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The Igarapé Bahia Au-Cu-(REE-U) Deposit, Carajás Mineral Province, Northern Brazil.
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Edison Tazava & Claudinei Gouveia de Oliveira, Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil.

in - Porter, T.M. (Ed), 2002 - Hydrothermal Iron Oxide Copper-Gold and Related Deposits: A Global Perspective, PGC        Publishing, Adelaide, v. 1, pp 203-212.

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ABSTRACT

The Igarapé Bahia Au-Cu-(REE-U) deposit is located in the Carajás Mineral Province - Northern Brazil - and hosted by an Archaean low-grade metamorphosed volcanosedimentary sequence characterized by metavolcanic rocks at the footwall and metavolcanoclastic/metasedimentary rocks at the hangwall. An intense hydrothermal alteration occurred in this sequence, promoting intense chloritization, Fe-metasomatism, Cu-sulphidation (chalcopyrite and bornite), carbonatization, silicification, tourmalinization and biotitization.

The Cu-Au mineralization is hosted in the contact between metavolcanic and metavolcanoclastic/metasedimentary rocks and is divided in, magnetitic/sideritic heterolithic breccias and hydrothermalized metavolcanic rock, which are enriched in REE (monazite, alanite, xenotime, bastnäsite and parisite), Mo (molybdenite), U (uraninite), F (fluorite), Cl (ferropyrosmalite) and P (apatite). We believe that saline and F-Cl-rich fluids at high temperatures may have been responsible for carrying the REE, according to fluid inclusion and paragenetic studies.

C and O isotopic data from hydrothermal carbonates and fluid inclusion analyses from carbonate and quartz suggest the mixing of two fluids in both alteration and mineralization processes. Negative values of d13C (-9,3 to -5,8‰) indicate the presence of magmatic fluid with high salinity; moreover, the large variation of d12O (0,7 to 9,4‰) suggests a mixture between magmatic fluids of high T (higher isotopic values) and meteoric fluids (lower values).

On the basis of chemical and mineralogical composition, isotopic and fluid inclusion data, we propose in this paper a genetic model for the Igarapé Bahia deposit, that may be compared to the other intrusion-related hydrothermal Fe-oxide-(Cu-Au-U- REE) deposits.

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