenetic pyrite has the ability to encorporate a range of trace elements (T.E.), likely sourced from seawater and intertitial pore waters [1] [2], of which, a large majority (e.g. Zn, Cu, Ag, Au and Pb) are liberated during the conversion. We also present preliminary work on a magnetic study of these two sulfide phases where we observe that pyrite has a distinct magnetic characteristic, akin to that of pyrrhotite, at temperatures far below the published phase transition [3] [4]. We present a series of case studies utilising, real-world examples of this transition and compare them to published work. In this context we discuss aspects of this transition and its applications to paleoceanography, ore genesis and exploration.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:pyrite, pyrrhotite, ore genesis
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Mineralogy and crystallography
Objective Division:Mineral Resources (Excl. Energy Resources)
Objective Group:Other mineral resources (excl. energy resources)
Objective Field:Other mineral resources (excl. energy resources) not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Johnson, SC (Mr Sean Johnson)
UTAS Author:Large, RR (Professor Ross Large)
UTAS Author:Meffre, S (Dr Sebastien Meffre)
ID Code:115746
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:CODES ARC
Deposited On:2017-04-07
Last Modified:2017-04-11
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