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TitlePetrogenesis and associated mineralization of Acadian related granitoids in New Brunswick
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AuthorAzadbakht, ZORCID logo; Rogers, N; Lentz, D R; McFarlane, C R M
SourceTargeted Geoscience Initiative: 2018 report of activities; by Rogers, N (ed.); Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 8549, 2019 p. 243-278, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediaon-line; digital
RelatedThis publication is contained in Targeted Geoscience Initiative: 2018 report of activities
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ProvinceNew Brunswick
NTS21G; 21H/05; 21H/06; 21H/11; 21H/12; 21H/13; 21H/14; 21I/03; 21I/04; 21I/05; 21I/06; 21I/11; 21I/12; 21I/13; 21I/14; 21J; 21O; 21P/03; 21P/04; 21P/05; 21P/06; 21P/11; 21P/12; 21P/13; 21P/14
AreaBathurst; Saint John
Lat/Long WENS -68.0000 -65.0000 48.0000 45.0000
Subjectseconomic geology; geochemistry; igneous and metamorphic petrology; mineral deposits; tin; tungsten; molybdenum; antimony; porphyry deposits; mineral exploration; mineral potential; ore mineral genesis; mineralization; ore controls; petrogenesis; bedrock geology; lithology; granitic rocks; igneous rocks; intrusive rocks; felsic intrusive rocks; granites; granodiorites; whole rock geochemistry; silica; major element analyses; trace element analyses; geochemical anomalies; europium; isotopic studies; tectonic environments; magmatism; intrusions; partial melting; mantle; crustal evolution; thermal history; temperature; statistical analyses; Acadian Orogeny; Neoacadian Orogeny; Central Plutonic Belt; Juniper Barren Granite; Lost Lake Granite; Phanerozoic; Paleozoic; Devonian; Silurian
Illustrationsgeoscientific sketch maps; graphs; tables; photomicrographs; ternary diagrams; geochemical plots; plots
ProgramTargeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI-5) Knowledge Management Coordination
ProgramTargeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI-5) Intrusion/Porphyry ore systems - arc-related porphyry systems - time and space
Released2019 03 01
AbstractThe Acadian-related granitoids of New Brunswick are herein divided into geochemically defined groups to ascertain whether magmatic process related trends differentiate barren from mineralized granitoids. The Juniper Barren and Lost Lake granites have some similar characteristics (i.e. lowest SiO2, highest transition element contents, high-K calc-alkaline, metaluminous), but do not constitute a defined geochemical group. They have the characteristics of unfractionated (oxidized) I-type granites, and neither are associated with significant mineralization.
Group NB-1 granites are metaluminous to peraluminous, high-K calc-alkaline, light rare-earth element (LREE) enriched with small negative Eu anomalies, and high Nb/Ta and Zr/Hf ratios. Group NB-1 intrusions are interpreted to be unfractionated reduced I-type granite formed via partial melting in an arc system and subsequently contaminated by reducing crustal rocks. The reduced component is critical for the formation of tungsten mineralization.
Group NB-2 granites are high-K calc-alkaline, metaluminous to peraluminous I-type granite characterized by K2O contents greater than Na2O, and are LREE enriched with pronounced negative Eu anomalies. Group NB-2 granites are unfractionated to weakly fractionated I-type granite generated from different degrees of partial melting of mixed mantle - older crustal protolith with an igneous quartzo-feldspathic composition.
Group NB-3 granites include the most evolved intrusions examined during this study. They are characterized by the highest SiO2 content, Gottini index and K/Rb ratio, and have the lowest Zr/Hf, Nb/Ta, La/Sm and Eu/Eu* ratios. They are considered highly evolved I-type granite formed via crustal thinning related to crustal delamination following the juxtaposition of crustal terranes during the Acadian Orogeny.
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The Targeted Geoscience Initiative (TGI) is directed towards providing next generation knowledge and methods to facilitate more effective targeting of buried mineral deposits. The program aims to enhance the effectiveness of exploration for Canada's major mineral systems by resolving foundational geoscience problems that constrain the geological processes responsible for the liberation metals from their source region, transportation of these ore metals and control their eventual deposition. TGI supports projects on gold, Ni-Cr-PGE, porphyry-style mineralization, uranium and volcanic- and sedimentary-hosted base metal mineralization ore systems, with each project divided into subprojects focused on resolving specific knowledge gaps by integrating data and studies from multiple sites across Canada. Herein, we present interim results and interpretations from a selection of the research activities currently being conducted under the auspices of TGI.

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