The Mangling intrusive complex has different dioritic to granitic phases and is spatially and temporally related to molybdenum deposits in the Qinling Orogen. Zircon U-Pb dating of the Mangling intrusive complex indicates that dioritic rocks (biotite diorite and biotite diorite enclave; ca. 150−147 Ma) formed earlier than granitic rocks (medium- to fine-grained and fine-grained monzogranite and K-feldspar granite; ca. 145−141 Ma). The Mangling dioritic rocks exhibit large ion lithosphere element (e.g., Rb) and light rare earth element enrichment and high field strength element (e.g., Nb, Ta, and Ti) depletion. They have low to moderate SiO2 (51.33−58.16 wt%), high MgO (3.10−4.75 wt%) and Mg# (48−60), and negative zircon εHf(t) values (−11.6 to −6.8), suggesting origination from the continental lithospheric mantle that may have been metasomatized by previous sediment-derived melts and slab-derived fluids constrained by high Nb/Y, Th/Yb, and Rb/Y ratios. The Mangling granitic rocks are I-type granites and have high SiO2 (67.90−81.88 wt%) and low MgO (0.16−0.74 wt%). They have low and negative zircon εHf(t) values (−18.7 to −1.9) and old zircon Hf two-stage model ages (2334−1287 Ma), as well as similar mineral fractionation (e.g., hornblende, biotite, sphene, and apatite) with the Mangling dioritic rocks, indicating that they were derived from the remelting of old crustal rocks (e.g., Xiong’er and Kuanping groups) by the evolved underplated mafic magma. Compared with the Taoguanping mineralized monzogranite in the Northern Qinling Belt, zircon geochemistry (e.g., Ce4+/Ce3+, Eu/Eu*, and ΔFMQ [relative fayalite-magnetite-quartz buffer]) indicates that magma of the Mangling intrusive complex (except the biotite diorite) has high oxygen fugacity and small fractionated granitic intrusions, which are coeval with the biotite diorite enclave or younger than the Mangling granitic rocks, may have potential for generating porphyry molybdenum mineralization. The combination of this study and previous studies corroborates that the Qinling Orogen underwent an intracontinental orogenic evolution in a post-collisional compression to extension transitional setting during the Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous, affected by far-field Paleo-Pacific slab subduction.

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