Mineralogy and Petrology

, Volume 113, Issue 2, pp 169–184 | Cite as

Mineral chemistry and formation conditions of argentopentlandite-bearing albite veins in a metagabbro of the Sedova Zaimka intrusion, Russia

  • Tatyana V. SvetlitskayaEmail author
  • Peter A. Nevolko
Original Paper


This study presents a new occurrence of hydrothermal argentopentlandite, associated with pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, and galena in albite (± calcite, muscovite, pyrochlore-group minerals, high-Th phases) veins cutting metagabbro of the Sedova Zaimka intrusion, Western Siberia, Russia. The data obtained from petrography, mineral chemistry and fluid inclusion study of the vein-forming minerals do confirm the proposed hydrothermal origin of sulfides and associated gangue minerals from the internally-derived metamorphic fluids generated during potential post-peak contact metamorphic cooling. These ore-forming fluids were Na-dominant and enriched in Si, Al, Fe, Cu, with minor Ca, K, Ta, Nb, U, Th, Zn, Pb, Ni, Ag, Co, Bi, Te, Se, and Cd. They were characterized by moderate temperatures (270–325 °C) and moderate salinities (4.70–7.25 wt% NaCl equiv.) and belong to the NaCl-H2O fluid system with dominant CH4 gas-phase species. It is concluded that the components (metals and other elements) for the vein infill have been transferred from metagabbro by the metamorphic fluid, possibly in a dissolution–transport–precipitation process.


Argentopentlandite Albite veins Sulfides Metagabbro Mineral chemistry Fluid inclusions Sedova Zaimka Western Siberia 



We would like to thank reviewers Radostina Atanassova and Thomas N. Kerestedjian and associate editor Anton Beran for their constructive comments which greatly helped to improve this manuscript. This study was funded by the grant of President of the Russian Federation (project no. МК-5159.2018.5). Additional support came from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project no. 16-05-00980) and from the fundamental research programs of the VS Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy of Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences (basic projects no. 0330-2016-0003 and 0330-2016-0001). All studies were performed at the Analytical Center for Multi-Elemental and Isotope Research SB RAS of the Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy in Novosibirsk, Russia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.VS Sobolev Institute of Geology and MineralogySiberian Branch of Russian Academy of SciencesNovosibirskRussia
  2. 2.Novosibirsk State UniversityNovosibirskRussia

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