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The Les Malines carbonate hosted lead-zinc deposit is located 50 km north-west of Montpellier, France, in the south-eastern part of the French Massif Central where sediments of the Mesozoic Sub-alpine Basin unconformably overlie Palaeozoic basement which is composed of Cambrian dolomitic limestone and shales .

Mineralisation is found in both the basement carbonates below the unconformity and in Triassic dolomites above. The deposit has abundant associated hydrocarbons and barite. It is said to be one of the biggest carbonate hosted base metal deposits in Europe.

For more detail consult the reference(s) listed below.

The most recent source geological information used to prepare this summary was dated: 1988.    
This description is a summary from published sources, the chief of which are listed below.
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  References & Additional Information
   Selected References:
Disnar J R,  1996 - A comparison of mineralization histories for two MVT deposits, Treves and Les Malines (Causses basin, France), based on the geochemistry of associated organic matter: in    Ore Geology Reviews   v11 pp 133-156
Ramboz C, Charef A  1988 - Temperature, pressure, burial history, and paleohydrology of the Les Malines Pb-Zn deposit: reconstruction from aqueous inclusions in Barite: in    Econ. Geol.   v83 pp 784-800


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