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TitleFactors controlling intrusion-related mineralization in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia: a comparison of Silurian-Devonian plutons in Ganderia and Avalonia
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AuthorMoning, A; Barr, S M; White, C E; Sombini dos Santos, G; van Rooyen, D
SourceTargeted Geoscience Initiative: 2017 report of activities, volume 1; by Rogers, N (ed.); Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8358, 2018 p. 31-35, (Open Access)
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Rogers, N; (2018). Targeted Geoscience Initiative: 2017 report of activities, volume 1, Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8358
File formatpdf
ProvinceNova Scotia
NTS11F/09; 11F/10; 11F/11; 11F/14; 11F/15; 11F/16; 11G/13; 11J/04; 11J/05; 11K; 11N/01; 11N/02
AreaCanadian Appalachians; Cape Breton Island; Gillis Mountain; Leonard MacLeod Brook
Lat/Long WENS -61.5000 -59.5000 47.2500 45.5000
Subjectseconomic geology; tectonics; structural geology; mineralogy; geochemistry; geophysics; geochronology; mineral deposits; mineral exploration; mineral potential; porphyry deposits; copper; molybdenum; ore mineral genesis; ore controls; structural controls; mineralization; sulphides; host rocks; geochemical analyses; trace element analyses; major element analyses; isotopic studies; radiometric dating; neodymium samarium dates; drill core analyses; petrographic analyses; x-ray fluorescence analyses; geophysical logging; tectonic setting; intrusions; plutons; emplacement; bedrock geology; lithology; igneous rocks; plutonic rocks; granitic rocks; granites; diorites; gabbros; monzo-granites; volcanic rocks; sedimentary rocks; metamorphic rocks; orthogneisses; mylonites; mineral assemblages; structural features; shear zones; Ganderia; Aspy Terrane; Avalonia; Mira Terrane; Gillis Mountain Pluton; Bras-d'Or Terrane; Appalachian Orogen; Sarach Brook Metamorphic Suite; MacRae Brook Formation; MacMillan Mountain Formation; ore systems approach; rare earth elements (REE); Phanerozoic; Paleozoic; Devonian; Silurian; Ordovician; Cambrian; Precambrian; Proterozoic
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ProgramTargeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI-5), Knowledge Management Coordination
ProgramTargeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI-5), Porphyry systems
Released2018 01 19
AbstractThe Devonian Gillis Mountain granitoid pluton in the Avalonian Mira terrane of southern Cape Breton Island hosts porphyry-style copper-molybdenum mineralization. In contrast, plutons of assumed similar age and containing similar rock types in the Leonard MacLeod Brook area of the Ganderian Aspy terrane of northern Cape Breton Island are not known to be mineralized. Hence a comparison of features such as host rocks, depth of emplacement, mineralogy, and chemical composition between plutons in these two areas may provide insight about factors controlling porphyry -style mineralization. During the summer of 2017, existing samples from the Gillis Mountain pluton were re-analyzed to obtain a modern set of trace element data, and previously unstudied drill core from the pluton was sampled for petrological study. Plutons in the Leonard MacLeod Brook area were mapped and sampled for petrological studies and dating, now in progress.