Abstract

Pyrite nodules composed of radiating elongate pyrite crystals and including some galena are found in the sparry dolomite matrix of a dolomite breccia within the middle Cambrian Nelway Formation, Salmo map-area, British Columbia.Similar textures, mineralogy, host rock, and stratigraphic position for the nodules and some pyritic zinc-lead ores in northeastern Washington are taken to indicate a common lineage. Favored is an hypothesis calling for the formation of solution-collapse breccias and their filling by dolomite and sulfides precipitated from low temperature solutions. Later deformation and metamorphism erased or concealed the record of these early events in many of the ore deposits.

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