Timing and Source of the Hermyingyi W-Sn Deposit in Southern Myanmar, SE Asia: Evidence from Molybdenite Re-Os Age and Sulfur Isotopic Composition
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The Hermyingyi W-Sn deposit, situated in southern Myanmar, SE Asia, is a typical quartz-vein type W-Sn deposit. The ore-bearing quartz veins are mainly hosted by the Hermyingyi monzogranite which intruded into the Carboniferous metasedimentary rocks of Mergui Series. According to mineral assemblages and crosscutting relationships, four ore-forming stages are recognized: (1) silicate-oxide stage; (2) quartz-sulfide stage; (3) barren quartz vein stage; (4) supergene stage. Five molybdenite samples from the deposit yield Re-Os model ages ranging from 67.8±1.6 to 69.2±1.6 Ma (weighted mean age of 68.7±1.2 Ma), and a well-defined isochron age of 68.4±2.5 Ma (MSWD=0.18, 2σ). This Re-Os age is consistent with the previously published zircon U-Pb age of the Hermyingyi monzogranite (70.0±0.4 Ma) (MSWD=0.9, 2σ) within errors, which indicates a genetic link between the monzogranitic magmatism and W-Sn mineralization. The new high-precision geochronological data reveal that the granitic magmatism and associated W-Sn mineralization in southern Myanmar took place during the Late Cretaceous (70-68 Ma). The extremely low Re contents (22.9 ppb to 299 ppb) in molybdenite, coupled with sulfide δ34S values in the range of +1.9‰ to +5.6‰ suggest that ore-forming metals were predominately sourced from the crustal-derived granitic magma.
Key wordsHermyingyi W-Sn deposit molybdenite Re-Os dating sulfur isotopes Myanmar SE Asia
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This study is financially supported by the National Key R&D Program of China (No. 2017YFC0602405), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 41503043, 91755208), and the MOST Special Fund from the State Key Laboratory of Geological Processes and Mineral Resources, China University of Geosciences (No. MSFGPMR03-2). We are very grateful to Tenwin-Pacific Brothers Mining Services Company Limited for field assistance. Special thanks are extended to two anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments and suggestions. The final publication is available at Springer via https://doi.org/10.1007/s12583-018-0860-y.
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