THE IGARAPÉ BAHIA CU-AU MINERALIZATION, CARAJÁS PROVINCE

FERNANDO HENRIQUE BUCCO TALLARICO, CLAUDINEI GOUVEIA DE OLIVEIRA, BERNARDINO RIBEIRO FIGUEIREDO

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The Igarapé Bahia Cu-Au mineralization is hosted by an Archean, low-grade metavolcano-sedimentary sequence. The orebodies define an ellipsoidal structure and are associated with subvertical breccia units located at the contact between two distinct units of the host sequence. Mineralized breccias include fragments of both footwall and hanging wall, which are cemented by variable amounts of chlorite, siderite, magnetite, chalcopyrite, K-bearing phases and minor U-REE-minerals. Quartz diorite dikes that disrupt the host rocks show a variety of textures, ranging from weakly altered granophyric terms to intensely venulated and brecciated rocks. Hydrothermal alteration of dikes includes propylitization, potassification and local albitization. Based on ore petrology and geochemical data (major elements, REE, oxygen and carbon stable isotopes) it is proposed that the progressive interaction of a hot saline and acid, deep-seated fluid with a low-temperature less saline and oxidizing meteoric solutions is the most likely depositional mechanism of the Igarapé Bahia mineralization. The resemblance of the alteration styles of mineralized breccias and dioritic dikes suggest that both have interacted with the same hydrothermal fluid. Thus, the dioritic dikes could have been the source of heat and of magmatic fluids during the final stages of epicrustal emplacement.

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Carajás Province; Igarapé Bahia; Copper; Gold; Uranium; Rare earth elements.

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