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The Sanerlin uranium deposit is located in southern China, near the southwestern margin of the Chaling-Yongxing pull-apart basin defined by the Chaling-Yongxing and Chenxian-Linwu sinistral strike-slip faults.

The deposit is of lower Tertiary age. The uranium ore is hosted by 15 breccia-vein bodies. Each is separately located in the core of one of three secondary anticlines of the Upper Permian Dangchong Formation shale-sandstone sequence.

The individual breccia-vein bodies are composed of fragments of silicified shale and sandstone from the Dangchong Formation, and quartz veinlets as cements. These fragments, together with quartz veins, form a mosaic texture. Hydrothermal pitchblende is the only commercial uranium mineral, mainly occurring as disseminated grains within quartz veins or coating fragments. Other metallic minerals include molybdenite, pyrite, chalcopyrite, galena, sphalerite, and red microcrystalline hematite.

For more information 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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  References & Additional Information
   Selected References:
Jian-Wei Li, Mei-Fu Zhou, Xian-Fu Li, Zi-Jin Li and Zhao-Ren Fu  2002 - Origin of a large breccia-vein system in the Sanerlin uranium deposit, southern China: a reinterpretation: in    Mineralium Deposita   v37 pp 213-225

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