Mineralium Deposita

, Volume 20, Issue 4, pp 314–320 | Cite as

Iron and zinc partitioning between coexisting stannite and sphalerite: a possible indicator of temperature and sulfur fugacity

  • M. Shimizu
  • N. Shikazono


Stannite and sphalerite coexisting with iron sulfides (pyrite and/or pyrrhotite) from Japanese ore deposits associated with tin mineralization were analyzed. Based on the iron and zinc partitioning between stannite and sphalerite, the formation temperature and sulfur fugacity for this mineral assemblage were estimated. A good correlation between stannite-sphalerite temperatures and filling temperatures of fluid inclusions and sulfur isotope temperatures was obtained. This good correlation suggests that the stannite-sphalerite pair is a useful indicator of temperature and sulfur fugacity. It is deduced that the formation temperatures are not different for skarn-type, polymetallic vein-type and Sn-W vein-type deposits, whereas the sulfur fugacities are different; sulfur fugacities increase from the skarn-type through the Sn-W vein-type to the polymetallic vein-type deposits.


Iron Sulfur Zinc Sulfide Pyrite 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Shimizu
    • 1
  • N. Shikazono
    • 2
  1. 1.University Museum, University of TokyoTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Geological Institute, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan

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