Part I. Proterozoic Iron and Zinc Deposits of the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the New Jersey Highlands Part II. Environmental Geochemistry and Mining History of Massive Sulfide Deposits in the Vermont Copper Belt
This First day of the field trip visits Proterozoic iron deposits at the Podunk and Skiff Mountain iron mines, in the eastern Adirondack Mountains of New York state. Included are roadcuts to see representative lithologies and structures in the region surrounding the iron deposits. The origin of these iron deposits has been controversial, but studies by Foose and McLelland (1995) and more recently by McLelland et al. (2001b, 2001c) provide strong evidence for a high-temperture, intramagmatic origin related to late stages the Lyon Mountain Granite and correlative intrusions during the latter part of the 1090 to 1030 Ma Ottawan orogeny. The great majority of the deposits consist of low Ti magnetite ore accompanied by apatite and aegerine-augite. The apatite has high concentrations of rare-earth elements (REE) indicating to Foose and McLelland (1995) that the deposits are of Kiruna (REE-Au-U-Cu) type. This is further supported by persistent sodic (i.e., albitic) alteration associated with the ores. Most of the iron ores appear to be undeformed although they may occur in strained host rocks. Deposits are intimately associated with late tectonic to post-tectonic Lyon Mountain Granitic Gneiss that was emplaced at ca. 1055 Ma, during the waning stages of the ca. 1090 to 1030 Ma Ottawan Orogeny.
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