Leven Star deposit: an example of Middle to Late Devonian intrusion-related gold systems in the western Lachlan Orogen, Victoria

R.R. Whittam, Frank Bierlein, S. Mcknight

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    Abstract

    This study documents an example of atypical gold mineralisation in the central Victorian gold province of the western Lachlan Orogen, Australia. Unlike the vast majority of orogenic gold deposits in this region, the Leven Star deposit at Malmsbury is characterised by a disseminated -stockwork style of mineralisation, a close spatial and temporal association with post-tectonic felsic intrusions, complex alteration characteristics and a Au-As-Sb ( +/- Bi-Te-Cu-Zn-Pb-Sn-W) ore assemblage. In contrast to orogenic-style, metamorphism-related gold mineralisation (ca 440 Ma), which pre-dated magmatism in the western Lachlan Orogen by tens of millions of years, ore formation in the Leven Star deposit was synchronous with, and is paragenetically younger than, Middle to Late Devonian (ca 370 Ma) magmatism. On the basis of these timing relationships, as well as whole-rock geochemstry, and structural, petrographic and fluid-inclusion data, it is suggested that the Leven Star deposit is not orogenic in character and instead should be classified as intrusion-related.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)343-362
    JournalAustralian Journal of Earth Sciences
    Volume53
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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