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TitleMultiple sulphur isotope reconnaissance of Slave Province volcanogenic massive sulphide deposits
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AuthorTaylor, B E; Peter, J M; Wing, B A
SourceTargeted Geoscience Initiative 4: Contributions to the understanding of volcanogenic massive sulphide deposit genesis and exploration methods development; by Peter, J M (ed.); Mercier-Langevin, P (ed.); Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 7853, 2015 p. 45-58, (Open Access)
LinksCanadian Database of Geochemical Surveys, downloadable files
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PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Peter, J M; Mercier-Langevin, P; (2015). Targeted Geoscience Initiative 4: Contributions to the understanding of volcanogenic massive sulphide deposit genesis and exploration methods development, Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 7853
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ProvinceNorthwest Territories; Nunavut
NTS75I; 75J; 75K; 75L; 75M; 75N; 75O; 75P; 76; 85I; 85J; 85O; 85P; 86A; 86B; 86G; 86H; 86I/01; 86I/02; 86I/03; 86I/04; 86I/05; 86I/06; 86I/07; 86I/08; 86I/09; 86I/10; 86I/11; 86I/14; 86I/15; 86I/16; 86P/01; 86P/02; 86P/07; 86P/08; 86P/09; 86P/16
AreaGreat Slave Lake
Lat/Long WENS-116.0000 -104.0000 68.0000 62.0000
Subjectseconomic geology; metallic minerals; Archean; volcanogenic deposits; sulphide deposits; alteration; metamorphism; mineral assemblages; mineralization; exploration guidelines; volcanic rocks; mineral deposits; gold; isotopes; sulphur isotope ratios; Precambrian
Illustrationslocation maps; plots; histograms
ProgramTargeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI-4), Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide Ore Systems
Released2015 06 11
AbstractMulti-sulphur isotope (32S, 33S, 34S, and 36S) analysis of galena, sphalerite, and pyrite from 30 Archean volcanogenic massive sulphide deposits and occurrences from across the Slave Province reveals a variable contribution from Archean atmosphere-derived sulphur. Mass-independent fractionation of the sulphur isotopes produced anomalous abundances (D33S) of the sulphur isotopes that were incorporated to varying degrees in deposits that formed in different tectonic settings. Our data indicate that deposits of the bimodal-mafic type (bimodal rift setting) are characterized by a restricted range of D33S from -0.3 to 0.1 per mil, whereas deposits of the bimodal-felsic type (arc-like settings) exhibit a broader range in D33S, from -0.8 to 0.6 per mil. Mantle-derived (juvenile) sulphur is essentially the sole source of sulphur in deposits of the bimodalmafic type, whether derived directly by magmatic degassing, or indirectly by leaching of magmatic sulphides in the associated hydrothermal system; these deposits are also characterized by relatively low silver contents. Bimodal-felsic type deposits, typified by high silver contents, contain variable amounts of atmosphere- derived sulphur that was more readily available in arc-like settings.