Porphyry Mo Deposits

Nuo Li, Yong Fei Yang, Laimin Zhu, Jing Li, Franco Pirajno, Yan Jing Chen

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So far, the metamorphic hydrothermal or orogenic-type Mo deposits have been reported only in Qinling Orogen. Except for the 430-Ma Yindonggou Mo project in North Qinling Accretion Belt and the ~1850-Ma Longmendian Mo deposit in the Xiong’er Terrain, other orogenic-type Mo deposits occur in the northern margin of the Huaxiong Block and yield Triassic ages. The Waifangshan cluster includes ten swarms of structurally controlled Mo-quartz veins, as exemplified by the Zhifang deposit formed at depths of 10–12.5 km. The Dahu Au–Mo deposit includes a group of fault-controlled quartz veins. Triassic Mo mineralization occurred at a depth of ~11 km, associated with the northward subduction of the paleo-Tethys oceanic plate, and then overprinted by the Yanshanian gold mineralization (at depth of ~7.8 km) related to the collision between Yangtze and North China continents. The 1850-Ma Longmendian Mo deposit was formed during the assembly of the Columbia supercontinent. Orebodies are present as quartzofeldspathic veins or leucosome in migmatitic gneisses. Immiscible fluid inclusion assemblages suggest Mo mineralization at a depth of ~11 km. Hence, the orogenic-type Mo mineralization occurred at depths of >10 km, corresponding to the mesozonal-to-hypozonal class of the crustal continuum model.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGeology and Geochemistry of Molybdenum Deposits in the Qinling Orogen, P R China
EditorsYanJing Chen, Franco Pirajno, Nuo Li, XiaoHua Deng, YongFei Yang
Place of PublicationGermany
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages203
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-16-4871-7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

Publication series

NameModern Approaches in Solid Earth Sciences
ISSN (Print)1876-1682
ISSN (Electronic)1876-1690


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