Hyper-enriched black shale (HEBS) Ni-Mo-Zn-Pt-Pd-Au-Re mineralization is geographically widespread across the Richardson trough in northern Yukon (Canada), where it discontinuously outcrops at the regional contact between the Road River Group and overlying Canol Formation. Stratigraphic relationships indicate that the contact is Middle Devonian, but there are no precise age constraints for the HEBS. We apply Re-Os geochronology to HEBS mineralization from two localities that are 130 km apart, the Nick prospect and the Peel River showing, to date directly the age of sulfide mineralization. The Nick prospect yields an isochron age of 390.7 ± 5.1 (2σ) Ma, whereas the Peel River showing yields an isochron age of 387.5 ± 4.4 (2σ) Ma. Within error, these ages are identical and overlap with the biostratigraphically constrained age of the sedimentary host rocks, indicating that mineralization and sedimentation were coeval. Significantly, the ages of the HEBS overlap those of Middle Devonian Kačák, pumilio, and Taghanic global-scale biotic events which are characterized by eustatic sea-level rise and black shale deposition. Linkage of the Yukon HEBS to one (or more) of these bio-events indicates that sea-level rise may have been requisite to formation of basin-scale HEBS mineralization in northwestern Canada during latest Eifelian and Givetian time.
Research Article| January 03, 2020
A Middle Devonian basin-scale precious metal enrichment event across northern Yukon (Canada)
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M.G. Gadd, J.M. Peter, D. Hnatyshin, R. Creaser, S. Gouwy, T. Fraser; A Middle Devonian basin-scale precious metal enrichment event across northern Yukon (Canada). Geology doi: https://doi.org/10.1130/G46874.1
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