Abstract

Several carbonate-hosted lead-zinc deposits, displaying replacement and/or open-space-filling textures, occur in the Lower Windsor Group (Visean) of Nova Scotia, Canada. Many of these deposits are distributed within four sub-basins (Kennetcook, Musquodoboit, Shubenacadie, and River Denys) over a distance of about 300 km.Lead isotope ratios in galena from eight deposits and strontium isotope ratios in ore-stage calcite from two deposits and in sphalerite from one deposit collectively indicate derivation of these elements directly from sources specific to each sub-basin. These sources were identified as immediately underlying basement components or sedimentary rocks derived from them.

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