Russian Journal of Pacific Geology

, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 549–557 | Cite as

New Data on the Age of Igneous Complexes of the Alazey–Oloy Foldbelt (Western Chukotka)

  • T. V. KaraEmail author


New data on the age of the intrusive and subvolcanic rocks of the Oloy zone in Chukotka hosting commercially important Au–polymetallic and Cu–porphyry ore occurrences of the Burgakhchan area are reported. The age of the intrusive rocks of the Nichan and Vukney massifs, as well as the volcanic rocks of the Zybkin Formation in the Nenkan and Vukmaam structural–facies zones of Chukotka is determined reliably for the first time. U–Pb SHRIMP dating of zircons from three monzodiorite samples from the Nichan massif and three samples from the Vukney massif related to the Ekdygkych Complex provides evidence for their Berriasian–Valanginian age with mid-weighted values from 143 to 139 ± 2 Ma. The ages obtained correlate with the age of the porphyric diorite and monzonite of the Ekdygkych massif on the Peschanka deposit and indicate the high commercial significance of the studied intrusive complexes. The ore-bearing rocks intrude the volcanogenic–sedimentary rocks of the Zybkin Formation with a U–Pb zircon age of 146.5 ± 3 Ma.

Keywords: U–Pb geochronology zircon intrusions Alazey–Oloy folded system Chukotka 



The author is grateful to V.V. Akinin and S.D. Sokolov for practical help during manuscript preparation and to A.V. Ganelin, S.M. Katkov, and P.L. Tikhomirov for useful comments and recommendations. The results of prospecting studies of the Au and Cu-porphyry mineralization on the Burgakhchan promising areas performed by AO Polyus were applied during the manuscript preparation.


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  1. 1.OOO UK PolyusMoscowRussia

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