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Synextensional emplacement of porphyry Cu-Mo and epithermal mineralization: the Zijinshan District, Southeastern China


Piquer, J and Cooke, DR and Chen, J and Zhang, L, Synextensional emplacement of porphyry Cu-Mo and epithermal mineralization: the Zijinshan District, Southeastern China, Economic Geology and The Bulletin of The Society of Economic Geologists, 112, (5) pp. 1055-1074. ISSN 0361-0128 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5382/econgeo.2017.4501


The Zijinshan district, Fujian Province, southeastern China, is a major mineral field that contains high- and intermediate-sulfidation epithermal Cu-Au-Ag and porphyry Cu-Mo deposits. This contribution discusses the structural geology and the tectonic regime prevalent during mineralization at Zijinshan. Statistically, the district is dominated by NW-striking fault systems that dip at moderate angles (4050) to the northeast and southwest. They played a first-order role in controlling the emplacement of hydrothermal veins and breccias. Most NW-striking faults were active as oblique normal/strike-slip faults during mineralization, as evidenced by the geometry of syntectonic hydrothermal mineral fibers. NE-striking, steeply dipping faults also controlled the emplacement of hydrothermal veins and breccias, and these faults contain syntectonic mineral fibers indicating predominantly dextral strike-slip movements. The kinematic and dynamic analysis of fault-slip data shows that the predominant tectonic regime during mineralization was extensional, with subvertical σ1 and NNE-to NNW-trending σ3. Secondary clusters of subhorizontal σ1 suggest that short periods of fault reactivation under a strike-slip regime occurred locally. Although the formation of porphyry Cu-Mo systems is commonly thought to be favored by compressive to transpressive tectonic regimes, which lead to a diminution in the rate of volcanic output and to the entrapment of magmas and volatiles in the upper crust, these results show that at least medium-sized porphyry Cu-Mo systems can form under extensional conditions in previously thickened continental crust. This has important exploration implications globally. Based on current geologic knowledge, the district appears to have a high exploration potential at depth, mainly for intermediate-sulfidation epithermal and porphyry-style mineralization.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:porphyry Cu-Mo, epithermal mineralization, Zijinshan District, Southeastern China
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Structural geology and tectonics
Objective Division:Mineral Resources (Excl. Energy Resources)
Objective Group:Mineral exploration
Objective Field:Copper ore exploration
UTAS Author:Piquer, J (Mr Jose Piquer Romo)
UTAS Author:Cooke, DR (Professor David Cooke)
UTAS Author:Chen, J (Ms Jing Chen)
UTAS Author:Zhang, L (Dr Lejun Zhang)
ID Code:121913
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:CODES ARC
Deposited On:2017-10-19
Last Modified:2018-04-24

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