Mineralogy and geochemistry of chloritholites from the Nepryakhino gold field, South Urals
V.V. Murzin, D.A. Varlamov
The chlorite rocks (chloritolites) exposed in a bedrock of the Mokhovoe boloto (Moss swamp) gold placer (East Uralian Megazone, South Urals), which occurs on ultramafc rocks, are studied. The trace element composition of chloritolites is characterized by elevated contents of Mn, Ti, V (hundreds of ppm), Cu, zn, Ni, Co, Cr, zr, Li, Sc (tens of ppm), w, zr, Y and REE. Chloritolites contain up to 3 vol. % of disseminated magnetite, ilmenite and accessory minerals (rutile, xenotime, monazite, zircon, apatite, scheelite, U-bearing thorite) from a mineral assemblage, which cocrystallize with the main volume of chlorite. The mineralogical and geochemical features of the Mokhovoe boloto chloritolites and gold-bearing chloritolites of the Karabash massif in the Main Uralian Fault zone are slightly similar. The elevated Ti and P contents of the studied chloritolites, the level of REE contents corresponding to mafc rocks, and the lack of relict chromite indicate their possible metasomatic formation after dolerite dikes known within Chebarkul-Kazbai ultramafc complex.
Figures 8. Tables 7. References 14.
Кey words: chloritolites, serpentinite, rodingite, rare earth elements, monazite, xenotime, ilmenite, rutile
MINERALOGY № 3 2020