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The Paracatu deposit in Brazil is a shallowly dipping, bulk-tonnage, low-grade, vein-style orogenic Au orebody hosted in very strongly deformed Neoproterozoic carbonaceous phyllite of the southern Brasília fold belt. At regional to district scales, the gold orebody lies along the eastern, hanging-wall edge of a major thrust of the ~630 Ma Brasiliano orogeny. This thrust cuts through a facies transition between clastic-dominated rocks of the Canastra Group and carbonate-dominant rocks of the Vazante Group, deposited at ~1000 Ma in a rift to passive-margin environment on the flank of the São Francisco craton. At the same scales, the footwall of...

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