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Geodynamic settings and tectonic model of skarn gold deposits in China: an overview


Chen, YJ and Chen, HY and Zaw, K and Pirajno, F and Zhang, ZJ, Geodynamic settings and tectonic model of skarn gold deposits in China: an overview, Ore Geology Reviews, 31, (1-4) pp. 139-169. ISSN 0169-1368 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.oregeorev.2005.01.001


Seventy skarn-type gold deposits, including 1 super-large, 19 large and 24 medium-sized, are known from different geotectonic units of China. They contain a total resource of approximately 1000 t of gold (625 t in South China), and account for 20% of China's gold reserves. These skarn deposits are sited in collisional orogenic belts, fault-controlled magmatic belts and reactivated cratonic margins. All of the Chinese skarn gold provinces were affected by Phanerozoic collisional orogenesis. The timing of the metallogenic events and the spatial-temporal distribution of the Chinese skarn gold deposits indicates that they were formed during ore-forming processes linked to the transition from shortening to extension in the geodynamic evolution of a collision orogen, and not to subduction systems as is commonly advocated for porphyry copper systems around the Pacific Rim. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Resource geoscience
Objective Division:Mineral Resources (Excl. Energy Resources)
Objective Group:Mineral exploration
Objective Field:Precious (noble) metal ore exploration
UTAS Author:Zaw, K (Professor Khin Zaw)
ID Code:51588
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:290
Deposited By:Centre for Ore Deposit Research - CODES CoE
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-23

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