Geology of Ore Deposits

, Volume 52, Issue 5, pp 392–409 | Cite as

Mineralogy and formation conditions of ore from the Biksizak silver-base-metal occurrence in the South Ural, Russia

  • O. Yu. Plotinskaya
  • E. O. Groznova
  • A. I. Grabezhev
  • K. A. Novoselov


The Biksizak silver-base-metal occurrence is situated in the Birgil’da-Tomino ore cluster of the East Ural Zone. The mineralization is hosted in the Silurian marble (Eastern site) and limestone interbeds in andesitic dacite (Western site). Four mineral assemblages have been established: the earliest hematite-magnetite, the subsequent pyrite-arsenopyrite and chalcopyrite-sphalerite occurring only in the Eastern site, and fahlore-chalcopyrite known only from the Western site. The closest positive correlation links Cu-Zn-Ag, Zn-Pb, Cu-Ag, and Zn-Au. The correlation between chemical elements varies depending on the localization of the ore. Correlation pairs Au-Ag, Au-Cu, Pb-Ag, and Pb-Cu are characteristic of ore from the Eastern site and are not established in the Western site. In the Eastern site Cu/(Zn + Pb) in ore is < 1, whereas in the Western site this ratio is markedly higher than unity. As follows from fluid inclusion study and mineral geothermometry, ore minerals at the Bilsizak occurrence were formed at a temperature of 300 to 150°C from low- and moderate-saline chloride fluids with 1–9 wt % NaCl equiv. The data obtained show that the Biksizak occurrence was localized at the margin of a porphyry system characterized by hydrothermal and skarn processes.


Pyrite Fluid Inclusion Chalcopyrite Galena Native Gold 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Yu. Plotinskaya
    • 1
  • E. O. Groznova
    • 1
  • A. I. Grabezhev
    • 2
  • K. A. Novoselov
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Geology of Ore Deposits, Petrography, Mineralogy, and GeochemistryRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Zavaritsky Institute of Geology and Geochemistry, Ural DivisionRussian Academy of SciencesYekaterinburgRussia
  3. 3.Institute of Mineralogy, Ural DivisionRussian Academy of SciencesMiass, Chelyabinsk oblastRussia

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