Features of morphology and chemical compositionof native gold from the Murtykty deposit, South Urals
N.S. Chukhareva, E.V. Belogub, Yu.A. Ryzhkova, I.A. Blinov,
M.A. Rassomakhin, K.A. Novoselov
The morphology and chemical composition of native gold from the Murtykty deposit (South Urals) are discussed in the paper. Native gold is subdivided into fve types: 1) inclusions in sulfdes, 2) grains in fractures and interstices of pyrite and other sulfdes, 3) grains at the boundaries of sulfdes and gangue minerals, 4) inclusions in gangue minerals and their interstices and 5) «free¬ grains from heavy concentrates. The chemical composition of 128 gold grains is studied. In accordance with Ag content (from 6.49 to 30.8 wt. %), native gold from the deposit varies from high- to low-fneness (rare grains). Native gold in sphalerite contains Cu (0.85–2.27 wt. %)., The morphological features of 264 gold grains are quantifed using Image Tool software. The morphological characteristics of native gold from types 1–4 are similar. The data on morphology and size of native gold grains can be used for improvement of technology of gold extraction.
Keywords: Murtikty deposit, native gold, South Urals.
Received 29.10.2020, аccepted 29.10.2020
Funding information: Статья написана в рамках выполнения госбюджетной темы № AAAA-A19-119061790049-3.
MINERALOGY № 1 2020