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The Maronia porphyry copper-molybdenum occurrence is located 30 km south-east of Komotini in Thrace, north-eastern Greece, within the Circum Rhodope belt formed on the southern and western fringe of the Precambrian to lower Palaeozoic Rhodope Massif.

The geology of this part of the Circum Rhodope Belt is dominated by metamorphosed Mesozoic sedimentary and volcanic rocks (meta-conglomerates, meta-greywaxke, quartzite, marbles and calc-schists in the lower sections of the sequence to greenschists, mica and talc schists and quartzite in the upper) and Tertiary volcanics.   The marbles and schists are intruded by the Oligocene to Miocene Maronia pluton composed of gabbroic-monzogabbroic-monzonitic intrusives and a younger porphyritic microgranite that hosts the porphyry mineralisation.

The microgranite is overprinted by an alteration pattern that comprises an inner and lower pyritic phyllic (sericite-chlorite) zone that grades out into a surrounding propylitisation (calcite-chlorite-epidote) within the margins of the microgranite and surrounding country rocks.   These phases are overprinted higher in the system by argillic alteration (kaolin and quartz).   The last hydrothermal event is silicification associated with stockwork veining which contains chalcopyrite ±pyrite, and is most intense where overprinting the phyllic assemblage.   Chalcopyrite-pyrite-molybdenite is concentrated in the silicified zones overprinting phyllic and propylitic alteration as veinlets, disseminations and segregations.

The deposit is a small, sub-economic occurrence with local gold rich intervals.

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

The most recent source geological information used to prepare this summary was dated: 2002.    
This description is a summary from published sources, the chief of which are listed below.
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