Original paper

Role of the Sardic tectonic phase in the metallogenesis of SW Sardinia (Iglesiente): lead isotope evidence

Caron, Cecile; Lancelot, Joel; Omenetto, Paolo; Orgeval, Jean-Jacques

European Journal of Mineralogy Volume 9 Number 5 (1997), p. 1005 - 1016

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published: Sep 24, 1997
manuscript accepted: Mar 25, 1997
manuscript received: Jan 16, 1995

DOI: 10.1127/ejm/9/5/1005

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Abstract

Abstract Lead isotope analyses were applied to the major Pb-Zn ore-deposits hosted in Lower Cambrian carbonates of SW Sardinia. The isotopic composition of lead in barren Cambrian carbonates is shown to be less radiogenic than in ores and in adjacent wall-rocks. A minimum 60 Ma time gap between sediment deposition and ore emplacement can be deduced. Moreover, Pb isotope ratios in Cambrian-hosted deposits are identical with those in Ordovician-hosted ores and in Ordovician conglomerates. These results are interpreted to indicate an epigenetic origin for these deposits during a Middle-Upper Ordovician event probably connected to the "Sardic distensive phase s.l.".

Keywords

SW Sardinialower PaleozoicSardic phasePb isotopesPb-Zn ore deposit