Abstract

The geology and geochemistry of the Canton Saint-Onge wollastonite deposit indicate that it is a skarn formed by silica metasomatism of dolomite-rich rocks. Oxygen isotopic compositions of the skarn rocks and the nearby plutons show that the fluids responsible for the metasomatism were not meteoric, but were probably associated with the Du Bras granitic pluton. However, the granite is not in contact with the wollastonite rocks at the present level of exposure, hence the fluids must have been released at greater depths. Wollastonite-rich parts of the skarn rocks are isotopically lighter than diopside-rich rocks, suggesting that wollastonite formed in regions of higher fluid flux.

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