U–Pb geochronology was applied to a combination of magmatic and hydrothermal minerals to help constrain the timing of emplacement of three units in the Mount Douglas Granite (MDG) and reveal their association with a complex mineralized hydrothermal system containing endogranitic Sn–W–Mo–Zn–Bi–U-bearing greisen/sheeted veins within the pluton. Magmatic monazite and zircon U–Pb ages obtained by LA–ICP–MS overlap at 368 Ma, recording a Late Devonian crystallization age for the MDG. Although discrimination, outside analytical error, of sequential pulses of magmatism is beyond the resolution of LA–ICP–MS U–Pb geochronology, geochemical variations of monazite accompanied by previous whole-rock geochemical analyses support a progressive fractional crystallization process starting from a parental magma (Dmd1), leading to the generation of Dmd2, and finally Dmd3 as the most fractionated unit. Hydrothermal uraninite, cassiterite, and monazite, collected from endogranitic greisen/sheeted veins, reveal evidence for syn-magmatic-related mineralization and a longer-lived post-magmatic hydrothermal system. The first stage is recorded by concordant uraninite dates at 367 ± 3 Ma and by an inverse isochron lower intercept of 362 ± 8 Ma for cassiterite. In contrast, hydrothermal monazite crystallized over a wider range of ages from 368 to 344 Ma, demonstrating post-magmatic hydrothermal activity within the MDG. These magmatic and hydrothermal ages combined with the geochemical signature of the MDG are similar to those documented for the nearby Mount Pleasant Sn–W–Mo–Bi–In granite-related deposit, which suggests that the two mineralizing systems occur at different levels of the same magmatic system.
Timing of magmatic crystallization and Sn–W–Mo greisen vein formation within the Mount Douglas Granite, New Brunswick, Canada
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Nadia Mohammadi, Christopher R.M. McFarlane, David R. Lentz, Kathleen G. Thorne; Timing of magmatic crystallization and Sn–W–Mo greisen vein formation within the Mount Douglas Granite, New Brunswick, Canada. Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences ; 57 (7): 814–839. doi: https://doi.org/10.1139/cjes-2019-0043
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