Abstract

Dry annealing of AuxAg1−x alloys (х = 0.19, 0.35, 0.56 or of fineness 300, 500, 700‰) and pyrite was used to reveal the solubility of Au (Ag) in FeS2 and study phase equilibria in the FeS2-AuxAg1−x system at 500 °C. Pyrrhotite, acanthite, and uytenbogaardtite and Au-Ag alloys with increased fineness were established at the contacts of pyrite blocks with Au-Ag plates. The obtained results evidence the absence of solubility between FeS2 and Au (Ag) at 500 °C. The Ag content in alloys influences the stability of pyrite and contributes to its transformation in pyrrhotite and sulfidation and ennobling of Au-Ag alloys. Au-Ag sulfides and pyrrhotite may be present in the sulfide ores of metamorphogene deposits as annealing products of Au-Ag-pyrite-bearing ores.

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