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Sample records for hydrothermal quartz veins

  1. Pre-biotic organic molecules in hydrothermal quartz veins from the Archaean Yilgarn province, Australia

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    Mayer, Christian; Schreiber, Ulrich; Dyker, Gerald; Kirnbauer, Thomas; Mulder, Ines; Sattler, Tobias; Schöler, Heinfried; Tubbesing, Christoph

    2013-04-01

    According to a model recently published by Schreiber et al. (OLEB 2012), pre-biotic organic molecules as earliest markers for a chemical evolution have been formed in tectonic faults of the first Archaean cratons. These faults are often documented by quartz- and other hydrothermal vein mineralization. During the growth of these quartzes, small portions of hydrothermal fluids are enclosed which conserve the chemical composition of the given fluid medium. According to our model, the preconditions for the geochemical formation of organic molecules are a suitable carbon source (e.g. carbon dioxide), varying P/T conditions, and catalysts. This given, rising hydrothermal fluids such as mineral-rich water and supercritical carbon dioxide in deep faults with contacts to the upper earth mantle offer conditions which allow for reactions similar to the Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. So far, the inclusions which possibly have conserved the products of these reactions have not been analyzed for possible organic constituents. First analytical results of a Mesozoic hydrothermal quartz vein from central Germany (Taunus) reveal that several organic compounds are found in fluid inclusions. However, the true origin of these compounds is unclear due to possible contamination by adjacent Corg-rich metasediments. Therefore, we have extended the study to hydrothermal quartz veins from the Archaean Yilgarn craton, to impact-generated quartz veins of the Shoemaker-Crater as well as to hydrothermal quartz boulders from a 2.7 to 3 billion years old conglomerate near Murchison (Western Australia). In one of the samples from the conglomerate, a wide spectrum of organic compounds such as bromomethane, butane, isoprene, benzene, and toluene have been detected. The time interval between the quartz formation, its erosion and its sedimentation is unknown. Possibly, the analyzed quartz sample was formed in a hydrothermal vein long before any living cells have existed on earth. In this case, the given result would be the first indication for pre-biotic organic chemistry. In contrast, almost no organic compounds have been detected inside fluid inclusions from impact-generated quartz veins of the Shoemaker-Crater (its geological age is estimated between 1.6 and 1.0 Ga), even though they partially have formed in stromatolite-bearing sedimentary rocks. Some of them occur in Precambrian gneisses. We interpret the absence of organic compounds as a consequence of the different genesis of the quartzes near the Shoemaker-crater: the impact-induced hydrothermal system had no connection to the Earth's mantle and hence, no contact to rising volcanic fluids. Our analytical results prove the presence of complex organic molecules in fluid inclusions trapped in quartz veins from the Archaean Yilgarn craton in Australia. They allow a more detailed understanding of the synthetic processes which have occurred in rising hydrothermal fluids in the upper crust of the earth and which may have led to the formation of early pre-biotic organic molecules. Based on the findings, laboratory experiments will be designed to reproduce these processes and to yield further understanding on their mechanism. Furthermore, they should yield a collection of possible products which may have formed the basis for the first biomolecules in Earth's history.

  2. Shock effects and pre-shock microstructures in hydrothermal quartz veins from the Rochechouart impact structure, France

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    Trepmann, C. A.

    2009-11-01

    Microfabrics in hydrothermal quartz veins in gneisses of the Massif Central, France, from the Rochechouart impact structure and St. Paul la Roche, 40 km to the SE of the centre of the structure, have been investigated. In the quartz veins from the Rochechouart impact structure, planar deformation features in the basal plane and cataclastic zones indicate low shock pressures (< c. 8 GPa), and high shock-induced differential stresses. Recrystallized grains, subgrains and undulating deformation lamellae are interpreted as pre-shock features. In quartz veins from St. Paul la Roche outside the impact structure no shock effects occur. There, the microfabric is characterized by healed microcracks, undulating deformation lamellae, subgrains and recrystallized grains aligned along fractures. These microstructures are similar to the pre-shock features of quartz veins within the impact structure. They indicate initial high stress glide-controlled deformation accompanied by microcracking and subsequent modification by recovery and recrystallization at low stress. Such a microfabric development is characteristic for coseismic loading and postseismic stress relaxation in the middle crust below the seismogenic layer. The microfabric of the St. Paul la Roche quartz vein is considered as potential "starting material" for the deformation of quartz veins during the late Triassic meteorite impact at Rochechouart.

  3. Quartz Vein in the Gunsight Formation

    Quartz vein in biotite-rich rock in the Gunsight Formation of the Mesoproterozoic Lemhi Group. Bluish green copper-bearing minerals coat the quartz vein. Pale pinkish cobalt bloom and white caliche coat adjacent biotite-rich wallrock....

  4. Quantitative modeling of quartz vein sealing

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    Wendler, Frank; Okamoto, Atsushi; Schwarz, Jens-Oliver; Enzmann, Frieder; Blum, Philipp

    2014-05-01

    Mineral precipitation significantly effects many aspects of fluid-rock interaction across all length scales, as the dynamical change of permeability, of mechanical interaction and redistribution of dissolved material. The hydrothermal growth of quartz establishes one of the most important mineralization processes in fractures. Tectonically caused fracturing, deformation and fluid transport leaves clear detectable traces in the microstructure of the mineralized veins. As these patterns give hints on the deformation history and the fluid pathways through former fracture networks, accurate spatio-temporal modeling of vein mineralization is of special interest, and the objective of this study. Due to the intricate polycrystalline geometries involved, the underlying physical processes like diffusion, advection and crystal growth have to be captured at the grain scale. To this end, we adapt a thermodynamically consistent phase-field model (PFM), which combines a kinetic growth law and mass transport equations with irreversible thermodynamics of interfaces and bulk phases. Each grain in the simulation domain is captured by a phase field with individual orientation given by three Euler angles. The model evolves in discrete time steps using a finite difference algorithm on a regular grid, optimized for large grain assemblies. The underlying processes are highly nonlinear, and for geological samples, boundary conditions as well as many of the physical parameters are not precisely known. One motivation in this study is to validate the adequately parameterized model vs. hydrothermal experiments under defined (p,T,c) conditions. Different from former approaches in vein growth simulation, the PFM is configured using thermodynamic data from established geochemical models. Previously conducted batch flow experiments of hydrothermal quartz growth were analyzed with electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and used to calibrate the unknown kinetic anisotropy parameters. In the simulations, we study the sealing of syntaxial veins of 300 microns aperture by epitaxial overgrowth of preexisting grains from the rock surface. Results from 3D simulations conducted in the limit of low Damköhler numbers explain the observed transition regime in competitive crystal growth for blocky-elongate veins. The initial formation of quartz crystal bridges, especially pronounced in the regime of low supersaturation, is observed. The morphological evolution of micro-ensembles of grain neighbourhoods from the rock sample compares well to that of the simulations. To juxtapose larger polycrystal domains, the variation of grain number, texture and porosity as function of scaled distance from the initial wall is calculated. Velocity profiles from solutions of the isothermal incompressible Navier-Stokes equation are used to record permeability evolution and to evaluate deviations from the cubic law. Both, the geometry of the microstructure and the permeability of the flow pathway, are used as upscaling parameters for larger scale (fracture scale) simulations.

  5. VOC and VOX in fluid inclusions of quartz: New chemical insights into hydrothermal vein mineralization by GC-MS and GC-IRMS measurements

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    Sattler, Tobias; Kirnbauer, Thomas; Keppler, Frank; Greule, Markus; Fischer, Jan; Spiekermann, Patrik; Schreiber, Ulrich; Mulder, Ines; Schöler, Heinz Friedrich

    2015-04-01

    Fluid inclusions (FIs) in minerals are known to contain a variety of different liquids, gases, and solids. The fluids get trapped during mineral growth and can preserve the original mineral-forming fluid or fluids of later events. A new analytical technique developed by Mulder et al. (2013) [1] allows to measure trace gases in FIs. For the measurements, grains of 3-5 mm diameter are ground in an airtight grinding device, releasing the volatiles from FIs into the gas phase, where they can be measured by GC-MS, GC-FID and GC-IRMS. The Taunus covers the southeastern part of the thrust-and-fold-belt of the Rhenish Massif (Germany). The Variscan rock sequences comprise sedimentary and volcanic units ranging from Ordovician to Lower Carboniferous. Several types of hydrothermal mineralization can be distinguished, which are - in regard to the Variscan orogeny - pre-orogenic, orogenic, late-orogenic, post-orogenic and recent in age [2]. They include SEDEX, vein, Alpine fissure, disseminated and stockwerk mineralizations. Thus, the Taunus mineralizations enable investigations of different hydrothermal systems at different age in one region. For most of them extensive studies of stable and radiogenic isotopes exist. Quartz crystals of post-orogenic quartz veins and Pb-Zn-Cu bearing veins [3] were selected for our FI investigation. Sulphur containing compounds like COS and CS2 dominate the FIs but there are also volatile hydrocarbons (VOC) like different butenes, benzene, toluene and cyclopentene that were found very often. In some samples volatile halogenated organic carbons (VOX) like chloro- and bromomethane were found. Some FIs even contain iodomethane, chlorobenzene, vinyl chloride and -bromide. The non-fossil-fuel subsurface chemistry of VOC and VOX is not fully understood. There are a lot of unknown geogenic sources [4][5]. For a better understanding δ13C- and δ2H-values of CH4 were measured by GC-IRMS to examine if the detected organic compounds are formed biotic, thermogenic or abiotic, and to investigate the relationship between aquifer rocks and FIs. Our results add new information to the evolution of FIs in hydrothermal systems and the potential role of hydrothermal fluids to the origin of life [6]. [1] Mulder et al., 2013 Chem. Geol., 358: 148-155 [2] Kirnbauer, 1998, Geologie und hydro-thermale Mineralisationen im rechtsrheinischen Schiefergebirge. - 328 pp [3] Kirnbauer et al., 2012, Ore Geol. Reviews, 48: 239-257. [4] Jordan, 2003, Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, Vol. 3, Part P: 121-139 [5] Schöler & Keppler, 2003 Handbook of Environ-mental Chemistry, Vol. 3, Part P: 63-84; [6] Schreiber et al., 2012 Origins of Life and Evolution of Biosphere, 42: 47-54.

  6. Biogenic Iron-Rich Filaments in the Quartz Veins in the Uppermost Ediacaran Qigebulake Formation, Aksu Area, Northwestern Tarim Basin, China: Implications for Iron Oxidizers in Subseafloor Hydrothermal Systems.

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    Zhou, Xiqiang; Chen, Daizhao; Tang, Dongjie; Dong, Shaofeng; Guo, Chuan; Guo, Zenghui; Zhang, Yanqiu

    2015-07-01

    Fe-(oxyhydr)oxide-encrusted filamentous microstructures produced by microorganisms have been widely reported in various modern and ancient extreme environments; however, the iron-dependent microorganisms preserved in hydrothermal quartz veins have not been explored in detail because of limited materials available. In this study, abundant well-preserved filamentous microstructures were observed in the hydrothermal quartz veins of the uppermost dolostones of the terminal-Ediacaran Qigebulake Formation in the Aksu area, northwestern Tarim Basin, China. These filamentous microstructures were permineralized by goethite and hematite as revealed by Raman spectroscopy and completely entombed in chalcedony and quartz cements. Microscopically, they are characterized by biogenic filamentous morphologies (commonly 20-200 μm in length and 1-5 μm in diameter) and structures (curved, tubular sheath-like, segmented, and mat-like filaments), similar to the Fe-oxidizing bacteria (FeOB) living in modern and ancient hydrothermal vent fields. A previous study revealed that quartz-barite vein swarms were subseafloor channels of low-temperature, silica-rich, diffusive hydrothermal vents in the earliest Cambrian, which contributed silica to the deposition of the overlying bedded chert of the Yurtus Formation. In this context, this study suggests that the putative filamentous FeOB preserved in the quartz veins might have thrived in the low-temperature, silica- and Fe(II)-rich hydrothermal vent channels in subseafloor mixing zones and were rapidly fossilized by subsequent higher-temperature, silica-rich hydrothermal fluids in response to waning and waxing fluctuations of diffuse hydrothermal venting. In view of the occurrence in a relatively stable passive continental margin shelf environment in Tarim Block, the silica-rich submarine hydrothermal vent system may represent a new and important geological niche favorable for FeOB colonization, which is different from their traditional habitats reported in hydrothermal vent systems at oceanic spreading centers or volcanic seamounts. Thus, these newly recognized microfossils offer a new clue to explore the biological signatures and habitat diversity of microorganisms on Earth and beyond. PMID:26168395

  7. Quartz-molybdenite veins in the Priestly Lake granodiorite, north-central Maine

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    Ayuso, Robert A.; Shank, Stephen G.

    1983-01-01

    Quartz-molybdenite veins up to 15 cm in width occur in fine to medium-grained porphyritic biotite-hornblende granodiorite at Priestly Lake north-central Maine. An area of about 150 m x 150 m contains quartz-molybdenite veins; a larger area is characterized by barren quartz veins. Quartz-molybdenite veins are concentrated within the most felsic variants of the intrusion as suggested by lower mafic mineral contents. The pluton has a narrow range in SiO2 (67-70 wt.%), major oxides, and in trace-element compositions. Molybdenite occurs as coarse grained clusters in pockets within the quartz veins, and fills fractures in the quartz veins and host rocks. Disseminated molybdenite in the granodiorite is relatively rare and occurs only in the area characterized by a high density of quartz veins (up to 50 veins per square meter). Alteration envelopes along the quartz veins are very thin or absent, although in some areas the granodiorite appears to be selectively and pervasively altered. Sericite, chlorite, epidote, calcite, pyrite, and quartz are concentrated near the quartz-molybdenite veins. Many of the field and geochemical characteristics of the Priestly Lake pluton are unlike those of major molybdenum-producing areas (Climax, Henderson, Urad). For example, the area of alteration seems to be of limited extent, the host rock is not intensely altered hydrothermally at the surface, the density of fractures is rather low in the mineralized area, and the amount of disseminated molybdenite appears to be small. However, the Priestly Lake pluton may be a small fraction of a concealed batholith as suggested by geophysical data. It is conceivable that the type of mineralization at the surface might be the expression of more extensive molybdenite mineralization at depth. The quartz-molybdenite veins in the Priestly Lake pluton are significant because they indicate that potential molybdenum sources for producing mineralized granites were available at depth. Future studies should be aimed at delineating the area of quartz-molybdenite mineralization, documenting hydrothermal alteration and zonation, determining fracture density, and evaluating the sulfide assemblage.

  8. Scanning electron microscope cathodoluminescence analysis of quartz reveals complex growth histories in veins from the Butte porphyry copper deposit, Montana

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    Rusk, Brian; Reed, Mark

    2002-08-01

    Scanning electron microscope cathodoluminescence (SEM-CL) analysis of quartz reveals textures that cannot be observed using optical microscopy or backscattered electrons. These cryptic textures yield insight into timing and physical conditions of quartz growth, especially in environments with multiple quartz-precipitation events. Hydrothermal quartz from quartz-sulfide veins in the porphyry copper deposit in Butte, Montana, was analyzed by SEM-CL, revealing the following textures: euhedral growth zones, wide nonluminescing bands that cut across multiple quartz grains, rounded luminescent quartz grain cores with euhedral overgrowths, nonluminescing “splatters” of quartz connected by networks of cobweb-like nonluminescing quartz in otherwise luminescent quartz, concentric growth zones, and wide nonluminescent grain boundaries. These textures indicate that many veins have undergone fracturing, dilation, growth of quartz into fluid-filled space, quartz dissolution, and recrystallization of quartz. Precipitation and dissolution textures indicate that early quartz-molybdenite veins formed as a result of pressure fluctuations between lithostatic and hydrostatic at high temperatures, and later pyrite-quartz veins formed near hydrostatic pressure in response to temperature decrease through and beyond the field of retrograde quartz solubility.

  9. Ion-microprobe dating of zircon from quartz-graphite veins at the Bristol, New Hampshire, metamorphic hot spot

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    Zeitler, P.K. ); Barreiro, B.; Chamberlain, C.P. ); Rumble, D. III )

    1990-07-01

    Detrital zircons entrained in hydrothermal quartz-graphite-rutile veins found near the Bristol, New Hampshire, metamorphic hot spot are overgrown by thin rims. Ion-microprobe analyses of these rims date their growth at 408 {plus minus} 6 Ma. These measurements quantitatively confirm textural evidence that the graphite veins were emplaced during peak metamorphism associated with the Acadian orogeny, and they provide a direct positive test of the hypothesis, based on petrological and stable-isotope evidence, that the hydrothermal systems responsible for the quartz-graphite veins were also responsible for the hot-spot metamorphism.

  10. A discussion of 'Anomalous quartz from the Roter Kamm impact crater, Namibia - Evidence for post-impact hydrothermal activity?'

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    Roedder, Edwin

    1990-01-01

    This paper presents arguments against the statement made by Koeberl et al. (1989) to the effect that various differences between the quartz of the three quartz pebbles from the Roter Kamm impact crater (Namibia) and the quartz of the pegmatites present in the basement rocks of this crater can be best interpreted as evidence that the pebbles were formed (or 'recrystallized') by a post-impact hydrothermal system. Arguments are presented that suggest that the three quartz pebbles are, most likely, fragments of a preimpact vein quartz of hydrothermal origin.

  11. Cathodoluminescence investigation and fluid inclusion analyses of hydrothermal quartz in the Erdenetiin Ovoo porphyry Cu-Mo deposit in Northern Mongolia

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    Cha, B.; Lee, I.; Seo, J.; Moon, I.

    2012-12-01

    Scanning electron microscope-cathodoluminescence (SEM-CL) reveals textures in quartz that are not apparent with other methods such as optical microscopy or backscattered electron images. Hydrothermal quartz from quartz-sulfide veins in the Erdenetiin Ovoo porphyry Cu-Mo deposit, Mongolia was analyzed by SEM-CL. They reveal euhedral growth zones with CL-bright and gray, wide CL-dull bands that cut across multiple quartz grains, CL-dark splatters of quartz connected by networks of cobweb-shaped CL-dark quartz with decreasing in luminescence along splatters and grain boundaries, and recrystallization of CL-bright quartz to CL-gray quartz. These cryptic textures indicate that a single vein of molybdenite-quartz vein has undergone at least 4 events: (1) precipitation of CL-bright and CL-gray quartz with euhedral quartz, (2) fracturing and following growth of CL-dull quartz, (3) dissolution along microfractures and following CL-dark precipitation with decreasing in luminescence intensity along microfractures and grain boundaries, and (4) precipitation of pyrite-quartz vein cutting the molybdenite-quartz vein. Fluid inclusions in molybdenite-quartz veins are presented by liquid type, liquid-vapor type (vapor occupies 20 volume %), and liquid-vapor type bearing a solid phase. The liquid-vapor type inclusions within CL-gray quartz of the first event show their homogenization temperatures ranging from 204 to 312°C. Typical homogenization temperatures of porphyry deposits range from 250 to 800°C. Molybdenite-quartz vein in the Erdenetiin Ovoo porphyry system formed through the low temperature hydrothermal processes. Keywords: Erdenetiin Ovoo, hydrothermal, quartz, veins, cathodoluminescence, fluid inclusions

  12. A fluid inclusion and light element stable isotope study of the gold-bearing quartz vein system, Falun, Sweden

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    Åberg, A.; Fallick, A. E.

    1993-11-01

    The Falun gold quartz vein mineralization is located ca 230 km NW of Stockholm, Sweden, within the Early Proterozoic volcano-sedimentary sequence of Bergslagen. The mineralization consists of a system with subparallel quartz veins that crosscut the alteration zone to the Falun massive sulphide deposit. Early barren and late gold-bearing quartz veins follow tectonic structures postdating the formation of the massive sulphide ore. Both generations of veins are epigenetic to the massive sulphide ore and were formed by hydrothermal processes. Fluid inclusion study of the gold-bearing quartz veins indicates a low-moderately saline fluid (0.3 to 17.4 equiv wt% NaCl). Heterogeneous trapping is indicated by coexisting inclusions showing a variable CO2 content from 100% CO2 ± CH4 to 100% aqueous fluid. Temperatures of total homogenization also show a wide spread from 116-350°C with a slightly bimodal distribution with peaks at ca 180°C and 280°C. Measured δD values — 69 to — 63%0 (SMOW), of inclusion fluid and calculated δ 18O values of hydrothermal fluids — 7.5 to — 1.4%0 (SMOW), strongly suggest a meteoric origin for the fluids. The quite consistent δD values and the range in δ 18O values indicate that major water-rock interaction led to the evolution in δ18O of the hydrothermal fluids.

  13. Formation of Quartz-Carbonate Veins: Evidence From Experimental Supercritical Carbon Dioxide-Brine-Rock System

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    Janecky, D. R.; Kaszuba, J. P.

    2003-12-01

    Quartz-carbonate veins are common in a variety of moderate temperature hydrothermal systems and ore deposits. Associated fluid inclusions have a wide range of compositions, including liquid carbon dioxide fillings. Examination of chemical and physical conditions which result precipitation of quartz and carbonate in veins raises several key questions about multiphase fluid processes and reaction rates. We have been experimentally investigating physical-chemical reaction processes of mixed brine-carbon dioxide fluids for the shallow crust. Synthetic arkose (microcline + oligoclase + quartz + biotite) plus argillaceous shale were reacted with 5.5 molal NaCl brine. The system was held at 200 C and 200 bars for 32 days to approach steady state, then injected with carbon dioxide and allowed to react for an additional 45 days. In a parallel experiment, the system was allowed to react for 77 days without injection of carbon dioxide. Trace ions initially absent from NaCl brine appeared in solution at mM (K, Ca, and silica) to uM (Mg, Al, Fe and Mn) quantities, reflecting reaction of brine with rock. Without carbon dioxide injection, the silica concentration (2.4 mM) was stable below calculated quartz solubility (3.9 mM). Injection of carbon dioxide resulted in decreased pH and increased silica concentration to a level near calculated chalcedony solubility (5.4 mM). Dissolution of silicate minerals is apparently coupled to the acidity, and concomitant inhibition of the precipitation of quartz (and other silicates). A significant increase in concentration of trace metals is consistent with in-situ pH decrease and increased carbon dioxide dissolved in brine. Multi-phase fluid reaction relationships between supercritical carbon dioxide and brine-rock systems allow formation of carbonate vein precipitates in substantial quantities. Brine and continued rock reactions provide a substantial reservoir for Ca, Mg and Fe components. A separate carbon dioxide liquid allows precipitation from relatively small volumes of total fluid, with coupled increases in pH and mineral stability. The doubling of silica concentration in the experimental system containing acidic brine and supercritical carbon dioxide indicates that precipitation of silica can occur in parallel to carbonate minerals when pH increases. Emplacement of silica super-saturated brine into a rock-dominated reaction system buffered to more neutral pH conditions may enhance precipitation of quartz, chalcedony, or amorphous silica as veins or cements, depending on the permeability structure of the host rock. Phase separation or loss of carbon dioxide with decreasing pressure can substantially shift pH upwards, with potential for creating massive vein or scale formation.

  14. Emerald mineralization and metasomatism of amphibolite, khaltaro granitic pegmatite - Hydrothermal vein system, Haramosh Mountains, Northern Pakistan

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    Laurs, B.M.; Dilles, J.H.; Snee, L.W.

    1996-01-01

    Emerald mineralization is found within 0.1- to 1-m-thick hydrothermal veins and granitic pegmatites cutting amphibolite within the Nanga Parbat - Haramosh massif, in northern Pakistan. The amphibolite forms a sill-like body within garnet-mica schist, and both are part of a regional layered gneiss unit of Proterozoic (?) age. The 40Ar/39Ar data for muscovite from a pegmatite yield a plateau age of 9.13 ?? 0.04 Ma. Muscovite from mica schist and hornblende from amphibolite yield disturbed spectra with interpreted ages of 9 to 10 Ma and more than 225 Ma, respectively, which indicate that peak Tertiary metamorphism reached 325 to 550??C prior to 10 Ma. Pegmatites were emplaced after peak metamorphism during this interval and are older than pegmatites farther south in the massif. At Khaltaro, simply zoned albite-rich miarolitic pegmatites and hydrothermal veins containing various proportions of quartz, albite, tourmaline, muscovite, and beryl are associated with a 1- to 3-m-thick heterogeneous leucogranite sill, that is locally albitized. The pegmatites likely crystallized at 650 to 600??C at pressures of less than 2 kbar. Crystals of emerald form within thin (0.20, 0.54-0.89 wt%), to pale blue beryl (<0.07, 0.10-0.63%), to colorless beryl (<0.07, 0.07-0.28%). The amphibolite is metasomatized in less than 20-cm-wide selvages that are symmetrically zoned around veins or pegmatites. A sporadic inner zone containing F-rich biotite, tourmaline, and fluorite, with local albite, muscovite, quartz, and rare beryl, gives way to an intermediate zone containing biotite and fluorite with local plagioclase and quartz, and to an outer zone of amphibolite containing sparse biotite and local quartz. The inner and intermediate zones experienced gains of K, H, F, B, Li, Rb, Cs, Be, Ta, Nb, As, Y and Sr, and losses of Si, Mg, Ca, Fe, Cr, V and Sc. The outer alteration zone has gained F, Li, Rb, Cs, and As. Oxygen isotope analyses of igneous and hydrothermal minerals indicate that a single fluid of magmatic origin with ??18OH2O = 8??? produced the pegmatite-vein system and hydrothermal alteration at temperatures between 550 and 400??C. The formation of emerald results from introduction of HF-rich magmatic-hydrothermal fluids into the amphibolite, which caused hydrogen ion metasomatism and released Cr and Fe into the pegmatite-vein system.

  15. SIMS Investigations on Growth and Sector Zoning in Natural Hydrothermal Quartz: Isotopic and Trace Element Analyses

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    May, E.; Vennemann, T. W.; Baumgartner, L. P.; Meisser, N.

    2014-12-01

    Quartz is the most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust and is found in virtually every geological context. Despite its ubiquity and the detailed studies on the conditions of quartz crystallization, some questions concerning its growth and sector zoning with regard to trace element incorporation and oxygen isotope fractionations and the implications thereof for interpretations on the conditions of formation remain (e.g., Jourdan et al., 2009). This study presents new in-situ measurements of trace element and oxygen isotope ratios on natural hydrothermal quartz from an extensional gold-bearing quartz vein in the western Swiss Alps. The temperature of formation of the veins is estimated by quartz-hematite oxygen isotope thermometry to be about 360°C. A detailed SEM-CL study of this sample shows cyclic lamellar growth, alternating with phases of dissolution that are directly followed by macro-mosaic growth of the quartz, before returning to a cyclic lamellar growth again. Trace element concentrations (measured for Na, K, Li, Al, and Ti) notably showed Al/Si variations of three orders of magnitude and coupled Al and Li variations, likely substituting for Si in different growth zones with lower values in macro-mosaic zones precipitating after the period of dissolution. The oxygen isotope composition of the crystal, in contrast, is homogeneous through all growth zones (δ18O values between 15.6‰ and 16.2‰) indicating that the fluid must have been buffered by the host-rock and/or the source of the fluid remained the same despite the period of quartz dissolution. Furthermore, the temperature during crystallization of the quartz crystal has likely also remained similar. The fact that no variations are measured in oxygen isotope compositions but some variations in trace element contents may suggest that changes in pressure were important during the formation of this quartz crystal. Give the pressure effects on the solubility of quartz (Fournier and Potter, 1982), both the cyclic character of quartz growth and perhaps also the changes in Al/Si may be related to pressure variations caused by seismic activity during retrograde Alpine metamorphism. A-L. Jourdan et al. (2009) Mineralogical Magazine, 73, 615-632. R.O. Fournier and R.W. Potter (1982) Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 46, 1969-1973.

  16. Investigating Alpine fissure rutilated quartz to constrain timing and conditions of post-metamorphic hydrothermal fluid flow

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    Shulaker, D. Z.; Schmitt, A. K.; Zack, T.; Bindeman, I. N.

    2013-12-01

    Rutilated quartz, aka Venus' hair, is finely-acicular rutile intergrown with host quartz generated by fluid-mediated co-crystallization. It is commonly found in hydrothermal veins, including the renown cleft mineral locations of the Swiss Alps. Previous studies of Alpine cleft mineralizations used rare hydrothermal monazite [1] and titanite [2] to constrain vein formation to ~13.5-15.2 Ma, postdating peak metamorphism by ~2-4 Ma. Temperature (T) estimates of 150-450°C are based on fluid inclusions and bulk quartz-mineral oxygen isotope exchange equilibria, and formation pressures (P) are 0.5-2.5 kbar (for a geothermal gradient of 30°C/km) [2]. The potential of rutilated quartz as a thermochronometer, however, has not been harnessed previously. Here, we present the first results of age and P-T determinations for rutilated quartz from six locations in the Swiss Alps (San Gottardo; Feldbach, Binntal; Pi Aul, Vals; Faido, Leventina; Elm, Steinbach; Binntal). Samples were cut and mounted in epoxy discs to expose rutile (0.03 to 1 mm in diameter) and its host quartz which was also imaged in cathodoluminescence (CL). CL images for half of the samples' host quartz exhibited strong sector zoning, while others reveal only weak CL zonation. Isotopic and trace element analyses were carried out by SIMS using a CAMECA ims1270 for U-Pb, O-isotopes, and Ti-in-quartz, and a LA-ICP-MS system (213 nm New Wave laser coupled to an Agilent 7500a) for Zr-in-rutile. U-Pb rutile ages average 15.5×2.0 Ma (2σ). T estimates are 352-575°C (rutile-quartz oxygen isotopes in touching domains), 470-530°C (Zr-in-rutile assuming P = 0.5 and equilibrium with host-rock zircon), and 251-391°C (Ti-in-quartz at assumed P = 0.5 kbar and aTiO2 = 1). CL zones are isotopically unzoned. Rutile-quartz oxygen isotopes are pressure insensitive, whereas Zr-in-rutile and Ti-in-quartz are minimum temperatures. These results demonstrate that rutilated quartz can constrain timing and conditions of post-metamorphic hydrothermal fluid flow and mineralization. Discrepancies in thermometers are attributed to differences between experimental calibrations of isotopic and trace element thermometers, and the conditions of post-metamorphic hydrothermal fluid flow. Only rutile-quartz oxygen isotope exchange [3] has been calibrated close to natural T conditions for rutilated quartz (500°C). This may help to extend the applicability of the Ti-in-quartz and Zr-in-rutile to T below experimental calibrations (>600°C; [4] and >700°C; [5], resp.). [1] Janots et al., 2012, Chem. Geol., 326-327, 61-71 [2] Mullis, 1996, Schweiz. Mineral. Petrogr. Mitt., 76, 159-164 [3] Matthews, 1994, J. Met. Geol., 12, 211-219 [4] Thomas et al., 2010, Contrib. Mineral. Petrol., 160, 743-759 [5] Ferry and Watson, 2007, Contrib. Mineral. Petrol., 154, 429-437

  17. Brittle-viscous deformation of vein quartz under fluid-rich lower greenschist facies conditions

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    Kjøll, H. J.; Viola, G.; Menegon, L.; Sørensen, B. E.

    2015-06-01

    We studied by Electron BackScatter Diffraction (EBSD) and optical microscopy a coarse-grained (ca. 0.5-6 mm) quartz vein embedded in a phyllonitic matrix to gain insights into the recrystallization mechanisms and the processes of strain localization in quartz deformed under lower greenschist facies conditions, broadly coincident with the brittle-viscous transition. The vein deformed during faulting along a phyllonitic thrust of Caledonian age within the Porsa Imbricate Stack in the Paleoproterozoic Repparfjord Tectonic Window in northern Norway. The phyllonite hosting the vein formed at the expense of a metabasaltic protolith through feldspar breakdown to form interconnected layers of fine, synkinematic phyllosilicates. In the mechanically weak framework of the phyllonite, the quartz vein acted as a relatively rigid body. Viscous deformation in the vein was initially accommodated by quartz basal slip. Under the prevailing deformation conditions, however, dislocation glide- and possibly creep-accommodated deformation of quartz was inefficient, and this resulted in localized strain hardening. In response to the (1) hardening, (2) progressive and cyclic increase of the fluid pressure, and (3) increasing competence contrast between the vein and the weakly foliated host phyllonite, vein quartz crystals began to deform by brittle processes along specific, suitably oriented lattice planes, creating microgouges along microfractures. Nucleated new grains rapidly sealed these fractures as fluids penetrated the actively deforming system. The grains grew initially by solution precipitation and later by grain boundary migration. We suggest that the different initial orientation of the vein crystals led to strain accommodation by different mechanisms in the individual crystals, generating remarkably different microstructures. Crystals suitably oriented for basal slip, for example, accommodated strain mainly viscously and experienced only minor fracturing. Instead, crystals misoriented for basal slip hardened and deformed predominantly by domainal fracturing. This study indicates the importance of considering shear zones as dynamic systems wherein the activated deformation mechanisms may vary through time in response to the complex temporal and spatial evolution of the shear zone, often in a cyclic fashion.

  18. Geometry and texture of quartz veins in Wadi Atalla area, Central Eastern Desert, Egypt

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    Akawy, Ahmed

    2007-02-01

    Several quartz vein sets with varying orientation, geometry and internal structure were recognized in the Atalla area. The veins were associated with the deformation phases affecting the area. En echelon and extensional veins are the main geometrical types. Syn-kinematic veins associated with the major northeast-over-southwest thrust faults were later boudinaged, folded and re-folded. En echelon veins, fibrous veins, and extensional veins are associated with the NNW-SSE faults. Other veins are associated with the NW-SE, N-S, NE-SW and E-W faults. Veins are concentrated at the intersection zones between faults. The internal structure of the veins comprises syntaxial, antitaxial, and composite types and reflects a change from a compressive stress regime to an extensional one. Chocolate-tablet structures and synchronous and co-genetic vein networks indicate later multi-directional extension of the area. Interaction between cracking and sealing of fractures is a common feature in the study area indicating that it was easy for the pore pressure to open pre-existing fractures instead of creating new ones. The reopening of pre-existing fractures rather than creating new ones is also indicated by the scattering of vein data around σ3. There is an alteration and change in characteristics of the wall rock due to increase in fluid flow rate. Fault-valving probably is also a cause of the complex geometry of some veins.

  19. Analysis of Rare Earth Elements (REE) in vein quartz and quartz-sandstone host rock in the Zhelannoe high purity quartz deposit, Russia

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    Zemskova, Marina; Prokofiev, Vsevolod; Bychkov, Andrey

    2015-04-01

    The Zhelannoe high purity quartz deposit is located on the western slope of the Polar Urals. It is one of the largest deposits of vein quartz and rock crystal in Russia. Most of the mineralization is hosted within a single horizon of very firm quartz-sandstone, where plastic deformation did not occur almost entirely. All tectonic stress was released by the development of numerous thrust faults of different scales. Cavities formed during this process were later filled with quartz and rock crystal. In order to obtain more details on conditions under which mineralization took place, analysis of trace element contents in vein quartz and host rocks, and the micro-thermometric study of fluid inclusions in quartz have been carried out. The trace element composition of vein quartz and of the host rock has been determined by ICP-MS. The results have shown that concentrations of most of the 46 studied elements in quartz are two orders of magnitude lower than in chondrite, and more than three orders of magnitude lower than in the upper crust. Even though Pb and Li have the highest concentrations in quartz samples, levels are only nearly comparable in chondrite, and substantially lower in the upper crust. At the same time, negative anomalies of Pb and Li concentrations in the host rock may indicate the removal of these elements during vein quartz formation. Contents of most REEs are two orders of magnitude lower than in chondrite, and three orders of magnitude lower than in the host rock. Generally, the patterns of REE distribution in vein quartz and the host rock express a clear correlation; confirming the genetic link between vein quartz and quartz-sandstone host rock. However, the process of quartz recrystallization led to an intense decrease of REEs content, and of all other impurities, which consequently influenced industrial value of the Zhelannoe deposit. As a result of the micro-thermometric study of fluid inclusions in quartz, the following physical-chemical parameters of mineral-forming fluids have been established: homogenization temperature 217 - 159 °C; concentration of salts 9.8 - 5.9 wt. percent NaCl equiv.; density of fluid 980-900 kg/m3; pressure estimates for associations of heterogeneous fluid inclusions vary from 80 - 50 bar. There are two principal types of inclusions: vapor, and two-phase liquid-gas inclusions. The state of mineral-forming fluid is heterogeneous. Carbon dioxide condenses in gaseous inclusions upon cooling. Data on salinity and density of mineral-forming fluids, the presence of the gas phase with carbon dioxide; and estimates of pressure during the formation of quartz of the Zhelannoe deposit have been obtained for the first time.

  20. Quartz veining in slates and Variscan deformation: Insights from the Luarca sector (NW Spain)

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    Pérez-Alonso, J.; Fuertes-Fuente, M.; Bastida, F.

    2016-03-01

    A structural and geochemical analysis of quartz veins is made in order to determine their evolution and the physical-chemical conditions that enabled their development. In this sector of the Variscan belt (Westasturian-Leonese Zone), three phases of deformation have been described. However, only the first and third phases are represented in the study sections. The first phase (D1) resulted in tight or closed folds (F1) verging towards the foreland and associated slaty cleavage (S1). The third phase (D3) resulted in approximately upright asymmetric folds (F3) with associated crenulation cleavage (S3). The veins are hosted in slates and approximately follow the slaty cleavage (S1). The veins started their development at the beginning of the deformation phase D3 as a result of S1 near parallel shortening. Through a process of progressive deformation, this compression gave rise to the folding of the cleavage and, eventually, of the veins. The F3 folds have associated crenulation cleavage parallel to the axial planes. In some cases, the location of the veins was controlled by irregularities in the bedding due to sedimentary structures. The quartz of the veins underwent notable intracrystalline plastic deformation, and the contact zone between the veins and the host rock was affected by pressure solution. The microstructures produced by the latter mechanism indicate the greatest compressive stress forming a high angle with the vein walls at a time post-dating vein generation. Quartz precipitated from an aqueous-carbonic fluid at temperatures between 350 °C and 375 °C under fluid pressure fluctuations of up to 140 MPa at constant depth. Maximum values of fluid pressure of 220 MPa and minimum values of 75 MPa were recorded by fluid inclusion assemblages in quartz of the veins under study. Pressure fluctuation from lithostatic to infralithostatic at constant depth was caused by the opening and sealing of the dilatant fractures.

  1. Hydrothermal geochemistry of silver-gold vein formation in the Tayoltita mine and San Dimas mining district, Durango and Sinaloa, Mexico

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    Clarke, M.

    1986-01-01

    The San Dimas mining district, including the Tayoltita mine, is a Tertiary silver-gold epithermal vein system deposited in a calcalkaline volcanic pile. Hydrothermal alteration and vein formation is temporally related to a granite batholith intruded into the volcanics. Alteration mineralogy in andesites is compatible with a hydrothermal flow model in which heated water rises through the batholith, cools to 260 C, and flows out into the volcanics. Lateral elongation of Ag:Au ratio zoning plotted on vertical projections of veins is interpreted to reflect hydrothermal fluid flow principally in a horizontal direction during ore deposition. Quartz vein-filling, accompanied by chlorite, calcite, rhodonite, and adularia, is widest in a vertical interval approximately 500 to 1000 meters below the original surface. Pyrite is widely distributed, but silver minerals, electrum, and base-metal sulfides are restricted to the upper portion of the vertical interval of veining in a zone termed the ore horizon. Fluid inclusion studies of quartz from the Cinco Senores vein indicate that ore deposited at an average temperature of 260 C from boiling fluids of apparent salinities ranging from 0.15 to 0.3 m/sub NaCl/ equivalent. The greater apparent salinities probably reflect dissolved gases as well as chloride salts. Correlation of Ag:Au ratios in deposited vein with ice-melting temperatures in fluid inclusions suggests that evolution of ore fluids in space was accompanied by both increase in deposited Ag:Au ratios and decline in fluid solute concentration. Correlation of ice-melting temperatures with paragenetic age of associated quartz suggests that vein-depositing hydrothermal fluids evolved in both space and time from relatively concentrated to dilute conditions.

  2. Structural evolution of a quartz sillimanite vein and nodule complex in a late-to post-tectonic leucogranite, Western Adirondack Highlands, New York

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    McLelland, James; Goldstein, Arthur; Cunningham, Betsy; Olson, Christopher; Orrell, Suzanne

    2002-07-01

    Quartz-sillimanite veins and nodules within the carapace of a late- to post- tectonic leucogranite crosscut one another as well as calcsilicate schlieren. These relationships document a fracture-related and hydrothermal origin of the vein and nodule complex. Two dominant orientations (N50E, N20E) are observed with the former being the oldest and most deformed. Both of these sets have undergone deformation, including boudinage of veins to produce nodules. Zircon geochronology fixes the emplacement age of the leucogranite at 1035.1±3.8 Ma and late crosscutting pegmatites at 1034±10 Ma, hence the vein-nodule complex must fall within this interval. Late dikes of leucogranite truncate the complex and document the continued presence of magma during vein-nodule formation. Anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) in the leucogranite carapace reveals an approximately horizontal flow direction, within a plane striking N49E and dipping moderately to the northwest. In this regime, quartz-sillimanite veins formed initially as tension fractures in subvertical NNE orientations either as a result of high fluid pressures or rapid sinistral shear along the N50E contact. Progressive sinistral shear rotated the veins counterclockwise causing buckling followed by boudinage and rotation of fragments into near parallelism with the N50E contact. Strain was accommodated by slip between crystals and melt migration with an estimated melt fraction of at least 30%. Multiple episodes of fracturing and vein formation appear to have occurred. Final deformation of the carapace and the vein-nodule complex is envisioned as a flattening against the contact, perhaps as a result of pluton inflation. Melt was still present after this event as evidenced by post-vein granite and pegmatite dikes, commonly with sinistral shear along the dike margin.

  3. Looking at Dauphiné twins in vein quartz as a potential paleostress indicator

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    Sintubin, Manuel; Wenk, Hans-Rudolf

    2013-04-01

    Paleostress studies commonly call upon (1) a fault slip data inversion technique, (2) a calcite twin stress inversion technique, (3) recrystallized grain size piezometry for quartz, or (4) direct measurements of residual lattice strain. Recent advances in orientation imaging microscopy (OIM) using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) on a scanning electron microscope (SEM) have revealed that Dauphiné twinning is very common in quartz in naturally deformed quartz-bearing rocks in a wide range of tectonometamorphic conditions. It has long been known that mechanical Dauphiné twinning in quartz can be stress-induced. Based on the results of an extensive EBSD-OIM analysis on vein quartz, taken from well-studied early to late-orogenic veins in the High-Ardenne slate belt (Germany, Belgium), we explore the potential use of mechanical Dauphiné twins as a paleostress indicator, possibly completing our toolbox for reconstructing paleostresses in the Earth's crust. The vein quartz studied precipitated in low-grade tectonometamorphic conditions (~200-400°C), typical for the brittle-plastic transition zone at the base of the seismogenic crust (~7-15km). Quartz has only been weakly affected by low to moderate temperature (200 to 400°C) crystal-plastic deformation. The samples show grains with a high concentration of Dauphiné twin boundaries and others free of twin boundaries, thus being untwinned or completely twinned. This pattern depends on the crystallographic orientation. Twin boundaries are arrested by grain or subgrain boundaries, suggesting that Dauphiné twinning occurred on a pre-existing fabric that resulted from crystal-plastic deformation. An analysis of the orientation distribution of the rhombs in the twinned variant domains of individual quartz (sub-)grains reveals a particular preferred orientation of the poles to rhombs. We will discuss the possible significance of these observations with respect to paleostresses that may have caused the mechanical Dauphiné twinning.

  4. Brittle-viscous deformation of vein quartz under fluid-rich low greenschist facies conditions

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    Kjøll, H. J.; Viola, G.; Menegon, L.; Sørensen, B. E.

    2015-01-01

    A coarse grained, statically crystallized quartz vein, embedded in a phyllonitic matrix, was studied by EBSD and optical microscopy to gain insights into the processes of strain localization in quartz deformed under low-grade conditions, broadly coincident with the frictional-viscous transition. The vein is from a high strain zone at the front of the Porsa Imbricate Stack in the Paleoproterozoic Repparfjord Tectonic Window in northern Norway. The vein was deformed under lower greenschist facies conditions during deformation along a large out-of-sequence phyllonitic thrust of Caledonian age. The host phyllonite formed at the expense of metabasalt wherein feldspar broke down to form interconnected layers of fine, synkinematic phyllosilicates. In the mechanically weak framework of the phyllonite, the studied quartz vein acted as a relatively rigid body deforming mainly by coaxial strain. Viscous deformation was initially accommodated by basal ⟨a⟩ slip of quartz during the development of a mesoscopic pervasive extensional crenulation cleavage. Under the prevailing boundary conditions, however, dislocation glide-accommodated deformation of quartz resulted inefficient and led to dislocation tangling and strain hardening of the vein. In response to hardening, to the progressive increase of fluid pressure and the increasing competence contrast between the vein and the weak foliated host phyllonite, quartz crystals began to deform frictionally along specific, optimally oriented lattice planes, creating microgouges along microfractures. These were, however, rapidly sealed by nucleation of new grains as transiently over pressured fluids penetrated the deforming system. The new nucleated grains grew initially by solution-precipitation and later by grain boundary migration. Due to the random initial orientation of the vein crystals, strain was accommodated differently in the individual crystals, leading to the development of remarkably different microstructures. Crystals oriented optimally for basal slip accommodated strain mainly viscously and experienced only minor fracturing. Instead, the crystals misoriented for basal slip hardened and deformed by pervasive domainal fracturing. This study indicates the importance of considering shear zones as dynamic systems wherein the activated deformation mechanisms vary transiently in response to the complex temporal and spatial evolution of the shear zone, often in a cyclic fashion.

  5. Anomalous quartz from the Roter Kamm impact crater, Namibia - Evidence for post-impact hydrothermal activity?

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    Koeberl, Christian; Fredriksson, Kurt; Goetzinger, Michael; Reimold, Wolf Uwe

    1989-01-01

    Quartz pebbles from the Roter Kamm impact crater (the Namib Desert, SWA/Namibia) were examined for evidence of impact-induced hydrothermal activity, using results from microprobe analyses, neutron activation analyses, transmission IR spectroscopy, and X-ray diffractometry. It was found that the pebbles consisted of pure quartz, which contains three different types of fluid inclusions. These were identified as primary inclusions (5-10 microns) that record the formation conditions of the quartz, very small (less than 1 micron) secondary inclusions associated with the grain boundaries, and late inclusions of irregular size. It is concluded that the quartz and the primary inclusions may provide evidence for a postimpact phase of extensive hydrothermal activity, generated by the residual heat from the kinetic energy of the impact.

  6. The nature of faults and hydrothermal veins in corehole SB-15-D, The Geysers Steam Field, California

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    Hulen, J.B.; Nielson, D.L.

    1995-12-31

    Porosity in The Geysers Coring Project corehole SB-15-D is concentrated along vuggy, steeply-dipping, hydrothermal calcite-quartz {plus_minus} adularia veins. There is little difference in the texture and abundance of these veins between the upper two thirds of the core, interpreted as caprock, and the lower two-thirds, in which two, vein-controlled, fluid-loss zones (probable steam entries) were encountered. However, vugs in the caprock veins are locally choked with mixed-layer clay, whereas those in the deeper steam-reservoir veins generally lack this clay but contain calc-silicate minerals. Steeply-dipping, concordant faults concentrated in argillite throughout the core show predominantly strike-slip displacement. Although movement was predominantly along argillites, the lithology appears to have deformed in a ductile manner, and porosity development was minimal. High-angle dilational fractures were developed contemporaneously in the graywackes. These fractures in the graywacke were only partially filled by secondary minerals, and are potential steam conduits in the vapor-dominated geothermal system.

  7. Brittle-viscous deformation of vein quartz under fluid-rich low greenschist facies conditions

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    Jørgen Kjøll, Hans; Viola, Giulio; Menegon, Luca; Sørensen, Bjørn

    2015-04-01

    A coarse grained, statically crystallized quartz vein with a random CPO, embedded in a phyllonitic matrix, was studied by optical microscopy, SEM imaging and EBSD to gain insights into the processes of strain localization in quartz deformed under low greenschist facies conditions at the frictional-viscous transition. The vein is located in a high strain zone at the front of an imbricate stack of Caledonian age along the northwesternmost edge of the Repparfjord Tectonic Window in northern Norway. The vein was deformed within the Nussirjavrri Fault Zone (NFZ), an out-of-sequence thrust with a phyllonitic core characterized by a ramp-flat-ramp geometry, NNW plunging stretching lineations and top-to-the SSE thrusting kinematics. Deformation conditions are typical of the frictional-viscous transition. The phyllonitic core formed at the expense of metabasalt wherein feldspar broke down to form interconnected layers of fine, synkinematic phyllosilicates. In the mechanically weak framework of the phyllonite, the studied quartz vein acted as a relatively rigid body deforming mainly by coaxial strain. Viscous deformation, related to the development of a mesoscopic pervasive extensional crenulation cleavage, was accommodated within the vein initially by basal slip of suitably oriented quartz crystals, which produced e.g. undulose extinction, extinction bands and bulging grain boundaries. In the case of misoriented quartz crystals, however, glide-accommodated dislocation creep resulted soon inefficient and led to localized dislocation tangling and strain hardening. In response to 1) hardening, 2) progressive increase of fluid pressure within the actively deforming vein and 3) increasing competence contrast between the vein and the surrounding weak, foliated phyllonitic fault core, quartz crystals began to deform frictionally along specific lattice planes oriented optimally with respect to the imposed stress field. Microfaulting generated small volumes of gouge along intracrystalline microfractures. These fractures were rapidly sealed by nucleation of new grains as transiently over-pressured fluids flushed the deforming system. The new nucleated grains grew initially by solution-precipitation and later by grain boundary migration. They are relatively strain free and show a scattered CPO in resemblance with the host grain, although there is a slight synthetic rotation of the crystallographic axes. Due to the random initial orientation of the vein crystals, strain was thus accommodated differently in the individual crystals, leading to the development of remarkably different microstructures. Crystals oriented optimally for basal slip accommodated strain mainly in a viscous fashion and experienced only minor to no fracturing. Instead, crystals misoriented for basal slip hardened and deformed by pervasive fracturing promoted by the fluid over-pressure and controlled by the orientation of crystallographic planes. Viscous deformation continued after the microfractures sealed, again increasing the fluid pressure. This study indicates the importance of considering shear zones as dynamic systems wherein the activated deformation mechanisms vary transiently in response to the complex temporal and spatial evolution of the shear zone, often in a cyclic fashion.

  8. Tectonic conditions of hydrothermal polymetallic vein-type mineralization, Sainte Marie-aux-Mines, France

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    Hafeznia, Y.; Bourlange, S.; Ohnenstetter, M.

    2012-04-01

    The Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines (SMM) mines host one of the most famous and oldest silver deposits in Europe. The SMM district is located in the central part of the Vosges mountains, France, within gneiss and granites of the Moldanubian zone. The SMM district includes the Neuenberg E-W vein-type Cu-Ag-As/Pb-Zn deposit and the Altenberg N-S vein-type Pb-Zn-Ag deposit. Deposition of the SMM hydrothermal mineralization occurred under a brittle tectonic regime that might be connected to neo-Variscan and/or post-Variscan tectonics, in a similar way as the polymetallic vein deposits of the Black Forest, Germany. A structural study was done in the Neuenberg area, in the vicinity of the Saint-Jacques vein, and within the Gabe Gottes mine, considering the orientation, extent, chronology and density of faults as well as the nature of the infilling minerals. In the Gabe-Gottes mine, the Saint-Jacques vein comprises multiple successive, sub-parallel subvertical veinlets with gangue minerals, mostly carbonates and quartz, and metal-bearing phases, sulfides and sulfosalts. The veinlets are 2 to 50 cm thick and strike N80° to N110°, the earlier veins slightly dipping towards the north, and the latest one, to the south. Seven systems of faults were identified, which may be classified into three major groups formed respectively before, during and after the main stage of ore deposition: a) Pre-mineralization faults - These consist of sinistral NE-SW strike-slip faults, and NW-SE and NE-SW steeply dipping normal faults. These could be related to Carboniferous events considering their relationships with the granitoid intrusives present in the mine area (Brézouard leucogranite ~329 Ma), and the extensional tectonics developed during exhumation processes. b) Faults associated with the main ore-deposition - These faults could be related to late-Hercynian processes from compressional to extensional tectonic regimes. Mineralization controlling faults consist of dextral and sinistral E-W strike-slip faults. Early strike-slip movements are assessed by the presence of striated iron oxides, the crystallization of which is considered to be early during the ore deposition process. Mineralizing fluids were probably fluorine-rich as F-bearing minerals, sericite, chlorite and apatite are present in the chlorite zone associated with early sulphide-rich ores. The E-W mineralized faults are only easily compatible with the tectonics known in Permian times. c) Late-stage faults - These could be related to the numerous changes in plate configuration which occur during the Mesozoic and Cenozoic times, in accordance with the creation of the Paris basin, the opening of Atlantic ocean and Rhine Graben, as well as with the Tethys closure. For example, the vertical lineation superposed on an horizontal lineation observed on mineralized rocks indicate reactivation of the former E-W mineralized veins under a normal movement. The latter may correspond to an extensive regime known during Oligocene times. On the other hand, one of the major late-stage faults strikes N-S and is related to a dextral strike-slip system, which could be considered as Miocene. It is expected that fluid remobilization occurred during fault reactivation, a process which could have led to successive ore deposition following the emplacement of the major E-W mineralized veins. A fluid inclusion study in the gangue minerals of the Gabe Gottes is now under investigation. This together with isotopic studies will help to determine the source of the mineralizing fluids, as well as the conditions of ore deposition. Keywords: Faults, polymetallic mineralization, variscan orogeny, Gabe-Gottes, Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Vosges, F-rich fluids.

  9. Fluid-assisted grain boundary sliding in bedding-parallel quartz veins deformed under greenschist metamophic grade

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    Lagoeiro, Leonardo; Fueten, Frank

    2008-01-01

    Iron formation rocks of Quadrilátero Ferrífero, Brazil, were deformed at greenschist facies. Quartz grains in bedding parallel veins were sheared and deformed by a combination of mechanisms assisted by aqueous fluids. Veins in the outcrop appear to be stretched parallel to the compositional layering. The overall vein shapes resemble those of boundinage and pinch and swell. In thin sections, veins show microstructures similar to those observed in hand samples, where domains of large quartz crystals are pulled apart for several millimeters. The voids between quartz fragments are filled with domains of polycrystalline quartz. The microstructural and orientation data show that the strain imposed on the vein as a rigid and competent layer was not accommodated in the quartz polycrystals exclusively by crystal plastic deformation or dynamic recrystallization. The new grains are strain-free, with straight boundaries and with weak to random crystallographic fabrics. We interpret these features to have resulted from a combination of processes, which included grain boundary sliding accomplished by solution transfer. We propose that the coeval operation of both mechanisms allows the aggregate to deform at higher strain rates without necking of the vein layer in a type of flow similar to those described in superplastic regimes.

  10. Hydrothermal alteration in the Bosumtwi impact structure: Evidence from 2M1-muscovite, alteration veins, and fracture fillings

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    Petersen, Michael T.; Newsom, Horton E.; Nelson, Melissa J.; Moore, Duane M.

    Drill-core samples from the Bosumtwi impact structure (1.07 Myr old and 10.5 km in diameter) in Ghana exhibit mineralogical evidence for post-impact hydrothermal alteration. Nine samples of drill core obtained through the 2004 International Continental Scientific Drilling Project (ICDP) were studied, including an uppermost fallback layer overlying impactite breccias, and partly deformed massive meta-graywacke bedrock. The petrographic study revealed alteration veins containing secondary sericitic muscovite (comparable to 2M1-muscovite) crosscutting original bedding in meta-graywacke and forming a matrix between clasts in impactite breccias. X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows that these impactite samples are rich in 2M1-muscovite, consistent with post-impact fluid deposition and alteration. Optical analysis indicates the presence of a pre-impact stratiform chlorite in meta-graywacke samples and a secondary alteration chlorite occurring in all samples. Secondary illite was detected in upper impactites of drill core LB-08A and samples containing accretionary lapilli. The lower temperature constraint for the hydrothermal event is given by 2M1-muscovite, secondary chlorite, and illite, all of which form at temperatures greater than 280 °C. An absence of recrystallization of quartz and feldspar indicates an upper temperature constraint below 900 °C. The presence of alteration materials associated with fractures and veins in the uppermost impactites of drill cores LB-07A and LB-08A indicates that a post-impact hydrothermal system was present in and adjacent to the central uplift portion of the Bosumtwi impact structure. A sample containing accretionary lapilli obtained from drill core LB-05A exhibits limited evidence that hydrothermal processes were more widespread within the impactites on the crater floor.

  11. Alteration and fluid flow around a sulfide-carbonate-quartz vein, Lucky Friday mine, Northern Idaho

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    Gitlin, E.C.

    1985-01-01

    Wall rocks at the Lucky Friday mine, Coeur d'Alene district, Idaho, contain a >500m wide zone about a steeply dipping Pb-Zn-Ag vein. This zone has experienced local conditions distinct from the regional metamorphism of the quartzite + argillite host rock. Within the district, the host rock (Precambrian Revett Formation) has undergone low grade metamorphism and contains varying proportions of quartz, phengitic muscovite, detrital alkali feldspar, magnetite, hematite, ilmenite, rutile, zircon, tourmaline, +/- calcite, +/- ankeritic dolomite. In contrast, the Lucky Friday wall rocks lack feldspar and Fe-bearing oxides, and contain Fe-poor muscovite and up to 40% carbonate: siderite, ankerite, and/or calcite. A comparison of district-wide Revett rocks with Lucky Friday wall rocks suggests that the wall rocks have undergone localized dephengitization with concomitant Fe-enrichment in the carbonates and Fe-depletion of the oxides. Pertinent metamorphic reactions consume CO/sub 2/ and liberate H/sub 2/O. Fluid inclusions from the vein and wall rock stringers have homogenization temperatures from approx. =200/sup 0/ to <375/sup 0/C, but they define no temperature gradient. With few exceptions, compositions of the carbonates are identical throughout the altered wall rock. These observations suggest that the carbonate subzone contacts are not isograds but isofluxes: the loci of equivalent fluid/reactant mineral ratio. The disposition of isofluxes around a dominant fluid channelway, i.e. the vein, affords an opportunity to interpret fluid flow pathways during low temperatures metamorphism.

  12. Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Dacitic domes and associated Cu- Fe-Au Veins occurences during hydrothermal processes, Yazd Province, Iran

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    Sharifi, R.

    2009-04-01

    The Panah-koh Cu-Fe-Au vein deposit, located 60 km south west of Yazd Province, between Central Iranian Zone and Orumieh-Dokhtar tectnomagmatic belt. The vains result from hydrothermal processes related to a Neogenes volcanism which produced a dacitic to rhyodacitic dome which responsible for most of the altration and mineralization in this area. mineralization occurs in a series of NW-SW trending fault planes and breccia zones in (Early Combrian) and sand stone (Percambrian) rocks. the main ore minerals are Chalcopyrite, Pyrite,Arsenopyrite,Hematite,Limonite,Malachite,Azurite, with Quartz,Calcite,Dolomite,Barite and minor Chlorite as the main qanque phases.The Panah- Koh volcanic domes crystallized from an I-Type magma formed in a volcanic arc setting.the volcanic rocks show geochemical evidence of fractionation of Biotite,Hornblande and Fledspars.altration of the minerals in the host rocks suggests pH<5.5 and oxidized conditions.On variation diagrams, MgO, MnO, TiO2, CaO, P2O5, Fe2O3, display negative correlations suggesting that these volcanic rocks experienced fractionation of early-crystallized Biotite, Magnetite, Apatite and Plagioclase. The concentration of Sr, Ni, Ba and V decrease with increasing SiO2 suggesting fractionation of early formed Biotite, K-Feldspar, Magnetite and Plagioclase. supergene effects, with penetration of surface waters along faults and fractures, has led to the oxidation and leaching of the host rocks and the enrichment of copper. Quartz crystals were deposited as layers in crustification banding and comb structures along the walls of veins or the composition of the mineralizing fluids. shallow level of emplacement and low temprature of magma, shows that the hydrothermal system was not able to form a skarn deposit in the Panah-Koh district.

  13. Intensity of quartz cathodoluminescence and trace-element content in quartz from the porphyry copper deposit at Butte, Montana

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    Rusk, B.G.; Reed, M.H.; Dilles, J.H.; Kent, A.J.R.

    2006-01-01

    Textures of hydrothermal quartz revealed by cathodoluminescence using a scanning electron microscope (SEM-CL) reflect the physical and chemical environment of quartz formation. Variations in intensity of SEM-CL can be used to distinguish among quartz from superimposed mineralization events in a single vein. In this study, we present a technique to quantify the cathodoluminescent intensity of quartz within individual and among multiple samples to relate luminescence intensity to specific mineralizing events. This technique has been applied to plutonic quartz and three generations of hydrothermal veins at the porphyry copper deposit in Butte, Montana. Analyzed veins include early quartz-molybdenite veins with potassic alteration, pyrite-quartz veins with sericitic alteration, and Main Stage veins with intense sericitic alteration. CL intensity of quartz is diagnostic of each mineralizing event and can be used to fingerprint quartz and its fluid inclusions, isotopes, trace elements, etc., from specific mineralizing episodes. Furthermore, CL intensity increases proportional to temperature of quartz formation, such that plutonic quartz from the Butte quartz monzonite (BQM) that crystallized at temperatures near 750 ??C luminesces with the highest intensity, whereas quartz that precipitated at ???250 ??C in Main Stage veins luminesces with the least intensity. Trace-element analyses via electron microprobe and laser ablation-ICP-MS indicate that plutonic quartz and each generation of hydrothermal quartz from Butte is dominated by characteristic trace amounts of Al, P, Ti, and Fe. Thus, in addition to CL intensity, each generation of quartz can be distinguished based on its unique trace-element content. Aluminum is generally the most abundant element in all generations of quartz, typically between 50 and 200 ppm, but low-temperature, Main Stage quartz containing 400 to 3600 ppm Al is enriched by an order of magnitude relative to all other quartz generations. Phosphorous is present in abundances between 25 and 75 ppm, and P concentrations in quartz show little variation among quartz generations. Iron is the least abundant of these elements in most quartz types and is slightly enriched in CL-dark quartz in pyrite-quartz veins with sericitic alteration. Titanium is directly correlated with both temperature of quartz precipitation, and intensity of quartz luminescence, such that BQM quartz contains hundreds of ppm Ti, whereas Main Stage quartz contains less than 10 ppm Ti. Our results suggest that Ti concentration in quartz is controlled by temperature of quartz precipitation and that increased Ti concentrations in quartz may be responsible for increased CL intensities.

  14. Three sets of fine extinction bands in a tectonically deformed vein-quartz single crystal

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    Derez, Tine; Van der Donck, Tom; Pennock, Gill; Drury, Martyn; Sintubin, Manuel

    2014-05-01

    Intracrystalline fine extinction bands (FEBs) in quartz, are narrow (less than 5µm thick), planar microstructures with a misorientation up to 5° with respect to the host crystal, occurring in closely spaced sets (spacing of 4-5μm). FEBs have been commonly attributed to a large range of brittle and/or crystal-plastic mechanisms, revealing considerable disagreement on the responsible crystal-plastic slip systems and the ambient conditions. Another question that arises, is whether or not the FEBs rotate from a basal plane orientation to orientations ranging between the basal and prism planes. Usually only one set of FEBs occurs in a single crystal, though two sets are observed, in particular with increasing strain. Tentatively, a maximum of two sets of sub-basal FEBs has been postulated to develop in a single quartz crystal in a tectonic context. However, we identified several crystals in naturally deformed vein-quartz containing three sets of FEBs. The vein-quartz has been deformed under sub-greenschist metamorphic conditions, during the late Palaeozoic Variscan orogeny, in the High-Ardenne slate belt (Belgium). The vein-quartz has been subjected to bulging dynamic recrystallisation and shows a high degree of undulatory extinction, abundant subgrains and wide extinction bands sub-parallel to the c-axis. We attempted to characterise these three sets of FEBs by means of light microscopy, EBSD-OIM and universal stage microscopy. In both cases studied the c-axis is inclined less than 8° with respect to the thin-section plane. The different sets of FEBs show a consistent orientation with respect to the c-axis. One set of FEBs deviates maximum 10° from the basal plane. The other two sets deviate between 15 and 35° from a basal plane orientation. Corresponding FEBs, at the same angle with respect to the c-axis, have similar morphologies. In relative EBSD orientation maps FEBs show a maximum misorientation of 3°, and have a lower pattern quality than the host crystal. The FEB boundaries often coincide with Dauphiné twin boundaries. The misorientation inside FEBs gradually increases and can be asymmetrically distributed across the FEBs. Plotting the FEB orientations in the New Stereographic Projection Template (used for identifying the crystallographic orientation of planar deformation features), the FEBs appear to deviate from any particular crystallographic orientation. No trigonal symmetry is detected in the FEB orientation distribution. Firstly, the question arises whether the exceptional observation of three sets of FEBs is due to an observational bias caused by the particular orientation of the optical axis of the quartz crystals sub-parallel to the thin section plane, or whether the FEBs formed because of a specific crystallographic orientation with respect to the principal stresses during deformation. Secondly, we suggest that the development of FEBs is related to a range of possible slip systems, or to a combination of different slip systems. Dauphiné twinning seems to have taken place after FEB formation. Finally, we seriously question that FEBs could be formed solely by means of a single slip system, that FEBs rotate after their formation and that there could be a genetic relation between FEBs and primary growth banding.

  15. In situ 14C depth profile of subsurface vein quartz samples from Macraes Flat New Zealand

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    Kim, K. J.; Lal, D.; Englert, P. A. J.; Southon, J.

    2007-06-01

    We present results of measurements of cosmogenic in situ 14C produced in a quartz vein from Macraes Flat, East Otago, New Zealand, where concentrations of in situ produced 10Be and 26Al were previously studied by Kim and Englert [Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 223 (2004) 113]. 14C was extracted from the quartz samples up to depths of 400 g cm-2 using a low temperature wet extraction method [D. Lal, A.J.T. Jull, Nucl. Instr. and Meth. B 92 (1994) 291]. Based on the results for 10Be and 26Al, we expected that the 14C activity in the samples would be at saturation levels, in equilibrium with erosion. The surface exposure age of this site was found to be about 25 000 years using 10Be and 26Al at the surface, with a surface erosion rate of at least 10-3 cm/y [K.J. Kim, P.A.J. Englert, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 223 (2004) 113]. The measured 14C activities were compared with those expected from spallation of Si and O in quartz by energetic neutrons and fast muons, and from capture of negative muons in O in quartz [B. Heisinger, A.J.T. Jull, D. Lal, P. Kubik, S. Ivy-Ochs, K. Knie, E. Nolte, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 200 (2002) 357; B. Heisinger, D. Lal, A.J.T. Jull, P. Kubik, S. Ivy-Ochs, S. Neumaier, K. Knie, V. Lazarev, E. Nolte, Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 200 (2002) 345]. Surprisingly, we found that the 14C activities were significantly greater than those expected, by factors of 2 3, especially in samples of depths <200 g cm-2. We suspect that the excess 14C probably resulted from capture of thermal neutrons in nitrogen present in the fluid inclusions in quartz. This study shows that great care has to be taken in measurements of in situ 14C in quartz, especially in samples exposed near sea level and greater depths, where rates of spallation produced 14C are low.

  16. Colorado quartz: occurrence and discovery

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    Kile, D.E.; Modreski, P.J.; Kile, D.L.

    1991-01-01

    The many varieties and associations of quartz found throughout the state rank it as one of the premier worldwide localities for that species. This paper briefly outlines the historical importance of the mineral, the mining history and the geological setting before discussing the varieties of quartz present, its crystallography and the geological enviroments in which it is found. The latter include volcanic rocks and near surface igneous rocks; pegmatites; metamorphic and plutonic rocks; hydrothermal veins; skarns and sedimentary deposits. Details of the localities and mode of occurrence of smoky quartz, amethyst, milky quartz, rock crystal, rose quartz, citrine, agate and jasper are then given. -S.J.Stone

  17. The formation of auriferous quartz-sulfide veins in the Pataz region, northern Peru: A synthesis of geological, mineralogical, and geochemical data

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    Schreiber, D. W.; Amstutz, G. C.; Fontboté, L.

    1990-12-01

    The Pataz region in the eastern part of the North Peruvian Department La Libertad hosts a number of important gold mining districts like La Lima, El Tingo, Pataz, Parcoy, and Buldibuyo. Economic gold mineralization occurs in quartz-sulfide veins at the margin of the calc-alkaline Pataz Batholith, that mainly consists of granites, granodiorites, and monzodiorites. The batholith is of Paleozoic age and cuts the Precambrian to Early Paleozoic low-grade metamorphic basement series. Its intrusion was controlled by a NNW-trending fault of regional importance. The gold-bearing veins are characterized by a two-stage sulfide mineralization. Bodies of massive pyrite and some arsenopyrite were formed in stage 1, and after subsequent fracturing they served as sites for deposition of gold, electrum, galena, sphalerite, and chalcopyrite. It is concluded that gold was transported as a AuCl{2/-}-complex by oxidizing chloride solutions and deposited near older pyrite by micro-scale redox changes and a slight temperature decrease. Mineralogical, textural, geochemical, and microthermometric features are interpreted as a consequence of mineralization at considerable depth produced by a hydrothermal system linked with the emplacement of the Pataz Batholith. acteristics in order to outline a general physicochemical model of the hydrothermal ore-forming processes.

  18. Mass transfer during wall-rock alteration: An example from a quartz-graphite vein, Black Hills, South Dakota

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    Galbreath, K.C.; Duke, E.F.; Papike, J.J. ); Laul, J.C. )

    1988-07-01

    Mass transfer and fluid-rock interaction have been evaluated along two sample traverses in low-sillimanite grade quartz-mica schist adjacent to a synmetamorphic quartz-graphite vein in the southern Black Hills, South Dakota. In an {approximately}17 cm halo between apparently unaltered schist and the vein contact is an outer zone of cryptic alteration and three inner zones of visible alteration. The cryptic zone consists of the original prograde metamorphic mineral assemblage plus anomalously high amounts of tourmaline. The outermost visible zone contains abundant graphite. The second visible zone is defined by intensive bleaching of the schist. The innermost visible zone, immediately adjacent to the vein, is tourmaline + quartz + plagioclase + limonite + graphite. The vein is composed almost entirely of quartz, but also contains trace amounts of graphite. Mass balance calculations indicate that Al was essentially inert. The predominant chemical changes during wall-rock alteration were addition of B and C from the vein-forming fluid along with loss of K from the wall rocks, corresponding to precipitation of tourmaline and graphite, and the progressive destruction of microcline, biotite, and muscovite toward the vein. In addition, the elements V, Cr, Cu, Zn, Pb, As, Sb, W, and Au were introduced into the country rock, whereas Si, Rb, Ba, and Cs were removed. Fluid-rock interaction modeling suggests that between one and four equivalent masses of fluid interacted chemically with the most altered mineral assemblages. In addition, greater than one equivalent mass of reactive fluid penetrated to distances of at least 5 cm from the vein contact.

  19. A magmatic-hydrothermal transition in Arkaroola (northern Flinders Ranges, South Australia): from diopside-titanite pegmatites to hematite-quartz growth

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    Bakker, Ronald J.; Elburg, Marlina A.

    2006-11-01

    A set of Palaeozoic diopside-titanite veins are present in Mesoproterozoic metagranites and metasediments that constitute the basement (Mt Painter Inlier) of the Adelaide Fold Belt (South Australia). These massive veins (up to 1 m) of pegmatitic nature contain large crystals of diopside, LREE-Y-enriched titanite (up to 40 cm in length) and minor amounts of quartz. They can be used to trace the system’s development from a high-temperature magmatic stage through to a massive hydrothermal event. The pegmatitic origin of these veins is evident from a complex fluid-melt inclusion assemblage, consisting of a highly saline inhomogeneous fluid and relicts of melt. Immiscibility of melt and heterogeneous highly saline fluids (exceeding 61 eq. mass% NaCl) is preserved in primary inclusions in diopside and secondary inclusions in titanite, indicating relatively shallow conditions of formation (510 ± 20°C and 130 ± 10 MPa). Graphic intergrowth of diopside and albite occurs at the contact with granitic pegmatites. The system evolved into hydrothermal conditions, which can be deduced from a later population of only fluid inclusions (homogeneous and less saline, ≈ 40 eq. mass% NaCl), trapped around 350 ± 20°C and 80 ± 10 MPa. During quartz crystallization, the conditions moved across the halite liquidus resulting in a heterogeneous mixture of brine and halite crystals, which were trapped at 200 ± 20°C and 50 ± 10 MPa. Brecciation and a palaeo-geothermal system overprinted the pegmatitic veins with an epithermal hematite-quartz assemblage and lesser amounts of bladed calcite and fluorite, in an intermittently boiling hydrothermal system of fairly pure H2O at 100-140°C and 1-5 MPa. Remobilization of LREEs and Y from titanite and/or the granitic host rock is evidenced by precipitation of apatite, allanite and wakefieldite in an intermediate stage. Occasional incorporation of radioactive elements or minerals, presumably U-rich, in the fluorite is responsible for radiolysis of H2O to H2.

  20. Fluid fractionation of tungsten during granite-pegmatite differentiation and the metal source of peribatholitic W quartz veins: Evidence from the Karagwe-Ankole Belt (Rwanda)

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    Hulsbosch, Niels; Boiron, Marie-Christine; Dewaele, Stijn; Muchez, Philippe

    2016-02-01

    The identification of a magmatic source for granite-associated rare metal (W, Nb, Ta and Sn) mineralisation in metasediment-hosted quartz veins is often obscured by intense fluid-rock interactions which metamorphically overprinted most source signatures in the vein system. In order to address this recurrent metal sourcing problem, we have studied the metasediment-hosted tungsten-bearing quartz veins of the Nyakabingo deposit of the Karagwe-Ankole belt in Central Rwanda. The vein system (992 ± 2 Ma) is spatiotemporal related to the well-characterised B-rich, F-poor G4 leucogranite-pegmatite suite (986 ± 10 Ma to 975 ± 8 Ma) of the Gatumba-Gitarama area which culminated in Nb-Ta-Sn mineralisation. Muscovite in the Nyakabingo veins is significantly enriched in granitophile elements (Rb, Cs, W and Sn) and show alkali metal signatures equivalent to muscovite of less-differentiated pegmatite zones of the Gatumba-Gitarama area. Pegmatitic muscovite records a decrease in W content with increasing differentiation proxies (Rb and Cs), in contrast to the continuous enrichment of other high field strength elements (Nb and Ta) and Sn. This is an indication of a selective redistribution for W by fluid exsolution and fluid fractionation. Primary fluid inclusions in tourmaline of these less-differentiated pegmatites demonstrate the presence of medium to low saline, H2O-NaCl-KCl-MgCl2-complex salt (e.g. Rb, Cs) fluids which started to exsolve at the G4 granite-pegmatite transition stage. Laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass-spectrometry shows significant tungsten enrichment in these fluid phases (∼5-500 ppm). Fractional crystallisation has been identified previously as the driving mechanism for the transition from G4 granites, less-differentiated biotite, biotite-muscovite towards muscovite pegmatites and eventually columbite-tantalite mineralised pegmatites. The general absence of tungsten mineralisation in this magmatic suite, including the most differentiated columbite-tantalite mineralised pegmatites of the Gatumba-Gitarama area, emphasises the efficiency of fluid saturation to extract crystal-melt incompatible tungsten from the differentiating melt phase. Fluid-melt-crystal partitioning calculations support the concept of a magmatic-hydrothermal fluid source for tungsten and constrain the range of permissible crystal-melt and fluid-melt partition coefficients together with realistic values for water solubility in the parental G4 granitic melt. Consequently, we propose that for highly-differentiated B-rich, F-poor granite systems fluid saturation started prior to or at the granite-pegmatite transition stage resulting in apical to peribatholitic tungsten veins systems that are paragenetically older than the final pegmatite stage.

  1. Geology, Ore-microscopy and Fluid inclusion study on Auriferous Quartz Veins at the Gidami Gold Mine, Eastern Desert of Egypt

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    Abd El Monsef, Mohamed; Salem, Ibrahim; Slobodnik, Marek

    2013-04-01

    The gold deposits are represented by auriferous quartz veins and aplitic dykes that are cutting through granitic rocks. The main lode of gold is confined to two principal veins occupying fracture zones and fissures. The main auriferous vein is striking mainly NNW-SSE with dipping 85° NE, it extends up to 450 m with an average thickness 120 cm. The second vein is striking NW-SE and dipping 60° E, it extends for 150 m with an average thickness 35 cm. The gold bearing veins are made up of fine grained quartz that is always massive, milky-white with reddish or greenish tint. They commonly include vugs, some of them are occasionally filled with iron oxides, carbonate and clay minerals. Sometimes the quartz veins enclose remnants of altered wall rock materials as an indication for the metamorphic or syntectonic nature of the veins. Brecciation, comb layering, swelling and nodules manganese dendrites are usually detected. The microscopic examination for thin and polished sections of auriferous quartz veins revealed that quartz and calcite are the predominant minerals commonly associated with accessory minerals (fluorite, apatite, zircon, muscovite and sericite). Ore mineral assemblage is found as disseminated sulfide minerals (pyrite, sphalerite, chalcopyrite, molybdenite, pyrrhotite covellite, galena and pentlandite). Ilmenite and goethite are the main iron oxide mineral phases. Gold most commonly occurs as small inclusions within pyrite or goethite. Gold also occurs as tiny grains scattered within quartz vein (in close proximity to the sulfides) or as disseminated grains in the altered wall rocks. Hydrothermal alteration includes silicification, kaolinitization, sericitisation, carbonatisation confined to a delicate set of veins. Petrography and microthermometry of fluid inclusions revealed that the majority of inclusions are of primary/pseudosecondary nature that occur in clusters and along growth zones or along intra-granular planar trails (pseudosecondary inclusions). Two types of samples were taken from the auriferous quartz vein; samples from the outer zone (Rim) and samples from the inner zone (Core). With respect to number of phases present at the room temperature (20 °C) there are two main groups of fluid inclusions can be recognized in both zones: A) two-phase - aqueous inclusions (Type I) and B) three-phase - carbonic-rich inclusions (Type II). Type I inclusions could be further subdivided into two sub-types (H2O-NaCl±KCl) and (H2O-NaCl±MgCl2) systems, based mainly on the eutectic temperature (Teu). For (H2O-NaCl±KCl) system, eutectic temperatures range from -22.1 °C to -23.9 °C at the rim and from -22.7 °C to -23.5 °C at the core. Values of homogenization temperatures (Th) are between (190.4 °C - 273.1 °C) at the rim and between (217 °C - 281.1 °C) at the core. Salinity has a range of (0.73 to 4.7 mass% of NaCl) at the rim and (0 to 1.65 mass% of NaCl) at the core. For (H2O-NaCl± MgCl2) system, eutectic temperatures range from -32.7 °C to -35 °C at the rim and from -33.9 °C to -34.2 °C at the core. Values of homogenization temperatures are up to 376.1 °C at the rim and between (310.6 °C - 480.2 °C) at the core. Salinity has a range of (2.15 to 3.8 mass% of NaCl) at the rim and (2.15 to 3.65 mass% of NaCl) at the core. Type II inclusions of (H2O-NaCl-CO2±CH4) system, most of them were homogenized to liquid state and the other were homogenized to vapour or rarely to critical state. The total homogenization temperature ranges between (260 °C - 340 °C) at the rim with low salinity (0 - 4.2 mass% NaCl equiv.) and density of range (0.49 - 0.86 g/cc). Within core samples, the total homogenization temperature ranges between (299.9 °C - 408.8 °C) with salinity (3.73 - 4.78 mass% of NaCl equiv.) and density of range (0.61 - 0.87 g/cc). These data are consistent with transportation of gold as a bisulphide complex, likely due to decreases in sulphur activity accompanying fluid unmixing.

  2. Dissolution-precipitation reactions in hydrothermal experiments with quartz-feldspar aggregates

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    Schepers, Ansgar; Milsch, Harald

    2013-01-01

    Batch and flow-through experiments were performed on quartz-feldspar granular aggregates at hydrothermal conditions (up to ≈150 °C, up to 5 MPa effective pressure, and near-neutral pH) for up to 141 days. The effect of dissolution-precipitation reactions on the surface morphology of the mineral grains was investigated. The starting materials as well as the solids and fluids resulting from the experiments were characterized using BET, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, electron microprobe analysis, inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. The electrical conductivity of fluid samples was used as a proxy for the evolution of the fluid composition in the experiments. The chemical analyses of the fluids in combination with hydrogeochemical simulations with PHREEQC suggested the precipitation of Al-Si-bearing solid phases. Electron microscopy confirmed the formation of secondary amorphous Al-Si-bearing solid phases. The microscopic observations are consistent with a process of stoichiometric dissolution of the mineral grains, transport of dissolved ions in the fluid phase, and spatially coupled precipitation of sub-μm sized amorphous particles on mineral surfaces. These findings shed light onto early stages of diagenesis of quartz-feldspar sands and indicate that amorphous phases may be precursors for the formation of crystalline phases, for example, clay minerals.

  3. Metamorphic origin of ore-forming fluids for orogenic gold-bearing quartz vein systems in the North American Cordillera: constraints from a reconnaissance study of δ15N, δD, and δ18O

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    Jia, Y.; Kerrich, R.; Goldfarb, R.

    2003-01-01

    The western North American Cordillera hosts a large number of gold-bearing quartz vein systems from the Mother Lode of southern California, through counterparts in British Columbia and southeastern Alaska, to the Klondike district in central Yukon. These vein systems are structurally controlled by major fault zones, which are often reactivated terrane-bounding sutures that formed in orogens built during accretion and subduction of terranes along the continental margin of North America. Mineralization ages span mid-Jurassic to early Tertiary and encompass much of the evolution ofthe Cordilleran orogen. Nitrogen contents and ??15N values of hydrothermal micas from veins are between 130 and 3,500 ppm and 1.7 to 5.5 per mil, respectively. These values are consistent with fluids derived from metamorphic dehydration reactions within the Phanerozoic accretion-subduction complexes, which have ??15N values of 1 to 6 per mil. The ??18O values of gold-bearing vein quartz from different locations in the Cordillera are between 14.6 and 22.2 per mil but are uniform for individual vein systems. The ??D values of hydrothermal micas are between -110 and -60 per mil. Ore fluids have calculated ??18O values of 8 to 16 per mil and ??D values of -65 to -10 per mil at an estimated temperature of 300??C; ??D values of ore fluids do not show any latitudinal control. These results indicate a deep crustal source for the ore-forming fluids, most likely of metamorphic origin. Low ??DH2O values of -120 to -130 per mil for a hydrous muscovite from the Sheba vein in the Klondike district reflect secondary exchange between recrystallizing mica and meteoric waters. Collectively, the N, H, and O isotope compositions of ore-related hydrothermal minerals indicate that the formation of these gold-bearing veins involved dilute, aqueous carbonic, and nitrogen-bearing fluids that were generated from metamorphic dehydration reactions at deep crustal levels. These data are not consistent with either mantle-derived fluids or granitoid-related magmatic fluids, nor do they support a model involving deeply circulated meteoric water.

  4. Microfabric memory of vein quartz for strain localization in detachment faults: A case study on the Simplon fault zone

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    Haertel, Mike; Herwegh, Marco

    2014-11-01

    This manuscript deals with the adaptation of quartz-microfabrics to changing physical deformation conditions, and discusses their preservation potential during subsequent retrograde deformation. Using microstructural analysis, a sequence of recrystallization processes in quartz, ranging from Grain-Boundary Migration Recrystallization (GBM) over Subgrain-Rotation Recrystallization (SGR) to Bulging Nucleation (BLG) is detected for the Simplon fault zone (SFZ) from the low strain rim towards the internal high strain part of the large-scale shear zone. Based on: (i) the retrograde cooling path; (ii) estimates of deformation temperatures; and (iii) spatial variation of dynamic recrystallization processes and different microstructural characteristics, continuous strain localization with decreasing temperature is inferred. In contrast to the recrystallization microstructures, crystallographic preferred orientations (CPO) have a longer memory. CPO patterns indicative of prism and rhomb glide systems in mylonitic quartz veins, overprinted at low temperatures (≤400 °C), suggest inheritance of a high-temperature deformation. In this way, microstructural, textural and geochemical analyses provide information for several million years of the deformation history. The reasons for such incomplete resetting of the rock texture is that strain localization is caused by change in effective viscosity contrasts related to temporal large- and small-scale temperature changes during the evolution of such a long-lived shear zone. The spatially resolved, quantitative investigation of quartz microfabrics and associated recrystallization processes therefore provide great potential for an improved understanding of the geodynamics of large-scale shear zones.

  5. Age and genesis of precious metals deposits, Buffalo Hump district, central Idaho: implications for depth of emplacement of quartz veins.

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    Lund, K.; Snee, L.W.; Evans, K.V.

    1986-01-01

    Three samples (metamorphic country rock, Idaho batholith granite, and auriferous quartz vein) were dated by the 40Ar/39Ar age spectrum technique. The lode deposits are Cretaceous (71 m.y.); their cooling histories and depths of emplacement, inferred from the age spectra, are evidence for the granite plutons and the lode deposits having been emplaced at the same 40-9 km depth and being genetically related. Thus, the Idaho batholith is not barren, and at least two precious-metal mineralizing events, Cretaceous and Eocene in age, occur in central Idaho. Class differences between the two ages of deposits, of style, alteration and mineralogy, are suggested. -G.J.N.

  6. Using vein fabric and fluid inclusion characteristics as an integrated proxy to constrain the relative timing of non cross-cutting, syn- to late-orogenic quartz vein generations

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    Jacques, Dominique; Muchez, Philippe; Sintubin, Manuel

    2014-05-01

    Research on ancient fluid systems mainly focuses on veins, because they offer the opportunity to combine macro- and microstructural data with geochemical data to gain insight into the P-T-X conditions present during veining. By applying such an integrated petrographic and microthermometric methodology to syn- to late-orogenic quartz veins in the Palaeozoic High-Ardenne slate belt (Belgium), we were able to define the relative timing and related P-T-X conditions of different quartz vein generations, despite of the absence of any mutual cross-cutting relationships in the field (Jacques et al., 2014). The different quartz vein generations represent the meso-scale brittle accommodation during fold initiation, amplification and locking. The presence of free polycrystal growth in cavities at a midcrustal depth, and fluid-assisted brecciation indicate that veining occurred under overpressured fluid conditions during the orogeny. Significant differences in crystal-plastic deformation microstructures and P-T trapping conditions indicate that the different processes accommodating folding occurred in a progressive manner along a retrograde deformation path. While vein quartz in an extrados vein and in the peripheral part of a lenticular, fault-accommodating vein shows moderate crystal-plastic deformation (e.g. bulging recrystallisation, deformation lamellae, shear bands), crystal-plastic deformation is relatively absent in the vein quartz of a saddle reef and the core of the lenticular vein (i.e. no to minor undulose extinction). Successive veining occurred from peak metamorphic conditions (ca. 300 ° C and 190 MPa), measured in the extrados vein, to lower P-T conditions in the periphery of the lenticular vein (ca. 275 ° C and 180 MPa), the late-orogenic saddle reef (ca. 245 ° C and 160 MPa) and the core of the lenticular vein (ca. 220 ° C and 150 MPa). The relative timing and accompanying decrease in P-T conditions of the different quartz vein generations reflect the gradual exhumation of the slate belt from ca. 7.5 to 6 km depth along a retrograde deformation path. A comparison of these results with a former study of syn- to late-orogenic calcite veins at the Variscan front zone (Kenis et al., 2000), indicates that exhumation processes throughout the Rhenohercynian fold-and-thrust belt were diachronous. While exhumation and related quartz veining in the High-Ardenne slate belt occurred during the Sudetic stage of the Variscan orogeny (ca. 325-310 Ma), the exhumation and related calcite veining at the Variscan front zone occurred during the Asturian stage of the Variscan orogeny (ca. 300 Ma). With this study we demonstrate that a relative timing for different vein generations, lacking any cross-cutting relationship, can still be attained through an integration of petrographic and microthermometric arguments. Moreover, this particular approach, enables to further delineate the P-T history of an orogenic system from its pre-, to its syn-, late- and finally postkinematic stages. References Jacques, D., Derez, T., Muchez, P., Sintubin, M., 2014. Syn- to late-orogenic quartz veins marking a retrograde deformation path in a slate belt: Examples from the High-Ardenne slate belt (Belgium). Journal of Structural Geology, 58, 43-58. Kenis, I., Muchez, P., Sintubin, M., Mansy, J.-L., Lacquement, F., 2000. The use of a combined structural, stable isotope and fluid inclusion study to constrain the kinematic history at the northern Variscan front zone (Bettrechies, northern France). Journal of Structural Geology, 22, 589-602.

  7. Epidote-Bearing Veins in the State 2-14 Drill Hole: Implications for Hydrothermal Fluid Composition

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    Caruso, L. J.; Bird, D. K.; Cho, M.; Liou, J. G.

    1988-11-01

    Epidote-bearing veins in State 2-14 drill core from 900 to 2960 m depth were examined using backscattered electron microscopy and electron probe microanalysis to characterize the mineralogy, parageneses, texture, and composition of vein minerals. In order of decreasing abundance, minerals in epidote-bearing veins are pyrite, calcite, K-feldspar, quartz, anhydrite, hematite, chlorite, Fe-Cu-Zn sulfides, actinolite, titanite, and allanite. The downhole distribution of minerals in epidote-bearing veins (+ pyrite and quartz) varies as a function of depth and includes: (1) calcite above ˜2000 m, (2) K-feldspar between 1700 and 2745 m, (3) anhydrite between 2195 and 2745 m, (4) hematite ± sulfides above 2773 m, and (5) actinolite below ˜2890 m. Where present, K-feldspar was the first mineral to precipitate in veins followed by epidote. In all other veins, epidote was the earliest vein mineral to form. Calcite, quartz, anhydrite, hematite, and sulfides were paragenetically later. Compositional zoning, common in most vein epidotes, is typically symmetric with Al-rich cores and Fe3+ -rich rims. The minimum mole fraction of Ca2Fe3Si3O12(OH) (XPs) in vein epidotes decreases systematically with increasing depth from ˜0.33 at 906 m to ˜0.21 at 2900 m, and the maximum XPs at any given depth is greater than 0.33. Thermodynamic analyses of phase relations among vein-filling minerals and aqueous solutions at depths near 1867 m and 300°C indicate that the modern reservoir fluid in the Salton Sea geothermal system is in equilibrium with calcite + hematite + quartz + epidote (XPs = 0.33) ± anhydrite. The predicted fugacity of CO2 (˜14 bars) for the modern Salton Sea brine is in close agreement with the calculated value of fCO2 for the 1867 m production fluid. Theoretical phase diagrams in the system CaO-K2O-Fe2O3-Al2O3-SiO2-H2O-O2-S2-CO2 demonstrate that the mineralogies and mineral parageneses recorded hi epidote-bearing veins and the observed variations in Al-Fe3+ content of vein epidotes may result from only minor changes in the fugacity of CO2, O2, and S2 of the geothermal fluid.

  8. Annular fluid inclusions from a quartz vein intercalated with metapelites from the Besshi area of the Sanbagawa belt, SW Japan

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    Yoshida, Kenta; Hirajima, Takao

    Annular fluid inclusions were found in a foliation-parallel quartz vein intercalated with metapelites from the Besshi area of the Sanbagawa belt, SW Japan. The preserved “foam microstructure” of the quartz vein suggests low differential stress at high temperatures for its formation. Three types of fluid inclusions have been identified: the earliest one, FIA-I, is characterized by two phase inclusions arranged along intragranular planes and mainly composed of aqueous saline fluid and CH4 gas; FIA-II texturally comparable to FIA-I consists of CH4-N2-CO2-H2 gas phase inclusions with rare two-phase inclusions; the latest type, FIA-III, is characterized by arrangements along transgranular planes consisting of two-phase inclusions mainly composed of CH4-N2 vapor in aqueous saline fluid. Amongst them, FIA-I contains annular fluid inclusions, which are attributed to reequilibration due to a confining pressure increase, suggesting that the host rock underwent the compression after the entrapment of FIA-I. Textural observations and chemical characteristics show that FIA-I and -II were trapped during prograde or near the peak metamorphic stage, and that FIA-III was probably trapped at an early stage of the exhumation.

  9. Structure, alteration, and geochemistry of the Charlotte quartz vein stockwork, Mt Charlotte gold mine, Kalgoorlie, Australia: time constraints, down-plunge zonation, and fluid source

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    Mueller, Andreas G.

    2015-02-01

    The Kalgoorlie district in the Archean Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia, comprises two world-class gold deposits: Mt Charlotte (144 t Au produced to 2013) in the northwest and the Golden Mile (1,670 t Au) in the southeast. Both occur in a folded greenschist-facies gabbro sill adjacent to the Golden Mile Fault (D2) in propylitic alteration associated with porphyry dikes. At Mt Charlotte, a shear array of fault-fill veins within the Golden Mile Fault indicates sinistral strike-slip during Golden Mile-type pyrite-telluride mineralization. The pipe-shaped Charlotte quartz vein stockwork, mined in bulk more than 1 km down plunge, is separated in time by barren D3 thrusts from Golden Mile mineralization and alteration, and occurs between two dextral strike-slip faults (D4). Movement on these faults generated an organized network of extension and shear fractures opened during the subsequent infiltration of high-pressure H2S-rich fluid at 2,655 ± 13 Ma (U-Pb xenotime). Gold was deposited during wall rock sulphidation in overlapping vein selvages zoned from deep albite-pyrrhotite (3 g/t Au) to upper muscovite-pyrite assemblages (5 g/t Au bulk grade). Chlorite and fluid inclusion thermometry indicate that this kilometre-scale zonation is due to fluid cooling from 410-440 °C at the base to 350-360 °C at the top of the orebody, while the greenstone terrane remained at 250 °C ambient temperature and at 300 MPa lithostatic pressure. The opened fractures filled with barren quartz and scheelite during the retrograde stage (300 °C) of the hydrothermal event. During fracture sealing, fluid flux was periodically restricted at the lower D3 thrust. Cycles of high and low up-flow, represented by juvenile H2O-CO2 and evolved H2O-CO2-CH4 fluid, respectively, are recorded by the REE and Sr isotope compositions of scheelite oscillatory zones. The temperature gradient measured in the vein stockwork points to a hot (>600 °C) fluid source 2-4 km below the mine workings, and several kilometres above the base of the greenstone belt. Mass balance calculations involving bulk ore indicate enrichment of both felsic (K, Rb, Cs, Li, Ba, W) and mafic elements (Ca, Sr, Mg, Ni, V, Cr, Te), a source signature compatible with the local high-Mg porphyry suite but not with the meta-gabbro host rock. The initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios of the vein scheelites (0.7014-0.7016) are higher than the mantle ratio of the meta-gabbro (0.7009-0.7011) and overlap those of high-Mg monzodiorite intrusions (0.7016-0.7018) emplaced along the Golden Mile Fault at 2,662 ± 6 Ma to 2,658 ± 3 Ma.

  10. Nitrogen Partial Pressure in the Archean Atmosphere From Analysis of Hydrothermal Quartz

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    Marty, B.; Zimmermann, L.; Burgess, R.; Pujol, M.; Philippot, P.

    2012-12-01

    Atmospheric nitrogen constitutes the main pool of one of the major biogenic elements, it may provide a record of the terrestrial magnetic field, and it might have been instrumental to maintain clement temperatures despite a lower energy provided by the ancient Sun. We have investigated the partial pressure of di-nitrogen in the Archean atmosphere by analyzing the ratio between N2 and argon-36 (a primordial, chemically inert noble gas for which there is no reason to suspect abundance variation in the atmosphere through time) in fluid inclusions (FI) trapped in two hydrothermal quartz from the 3.5 Ga-old Dresser formation, North Pole, Pilbara (NE Australia). These samples have different histories of fluid trapping and deposition, and their ages are constrained within 3.0-3.5 Ga from U-Xe, and Ar-Ar dating. FI nitrogen is a mixture between hydrothermal and air-saturated water (ASW) end-members, that can be identified through geochemical correlations between Cl/36Ar, 40Ar/36Ar and N2/36Ar ratios. The ASW component has a N2/36Ar ratio within 30 % of the modern value, implying a N2 partial pressure during the Archean was within 0.6-1 bar. The nitrogen isotopic composition of the ASW end-member is also found similar to the present-day one within 3 permil. Combined with the recent proposal from ancient raindrop imprints that the total atmospheric pressure was 0.5-1.14 bar, this leaves less than 0.7 bar for the pressure of other atmospheric gases including CO2. Thus nitrogen did not play a significant role in the thermal budget of the ancient Earth, and the terrestrial magnetic field was already strong enough at that time to shield the upper atmosphere from interaction with the solar wind, and therefore to prevent atmospheric escape that would have been recorded otherwise in the nitrogen composition. These results also imply that exchanges of nitrogen between the Earth's mantle and the surface were limited, or proceeded at similar rates in both ways from the Archean to Present.

  11. Direct measurement of asperity contact growth in quartz at hydrothermal conditions

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    Beeler, Nicholas M.; Hickman, Stephen H.

    2015-01-01

    Earthquake recurrence requires interseismic fault restrengthening which results from solid state deformation in room-temperature friction and indentation experiments. In contrast exhumed fault zones show solution-transport processes such as pressure solution and contact overgrowths influence fault zone properties . In the absence of fluid flow, overgrowths are driven by gradients in surface curvature where material is dissolved, diffuses, and precipitates at the contact without convergence normal to the contact. To determine the rate of overgrowth for quartz, we conducted single contact experiments in an externally heated pressure vessel. Convergence was continuously monitored using reflected-light interferometry through a long-working-distance microscope. Contact normal force was constant with an initial effective normal stress of 1.7 MPa, temperature was between 350 and 530{degree sign}C, and water pressure was constant at 150 MPa. Two control experiments were conducted: one dry at 425{degree sign}C and one bi-material (sapphire) at 425{degree sign}C and 150 MPa water pressure. No contact growth or convergence was observed in the controls. For wet single-phase contacts, growth was initially rapid and then decreased with time. No convergence was observed. Fluid inclusions indicate that the contact is not uniformly wetted. The contact is bounded by small regions of high aperture, reflecting local free-face dissolution as the source for the overgrowth. The apparent activation energy is ~125 kJ/mol. Extrapolation predicts rates of contact area increase orders of magnitude faster than in dry, room-temperature and hydrothermal friction experiments, suggesting that natural strength recovery near the base of the seismogenic zone could be dominated by contact overgrowth.

  12. Direct measurement of asperity contact growth in quartz at hydrothermal conditions

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    Beeler, N. M.; Hickman, Stephen H.

    2015-05-01

    Earthquake recurrence requires interseismic fault restrengthening which results from solid-state deformation in room temperature friction and indentation experiments. In contrast, exhumed fault zones show solution-transport processes such as pressure solution, and contact overgrowths influence fault zone properties. In the absence of fluid flow, overgrowths are driven by gradients in surface curvature where material is dissolved, diffuses, and precipitates at the contact without convergence normal to the contact. To determine the rate of overgrowth for quartz, we conducted single-contact experiments in an externally heated pressure vessel. Convergence was continuously monitored using reflected light interferometry through a long-working-distance microscope. Contact normal force was constant with an initial effective normal stress of 1.7 MPa, temperature was between 350 and 530°C, and water pressure was constant at 150 MPa. Two control experiments were conducted: one dry at 425°C and one bimaterial (sapphire) at 425°C and 150 MPa water pressure. No contact growth or convergence was observed in the controls. For wet single-phase contacts, growth was initially rapid and then decreased with time. No convergence was observed. Fluid inclusions indicate that the contact is not uniformly wetted. The contact is bounded by small regions of high aperture, reflecting local free-face dissolution as the source for the overgrowth. The apparent activation energy is ~125 kJ/mol. Extrapolation predicts rates of contact area increase orders of magnitude faster than in dry, room temperature and hydrothermal friction experiments, suggesting that natural strength recovery near the base of the seismogenic zone could be dominated by contact overgrowth.

  13. U-Pb-Th geochronology of monazite and zircon in albitite metasomatites of the Rožňava-Nadabula ore field (Western Carpathians, Slovakia): implications for the origin of hydrothermal polymetallic siderite veins

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    Hurai, V.; Paquette, J.-L.; Lexa, O.; Konečný, P.; Dianiška, I.

    2015-10-01

    Sodic metasomatites (albitites) occur around and within siderite veins in the southern part of the Gemeric tectonic unit of the Western Carpathians. Accessory minerals of the metasomatites represented by monazite, zircon, apatite, rutile, tourmaline and siderite are basically identical with the quartz-tourmaline stage of other siderite and stibnite veins of the tectonic unit. Statistical analysis of chemical Th-U(total)-Pb isochron method (CHIME) of monazite dating yielded Jurassic-Cretaceous ages subdivided into 3-4 modes, spreading over time interval between 78 and 185 Ma. In contrast, LA-ICPMS 206Pb/238U dating carried out on the same monazite grains revealed a narrow crystallization interval, showing ages of Th-poor cores with phengite inclusions identical within the error limit with Th-rich rims with cauliflower-like structure. The determined lower intercept at 139 ± 1 Ma overlapped the Vallanginian-Berriasian boundary, thus corroborating the model of formation of hydrothermal vein structures within an arcuate deformation front built up in the Variscan basement as a response to Early Cretaceous compression, folding and thrusting. In contrast, associated zircons are considerably older than the surrounding Early-Palaeozoic volcano-sedimentary rocks, showing Neoproterozoic ages. The zircon grains in albitite metasomatites are thus interpreted as fragments of Pan-African magmatic detritus incorporated in the vein structures by buoyant hydrothermal fluids.

  14. Epidote-group mineral+quartz veins in metatuff: Petrography, chemistry, timing, style and redox implications of fluid-derived minerals in altered arc crust

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    Sorensen, S. S.

    2012-12-01

    In volcanoplutonic arc crust, alteration is fluid-controlled during long histories, yet little understood compared to other fluid-rock settings. The Ritter Range pendant, Sierra Nevada, CA, contains subarial to submarine tuffs erupted and altered in the Jurassic, then metamorphosed and altered by Cretaceous plutonism. Some metatuffs display veining systems dominated by epidote-group minerals [EGM: clinozoisite (Ca2Al3Si3O11(OH2)), pistacite (Ca2Fe3+Al2Si3O11(OH2)), piemontite (Ca2(Mn3+ Fe3+ Al2)AlSi3O11(OH2)) and Mn-rich epidote (pale pink-to-pale green pleochroic); a solid solution of the other end-members). Field relations and petrography track the effects of syn- to slightly post-eruption fluids, and later, pluton-related veining and alteration. Many EGM grains show micro-scale disequilibrium features, for example, oscillatory zoning, resorption, overgrowths, composition changes along former cracks and patchy zoning. Many quartz veins contain EGM in margins, cores, selvages and host rocks, EGM compositions in any of these settings may differ within a few 10s of meters. Early, highly transposed braunite (Mn7SiO12)+/-quartz veins and late, crosscutting, quartz-dominant, EGM-bearing veins reflect distinct fluid-rock processes. A likely protolith for braunite+/-piemontite veins is Mn-nodules (or crusts) inherited from a syn-depositional, low-T submarine alteration system. In contrast, fluid influx during late-stage veining produced both "watermelon" (piemontite cores, pistacite rims) and "reverse watermelon" EGM grains. Other outcrops show disequilibrium between EGM in veins versus host rocks, yielding "green" host rocks with "pink" veins. Additional small-scale veins include: 1) quartz+piemontite fibre veins in piemontite-bearing host rocks; and 2) pistacite-rich, pervasively epidotized or pink- and green-zoned, "brown epidote"-bearing host rocks, cut by quartz veins that contain pink-green epidote +/- piemontite-rich cores or rims. At larger scales, some outcrops show quartz+piemontite veins in piemontite-bearing host rocks, overlain within meters by quartz+pistacite veins in pistacite-bearing host rocks; some EGM alteration is layer-bound. Both SEM and LA-ICP-MS data show that fluids transported minor and trace elements on m-scales: this scale and style of major element mobility yielded assemblages with brilliant colors and complex microstructures within several units of Ritter Range metatuff. Experiments show that at 600oC (a plausible metamorphic T), pistacite forms at fO2 conditions between the HM and NNO buffers, whereas piemontite requires the extreme fO2 conditions of the CuCuO buffer (Liou, 1973; Keskinen and Liou, 1987). Veining of these metatuffs testifies to: 1) unusual protoliths; 2) short-length scale excursions from "fluid-" to "rock-buffered" alteration styles; 3) seafloor-based, syn- to slightly post-eruptive alteration, followed much later by pluton-related, fluid-buffered alteration; and 4) a possible influence of fluid-mediated redox excursions upon mineral stabilities.

  15. Looking at Dauphiné twins in vein quartz from the High-Ardenne slate belt as a potential paleostress indicator

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    Sintubin, M.; Wenk, H.

    2012-12-01

    Paleostress studies commonly call upon (1) a fault slip data inversion technique, (2) a calcite twin stress inversion technique, (3) recrystallized grain size piezometry for quartz, or (4) direct measurements of residual lattice strain. Recent advances in orientation imaging microscopy (OIM) using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) on a scanning electron microscope (SEM) have revealed that Dauphiné twinning is very common in quartz in naturally deformed quartz-bearing rocks, in particular in low-grade tectonometamorphic conditions (~250-450°C) typical for the brittle-plastic transition zone at the base of the seismogenic crust (~7-15km). It has long been known that mechanical Dauphiné twinning in quartz can be stress-induced and thus potentially could be used as a (paleo-)stress indicator. To address this question, we performed an extensive EBSD-OIM analysis on well-studied quartz veins in the High-Ardenne slate belt (Belgium, Germany), which precipitated and deformed in low-grade metamorphic conditions during different stages of the orogeny. The vein quartz studied has only been weakly affected by low to moderate temperature (200 to 400°C) crystal-plastic deformation. The samples show grains with a high concentration of Dauphiné twin boundaries and others free of twin boundaries, thus being untwinned or completely twinned. This pattern depends on the crystallographic orientation. Twin boundaries are arrested by grain or subgrain boundaries, suggesting that Dauphiné twinning occurred on a pre-existing fabric that resulted from crystal-plastic deformation. An analysis of the orientation distribution of the rhombs in the twinned variant domains of individual quartz (sub-)grains reveals a particular preferred orientation of the poles to rhombs. Based on these results we will discuss the potential use of Dauphiné twins in vein quartz as a paleostress indicator, possibly completing our toolbox for reconstructing paleostresses in the deep crust.

  16. Hydrothermal Synthesis of Monodisperse Single-Crystalline Alpha-Quartz Nanospheres

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    Jiang, Xingmao; Jiang, Ying-Bing

    2014-01-01

    Uniformly-sized, single-crystal alpha-quartz nanospheres have been synthesized at 200°C and 15atm under continuous stirring starting from uniform, amorphous Stöber silica colloids and using NaCl and alkali hydroxide as mineralizers. Quartz nanosphere size is controlled by the colloid particle size via direct devitrification. Uniform, high-purity nanocrystalline quartz is important for understanding nanoparticle toxicology and for advanced polishing and nanocomposite fabrication. PMID:21629887

  17. Towards the question of the movement of hydrothermal solutions: The case of the Schlema-Alberoda vein deposit

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    Naumov, G. B.; Vlasov, B. P.; Mironova, O. F.

    2014-09-01

    The paths of the movements of hydrothermal solutions are considered in the case of one of the world's largest uranium vein deposits, the Schlema-Alberoda, which was mined by the Soviet-German corporation Wismut JSC in the second half of the 20th century. Detailed geological exploration to a depth of 2 km was accompanied by specialized research, the results of which have remained practically unpublished due to confidentiality. The data obtained show that the region adjoining the largest fault was draining rather than ore-conducting. This circumstance specifies and supplements the current concept concerning the movement of hydrothermal fluids.

  18. Deformation assisted by fluids in quartz veins of shear zones: an example from Iron Formations of Quadrilátero Ferrífero, Brazil.

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    Barbosa, Paola; Lagoeiro, Leonardo

    2013-04-01

    The evidences of fluid activity in rocks are well recognized. In many cases, the fluid is responsible to remobilize many elements (e.g. Au, Mn, Si) that may be transported over a long distance and precipitated as new minerals in regions of low stress of the rock. In many deformed rocks, the origin of a large number of structures (veins, pressure shadows, dissolved grain boundaries, etc) may be correlated to the fluid activity. However, the fluids are important not only during the crack-and-seal process but also after the sealing ceases. As an example of how the fluids are responsible to rearrange the structure of the rock, we studied many quartz veins of one iron-formation from Brazil. The rocks were collected in Quadrilátero Ferrífero (QF), Brazil, that is one of the most important metalogenetic provinces in the world. It is assumed the existence of a deformational and metamorphic gradient in the rocks of QF, increasing the occurrence of penetrative structures from southwest to northeast. However, the effects of the local shear zones in the deformation pattern of QF may not be neglected. Shear zones are generally recognized as structures that accommodate deformation, eventually with intense fluid percolation. It is indubitable that there is a relationship between the fluid activity and the deformation accommodation in shear zones. So, to investigate how the fluid activity can affect the mechanisms of accommodation of deformation in rocks of shear zones from QF, we characterized the crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) of some quartz vein by EBSD (electron backscattering diffraction). All the samples came from the same outcrop and from the same dextral shear zone, localized in the low-deformation region of QF, under greenschist metamorphic conditions. The samples were oriented according to the XYZ reference system, with X parallel to the foliation and Z normal to the XY plane. The veins are quartz-rich layers parallel to the rock foliation. They do not exhibit any kind of fibrous structures that can indicate a sense of growth of the quartz crystals inside the vein. The less deformed veins are composed of tabular crystals of quartz, with the optical axes oriented sub-parallel to the foliation. Mechanical Dauphiné twinning of quartz may also be observed in the single crystals. On the other hand, the deformed veins are represented by polycrystalline layers of quartz, with two distinct CPOs of c-axes: 1) oblique to the foliation and 2) parallel to the Y axis. We suppose that the veins are the result of a concurrence between transformation, recrystallization and recovery of quartz assisted by fluid activity at low temperature and confining pressure. In the related deformation conditions, slip on basal planes and mechanical twinning are consistent with a strong c-axis CPO of quartz sub-parallel to the foliation, but it is not acceptable to the c-axis CPO around Y. To achieve this distinct crystallographic orientation, it is necessary a slip system on prismatic planes followed by grain boundary migration. At low temperatures, one possible situation to explain the CPO under theses conditions is the progressive deformation assisted by fluid activity. A posterior static recrystallization by discontinuous grain growth of quartz may be responsible for the concentration of the c-axis around the Y, intensifying the CPO.

  19. Application of titanium-in-quartz thermobarometry to greenschist facies veins and recrystallized quartzites in the Hsüehshan range, Taiwan

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    Kidder, S.; Avouac, J.-P.; Chan, Y.-C.

    2012-06-01

    The accuracy, reliability and best practices of Ti-in-quartz thermobarometry ("TitaniQ") in greenschist facies rocks have not been established. To address these issues we measured Ti concentrations in rutile-bearing samples of moderately deformed, partially recrystallized quartzite and vein quartz from Taiwan's Hsüehshan range. The spread of Ti concentrations of recrystallized grains in quartzite correlates with recrystallized grain size. Recrystallized quartz (grain size ~300 μm) that formed during early deformation within the biotite stability field shows a marked increase in intermediate Ti-concentration grains (~1-10 ppm) relative to detrital porphyroclasts (Ti ~0.1-200 ppm). Fine recrystallized quartz (~5% of the samples by area, grain size ~10-20 μm) has a further restricted Ti concentration peaking at 0.8-2 ppm. This trend suggests equilibration of Ti in recrystallized quartz with a matrix phase during deformation and cooling. Vein emplacement and quartzite recrystallization are independently shown to have occurred at 250-350 °C and 300-410 °C respectively, lithostatic pressure ~5 kbar, and hydrostatic fluid pressure. Estimates of the accuracy of TitaniQ at these conditions depend on whether lithostatic or fluid pressure is used in the TitaniQ calibration. Using lithostatic pressure, Ti concentrations predicted by the Thomas et al. (2010) TitaniQ calibration are within error of Ti concentrations measured by SIMS. If fluid pressure is used, predicted temperatures are ~30-40 °C too low. TitaniQ has potential to yield accurate PT information for vein emplacement and dynamic recrystallization of quartz at temperatures as low as ~250 °C, however clarification of the relevant pressure term and further tests in rutile-present rocks are warranted.

  20. Orthogonal fracture formation in the South Wales coalfield: implications from a field study and fluid overpressure of quartz veins

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    Fukunari, Tetsuzo; Gudmundsson, Agust

    2014-05-01

    Orthogonal fractures can easily make networks in geological formations and are of great importance for permeability and fluid transport in subsurface reservoirs. Despite many studies focusing on the formation of orthogonal fractures, no clear and generally accepted model has been established as yet although their formation is widely believed to occur during crustal uplift or exhumation. Here we provide new insights into their mechanism of formation based on the results of a fieldwork and analytical study of orthogonal fractures and quartz veins in alternating sand-shale layers in the South Wales coalfield, which is one of foreland basins developed in relation with north-south compression of the Variscan Orogeny. More than 3,000 fractures were measured at various localities extending from southern end to northern end of the basin. Most of the fractures in the sandstone layers, are extension fractures (mode I cracks), and become arrested at contacts with shale layers. The fractures strike north-south and east-west. Some fractures are filled with shale, probably supplied from adjacent shale layers, suggesting the shale behaved as semi-ductile material at the time of fracture formation. A remarkable observation is that most of the fractures are perpendicular to bedding planes throughout the basin. This is despite the fact that the beds are strongly folded as a result of the Variscan Orogeny. The perpendicular attitude suggests that the fracture formation somewhat predates or coincides with that of folding. This implies that the orthogonal fractures in this area did not form during crustal uplift/exhumation but rather during basin growth at the time of regional north-south convergence and associated compression of the Variscan Orogeny. By using aspect (length/thickness) ratios of quartz veins of the same geometry as the orthogonal fractures, fluid overpressure (driving pressure) at the time of fracture formation is estimated at around 33 MPa for fractures striking north-south and 18 MPa for those striking east-west. Although the thick Dinantian Carbonates immediately underlie the sandstones of the Coal Measure Group, carbonate minerals are absent in the veins, suggesting that the main driving stress for fracture formation may not have been buoyancy related to a deeper fluid source in the underlying carbonates but rather local stress concentrations, resulting in differential stresses, in the sandstones. These conditions imply that both north-south and east-west extensional stress fields were induced in the sandstones during the basin growth under the regional north-south compression. The process responsible for the north-south extension within the sandstones is, at this stage, not entirely clear. One possibility is that cyclic stress and strain concentration in thrust zones could induce tensile stresses during stress relaxation of syn- and post-slip period of major thrusts. Viscous behaviour of the shale in the study area may have generated the north-south tensile stress fields in the sandstones that resulted in fracture formation.

  1. Hydrothermal Quartz Oxygen Isotope Ratios in Altered Post-Collapse Rhyolite at Sevenmile Hole, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park, WY

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    Phillips, A. R.; Larson, P. B.; John, D. A.; Pauley, B. M.

    2008-12-01

    The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, displays regions of pervasively hydrothermally altered rock formed in the shallow, epithermal portions of a hydrothermal system. Hydrothermal fluid circulation causing the alteration is driven by magmatism related to the Yellowstone Caldera thermal anomaly. The protolith, the Tuff of Sulfur Creek, is a 480 ka high silica, low δ18O rhyolitic tuff that erupted after the Yellowstone caldera collapse at 640 ka. Incision of the canyon has exposed 350 vertical meters in the Sevenmile Hole vicinity. Hydrothermal mineralogy determined by standard XRD powder techniques and PIMA on over 90 samples shows both vertical and lateral variation. A vertical transition occurs from kaolinite at depths less than about 100 meters below the present day canyon rim, to illite in deeper exposures. This transition may correspond to a temperature of 150°C, based on a similar transition in the active Yellowstone hydrothermal system. A lateral variation of mineral assemblages in the altered tuff suggests temperatures that may range up to 330°C. Alteration was most likely caused by a liquid due to the presence of pyrite throughout. Local zones of suspected hydrothermal fluid upwelling correspond to the most intense silicification and highest temperature mineral assemblages. This alteration includes quartz + illite ± hyalophane, slawsonite, and buddingtonite. At similar depths outside inferred fluid upwelling zones, lower temperature assemblages are quartz + illite/smectite ± alunite and buddingtonite. At shallow depths, the lowest temperatures are suggested by the presence of quartz + kaolinite ± alunite and opal. Dickite, a kaolinite polymorph, may indicate locally higher temperatures in the shallow kaolinite zones. Oxygen isotope ratios of silica phases were measured for approximately 50 samples using laser fluorination techniques with an error of ±0.2‰. Hydrothermal quartz displays δ18O signatures more negative (ranging from -5.1 to -0.7 ‰) than quartz phenocrysts in the unaltered tuff (typically 1.7 ‰). Relict quartz phenocrysts in altered tuff have an average value of 0.5 ‰ (n=23, σ=0.7), suggesting minimal oxygen exchange with the hydrothermal fluid. Paragenetically later prismatic vug-filling quartz yielded the lowest average values of -4.5 ‰ (n=5, σ=0.4) while earlier massive quartz in the same vugs range up to -1.0 ‰. The variation shows that the fluid ratio and/or temperature evolved as the vug crystallized inward. Matrix silicification produced quartz δ18O values averaging -4.1 ‰ (n=11, σ =0.8). The low hydrothermal silica signatures suggest that they formed in equilibrium with a fluid that was dominantly meteoric water. There is obvious disequilibrium between open space filling hydrothermal quartz and matrix silicification that may be due to the timing of interaction with circulating waters, progressing water-rock ratios, and/or variable temperatures of alteration. Higher temperature mineral assemblages appear to correspond laterally with the more negative quartz δ18O values. Water-rock interaction was likely greater in these areas and they may mark the location of intense hydrothermal fluid upflow and/or higher temperatures.

  2. Orientation of tectonic stresses in central Kentucky during U. Devonian/L. Mississippian times: Evidence from quartz veins (after gypsum) in NE-trending, systematic joints in shales

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    Grover, J.; Dupuis-Nouille, E.M. . Dept. of Geology)

    1992-01-01

    Quartz replacing fibrous gypsum and anhydrite pseudomorphically (QAS; quartz after sulfate''), and preserving characteristic crack-seal'' and chickenwire'' textures, occurs in extensional veins at four locations in central KY. The veins occupy a systematic set of NE-SW-trending, vertical joints within the essentially flat-lying shales of the Renfro Member of the Mississippian Borden Formation and the Late Devonian New Albany Shale. The four QAS occurrences discovered to date are located northeast of the Borden Front. At one site in the New Albany Shale, QAS veins show clear evidence of penecontemporaneous deformation. It is proposed that at all QAS locations, gypsum precipitated in incipient joints before complete lithification of the sediment, and grew perpendicular to the fractures to form extensional veins in the soft but firm muds. The orientations of the joints now marked by QAS veins are broadly consistent with regional patterns of NE-SW-trending systematic joints and lineaments in southern IN and in central and eastern KY. These systematic fracture patterns do not correspond directly to known basement faults or rift systems, although they are consistent with modern stress directions in eastern and western KY, measured in situ in wells and by earthquake fault-plane solutions. It is proposed that this systematic trend marks the regional tectonic stress pattern characteristic of southern IN and central and eastern KY at, and since the Late Devonian. The evidence of penecontemporaneous sedimentary deformation in joints of U. Devonian age, marked and preserved by quartz replacement of early gypsum, is sufficient to show that while the systematic NE-trending joint set in KY may also be modern it is not uniquely so.

  3. A new LA-ICP-MS method for Ti-in-Quartz: Implications and application to HP rutile-quartz veins from the Czech Erzgebirge

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    Cruz-Uribe, A. M.; Mertz-Kraus, R.; Zack, T.; Feineman, M. D.; Woods, G.

    2014-12-01

    Experimental determination of the pressure and temperature controls on Ti solubility in quartz provide a calibration of the Ti-in-quartz (TitaniQ) geothermometer applicable to geologic conditions up to ~20 kbar (Thomas et al. (2010) Contrib Mineral Petrol 160, 743-759). One of the greatest limitations to analyzing Ti in metamorphic quartz by laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) is the lack of a suitable matrix-matched reference material. Typically LA-ICP-MS analyses of Ti in minerals use 49Ti as a normalizing mass because of an isobaric interference from 48Ca, which is present in most well characterized reference glasses, on 48Ti. The benefit of using a matrix-matched reference material to analyze Ti in quartz is the opportunity to use 48Ti (73.8 % abundance) as a normalizing mass, which results in an order of magnitude increase in signal strength compared to the less abundant isotope 49Ti (5.5 % abundance), thereby increasing the analytical precision. Here we characterize Ti-bearing SiO2 glasses from Heraeus Quarzglas and natural quartz grains from the Bishop Tuff by cathodoluminescence (CL) imaging, electron probe microanalysis (EPMA), and LA-ICP-MS, in order to determine their viability as reference materials for Ti in quartz. Titanium contents in low-CL rims in the Bishop Tuff quartz grains were determined to be homogenous by EPMA (41 ± 2 µg/g Ti, 2σ), and are a potential natural reference material. We present a new method for determining 48Ti concentrations in quartz by LA-ICP-MS at the 1 µg/g level, relevant to quartz in HP-LT terranes. We suggest that natural quartz such as the homogeneous low-CL rims of the Bishop Tuff quartz are more suitable than NIST reference glasses as an in-house reference material for low Ti concentrations because matrix effects are limited and Ca isobaric interferences are avoided, thus allowing for the use of 48Ti as a normalizing mass. Titanium concentration from 33 analyses of low-temperature quartz from the Czech Erzgebirge is 0.9 ± 0.2 µg/g (2σ) using 48Ti as a normalizing mass and the Bishop Tuff quartz rims as a reference material. The 2σ average analytical uncertainty for analyses of 48Ti is 8 % for 50 µm spots and 7 % for 100 µm spots, which offers much greater precision than the 35 % uncertainty (2σ) incurred from using 49Ti as a normalizing mass.

  4. Multistage deformation of Au-quartz veins (Laurieras, French Massif Central): evidence for late gold introduction from microstructural, isotopic and fluid inclusion studies

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    Essarraj, S.; Boiron, M.-C.; Cathelineau, M.; Fourcade, S.

    2001-07-01

    The relative chronology of fluid migration, quartz and Au-deposition in a silicified fault from the main Au-district (Laurieras, St Yrieix district) from northern French Massif Central has been determined from microstructural, fluid inclusion, isotopic and ore mineral evidences. Three main stages of fluid circulation, microfracturing and quartz crystallization, and ore deposition were distinguished on the basis of textural relationships and the pressure, temperature and composition of the palaeo-fluids: (1) a series of early fluid events was responsible for the localized drainage of retrograde metamorphic fluids along the main fault and the subsequent sealing by milky and microcrystalline quartz preceeded the main Au-ore stages. Early fluids were aqueous-carbonic, trapped under lithostatic to sublithostatic pressures at temperatures in the range 350-500C. Subsequently, several types of microstructures were developed in the early quartz matrix. (2) NS microfractures filled by clear quartz, arsenopyrite and boulangerite (I) contain significant refractory gold concentrations. Clear quartz formed from aqueous-carbonic fluids of lower densities than those of the earlier fluids. Significant pressure drops, down to pressures around 55 MPa were responsible for a local immiscibility of the aqueous-carbonic fluids at temperatures of 34020C. (3) The main ore stage is characterized by the formation of dense sets of sub-vertical (EW) microfractures, healed fluid inclusion planes in quartz, and filled by ore minerals (native gold, galena and boulangerite II) when they crosscut earlier sulfides. The fluids are aqueous with low and decreasing salinity, and probable trapping temperatures around 230C. Isotopic data, obtained on microfissured quartz, indicate these dilute aqueous fluids may be considered as meteoric waters that deeply infiltrated the crust. Late microfissuring of a mesothermal quartz vein, originally barren (only with pyrite and arsenopyrite), appears to be the main factor controlling gold enrichment. It can be related to late Hercynian deformational stages, disconnected from the early fault formation and silicification. These late stages which affected the Hercynian basement during its uplift, are of critical importance for the formation of Au-ores. We concluded that this type of Au-ore formed under rather shallow conditions, is distinct from those generally described in most mesothermal Au-veins.

  5. Application of titanium-in-quartz thermobarometry to greenschist facies veins and recrystallized quartzites in the Hsüehshan range, Taiwan

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    Kidder, S.; Avouac, J.-P.; Chan, Y.-C.

    2013-01-01

    The accuracy, reliability and best practises of Ti-in-quartz thermobarometry (TitaniQ) in greenschist facies rocks have not been established. To address these issues, we measured Ti concentrations in rutile-bearing samples of moderately deformed, partially recrystallized quartzite and vein quartz from the Hsüehshan range, Taiwan. The spread of Ti concentrations of recrystallized grains in quartzite correlates with recrystallized grain size. Recrystallized quartz (grain size ~100-200 μm) that formed during early deformation within the biotite stability field shows a marked increase in intermediate Ti-concentration grains (~1-10 ppm) relative to detrital porphyroclasts (Ti ~0.1-200 ppm). Fine recrystallized quartz (~5% of the samples by area, grain size ~10-20 μm) has a further restricted Ti concentration peaking at 0.8-2 ppm. This trend suggests equilibration of Ti in recrystallized quartz with a matrix phase during deformation and cooling. Unlike previously documented examples, Ti concentration in the quartzite is inversely correlated with blue cathodoluminescence. Deformation was associated with a minimum grain boundary diffusivity of Ti on the order of 10-22m2 s-1. Vein emplacement and quartzite recrystallization are independently shown to have occurred at 250-350 °C and 300-410 °C, respectively, with lithostatic pressure of 3-4 kbar (assuming a geothermal gradient of 25° km-1), and with hydrostatic fluid pressure. Estimates of the accuracy of TitaniQ at these conditions depend on whether lithostatic or fluid pressure is used in the TitaniQ calibration. Using lithostatic pressure and these temperatures, the Thomas et al. (2010) calibration yields Ti concentrations within error of concentrations measured by SIMS. If fluid pressure is instead used, predicted temperatures are ~30-40 °C too low. TitaniQ has potential to yield accurate PT information for vein emplacement and dynamic recrystallization of quartz at temperatures as low as ~250 °C, however clarification of the relevant pressure term and further tests in rutile-present rocks are warranted.

  6. From evaporated seawater to uranium-mineralizing brines: Isotopic and trace element study of quartz-dolomite veins in the Athabasca system

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    Richard, Antonin; Boulvais, Philippe; Mercadier, Julien; Boiron, Marie-Christine; Cathelineau, Michel; Cuney, Michel; France-Lanord, Christian

    2013-07-01

    Stable isotope (O, H, C), radiogenic isotope (Sr, Nd) and trace element analyses have been applied to quartz-dolomite veins and their uranium(U)-bearing fluid inclusions associated with Proterozoic unconformity-related UO2 (uraninite) ores in the Athabasca Basin (Canada) in order to trace the evolution of pristine evaporated seawater towards U-mineralizing brines during their migration through sediments and basement rocks. Fluid inclusion data show that quartz and dolomite have precipitated from brines of comparable chemistry (excepted for relatively small amounts of CO2 found in dolomite-hosted fluid inclusions). However, ?18O values of quartz veins (?18O = 11 to 18) and dolomite veins (?18O = 13 to 24) clearly indicate isotopic disequilibrium between quartz and dolomite. Hence, it is inferred that this isotopic disequilibrium primarily reflects a decrease in temperature between the quartz stage (180 C) and the dolomite stage (120 C). The ?13C values of CO2 dissolved in dolomite-hosted fluid inclusions (?13C = -30 to -4) and the ?13C values of dolomite (?13C = -23.5 to -3.5) indicate that the CO2 dissolved in the mineralizing brines originated from brine-graphite interactions in the basement. The resulting slight increase in the fluid partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) may have triggered dolomite precipitation instead of quartz. ?18O values of quartz veins and previously published ?18O values of the main alteration minerals around the U-ores (illite, chlorite and tourmaline) show that quartz and alteration minerals were isotopically equilibrated with the same fluid at 180 C. The REE concentrations in dolomite produce PAAS-normalized patterns that show some similarities with that of UO2 and are clearly distinct from that of the other main REE-bearing minerals in these environments (monazite, zircon and aluminum phosphate-sulfate (APS) minerals). The radiogenic isotope compositions of dolomite (87Sr/86Sri = 0.7053 to 0.7161 and ?Nd(t) = -8.8 to -20.3) differ from one deposit to another, reflecting both heterogeneity in the basement geology and variable preservation of the original composition of brines. The previously published 87Sr/86Sri and ?Nd(t) values of UO2 compare with the most evolved dolomites, i.e. dolomites precipitated from brines that exchanged the most with the basement. This reinforces a close genetic link between dolomites and UO2 deposition and implies that UO2 deposition occurred in a cooling system during the transition from quartz to dolomite formation. The ?18O and ?D values of the mineralizing brines (?18O = -1 to 8 and ?D = -150 to -50) are considerably shifted from that of their theoretical original values acquired during evaporation of seawater (?18O = -3 and ?D = -40). The positive ?18O shift is explained by protracted fluid-rock interaction within the basin and basement rocks. The negative ?D shift is attributed to incomplete mixing between the U-mineralizing brines and low ?D water. This low ?D water was likely produced during the abiogenic synthesis of bitumen by Fisher-Tropsch-like reactions involving CO2 derived from brine-graphite interaction in the basement, and radiolytic H2. The resulting low ?D brines have been equilibrated with alteration minerals. This may explain why some alteration minerals yield anomalously low ?D values whose significance has long been debated.

  7. Huebnerite veins near Round Mountain, Nye County, Nevada

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    Shawe, D.R.; Foord, E.E.; Conklin, N.M.

    1984-01-01

    Small huebnerite-bearing quartz veins occur in and near Cretaceous (about 95 m.y. old) granite east and south of Round Mountain. The veins are short, lenticular, and strike mostly northeast and northwest in several narrow east-trending belts. The quartz veins were formed about 80 m.y. ago near the end of an episode of doming and metamorphism of the granite and emplacement of aplite and pegmatite dikes in and near the granite. An initial hydrothermal stage involved deposition of muscovite, quartz, huebnerite, fluorite, and barite in the veins. Veins were then sheared, broken, and recrystallized. A second hydrothermal stage, possibly associated with emplacement of a rhyolite dike swarm and granodiorite stock about 35 m.y. ago, saw deposition of more muscovite, quartz, fluorite, and barite, and addition of scheelite, tetrahedrite-tennantite, several sulfide minerals, and chalcedony. Finally, as a result of near-surface weathering, secondary sulfide and numerous oxide, tungstate, carbonate, sulfate, phosphate, and silicate minerals formed in the veins. Depth of burial at the time of formation of the veins, based on geologic reconstruction, was about 3-3.5 km. The initial hydrothermal stage ended with deposition of quartz at a temperature of about 210/sup 0/C and pressures of about 240 to 280 bars from fluids with salinity of about 5 wt % sodium chloride. Fluorite then was deposited at about 250/sup 0/ to 280/sup 0/C from solutions of similar salinity and containing a small amount of carbon dioxide. During shearing that followed initial mineralization, quartz was recrystallized at a temperature of 270/sup 0/ to 290/sup 0/C and in association with fluids of about 5 wt % sodium chloride equivalent and containing carbon dioxide. Late-stage fluorite was deposited from fluids with similar salinity but devoid of carbon dioxide at a temperature of about 210/sup 0/C. 76 refs., 38 figs., 8 tabs.

  8. An X-ray excited optical luminescence study of a zoned quartz crystal from an emerald-bearing quartz vein, Hiddenite, North Carolina, USA

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    Jürgensen, Astrid; Anderson, Alan J.; Sham, Tsun-Kong

    2009-04-01

    The optical luminescence excited with synchrotron radiation along a preferential orientation of a quartz crystal has been investigated. It is found that the crystal is composed of two distinct regions, only one of which luminesces upon X-ray excitation. This luminescence is generally uniform and exhibits emission bands in the blue (470 nm with a shoulder at 522 nm) and in the UV (340 nm) regions of the spectrum. The branching ratio for the intensity of these bands is sensitive to the excitation energy across the Si K-edge. XANES spectra collected by partial luminescence yield (PLY) suggest that both emission bands originate from the de-excitation of Si atoms in the quartz. The possible defect sites within the crystal structure that could account for the observed luminescence are investigated and discussed. Additional experiments are proposed to verify this assignment of the optical emission bands.

  9. Formation of parting in quartz

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    Jørgen Kjøll, Hans; Eske Sørensen, Bjørn

    2014-05-01

    This paper presents hydrothermal quartz with macroscopic planar parting from the Mesoproterozoic Modum complex in southern Norway. Similar macroscopic parting in hydrothermal quartz with macroscopic planar structures has only been described from two localities in the world; Madagascar (Flörke et al., 1981) and Southern California (Murdoch et al., 1938). The study area consists of well foliated and banded sillimanite- garnet- amphibolite- mica gneiss that is cut at high angle by hydrothermal veins containing albite, chlinoclore, hornblende, hydroxyl apatite and quartz. The rim of the veins is generally made up of almost pure end-member euhedral albite. Then there is vugs with euhedral hornblende (10-25cm long) and euhedral hydroxyl apatite with size ranging from mm scale to several cm. Some places the quartz encloses apatite and hornblende. The quartz is anhedral, inequigranular with undulose extinction bordering sub grain rotation. It has large planar penetrative parting faces with pearly luster; however this is not consistent throughout the outcrop and some places the penetrative faces disappears and the quartz has a conchoidal fracture. The planar faces continue throughout the specimens with a few mm spacing. Thin sections oriented perpendicular to the most pronounced planar structure show lamellas that extinguishes at small angles (2 degrees) to each other. EBSD mapping of the planar faces shows two orientations {0-111} and {1-101}, corresponding to the r- and z-faces respectively, separated by irregular boundaries. The misorientation between these two crystallographic orientations on the parting is a 60 degree rotation on [0 0 1] in correspondence to the dauphiné twin law. Investigations conducted on thin sections cut orthogonal to the parting shows that the parting cuts and offsets the dauphiné twins, indicating a late genesis of the parting. However some internal stress induced movement of the twins are visible. SEM-CL documents three generations of quartz and two, possibly three, planar structures; two evident, one more obscure. The most prominent of the three appears to cut across the recrystallization, offsetting the recrystallization textures with varying distances. We propose a very late formation of the parting due to its crosscutting relationship with all features, such as recrystallized quartz, secondary fluid inclusion trails and twins. The parting develops in crystals that are optimally oriented with respect to σ1 in a fast, low temperature deformation event.

  10. Partitioning and Leaching Behavior of Actinides and Rare Earth Elements in a Zirconolite- Bearing Hydrothermal Vein System

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    Payne, Timothy E.; Hart, Kaye P.; Lumpkin, Gregory R.; McGlinn, Peter J.; Giere, Reto

    2007-07-01

    Chemical extraction techniques and scanning electron microscopy were used to study the distribution and behavior of actinides and rare earth elements (REE) in hydrothermal veins at Adamello (Italy). The six samples discussed in this paper were from the phlogopite zone, which is one of the major vein zones. The samples were similar in their bulk chemical composition, mineralogy, and leaching behavior of major elements (determined by extraction with 9 M HCl). However, there were major differences in the extractability of REE and actinides. The most significant influence on the leaching characteristics appears to be the amounts of U, Th and REE incorporated in resistant host phases (zirconolite and titanite) rather than readily leached phases (such as apatite). Uranium and Th are very highly enriched in zirconolite grains. Actinides were more readily leached from samples with a higher content of U and Th, relative to the amount of zirconium. The results show that REE and actinides present in chemically resistant host minerals can be retained under aggressive leaching conditions. (authors)

  11. Effects of quartz particle size and water-to-solid ratio on hydrothermal synthesis of tobermorite studied by in-situ time-resolved X-ray diffraction

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    Kikuma, J.; Tsunashima, M.; Ishikawa, T.; Matsuno, S.; Ogawa, A.; Matsui, K.; Sato, M.

    2011-08-15

    Hydrothermal synthesis process of tobermorite (5CaO.6SiO{sub 2}.5H{sub 2}O) has been investigated by in-situ X-ray diffraction using high-energy X-rays from a synchrotron radiation source in combination with a purpose-build autoclave cell. Dissolution rates of quartz were largely affected by its particle size distribution in the starting mixtures. However, the composition (Ca/Si) of non-crystalline C-S-H at the start of tobermorite formation was identical regardless of the quartz dissolution rate. An effect of water-to-solid ratio (w/s) was investigated for samples using fine particle quartz. Tobermorite did not occur with w/s of 1.7 but occurred with w/s higher than 3.0. Surprisingly, however, the dissolution curves of quartz were nearly identical for all samples with w/s from 1.7 to 9, indicating that the dissolution rate is predominated by surface area. Possible reaction mechanism for tobermorite formation will be discussed in terms of Ca and/or silicate ion concentration in the liquid phase and distribution of Ca/Si in non-crystalline C-S-H. - Graphical abstract: Time-resolved XRD data set was obtained at up to 190 deg. C under a saturated steam pressure. Tobermorite (5CaO.6SiO{sub 2}.5H{sub 2}O) formation reaction was investigated in detail for several different starting materials. Highlights: > Hydrothermal formation of tobermorite was monitored by in-situ XRD. > Ca/Si of C-S-H at the start time of tobermorite formation was determined. > The Ca/Si value was identical regardless of the quartz particle size in the starting mixture.

  12. Zonation of primary haloes of Atud auriferous quartz vein deposit, Central Eastern Desert of Egypt: A potential exploration model targeting for hidden mesothermal gold deposits

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    Harraz, Hassan Z.; Hamdy, Mohamed M.

    2015-01-01

    The Atud gold mine located in the Neoproterozoic diorite and metagabbro of the Central Eastern Desert of Egypt has been initially excavated during Pharaonic times. Between 1953 and 1969, the Egyptian Geological Survey and Mining Authority performed underground prospection in the auriferous quartz vein and metasomatic alteration zones in the main Atud area, estimating a principal gold lode of 19,000 tones (16.28 g/ton), and 1600 tons of damp (1.24 g/ton). Yet the potentiality of the deposit has not been exhausted. However, for exploration of hidden ore, quantitative characterization using trace elements zoning of mineralization haloes with 280 samples from surface and three underground mining levels is applied. This was through multivariate statistical analysis (Factor analysis) of 11 selected trace elements. Axial (vertical) extents of primary haloes above and beneath gently dipping orebody are also visualized to interpret the level of erosion, determine the direction of mineralizing solutions as well as to examine whether the hidden orebody is promising at the Atud mine. Axial zones of primary dispersion aureoles of trace elements are: Ag, As, S and U around the auriferous quartz veins; Cu, and Pb in the surface horizons; and Zn, Ni, Co, and U along the lower margin of mineralization zone. Gold contents in bedrock and quartz vein samples from level-42M are the highest (5.7 and 40.3 ppm, respectively). In the transverse (lateral) direction, the maximum relative accumulation of Au and Zn occurs at the Northern Shaft; Pb, Cu, As, and U at the Main Shaft; and Ag, S, Co, and Ni at the Southern Shaft. The estimated axial zonation sequence of indicator elements using the variability index is Pb → Cu → Ag → Au → As → S → Ni → Co → U → Zn. According to this zonation, an index such as (Pb × Cu)D/(U × Zn)D can be a significant for predicting the Au potentiality at a particular depth. In addition, the Pb/U zonality index is an appropriate indicator for the degree of erosion at the Atud gold mine. The degree of surficial zonality of the mineralization as deduced from geochemical maps and the level of erosion of the geochemical anomalies as well as the decreasing of gold content with depth recorded throughout the different underground mine workings make it necessary for the prospection model to evaluate the drainage patterns dissecting the mineralized zone. The application of R-mode factor analysis estimated seven statistical factors, and factor score maps are portrayed. Factors 1 (Ag, Au, As, Co, S, U and Zn) and 2 (Zn, U, Co and S) significantly reflect the Au-mineralization (ore-controlled), and their score maps enable a more precise delineation of auriferous quartz veins and the area which may contain primary gold mineralization. The other factors reveal the distribution of Cu- and Pb-bearing minerals (supergene alteration factors), and Ba and Ni in the host diorite (lithologically-controlled). These are consistent with the calculated maximum relative accumulation of trace elements, proposing a potential model of exploration based on integrating underground geochemical data from old gold mine workings with spatial information from R-mode factor score maps.

  13. Features of ore formation in the gold-quartz Sovinoye deposit (Northern Chukotka)

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    Kolova, E. E.; Volkov, A. V.; Prokof'ev, V. Yu.; Sidorov, A. A.

    2014-12-01

    The results of studying fluid inclusions in the quartz of ore body no. 6 from the Sovinoye deposit developed by the underground mine workings at a depth of 80 m from the surface are considered. The investigations showed that the ore in the Sovinoye deposit was formed at average temperatures during several stages from weakly concentrated hydrotherms saturated with Na, Cl, Mg, and Fe ions. Such ore-forming conditions are typical of mezothermal gold-quartz veined deposits in the terrigeneous quartz-carbonate strata. The results of FI study by modern methods do not contradict the previously offered metamorphogenic-magmatogenic model of ore formation for the Sovinoye deposit.

  14. The Laramide Caborca orogenic gold belt of northwestern Sonora, Mexico; white mica 40Ar/39Ar geochronology from gold-rich quartz veins

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    Izaguirre, Aldo; Kunk, Michael J.; Iriondo, Alexander; McAleer, Ryan; Caballero-Martinez, Juan Antonio; Espinosa-Arámburu, Enrique

    2016-01-01

    The COGB is approximately 600 kilometers long and 60 to 80 km wide, trends northwest, and extends from west-central Sonora to southern Arizona and California. The COGB contains mineralized gold-rich quartz veins that contain free gold associated with white mica (sericite), carbonate minerals (calcite and ankerite), and sulfides such as pyrite and galena. Limited geochronologic studies exist for parts of the COGB, and previous work was concentrated in mining districts. These previous studies recorded mineralization ages of approximately 70 to 40 Ma. Therefore, some workers proposed that the orogenic gold mineralization in the region occurred during a single pulse that was associated with the Laramide Orogeny that took place during the Cretaceous to early Eocene in the western margin of North America. However, the geochronologic dataset was quite limited, making any regional interpretations tenuous. Accordingly, one of the objectives of this geochronology study was to get a better representative sampling of the COGB in order to obtain a more complete record of the mineralization history. The 63 samples presented in this work are broadly distributed throughout the area of the COGB and allow us to better test the hypothesis that mineralization occurred in a single pulse.

  15. Distribution of fluid inclusions in igneous quartz of the Capitan pluton, New Mexico, USA

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    Ratajeski, Kent; Campbell, Andrew R.

    1994-02-01

    Fluid inclusions in granites have been used extensively in studies of magmatic-hydrothermal processes, but few studies have documented the distribution of secondary fluid inclusions within the nonmineralized main body of an intrusion. Previous work on fluid inclusions in Th-U-REE quartz/ fluorite vein deposits in the Capitan pluton suggests that these veins resulted from high-temperature, high-salinity, magmatic fluids in fractured and brecciated zones in the cooled outer carapace of the pluton. Petrographic examination of phenocryst quartz in forty-four thin sections of granite from the Capitan pluton reveals that these same fluids are found in secondary fluid inclusions. Fluid inclusions with daughter minerals commonly occur in the outer granophyre and aplite zones, but are usually absent in the porphyritic core. Microthermometric data and calculated salinities from fifty-eight fluid inclusions in phenocryst quartz and thirty-one fluid inclusions in miarolitic quartz (both samples taken from the granophyre zone) also correlate fairly well with the data from the Th-U-REE quartz/fluorite vein deposits, and similar types of fluid inclusions are found in all three occurrences of quartz. A major difference, however, is that vapor-rich inclusions, abundant as secondary inclusions in igneous phenocryst quartz, are extremely scarce in the vein quartz. Liquid-vapor homogenization temperatures of high-salinity inclusions in phenocryst quartz range from 204-509°C with an average of 384°C. Halite dissolution temperatures of high salinity inclusions range from 442-583°C with an average of 525°C. Total homogenization temperatures are not as well documented due to decrepitation of many of the high salinity inclusions before total homogenization. Samples of miarolitic quartz appear to contain more low-salinity fluid inclusions than the phenocryst quartz, but high-salinity inclusions are present as well. These observations suggest that the magmatic-hydrothermal fluids responsible for vein mineralization were not only concentrated in the vein systems, but were also widely dispersed within the outer portions of the pluton. Furthermore, the greater abundance of fluid inclusions in the outer textural zones of the pluton suggests that the interior of the pluton had not yet fully crystallized when these fluids exsolved from the magma.

  16. Lazulite and Ba, Sr, Ca, K-rich phosphates-sulphates in quartz veins from metaquartzites of Tribeč Mountains, Western Carpathians, Slovakia: Compositional variations and evolution

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    Uher, Pavel; Mikuš, Tomáš; Milovský, Rastislav; Biroň, Adrian; Spišiak, Ján; Lipka, Jozef; Jahn, Ján

    2009-10-01

    The phosphate-sulphate mineralization occurs in quartz veins in Lower Triassic metaquartzites of the Tribeč Mts., Central Western Carpathians, Slovakia. The mineralization comprises of lazulite, Ba, Sr, Ca, K-rich phosphates-sulphates and barite in an association with muscovite, hematite, locally rutile, zircon, chlorite and tourmaline. The most widespread lazulite forms up to 10 cm large pale to deep blue aggregates in massive quartz. Electron-microprobe analyses show a relatively uniform composition with Mg/(Mg + Fe) =0.85 to 0.93. The Mössbauer spectroscopy reveals 11-30% Fe 3+/Fe total. Possible primary goedkenite-bearthite binary s.s. shows the highest known Sr contents worldwide: Sr/(Sr + Ca) = 0.67-0.71; Mg, Ba and REE contents are negligible. The lazulite is replaced by a secondary association of Ba, Sr, Ca, K-rich phosphates-sulphates: gorceixite, rarely goyazite, crandallite, svanbergite, jarosite and a rare phase, close to (Ba,K,Sr)(Fe 3+,Al) 3[(OH,H 2O) 6(PO 4)(SO 4)] composition (Ba,Fe,S,P-phase). Gorceixite exhibits more restricted compositional variations between gorceixite-goyazite and gorceixite-crandallite s.s.: Ba/(Ba + Sr) = 0.73-0.99, Ba/(Ba + Ca) = 0.78-0.99 and (P - 1)/[(P - 1) + S] = 0.84-0.99. On the contrary, the secondary Sr, Ca-dominant phosphates-sulphates of the crandallite and beudantite groups show wide compositional variations and complex quarternary solid-solution series between goyazite-crandallite and svanbergite-woodhouseite with Sr/(Sr + Ca) = 0.16 to 0.99 and (P - 1)/[(P - 1) + S] = 0.07 to 0.97. The K, Ba-dominant phosphates-sulphates of the alunite and beudantite groups occur along jarosite-Ba,Fe,S,P-phase s.s. line with Ba/(Ba + K) = 0.07 to 0.56, Fe/(Fe + Al) = 0.55 to 0.99, P/(P + S) = 0.14 to 0.57 and elevated Sr and Ca (up to 0.24 and 0.12 apfu, respectively). The compositions indicate a close relationship and mutual substitutions between the crandallite, beudantite and alunite groups. Unlike to analogous phosphate-bearing assemblages in the Alps, investigated phosphate-sulphate association doesn't contains REE, Y and Sc minerals but it is rich in Ba-phases (barite, gorceixite). The peak metamorphic conditions of the host rocks estimated using the Kübler index of phyllosilicates point to anchizone/epizone boundary, i.e. ca. 270-350 °C. Fluid inclusions study constrained the minimum formation temperatures of the lazulite to 144-257 °C and of the superimposed sulphate-phosphate mineralization to 175-289 °C. Lazulite crystallized from brines of the system H 2O-Na-Mg-Cl-CO 2 with a salinity of 17.2 to 19.8 wt.% NaCl eq. We propose, that the studied mineralization originated from fluids enriched in elements from breakdown of feldspars, biotite, apatite and other phosphates in underlying Hercynian granites. The fluids passed upwards into the metaquartzites and precipitated discrete minerals, due to absence of any suitable sink for the elements among rock-forming minerals.

  17. Involvement of Overpressured Fluids in the Nucleation of High-Angle Reverse Ruptures: Evidence from Fault-Hosted Hydrothermal Vein Systems

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    Sibson, R. H.

    2007-12-01

    Dips of near-pure reverse-slip M>5.5 ruptures are bimodally distributed with a dominant peak at δ = 30±5°, a subordinate peak at δ = 50±5°, and no ruptures with δ > 60°. Assuming horizontal trajectories for maximum compressive stress (σ1), the dominant peak corresponds to optimally oriented faults with Byerlee friction coefficients (μs = 0.6) for which frictional lock-up is expected at δ = 60°. In recent years, several compressional inversion earthquakes in the upper crust of Honshu, Japan (e.g. the 2003 Mw6.5 Northern Miyagi, the 2004 Mw6.6 Mid-Niigata Prefecture, and the 2007 Mw6.7 Noto-Hanto sequences) have involved high-angle reverse-slip with dips of 50-60° on inherited normal faults along the margins of Miocene extensional basins. Rupturing during these earthquakes thus took place on faults that were poorly oriented for frictional reactivation and close to lock-up. Frictional mechanics suggests that reshear of the steep reverse faults (in preference to the formation of new favorably oriented thrusts within intact crust) is allowable only under near- lithostatic fluid pressures with Pf approaching σ3, and that reshear of severely misoriented faults (δ > c.60°) requires Pf > σ3 (the hydrofracture condition). Notably, the 2004 Mid-Niigata sequence involved a criss-crossing network of high-angle and low-angle reverse ruptures, suggesting competition between reshear of steep inherited faults and the formation of more favorably oriented thrusts. A range of geophysical evidence, including local bright S-wave reflectors, indicates strong fluid overpressuring in the focal regions of these earthquakes. Mesozonal Au-quartz vein systems hosted in reverse faults exhumed from depths corresponding to the lower half of the seismogenic zone (P ~ 2-4 kbar; T ~ 250-400°C) occur throughout the geological record and provide additional evidence for the involvement of strongly overpressured fluids in reverse fault rupturing. Incrementally deposited fault-infill veins up to meters in thickness may extend for 1-2 km down-dip with comparable dimensions along-strike. For steeper faults, especially, these fault-veins are commonly in mutual cross-cutting relationships with arrays of flat-lying extension veins that are the product of hydraulic extension fracturing. Individual extension veins extend laterally for tens to hundreds of metres, tapering away from the reverse faults, but flat vein arays may extend over greater distances. The fault-related vein systems have been interpreted as the product of cyclical fault-valve action whereby failure on severely misoriented reverse faults (oriented at > 55-60° to σ1) is triggered by the accumulation of overpressure to near-lithostatic values, the ensuing fault rupture then allowing postfailure discharge upwards along the fault. Fluid inclusion studies support the cycling of fluid-pressure between ~lithostatic prefailure and sublithostatic postfailure values. The flat-lying hydrofracture arrays provide an explanation for the bright-spot reflectors observed around the base of the seismogenic zone, while the fault-vein complex may represent rupture nucleation sites on steep reverse faults where failure is predominantly fluid-driven. Under such circumstances, near-total shear stress relief may accompany rupture. Net fluid volumes involved in the formation of these vein systems may be of the order of 1 km3 per kilometer strike-length, but the fluid volume involved in each fault-valve cycle is likely to be 2-4 orders of magnitude lower.

  18. Genesis of the hydrothermal gold deposits in the Canan area, Lepaguare District, Honduras

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    Mattioli, Michele; Menichetti, Marco; Renzulli, Alberto; Toscani, Lorenzo; Salvioli-Mariani, Emma; Suarez, Pedro; Murroni, Alessandro

    2014-04-01

    The Canan area (Honduras) is characterized by a gold-bearing ore deposit that is associated with quartz-veined shear zones. Gold mineralization occurs in low-to medium-grade metamorphic host-rocks (graphitic and sericitic schists). Hydrothermal fluids, which are associated with the emplacement of Cretaceous-Tertiary granodioritic intrusions, are responsible for the formation of quartz veins and the hydrothermal alteration of wall-rocks. Three main altered zones have been detected in the wall-rocks as far as 150 cm from the quartz veins. The distal zone (up to 50-cm thick) contains quartz, chlorite and illite. The intermediate zone is the thickest (up to 80 cm) and is marked by quartz, muscovite, sulphides, kaolinite and native elements such as Au and Ag. The proximal zone, which is close to the quartz veins, is rather thin (up to 25 cm) and contains clay minerals, Al-oxides-hydroxides and sulphides. The transition from the distal to the proximal zone is accompanied by the enrichment of SiO2 and the depletion of all other major elements, except for Fe2O3(tot). Precious metals occur in the highest concentrations in the intermediate zone (Au up to 7.6 ppm and Ag up to 11 ppm). We suggest that gold was transported as a reduced sulphur complex and was precipitated from the hydrothermal solution by the reaction of the sulphur complexes with Fe2+ from the alteration of the mafic minerals of the host-rock. Fluid-wall-rock interactions seem to be the main cause of gold mineralization. Genetic relationships with a strike-slip fault system, hydrothermal alteration zones within the metamorphic wall-rocks, and an entire set of geochemical anomalies are consistent with orogenic-type gold deposits of the epizonal class.

  19. Time scales of porphyry Cu deposit formation: insights from titanium diffusion in quartz

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    Mercer, Celestine N.; Reed, Mark H.; Mercer, Cameron M.

    2015-01-01

    Porphyry dikes and hydrothermal veins from the porphyry Cu-Mo deposit at Butte, Montana, contain multiple generations of quartz that are distinct in scanning electron microscope-cathodoluminescence (SEM-CL) images and in Ti concentrations. A comparison of microprobe trace element profiles and maps to SEM-CL images shows that the concentration of Ti in quartz correlates positively with CL brightness but Al, K, and Fe do not. After calibrating CL brightness in relation to Ti concentration, we use the brightness gradient between different quartz generations as a proxy for Ti gradients that we model to determine time scales of quartz formation and cooling. Model results indicate that time scales of porphyry magma residence are ~1,000s of years and time scales from porphyry quartz phenocryst rim formation to porphyry dike injection and cooling are ~10s of years. Time scales for the formation and cooling of various generations of hydrothermal vein quartz range from 10s to 10,000s of years. These time scales are considerably shorter than the ~0.6 m.y. overall time frame for each porphyry-style mineralization pulse determined from isotopic studies at Butte, Montana. Simple heat conduction models provide a temporal reference point to compare chemical diffusion time scales, and we find that they support short dike and vein formation time scales. We interpret these relatively short time scales to indicate that the Butte porphyry deposit formed by short-lived episodes of hydrofracturing, dike injection, and vein formation, each with discrete thermal pulses, which repeated over the ~3 m.y. generation of the deposit.

  20. Tourmaline nodules: indicators of hydrothermal alteration and SnZn(W) mineralization in the Cape Granite Suite, South Africa

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    Rozendaal, A.; Bruwer, L.

    1995-07-01

    Tourmaline and quartz-tourmaline nodular aggregates are common in S-type granitoids of the Cape Granite Suite in the Tygerberg terrane of the Neoproterozoic Saldania belt, South Africa. Most of the aggregates occur within the 200 km long Yzerfontein-Helderberg linear zone, which hosts a diversity of exo- and endomagmatic base and precious metal deposits. The conspicuous dark spherical nodules, with diameters of up to 40 cm, are surrounded by a leucocratic halo and consist mainly of tourmaline (schorl) and quartz. Spatial and temporal relationships indicate that the nodules are features of post-magmatic replacement related to the hydrothermal alteration of crystallized granite. Their distribution is possibly controlled by fluid movement along micro-fractures and diffusion along grain boundaries. Nodule composition suggests that the hydrothermal fluids that formed them were oxidizing and chemically simple, mainly B-(F)-rich and consequently acidic with anomalously high concentrations of Zn, Sn and Ga. Where proximal to Sn-Zn-(W) quartz-vein deposits, spatial relations show that nodule formation is more widespread than and preceded the vein mineralization. This relationship, coupled with the similar metal association of the nodules and veins, suggests a common hydrothermal fluid source. It also allows the use of tourmaline nodules as regional indicators of hydrothermal alteration and of late-stage vein deposits of similar metal association.

  1. Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

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  2. Field occurrence and lithology of Archean hydrothermal systems in the 3.2Ga Dixon Island Formation, Western Australia

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    Aihara, Y.; Kiyokawa, S.; Ito, T.; Ikehara, M.; Yamaguchi, K. E.; Horie, K.; Sakamoto, R.; Miki, T.

    2013-12-01

    Stratigraphic transition of black chert to iron-rich sedimentary rocks above volcanic sequences with hydrothermal systems is common and characteristic feature of Archean greenstone belts. The 3.2 Ga Dixon Island Formation, exposed along the northern coast of Dixon Island located in the coastal Pilbara terrane, Western Australia, is one of such units and the focus of our study. We introduce field occurrence and lithology of the Dixon Island Formation that preserves features of paleohydrohermal environment in the Mesoarchean ocean. The Dixon Island Formation is composed of the following three members (in ascending order): Komatiite-Rhyolite Tuff, Black Chert, and Varicolored Chert members (Kiyokawa and Taira, 1998). Here we focus on the Komatiite-Rholite Tuff member. It preserves two cycles of highly altered komatiite lavas and well-stratified rhyolite tuff. Komatiite lavas include dendritic crystals of chrome spinel and ghosts of spinifex, euhedral and sheet-like olivines and pyroxenes. These rocks are now composed of granular microcrystalline quartz with chromian muscovite, chrome spinel and chrorite that formed by intense silicification. Its upper part contains hydrothermal veining and alteration (i.e., many vein swarms composed of veins of quartz and organic carbon-rich black chert). Most black chert veins intrude vertically into overlying layers, and contain barite, pyrite, monazite and clay minerals which were least affected by silicificatio. Based on the cross-cutting relationship seen in the outcrops, we recognized two generations of black chert veins (type 1 and type 2 veins; Kiyokawa et al., 2006). Type 1 veins are mainly composed of carbonaceous peloids in a microcrystalline quartz matrix. Euhedral and xenocrystic tourmaline are found only in Type1 veins. Type 2 veins are organic carbon-poor and contain fragments of black chert and siliceous volcanic breccia (Kiyokawa et al., 2006). Intense silicification of komatiitic volcaniclastics and lava, enriched in Si and K and depleted in Mg, occurred earlier than the formation of black chert veins and probably during sedimentation of the overlying Black Chert member. Petrographycally, tourmaline in Type1 veins formed by hydrothermal processes and can be used to infer physicochemical conditions of the hydrothermal activity. Fragmentation of black chert and volcanic rocks within Type 2 veins was probably due to high pressure caused by hydrothermal activity.

  3. Competitive hydration and dehydration at olivine-quartz boundary revealed by hydrothermal experiments: Implications for silica metasomatism at the crust-mantle boundary

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    Oyanagi, Ryosuke; Okamoto, Atsushi; Hirano, Nobuo; Tsuchiya, Noriyoshi

    2015-09-01

    Serpentinization occurs via interactions between mantle peridotite and water that commonly passes through the crust. Given that such a fluid has a high silica activity compared with mantle peridotite, it is thought that serpentinization and silica metasomatism occur simultaneously at the crust-mantle boundary. In this study, we conducted hydrothermal experiments in the olivine (Ol)-quartz (Qtz)-H2O system at 250 °C and vapor-saturated pressure under highly alkaline conditions (NaOHaq, pH = 13.8 at 25 °C) to clarify the mechanism of silica metasomatism at the crust-mantle boundary. Composite powders consisting of a Qtz layer and an Ol layer were set in tube-in-tube vessels. After the experiments, the extents of serpentinization and metasomatic reactions were evaluated as a function of distance from the Ol-Qtz boundary. The mineralogy of the reaction products in the Ol-hosted region changed with increasing distance from the Ol-Qtz boundary, from smectite + serpentine (Smc zone) to serpentine + brucite + magnetite (Brc zone). Olivine hydration proceeded in both zones, but the total H2O content in the products was greater in the Brc zone than in the Smc zone. Mass balance calculations revealed that olivine hydration occurred without any supply of silica in the brucite zone. In contrast, the Smc zone was formed by silica metasomatism via competitive hydration and dehydration reactions. In the Smc zone, smectite formed via the simultaneous progress of olivine hydration and serpentine dehydration, and around the boundary of the Smc and Brc zones, serpentine formation occurred by olivine hydration and brucite dehydration. The relative extent of hydration and dehydration reactions controlled the along-tube variation in the rate of H2O production/consumption and the rate of volume increase. Our findings suggest that the competitive progress of serpentinization and silica metasomatic reactions would cause fluctuations in pore fluid pressure, possibly affecting the mechanical behavior of the crust-mantle boundary.

  4. Genesis of the vein-type tungsten mineralization at Nyakabingo (Rwanda) in the Karagwe-Ankole belt, Central Africa

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    Dewaele, S.; De Clercq, F.; Hulsbosch, N.; Piessens, K.; Boyce, A.; Burgess, R.; Muchez, Ph.

    2016-02-01

    The vein-type tungsten deposit at Nyakabingo in the central Tungsten belt of Rwanda is located in the eastern flank of the complex Bumbogo anticlinal structure. The host rock is composed of alternating sequences of sandstones, quartzites, and black pyritiferous metapelitic rocks. Two types of W-mineralized quartz veins have been observed: bedding-parallel and quartz veins that are at high angle to the bedding, which are termed crosscutting veins. Both vein types have been interpreted to have been formed in a late stage of a compressional deformation event. Both vein types are associated with small alteration zones, comprising silicification, tourmalinization, and muscovitization. Dating of muscovite crystals at the border of the veins resulted in a maximum age of 992.4 ± 1.5 Ma. This age is within error similar to the ages obtained for the specialized G4 granites (i.e., 986 ± 10 Ma). The W-bearing minerals formed during two different phases. The first phase is characterized by scheelite and massive wolframite, while the second phase is formed by ferberite pseudomorphs after scheelite. These minerals occur late in the evolution of the massive quartz veins, sometimes even in fractures that crosscut the veins. The ore minerals precipitated from a H2O-CO2-CH4-N2-NaCl-(KCl) fluid with low to moderate salinity (0.6-13.8 eq. wt% NaCl), and minimal trapping temperatures between 247 and 344 °C. The quartz veins have been crosscut by sulfide-rich veins. Based on the similar setting, mineralogy, stable isotope, and fluid composition, it is considered that both types of W-mineralized quartz veins formed during the same mineralizing event. Given the overlap in age between the G4 granites and the mineralized quartz veins, and the typical association of the W deposits in Rwanda, but also worldwide, with granite intrusions, W originated from the geochemically specialized G4 granites. Intense water-rock interaction and mixing with metamorphic fluids largely overprinted the original magmatic-hydrothermal signature.

  5. Stable isotope and fluid inclusion evidence for the origin of the Brandberg West area Sn-W vein deposits, NW Namibia

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    Macey, Paul; Harris, Chris

    2006-10-01

    The Brandberg West region of NW Namibia is dominated by poly-deformed turbidites and carbonate rocks of the Neoproterozoic Damara Supergoup, which have been regionally metamorphosed to greenschist facies and thermally metamorphosed up to mid-amphibolite facies by Neoproterozoic granite plutons. The meta-sedimentary rocks host Damaran-age hydrothermal quartz vein-hosted Sn-W mineralization at Brandberg West and numerous nearby smaller deposits. Fluid inclusion microthermometric studies of the vein quartz suggests that the ore-forming fluids at the Brandberg West mine were CO2-bearing aqueous fluids represented by the NaCl-CaCl2-H2O-CO2 system with moderate salinity (mean=8.6 wt% NaClequivalent).Temperatures determined using oxygen isotope thermometry are 415-521°C (quartz-muscovite), 392-447°C (quartz-cassiterite), and 444-490°C (quartz-hematite). At Brandberg West, the oxygen isotope ratios of quartz veins and siliciclastic host rocks in the mineralized area are lower than those in the rocks and veins of the surrounding areas suggesting that pervasive fluid-rock interaction occurred during mineralization. The O- and H-isotope data of quartz-muscovite veins and fluid inclusions indicate that the ore fluids were dominantly of magmatic origin, implying that mineralization occurred above a shallow granite pluton. Simple mass balance calculations suggest water/rock ratios of 1.88 (closed system) and 1.01 (open system). The CO2 component of the fluid inclusions had similar δ 13C to the carbonate rocks intercalated with the turbidites. It is most likely that mineralization at Brandberg West was caused by a combination of an impermeable marble barrier and interaction of the fluids with the marble. The minor deposits in the area have quartz veins with higher δ 18O values, which is consistent with these deposits being similar geological environments exposed at higher erosion levels.

  6. Microscopy and Cathodoluminescence Spectroscopy Characterization of Quartz Exhibiting Different Alkali-Silica Reaction Potential.

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    Kuchařová, Aneta; Götze, Jens; Šachlová, Šárka; Pertold, Zdeněk; Přikryl, Richard

    2016-02-01

    Different quartz types from several localities in the Czech Republic and Sweden were examined by polarizing microscopy combined with cathodoluminescence (CL) microscopy, spectroscopy, and petrographic image analysis, and tested by use of an accelerated mortar bar test (following ASTM C1260). The highest alkali-silica reaction potential was indicated by very fine-grained chert, containing significant amounts of fine-grained to cryptocrystalline matrix. The chert exhibited a dark red CL emission band at ~640 nm with a low intensity. Fine-grained orthoquartzites, as well as fine-grained metamorphic vein quartz, separated from phyllite exhibited medium expansion values. The orthoquartzites showed various CL of quartz grains, from blue through violet, red, and brown. Two CL spectral bands at ~450 and ~630 nm, with various intensities, were detected. The quartz from phyllite displayed an inhomogeneous dark red CL with two CL spectral bands of low intensities at ~460 and ~640 nm. The massive coarse-grained pegmatite quartz from pegmatite was assessed to be nonreactive and displayed a typical short-lived blue CL (~480 nm). The higher reactivity of the fine-grained hydrothermal quartz may be connected with high concentrations of defect centers, and probably with amorphized micro-regions in the quartz, respectively; indicated by a yellow CL emission (~570 nm). PMID:26790877

  7. Organic inclusions within hydrothermal minerals from S.W. Africa and elsewhere.

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    Mueller, G.

    1972-01-01

    It was observed that quartz crystals from veins within a diabase dike of precambrian age from S.W. Africa contain organic particles which closely resemble, in detailed morphology, coacervates, proteinoid microspheres or fossil and recent microorganisms. The microphotospectrographs in visible and near-ultraviolet light of these minute particles revealed a strong absorption peak at the vicinity of 4000 A, which is indicative of lipids. Hydrothermal mineral from veins from a number of other localities proved to contain the biomorphic organic particles. The theoretical significance of these organic particles is discussed with reference to problems of origin of life.

  8. Varicose Veins

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  9. Fate of trace elements during alteration of uraninite in a hydrothermal vein-type U-deposit from Marshall Pass, Colorado, USA

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    Deditius, Artur P.; Utsunomiya, Satoshi; Ewing, Rodney C.

    2007-10-01

    Alteration of uraninite from a hydrothermal vein-type U-deposit in Marshall Pass, Colorado, has been examined by electron microprobe analysis in order to investigate the release and migration of trace elements W, As, Mo, Zr, Pb, Ba, Ce, Y, Ca, Ti, P, Th, Fe, Si, Al, during alteration, under both reducing and oxidizing conditions. The release of trace elements from uraninite is used to establish constraints on the release of fission product elements from the UO 2 in spent nuclear fuels. Uraninite occurs with two different textures: (1) colloform uraninite and (2) fine-grained uraninite. The colloform uraninite contains 1.04-1.75 wt% of WO 3, 0.16-1.70 wt% of As 2O 3, 0.06-0.88 wt% of MoO 3; whereas, the fine-grained uraninite retains 2.25-4.93 wt% of WO 3, up to 5.76 wt% of MoO 3, and 0.26-0.60 wt% of As 2O 3. The near constant concentration of incompatible W in the colloform uraninite suggests W-incorporation into the uraninite structure or homogeneous distribution of W-rich nano-domains. Incorporation of W and Mo into the uraninite and subsequent precipitation of uranyl phases bearing these elements are critically important to understanding the release and migration of Cs during the corrosion of spent nuclear fuel, as there is a strong affinity of Cs with W and Mo. Zoning in the colloform texture is attributed to variation in the amount of impurities in uraninite. For unaltered zones, the calculated amount of oxygen ranges from 2.08 to 2.32 [apfu, (atom per formula unit)] and defines the stoichiometry as UO 2+ x and U 4O 9; whereas, for the altered zones of the colloform texture, the oxygen content is 2.37-2.48 [apfu], which is probably due to the inclusion of secondary uranyl phases, mainly schoepite. The supergene alteration resulted in precipitation of secondary uranyl minerals at the expense of uraninite. Four stages of colloform uraninite alteration are proposed: (i) formation of an oxidized layer at the rim, (ii) corrosion of the oxidized layer, (iii) precipitation of U 6+-phases with well-defined cleavage, and (iv) fracture of the uraninite surface along the cleavage planes of the U 6+-phases.

  10. Fluid chemistry and evolution of hydrothermal fluids in an Archaean transcrustal fault zone network: The case of the Cadillac Tectonic Zone, Abitibi greenstone belt, Canada

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    Neumayr, P.; Hagemann, S.G.; Banks, D.A.; Yardley, B.W.D.; Couture, J.-F.; Landis, G.P.; Rye, R.

    2007-01-01

    Detailed fluid geochemistry studies on hydrothermal quartz veins from the Rouyn-Noranda and Val-d'Or areas along the transcrustal Cadillac Tectonic Zone (CTZ) indicate that unmineralized (with respect to gold) sections of the CTZ contained a distinct CO2-dominated, H2S-poor hydrothermal fluid. In contrast, both gold mineralized sections of the CTZ (e.g., at Orenada #2) and associated higher order shear zones have a H2O-CO2 ?? CH4-NaCl hydrothermal fluid. Their CO2/H2S ratios indicate H2S-rich compositions. The Br/Cl compositions in fluid inclusions trapped in these veins indicate that hydrothermal fluids have been equilibrated with the crust. Oxygen isotope ratios from hydrothermal quartz veins in the CTZ are consistently 2??? more enriched than those of associated higher order shear zones, which are interpreted to be a function of greater fluid/rock ratios in the CTZ and lower fluid/rock ratios, and more efficient equilibration of the hydrothermal fluid with the wall rock, in higher order shear zones. An implication from this study is that the lower metal endowment of the transcrustal CTZ, when compared with the higher metal endowment in higher order shear zones (ratio of about 1 : 1000), may be the result of the lack of significant amounts of H2O-H2S rich fluids in most of the CTZ. In contrast, gold mineralization in the higher order shear zones appear to be controlled by the high H2S activity of the aqueous fluids, because gold was likely transported in a bisulfide complex and was deposited during sulfidation reactions in the wall rock and phase separation in the quartz veins. ?? 2007 NRC Canada.

  11. A structural analysis of the Minas da Panasqueira vein network and related fracture generations

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    Jacques, Dominique; Vieira, Romeu; Muchez, Philippe; Sintubin, Manuel

    2014-05-01

    The Minas da Panasqueira is a world-class W-Cu-Sn vein-type deposit, situated within the Central Iberian Zone of the Palaeozoic Iberian Massif (Portugal). The deposit consists of a network of subhorizontal, sill-like massive quartz veins situated above the southwestern extremity of a greisen cupola, within regionally metamorphosed, isoclinally folded, lower-greenschist slates and greywackes. The greisen cupola is part of a larger intrusive complex, emplaced during the late- to post-tectonic stage of the Variscan orogeny. The late-Variscan granitoid(s) underlying the Panasqueira deposit is considered to have served as a major metal source. The structure of the network of subhorizontal extension veins, consists of numerous planar vein lobes that are separated by host-rock bridges and merge at branch-points. A structural analysis demonstrates that not only within the Panasqueira mine, but also on a more regional scale, one or more generations of flat-lying fractures are present. The veins clearly exploited these pre-existing discontinuities, as confirmed by (1) the vein geometry being directly influenced by variations in the orientation of the initial fracture sets and (2) the geometry of the rock bridges and overlapping vein morphologies, consistently showing straight-line propagating crack tips. If veining is governed by a preferential, strongly developed anisotropy in the host rock, the hypothesis of vein lobes and rock bridges forming during propagation of the parent crack by tip-line bifurcation and confinement processes (Foxford et al., 2000) does not seem plausible. Instead, we propose that the rock bridges formed from several, initially separate and small veinlets that eventually overlapped in an en echelon arrangement during progressive propagation and inflation. Bending of the rock bridges and incipient vein rotation indicate that veining occurred near the brittle-ductile transition. Using a quantitative analysis of bridge orientations, vein aspect ratios and tip lines, we try to sort out if a dominant σ2 propagation direction, typical for hydrofractures, exists within the vein network. By doing so, we can evaluate whether the subhorizontal vein network formed under a compressive stress regime, or was mainly dictated by the strength anisotropy of the rocks under near-isotropic stress conditions of σhmax ≡ σhmin. The regional dominance of subhorizontal aplites, pegmatites and hydrothermal veins, exploiting subhorizontal fracture networks, occurs over a wide area of more than 100 km2 along the Serra de Estrela granitic massif (Derré et al., 1986). This orientation contrasts with the more common vertical attitude of granite-related hydrothermal veins, observed throughout the Iberian massif. A detailed orientation analysis of the fracture sets should allow to explore the possible causes of this particular late orogenic, flat-lying fracture network related to the granitic intrusion. References Derré, C., Lecolle, M., Roger, G., Tavares de Freitas Carvalho, J., 1986. Tectonics, magmatism, hydrothermalism and sets of flat joints locally filled by Sn-W, aplite-pegmatite and quartz veins, southeastern border of the Serra de Estrela granitic massif (Beira Baixa, Portugal). Ore Geology Reviews 1, 43-56. Foxford, K. A., Nicholson, R., Polya, D. A., and Hebblethwaite, R. P. B., 2000. Extensional failure and hydraulic valving at Minas da Panasqueira, Portugal; evidence from vein spatial distributions, displacements and geometries. Journal of Structural Geology 22, 1065-1086.

  12. Découverte d'un système hydrothermal océanique fossile dans l'ophiolite antécambrienne de Khzama (massif du Siroua, Anti-Atlas marocain)

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    Admou, Hassan; Juteau, Thierry

    1998-09-01

    The Khzama Precambrian ophiolite, tectonized and metamorphosed, exhibits all the lithological units of a complete ophiolite suite. The dyke complex, studied in detail in three tectonic slices, consists of isotropic to laminated, sometimes banded gabbros (about 50 %), crosscut by swarms of isolated diabase dykes with systematic chilled margins (about 50 %). This dyke complex unit shows a remarkably preserved network of fossil hydrothermal veins, consisting of quartz-epidote-sulfides associations, mostly oriented parallel to the margins of the diabase dykes. Greenish epidosites form veins and pockets, around which the diabases are impregnated with still fresh and shining sulfides, disseminated in the dykes' groundmass. These characteristics are identical to those described in fossil hydrothermal systems of much younger ophiolites, such as the cretaceous ophiolites of Oman or Cyprus, in the lower part of the sheeted dyke complex. The Khzama fossil hydrothermal system could constitute one of the most ancient oceanic hydrothermal systems developed at an oceanic spreading centre.

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  15. Evolution of the Bucium Rodu and Frasin magmatic-hydrothermal system, Metaliferi Mountains, Romania

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    Iatan, Elena Luisa; Berbeleac, Ion; Visan, Madalina; Minut, Adrian; Nadasan, Laurentiu

    2013-04-01

    The Miocene Bucium Rodu and Frasin maar-diatreme structures and related Au-Ag epithermal low sulfidation with passing to mesothermal mineralizations are located in the Bucium-Rosia Montana-Baia de Aries metallogenetic district, within so called the "Golden Quatrilaterum", in the northeastern part of the Metaliferi Mountains. These structures are situated at about 5 km southeast from Rosia Montana, the largest European Au-Ag deposit. The total reserves for Bucium Rodu-Frasin are estimated at 43.3 Mt with average contents of 1.3 g/t Au and 3 g/t Ag. The Miocene geological evolution of Bucium Rodu and Frasin magmatic-hydrothermal system took place in closely relationships with tectonic, magmatic and metallogenetic activity from Bucium-Rosia Montana-Baia de Aries district in general, and adjacent areas, in special. The hydrothermal alteration is pervasive; adularia followed by phyllic, carbonatization and silicification alterations, usually show a close relationship with the mineralizations. Propylitic alteration occurs dominantly towards the depth; argillic alteration shows a local character. The mineralization occurs in veins, breccias, stockworks and disseminations and is hosted within two volcanic structures emplaced into a sequence of Cretaceous sediments in closely genetically relations with the Miocene phreatomagmatic fracturing and brecciation events. Within Rodu maar-diatreme structure the mineralizations follow especially the contact between the diatreme and Cretaceous flysch. The vein sets with low, moderately and near vertical dippings, cover 400x400m with N-S trend. The most important mineralization style is represented by veins, accompanied by hydrothermal breccias and disseminations. The veins spatial distribution relives as "en echelon" tension veins. They carry gold, minor base metal sulphides (pyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, galena, tetrahedrite, arsenopyrite). Gangue is represented by carbonates (calcite, dolomite, ankerite, siderite, rhodochrosite) and quartz. In contrast, in Frasin maar-diatreme structure, the mineralizations are focused especially along the northeastern contact between the andesite dome and polimictic breccias. Stockwork is the main style of mineralization and consists of pyrite, small amounts of chalcopyrite, sphalerite, galena, arsenopyrite and gold within a gangue of quartz and carbonates similar to Rodu mineralizations. The ore minerals deposition from hydrothermal fluids have pulsated character with a three stage evolution and mineral assemblages: 1) magnetite (hematite) - pyrite (marcasite) - quartz in the first stage, epithermal low sulfidation with passing to mesothermal; 2) arsenopyrite (Au) - (-base metal sulfides) - quartz, "Chinga" (pyrite (Au)-quartz-adularia) - carbonates (calcite, aragonite, dolomite, ankerite, ± rhodochrosite ± kutnahorite) - quartz - adularia in the second stage, epithermal low sulfidation and 3) pyrite - marcasite - carbonates - quartz, (Au) - carbonates (dominant rhodochrosite) - quartz - adularia and alabandite - rhodochrosite - quartz in the third stage, epithermal low sulfidation. The mineralizing hydrothermal fluids had near neutral pH with the gold transported probably as a bisulfide complex; boiling seems to be the main way of gold precipitation.

  16. The Benedikt hydrothermal system (north-eastern Slovenia)

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    Kralj, Peter; Eichinger, Lorenz; Kralj, Polona

    2009-10-01

    Deep welling in the Benedikt area has proven the existence of recently active hydrothermal system in pre-Tertiary basement composed of banded gneiss, marble and schist originating from a regionally metamorphosed sequence of clastic sediments. Two aquifers with very high fracture porosity were tapped—at depths between 1,485-1,530 and 1,848-1,857 m, where the welling stopped owing to a technical failure. The water temperature exceeds 90°C, while the yield of 100 l/s is limited only by the well performances. The Na-HCO3 dominated water is classified as a CO2-rich healing mineral water suitable for drinking, bottling and balneology. The free degassing gas is almost pure CO2 (99.9 %) and its δ13C composition indicates volcanic origin. The tapped water is relatively old, probably of Pleistocene age at least, and the planned exploitation must consider reinjection in order to protect this valuable natural resource from overexploitation. This recent hydrothermal system is characterised by dominating vertical circulation of waters and is superimposed on older, already inactive hydrothermal system(s), recognised by veins of either metal sulphides and quartz, or calcite. These vein minerals precipitated from hydrothermal fluids migrating from a deeper source towards the ancient surface through a fracture system, which is now self-sealed already. The distribution of metal sulphides indicates that the source might have been a deep-seated Neogene pluton genetically related to the tonalites and quartz diorites that outcrop in the Pohorje Mountains, or a subvolcanic-level volcanic body related to the Neogene volcanic activity in the Graz Basin.

  17. Hydrothermal uranium deposits containing molybdenum and fluorite in the Marysvale volcanic field, west-central Utah

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    Cunningham, C.G.; Rasmussen, J.D.; Steven, T.A.; Rye, R.O.; Rowley, P.D.; Romberger, S.B.; Selverstone, J.

    1998-01-01

    Uranium deposits containing molybdenum and fluorite occur in the Central Mining Area, near Marysvale, Utah, and formed in an epithermal vein system that is part of a volcanic/hypabyssal complex. They represent a known, but uncommon, type of deposit; relative to other commonly described volcanic-related uranium deposits, they are young, well-exposed and well-documented. Hydrothermal uranium-bearing quartz and fluorite veins are exposed over a 300 m vertical range in the mines. Molybdenum, as jordisite (amorphous MoS2, together with fluorite and pyrite, increase with depth, and uranium decreases with depth. The veins cut 23-Ma quartz monzonite, 20-Ma granite, and 19-Ma rhyolite ash-flow tuff. The veins formed at 19-18 Ma in a 1 km2 area, above a cupola of a composite, recurrent, magma chamber at least 24 ?? 5 km across that fed a sequence of 21- to 14-Ma hypabyssal granitic stocks, rhyolite lava flows, ash-flow tuffs, and volcanic domes. Formation of the Central Mining Area began when the intrusion of a rhyolite stock, and related molybdenite-bearing, uranium-rich, glassy rhyolite dikes, lifted the fractured roof above the stock. A breccia pipe formed and relieved magmatic pressures, and as blocks of the fractured roof began to settle back in place, flat-lying, concave-downward, 'pull-apart' fractures were formed. Uranium-bearing, quartz and fluorite veins were deposited by a shallow hydrothermal system in the disarticulated carapace. The veins, which filled open spaces along the high-angle fault zones and flat-lying fractures, were deposited within 115 m of the ground surface above the concealed rhyolite stock. Hydrothermal fluids with temperatures near 200??C, ??18OH2O ~ -1.5, ?? -1.5, ??DH2O ~ -130, log fO2 about -47 to -50, and pH about 6 to 7, permeated the fractured rocks; these fluids were rich in fluorine, molybdenum, potassium, and hydrogen sulfide, and contained uranium as fluoride complexes. The hydrothermal fluids reacted with the wallrock resulting in precipitation of uranium minerals. At the deepest exposed levels, wall-rocks were altered to sericite; and uraninite, coffinite, jordisite, fluorite, molybdenite, quartz, and pyrite were deposited in the veins. The fluids were progressively oxidized and cooled at higher levels in the system by boiling and degassing; iron-bearing minerals in wall rocks were oxidized to hematite, and quartz, fluorite, minor siderite, and uraninite were deposited in the veins. Near the ground surface, the fluids were acidified by condensation of volatiles and oxidation of hydrogen sulfide in near-surface, steam-heated, ground waters; wall rocks were altered to kaolinite, and quartz fluorite, and uraninite were deposited in veins. Secondary uranium minerals, hematite, and gypsum formed during supergene alteration later in the Cenozoic when the upper part of the mineralized system was exposed by erosion.

  18. Hydrothermal factors in porosity evolution and caprock formation at the Geysers steam field, California--insight from the Geysers Coring Project

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    Hulen, Jeffrey B.; Nielson, Dennis L.

    1995-01-26

    The Department of Energy (DOE)/geothermal industry-sponsored Geysers Coring Project (GCP) has yielded 236.8 m of continuous core apparently spanning the transition between the uppermost Geysers steam reservoir and its caprock. Both zones in the corehole are developed in superficially similar, fractured, complexly veined and locally sericitized, Franciscan (late Mesozoic) graywacke-argillite sequences. However, whereas the reservoir rocks host two major fluid conduits (potential steam entries), the caprock is only sparingly permeable. This discrepancy appears to reflect principally vein texture and mineralogy. Two types of veins are common in the core--randomly-oriented, Franciscan metamorphic quartz-calcite veins; and high-angle, late Cenozoic veins deposited by The Geysers hydrothermal system. The older veins locally contain hydrothermal carbonate-dissolution vugs, which, although concentrated at the larger fluid conduit, are scattered throughout the core. The younger veins, commonly with intercrystalline vugs, consist dominantly of euhedral quartz, calcite, K-feldspar, wairakite, and pyrite--those in the reservoir rock also contain minor epidote and illite. The corresponding caprock veins are devoid of epidote but contain abundant, late-stage, mixed-layer illite/smecite (5-18% smectite interlayers) with minor chlorite/smectite (40-45% smectite interlayers). We suggest that clots of these two expandable clays in the caprock clog otherwise permeable veins and carbonate-dissolution networks at strategic sites to produce or enhance the seal on the underlying steam reservoir. Illite/smectite geothermometry indicates that the SB-15-D caprock clays were precipitated in the approximate temperature range 180-218 C, and those in the reservoir at about 218-238 C. These temperatures, along with occurrence of the clays on commonly etched calcite, K-feldspar, or wairakite, suggest that the clays were precipitated from mildly acidic steam condensate under conditions similar to those now prevailing.

  19. Mineralogy and geochemistry of Gabal El-Ineigi Granite and associated fluorite veins, Central Eastern Desert, Egypt: application of fluid inclusions to fluorite genesis

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    Salem, I. A.; Abdel-Moneum, A. A.; Shazly, A. G.; El-Shibiny, N. H.

    2001-01-01

    Geological, mineralogical, geochemical and fluid inclusion studies were carried out on both the granitic rocks at the Gabal El-Ineigi Pluton and associated fluorite veins in order to examine their genetic relations. Gabal El-Ineigi rocks range from adamellite to granite composition. They originated from metaluminus calc-alkaline magma having strong alkaline tendencies. They have similar characteristics to I-type granites and were probably generated within an extensional environment due to crustal relaxation during a post-collision episode (< 600 Ma). Studies of fluid inclusions from vein fluorite and quartz show that they are aqueous with phases (L + V) and that secondary inclusions predominate. The fluorite mineralisation probably took place at temperatures of > 250°C; the fluid salinites ranged up to 21.4 equiv. wt% NaCl. The quartz veins were formed at lower temperatures (˜ 120°C) and fluid salinites ranging up to 10.36 equiv. wt% NaCl. Rare earth element abundances in fluorite are variable and the relation between Tb/Ca versus Tb/La confirms a hydrothermal origin for fluorite. The negative Ce anamolies indicate high O fugacities at the source of the hydrothermal fluids. The negative Eu anomalies suggest equilibration of the hydrothermal fluids with the host granites.

  20. Geology, alteration, age, and origin of iron oxide-apatite deposits in Upper Eocene quartz monzonite, Zanjan district, NW Iran

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    Nabatian, Ghasem; Ghaderi, Majid; Corfu, Fernando; Neubauer, Franz; Bernroider, Manfred; Prokofiev, Vsevolod; Honarmand, Maryam

    2014-02-01

    Iron oxide-apatite deposits are present in Upper Eocene pyroxene-quartz monzonitic rocks of the Zanjan district, northwestern Iran. Mineralization occurred in five stages: (1) deposition of disseminated magnetite and apatite in the host rock; (2) mineralization of massive and banded magnetite ores in veins and stockwork associated with minor brecciation and calcic alteration of host rocks; (3) deposition of sulfide ores together with potassic alteration; (4) formation of quartz and carbonate veins and sericite, chlorite, epidote, silica, carbonate, and tourmaline alteration; and (5) supergene alteration and weathering. U-Pb dating of monazite inclusions in the apatite indicates an age of 39.99 ± 0.24 Ma, which is nearly coeval with the time of emplacement of the host quartz monzonite, supporting the genetic connection. Fluid inclusions in the apatite have homogenization temperatures of about 300 °C and oxygen isotopic compositions of the magnetite support precipitation from magmatic fluids. Late-stage quartz resulted from the introduction of a cooler, less saline, and isotopically depleted fluid. The iron oxide-apatite deposits in the Tarom area of the Zanjan district are typical of a magmatic-hydrothermal origin and are similar to the Kiruna-type deposits with respect to mineral assemblages, fabric and structure of the iron ores, occurrence of the ore bodies, and wall rock alteration.

  1. Hydrothermal alteration, ore fluid characteristics, and gold depositional processes along a trondhjemite-komatiite contact at Tarmoola, Western Australia

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    Duuring, P.; Hagemann, S.G.; Cassidy, K.F.; Johnson, C.A.

    2004-01-01

    Tarmoola is a structurally controlled Archean orogenic gold deposit hosted in greenschist facies metamorphosed komatiite and trondhjemite in the Leonora district of the Eastern Goldfields province, Yilgarn craton. High-grade (>1 g/t Au) orebodies are located in komatiite wall rock adjacent to the eastern and northeastern margins of the asymmetrical, north-south-striking, Tarmoola trondhjemite intrusion. Gold-bearing veins post-date trondhjemite emplacement (ca. 2700 Ma), quartz diorite dikes (ca. 2667 Ma), and regional greenschist facies metamorphism. Textures and crosscutting relationships in gold-bearing veins indicate two stages of hydrothermal fluid infiltration associated with a single gold-related hydrothermal event: a volumetrically dominant, but gold-poor, stage I fluid and a gold-rich stage II fluid. Gold-bearing veins contain stage I milky quartz and pyrite that are overprinted by stage II quartz-ankerite-muscovite-chalcopyrite-sphalerite-galena-gold-tellurides ?? albite ?? chlorite ?? fuchsite ?? epidote ?? scheelite. Stage I hydrothermal alteration assemblages are different in trondhjemite and komatiite due to contrasting reactions between a common ore fluid and disparate wall-rock chemistry. Stage II fluid-wall rock interaction was minor compared to stage I and is indicated by the overprinting of stage I mineral assemblages by stage II microveins. Wall-rock alteration proximal to veins in trondhjemite is characterized by replacement of igneous plagioclase, amphibole, biotite, and metamorphic chlorite by hydrothermal quartz, muscovite, ankerite, calcite, pyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, galena, tellurides, and gold, whereas in proximal alteration in komatiite, metamorphic chlorite and talc are replaced by ankerite, quartz, muscovite, albite, chlorite, fuchsite, pyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, galena, tellurides, and gold. The stage II fluid was enriched in H2O, CO2, Si, Ca, K, Na, S, Au, Ag, Cu, Pb, W, Bi, As, Mo, Zn, and Te. Based on fluid inclusion studies and stage II mineral equilibria, gold deposited from a homogeneous, neutral to slightly alkaline (pH 5.1-5.5), reduced, low-salinity (<5.5 wt % NaCl equiv) fluid that had a bulk composition of 78 mole percent H2O and 21 mole percent CO2, and trace amounts of CH4, C2H6, H2, Ar, H2S, and He. Gold deposition occurred at 300?? ?? 50??C and 0.5 to 3.0 kbars. Assuming lithostatic fluid pressures, gold precipitated at a 2- to 10-km depth. Stage II gray quartz ??18Ofluid values range from 5.9 to 7.5 per mil, whereas ??Dfluid values calculated from the dehydration of muscovite grains and measured directly from bulk fluid inclusion analyses of stage II gray quartz have ranges of -9 to -35 and -27 to -28 per mil, respectively. Hydrothermal ore fluids were transported from greater crustal depths to the site of gold deposition during the district-scale D3 event by shallowly W dipping, reverse brittle-ductile shear zones in supracrustal rock and along the steeply east dipping trondhjemite contact. Associated subhorizontal east-west shortening caused the reactivation of the eastern trondhjemite margin and subparallel foliation, which facilitated the transport of hydrothermal fluids and the generation of gold-bearing veins and hydrothermal alteration zones in komatiite. East-west-striking fractures in trondhjemite aided the lateral migration of ore fluids away from trondhjemite margins and the formation of east-west-striking gold-bearing veins and broad alteration zones. Gold was most likely transported in the stage II fluid as bisulfide complexes. The sulfidation of trondhjemite and komatiite wall rock by the stage II fluid caused the destabilization of An bisulfide complexes and gold deposition. Potassium, Ca, and CO2 metasomatism of komatiite wall rock may have enhanced gold deposition via the acidification of the stage II fluid. The physicochemical characteristics of the Tarmoola ore fluid and relative timing of gold mineralization are consistent with the Yilgarn-wide,

  2. Hydrothermal alteration in metasedimentary rock-hosted orogenic gold deposits, Reefton goldfield, South Island, New Zealand

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    Christie, Anthony B.; Brathwaite, Robert L.

    2003-01-01

    Orogenic or mesothermal quartz lodes in lower Palaeozoic Greenland Group metasedimentary rocks of the Reefton area have produced 67 tonnes (t) of gold prior to 1951, and recent exploration has identified new gold resources in several deposits, including the largest past producers, Blackwater and Globe-Progress. The metasedimentary rocks consist of alternating sandstone and mudstone beds that were metamorphosed to lower greenschist facies prior to being hydrothermally altered adjacent to the quartz lodes. The sandstones are feldspathic litharenites averaging Q65-F10-R25, with detrital grains of quartz, rock fragments, muscovite, and plagioclase and biotite that were altered to albite and chlorite, respectively, during metamorphism. Accessory minerals are graphite, apatite, zircon, tourmaline and titanite. Hydrothermal alteration of the sandstones has developed a mineral assemblage of K-mica, carbonate (dolomite, ankerite, ferroan magnesite and magnesian siderite), chlorite, pyrite and arsenopyrite. The abundance of hydrothermal chlorite is greater at Blackwater than at the other prospects studied. Hydrothermal alteration associated with the quartz lodes is marked by bleaching, magnesian siderite spots, disseminated arsenopyrite and pyrite and thin carbonate, quartz and sulphide veins. These trends are accompanied by increasing concentrations of S, As and Sb and decreasing Na, and a decrease of Fe and Mg in K-mica. The alkali alteration indices 3K/Al (representing K-mica) and Na/Al (representing albite) generally show antipathetic trends, with 3K/Al increasing near the lodes and Na/Al decreasing. These trends reflect the replacement of albite by K-mica. Carbonate alteration indices CO2/(Ca + Mg +Fe) and CO2/[Ca + Mg + Fe -0.5(S + As)] quantify the abundance of hydrothermal carbonates, but they show variable correlation with the lodes. They increase the width of the alteration halo in the hanging wall of the lodes at the Globe-Progress and General Gordon prospects, but the peak values are as far as 150 m from the lodes. By contrast, peak values of the carbonate alteration indices are within 10 and 2 m of the lodes, respectively, at the Merrijigs and Blackwater deposits. Data show that for deposits with wide hydrothermal alteration halos, such as at the Globe-Progress and General Gordon prospects, the use of a suite of geochemical indicators can assist exploration by indicating trends in hydrothermal alteration that provide vectors to mineralisation. They also increase the size of the exploration target. By contrast, the alteration halo of the Blackwater deposit is restricted to within less than 5 m of the quartz lode and, therefore, the geochemical indicators are of more limited assistance to exploration.

  3. Shallow Hydrothermal Flow in a Strike-Slip Fault System, Mt Isa, Australia: A Proterozoic Analog for Modern Geothermal Systems Along Strike-Slip Faults

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    Sibson, R. H.; Ghisetti, F.; Begbie, M.

    2014-12-01

    Strong E-W shortening during the Isan Orogeny (1590-1500 Ma) led to crustal thickening and compressional inversion of former intracontinental rift basins. The resulting metamorphic/plutonic basement complex is disrupted by conjugate, mutually cross-cutting sets of brittle, late-orogenic strike-slip faults. Dextral strike-slip faults (separations < 25 km) strike NE-NNE, while conjugate sinistral faults strike SE-SSE, defining a wrench regime (σv = σ2) with horizontal maximum compression, σ1, trending c. 100°. The strike-slip faults are recessive except in dilational sites where upwelling hydrothermal fluids have silicified the cataclastic shear zones (CSZ) which protrude as blade-like ridges extending for kilometres across the semi-arid terrain. The mineralized fault segments include sinuous releasing bends where the fault trace is deflected <10° as well as more abrupt dilational stepovers with distributed extension fracturing linking en echelon fault segments. Other components of structural permeability include: (1) innumerable fault-parallel quartz-veins (cm to m thickness) within the CSZ; (2) irregular stringer veins; and (3) a regional set of predominantly extensional, subvertical planar quartz veins oriented 080-120° at moderate angles to the main faults. Broad contemporaneity is indicated by mutual cross-cutting relationships between all structural components. Measured strike separations along shear fractures are consistent with seismic slip increments which refreshed fracture permeability and promoted hydrothermal flow. Textures suggest the faults were exhumed from epithermal boiling environments (<1-2 km depth). Restoration of fault cohesive strength by hydrothermal cementation was critical in allowing continued vein formation by hydraulic extension fracturing. The distribution of hydrothermal quartz within the fault system provides a guide to structural localization of upflow zones in geothermal fields developed along strike-slip faults.

  4. Shock metamorphism of deformed quartz

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    Gratz, Andrew J.; Christie, John; Tyburczy, James; Ahrens, Thomas; Pongratz, Peter

    1988-01-01

    The effect produced by shock loading (to peak pressures of 12 and 24) on deformed synthetic quartz containing a dislocation and abundant bubbles and small inclusions was investigated, and the relationships between preexisting dislocation density shock lamellae in the target material were examined. The resultant material was found to be inhomogeneously deformed and extremely fractured. Results of TEM examinations indicate that no change in dislocation density was caused by shock loading except in regions containing shock lamellae, where the dislocation density was lowered. The shock-induced defects tend to nucleate on and be controlled by preexisting stress concentrators; shock lamellae, glassy veins, and most curviplanar defects form in tension, presumably during release. An extremely mobile silica fluid is formed and injected into fractures during release, which forcibly removes crystalline fragments from vein walls. It is concluded that shock deformation in quartz is dominated by fracture and melting.

  5. Lithogeochemistry and fluid inclusions of an Au-Ag vein deposit in a granodiorite intrusive

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    Hahn, R.; Ikramuddin, M.

    1985-01-01

    Forty-eight samples of altered and unaltered rocks and quartz veins from the Acme mine in northeast Washington, an Au-Ag vein deposit in a granodiorite intrusive, have been analyzed for SiO/sub 2/, Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, Fe/sub 2/O/sub 3/, Feo, MgO, CaO, Na/sub 2/O, K/sub 2/O, TiO/sub 2/, MnO, P/sub 2/O/sub 5/, H/sub 2/O, CO/sub 2/, Ag, Au, Ba, Cu, Pb, Rb, Sr, Tl, and Zn. A comparison of major and trace elements shows that the altered granodiorite is enriched in SiO/sub 2/, Fe/sub 2/O/sub 3/, K/sub 2/O, Ag, Au, Ba, Cu, Pb, Rb, Tl, and Zn and depleted in Al/sub 2/O/sub 3/, FeO, MgO, CaO, Na/sub 2/O, TiO/sub 2/, MnO, P/sub 2/O/sub 5/, and Sr. The average contents of Au in unaltered and altered granodiorite and quartz veins are 9 ppb. 270 ppb and 1020 ppb respectively. The average Ba/Tl ratio in the altered samples decrease and average Rb/Sr and Tl/Sr ratios increase. K, Rb, and Tl are enriched in the altered granodiorite by factors of 1.5, 1.6, and 1.4 respectively. Tl is not enriched relative to Rb and K in the altered samples due to the high temperature of the deposit. The Ba/Tl, K/Tl and K/Rb ratios do not show complete separation of altered from unaltered samples. However, the Ba/Tl and K/Tl ratios in the quartz vein are significantly lower than the unaltered and altered granodiorite. This is due to the enrichment of Tl over K and Rb in the quartz veins. The Rb/Sr and Tl/Sr ratios are higher in the altered granodiorite and quartz veins compared to unaltered samples. The enrichment of Tl and presence of low Ba/Tl and high Rb/Sr and Tl/Sr ratios in a granodiorite indicate that the rocks are hydrothermally altered and represent a possible Au-Ag target.

  6. 100 Ma timing paradox of Archean gold, Abitibi greenstone belt (Canada): New evidence from U-Pb and Pb-Pb evaporation ages of hydrothermal zircons

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    Kerrich, Robert; Kurtis Kyser, T.

    1994-12-01

    Abundant hydrothermal zircon occurs within quartz-tourma-line veins at four gold deposits in the Val d"Or district of the Archean Abitibi greenstone belt, Canada. Host rocks to the gold-bearing veins are characterized by pronounced metasomatic enrichment of Zr, Hf, Y, and rare earth elements. Hydrothermal zircons contain inclusions of quartz, tourmaline, scheelite, pyrite, and gold. In hydrothermal zircons and quartz, primary low-salinity H2-CO2, fluid inclusions coexist with CO2-rich inclusions, indicating CO2, unmixing and gold precipitation at 260 to 380 °C and ˜2 kbar. The zircons have 207Pb/206Pb evaporation ages of 2683 ±20 to 2703 ±4 Ma, close to a concordant U-Pb age of 2693 ±2 Ma, both commensurate with previous SHRIMP ages for the zircons. The same vein systems have U-Pb ages on rutile and titanite, Sm-Nd dates on scheelite, and 40Ar/39Ar ages on muscovite that scatter between 2630 to 2579 Ma; these ages gave rise to a "late gold" model. In the Archean Superior province, vein gold deposits are related in space and time to terrane boundary structures which mark the diachronous accretion of allochthonous tectonostratigraphic terranes from south to north from 2720 to 2680 Ma. Consequently, the vein zircon ages of ˜2690 to 2680 Ma at Val d"Or represent the primary mineralizing event, consistent with its late kinematic timing throughout the Superior Province and with Late Archean supercontinent assembly globally, whereas the young scattered ages record the time of secondary fluid events associated with reactivation of the structures, resetting some isotopic systems below their conventional blocking temperature.

  7. Age and origin of base and precious metal veins of the Coeur d'Alene mining district, Idaho

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    Fleck, R.J.; Criss, R.E.; Eaton, G.F.; Cleland, R.W.; Wavra, C.S.; Bond, W.D.

    2002-01-01

    Ore-bearing quartz-carbonate veins of the Coeur d'Alene mining district yield 87Sr/86Sr ratios of 0.74 to >1.60 for low Rb/Sr, carbonate gangue minerals, similar to current ranges measured in Middle Proterozoic, high Rb/Sr rocks of the Belt Supergroup. Stable isotope and fluid inclusion studies establish a genetic relationship between vein formation and metamorphic-hydrothermal systems of the region. These extraordinary 87Sr/86Sr ratios require accumulation of radiogenic 87Sr in a high Rb/Sr system over an extended period prior to incorporation of Sr into the hydrothermal veins. Evaluation of the age and composition of potential sources of highly radiogenic Sr indicates that the ore-bearing veins of the Coeur d'Alene district formed during the Cretaceous from components scavenged from rocks of the Belt Supergroup, the primary host rocks of the district. Proterozoic Pb isotope ratios observed in galena from many Coeur d'Alene veins were established when Pb separated from uranium during deposition or diagenesis of the Belt Supergroup at 1400 to 1500 Ma, possibly as disseminated syngenetic deposits. K-Ar and Rb-Sr apparent ages and ??18O values of Belt Supergroup rocks decrease from the Coeur d'Alene district toward the Idaho and Kaniksu batholiths, approximately normal to the trends of metamorphic isograds, fold axes, foliation, and the major reverse faults of the district. Isoclinal folding, thrust faulting, high-temperature metamorphism, granitic plutonism, and regional-scale metamorphic-hydrothermal activity is documented in the region between 140 and 45 Ma, representing the only such combination of events in the Coeur d'Alene region subsequent to about 1300 Ma. The Sr and oxygen results and geologic evidence favor formation of the ore-bearing carbonate veins by fluids related to a complex metamorphic-hydrothermal system during the Cretaceous. Pb with Proterozoic isotopic compositions was probably mobilized and incorporated like other metals into the hydrothermal veins during this event. The ore-bearing veins were sheared and displaced during early Tertiary northwest-trending dextral strike-slip faulting along the Osburn fault and related structures of the Lewis and Clark line.

  8. Focus on Varicose Veins

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    ... Other veins often mistaken for varicose veins are spider veins and reticular veins, which are the visible ... greenish-blue veins that appear in our legs. Spider veins or teleangiectesias are tiny veins that you ...

  9. Geology and hydrothermal alteration at the Madh adh Dhahab epithermal precious-metal deposit, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

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    Doebrich, J.L.; LeAnderson, J.P.

    1984-01-01

    Vein-related alteration consisting of quartz-sericite-pyrite, chloritic, argillic, and silicic halos was superimposed on broad zones of pervasive silicic, potassic, and argillic alteration that surrounds the rhyolite intrusive body. Quartz-sericite-pyrite alteration associated with the earliest stage of mineralization was followed by broad, pervasive, stratigraphically controlled potassic alteration. Subsequent mineralization was accompanied by quartz-sericitepyrite alteration and was followed by the main stage of mineralization that formed strong chloritic alteration halos. Development of broad zones and halos of argillic alteration also may have been related to the main stage of mineralization. Development of silicic halos was characteristic of the late stages of mineralization. Broad, pervasive propylitic alteration was then superimposed on all alteration types and represents cooling and inward encroachment of the hydrothermal system. All alteration, except the early silicic alteration is interpreted to have been related to circulating meteoric fluids heated by the rhyolite.

  10. Chabazite in spodumene-bearing Alpine-type fissure veins from Hiddenite, North Carolina, USA

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    Wise, Michael A.

    2009-07-01

    Alpine-type fissure vein mineralization in the Hiddenite area of western North Carolina, USA consists mostly of quartz, but locally contains Cr-bearing beryl (emerald) or Cr-bearing spodumene (hiddenite). These gem minerals occur in mineral-lined cavities and may be accompanied by euhedral crystals of quartz, calcite, muscovite, rutile, albite, pyrite, siderite and dolomite. Chabazite-Ca occurs as a late stage phase in spodumene-bearing veins, but is absent in emerald-bearing veins. Chabazite-Ca occurs as simple penetrating twins of pseudocubic rhombohedra and as the lens-shaped variety, phacolite. Chabazite-Ca from Hiddenite contains minor amounts of Na, Mg, Fe and K. Phacolitic chabazite-Ca shows Fe-enriched but Mg-depleted cores relative to the rims. Chemical zoning is absent in rhombohedral chabazite. The Hiddenite chabazite apparently precipitated under low temperature (< 250°C) and low pressure (< 2 kbar) conditions during the waning stages of crystallization of an alkaline hydrothermal fluid.

  11. AGE AND ORIGIN OF BASE- AND PRECIOUS-METAL VEINS OF THE COEUR D'ALENE MINING DISTRICT, IDAHO

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    Fleck, R J; Criss, R E; Eaton, G F; Cleland, R W; Wavra, C S; Bond, W D

    2000-11-07

    Ore-bearing quartz-carbonate veins of the Coeur d'Alene mining district yield {sup 87}Sr/{sup 86}Sr ratios of 0.74 to >1.60 for low-Rb/Sr, carbonate gangue minerals, similar to current ranges measured in Middle Proterozoic, high-Rb/Sr rocks of the Belt Supergroup. Stable-isotope and fluid-inclusion studies establish a genetic relationship between vein formation and metamorphic-hydrothermal systems of the region. These extraordinary {sup 87}Sr/{sup 86}Sr ratios require accumulation of radiogenic {sup 87}Sr in a high Rb/Sr system over an extended period prior to incorporation of Sr into the veins by hydrothermal processes. Evaluation of the age and composition of potential sources of highly radiogenic Sr indicates that the ore-bearing veins of the Coeur d'Alene district formed within the last 200 Ma from components scavenged from sedimentary and metasedimentary rocks of the Belt Supergroup, the primary host-rocks of the district. These results are consistent with a Cretaceous or Early Tertiary age for these veins. Pb-Zn deposits that yield Pb isotope, K-Ar, and Ar-Ar results indicative of a Proterozoic age probably formed during deposition or diagenesis of the Belt Supergroup at 1350-1500 Ma, possibly as Sullivan-type syngenetic deposits. K-Ar and Rb-Sr apparent ages and {delta}{sup 18}O values of Belt Supergroup rocks decrease southward from the Coeur d'Alene district toward the Idaho batholith, normal to the trends of metamorphic isograds, fold axes, foliation, and the major reverse faults of the district. Isoclinal folding, thrust faulting, high-temperature metamorphism, granitic plutonism, and regional-scale metamorphic-hydrothermal activity is documented in the region between 140 Ma and 45 Ma, but no similar combination of events is recognized for Late Proterozoic time. Combined with Sr results from the veins, the evidence strongly favors formation of the ore-bearing carbonate veins of the district by fluids related to a complex metamorphic-hydrothermal system during Cretaceous and/or early Tertiary time. Proterozoic Pb-Zn deposits were probably deformed, remobilized along younger structures, and incorporated into the younger hydrothermal deposits during this event.

  12. Raman and micro-thermometric investigation of the fluid inclusions in quartz in a gold-rich formation from Lepaguare mining district (Honduras, Central America).

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    Bersani, D; Salvioli-Mariani, E; Mattioli, M; Menichetti, M; Lottici, P P

    2009-08-01

    Fluid inclusions in the quartz crystals present in gold-rich veins from central Honduras have been studied by means of micro-thermometry and micro-Raman spectroscopy in order to provide information on the physico-chemical conditions and chemical composition of the mineralizing fluids. The use of a confocal micro-Raman apparatus allowed to obtain information on the fluid composition, in particular on the gas phase, minimizing the contributions of the host matrix to the Raman signal. The samples studied were collected from an area (Lepaguare mining district, Northern-Central Honduras) rich in ore deposits due to the Cenozoic magmatic activity, where the gold and sulphide mineralization is connected with a system of quartz veins (few decimetres thick) occurring in low-grade metamorphic rocks and produced by hydrothermal fluids. The quartz crystals present in the gold-rich veins often contain fluid inclusions. Four types of fluid inclusions have been observed, but their assemblage in the same clusters and fracture systems, as well as their comparable salinity and homogenization data, suggest that they have the same origin. Micro-thermometry and Raman spectroscopy provide a composition of the mineralizing fluids attributable to the system H(2)O-NaCl-KCl-CO(2)-CH(4), with temperature and pressure intervals of 210-413 degrees C and 1050-3850 bar, respectively. These data agree with an epigenetic origin of the gold deposit (depth < 6 km) related to granitoid or granodiorite intrusions associated to orogenic environments. PMID:19117796

  13. Mineralogy, geochemistry and fluid evolution of a fossil hydrothermal system in the Paleogene Mendejin volcanic sequence, East Azarbaijan, Iran

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    Karimzadeh Somarin, A.; Lentz, D. R.

    2008-09-01

    The Mendejin area is one prominent hydrothermal alteration zone in association with Paleogene volcano-sedimentary sequences in NW Iran. The volcanic sequence at Mendejin ranges in composition from basalt to andesite, dacite and rhyolite. Sulfide mineralization and related hydrothermal alteration is associated with the late Mendejin pluton that discordantly intrudes into this cogenetic volcanic sequence. The common hypogene hydrothermal alteration types observed at Mendejin include; phyllic, propylitic, carbonatization, sulfidation, silicification (veins) and argillic types with locally abundant calcite, quartz, tourmaline, sericite, chlorite, kaolinite, illite, alunite, jarosite, and gypsum. Phyllic alteration (without calcite and epidote) is paragenetically early and it is followed by propylitic alteration (with epidote and little calcite) and carbonatization (with high calcite and no epidote) reflecting a gradual increase of CO2 in the hydrothermal system. Mass balance of the hydrothermal alteration within the various volcanic rocks indicates that most elements released during alteration were locally fixed in the low-temperature hydrothermal minerals. As a result, geochemical changes are not as prominent as mineralogical transformations. There is no net mass change during phyllic, argillic, silicic vein and carbonate alteration of andesite and basalt. However, propylitic alteration and carbonatization of dacite caused net mass additions of 8% and 17%, respectively. The high-field-strength elements (HFSE) like Ti, Zr, Hf, Th, Nd, Y, La, Ce, Sm and Lu were the immobile elements during hydrothermal alteration at Mendejin. However, the rare-earth elements (REE) were mobilized during carbonate alteration. Fluid inclusions in quartz and calcite from various assemblages show that hydrothermal minerals were deposited from a low salinity (0.35 to 4.34 wt% equivalent NaCl) hydrothermal solution at 385°C to 150°C. Fluid-wall rock reactions along with boiling of hydrothermal solution and mixing of relatively saline fluid (4.34 wt% equivalent NaCl) with a low-salinity groundwater (0.35 wt% equivalent NaCl) resulted in the extensive alteration of the volcanic country rocks and precipitation of hydrothermal assemblages at Mendejin.

  14. Infrared spectral reflectance characterization of the hydrothermal alteration at the Tuwu Cu-Au deposit, Xinjiang, China

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    Yang, K.; Lian, C.; Huntington, J. F.; Peng, Q.; Wang, Q.

    2005-11-01

    Short-wave infrared (SWIR) reflectance spectroscopy was used to characterize hydrothermal minerals and map alteration zones in the Tuwu Cu-Au deposit, Xinjiang, China. The Palaeozoic hydrothermal system at Tuwu is structurally controlled, developed in andesitic volcanic rocks and minor porphyries. Hydrothermal alteration is characterized by horizontally zoned development of quartz, sericite, chlorite, epidote, montmorillonite and kaolin about individual porphyry dykes and breccia zones, as is shown by changes outward from a core of quartz veining and silicification, through an inner zone of sericite + chlorite to a marginal zone of chlorite + epidote. The alteration system comprises several such zoning patterns. Silicification and sericitization are spatially associated with Cu-Au mineralization. Zoning is also shown by compositional variations such that Fe-rich chlorite and Al-rich sericite occur preferentially toward the core and the most intensely altered parts, whereas Mg-rich chlorite and relatively Al-poor sericite are present on the margin and the relatively weakly altered parts of the hydrothermal alteration system. The compositions of chlorite and sericite, therefore, can be potentially used as vectors to Cu-Au mineralization. Montmorillonite and kaolinite, of probable weathering origin, are located near the surface, forming an argillic blanket overlying Cu-Au mineralization. Sporadic montmorillonite is also present at depth in the hydrothermal alteration system, formed by descending groundwater. Presence of a well-developed kaolinite-bearing zone on the surface is an indication of possible underlying Cu-Au mineralization in this region. Epidote occurs widely in regional volcanic rocks, as well as in variably altered rocks on the margin of the hydrothermal mineralization system at Tuwu. The widespread occurrence of epidote in volcanic country rocks probably reflects a regional hydrothermal alteration event prior to the localized, porphyry intrusion-related hydrothermal process that led to the Cu-Au mineralization at Tuwu.

  15. Varicose Veins

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  16. Textural and structural evidence for a predeformation hydrothermal origin of the Tungsten Queen Deposit, Hamme District, North Carolina

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    Foose, M.P.; Slack, J.F.; Casadevall, T.

    1980-01-01

    The Hamme tungsten district is composed of a series of steeply dipping quartz-wolframite veins in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Veins are concentrated near the border of the lower Paleozoic Vance County pluton, along its western contact with green-schist-facies metapelites and metavolcanic rocks of the Carolina slate belt. One of these quartz veins, the Snead-Walker, hosts the Tungsten Queen deposit. The vein is 0 to 10 m thick and trends N 35 degrees E for approximately 3,500 m through slate belt rocks and the granitic pluton. The deposit has been worked to a depth of nearly 520 m and contains eight en echelon ore lodes that plunge 42 degrees to 65 degrees between S 10 degrees E and S 10 degrees W. Ore lodes commonly are encased in thin lenses of quartz-sericite greisen. The principal ore mineral is huebnerite and is accompanied by scattered occurrences of pyrite, sphalerite, galena, chalcopyrite, and tetrahedrite. The gangue is predominantly quartz with minor amounts of fluorite, sericite, and carbonate.Studies of minor structures and mineral textures indicate that both the wall rock and the ore and gangue minerals within the vein have been deformed by at least two events. The first event produced relatively gentle, open, and shallow-plunging folds; later, an intense episode of right-lateral shearing developed steeply plunging, tight folds and numerous northeast-trending shears. This latter deformation also developed a prominent alignment of ore and gangue minerals oblique to the vein walls and may have formed the en echelon distribution of ore lodes.In relatively undeformed parts of the vein, clusters of euhedral huebnerite crystals are oriented perpendicular to vein layering. Some prismatic crystals have terminations with cappings of sulfides and in polished thin section show concentric growth zones. These features are similar to textures found in unmetamorphosed tungsten-bearing hydrothermal vein deposits such as those at Pasto Bueno, Peru; Carrock Fell, England; and Panasqueria, Portugal. The relationships of mineral textures and minor structures indicate that the Tungsten Queen deposit formed by open-space fillings of linear faults or fractures and was subsequently deformed by at least two episodes of folding and shearing.

  17. Geology of the epithermal Ag-Au Huevos Verdes vein system and San José district, Deseado massif, Patagonia, Argentina

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    Dietrich, Andreas; Gutierrez, Ronald; Nelson, Eric P.; Layer, Paul W.

    2012-03-01

    The San José district is located in the northwest part of the Deseado massif and hosts a number of epithermal Ag-Au quartz veins of intermediate sulfidation style, including the Huevos Verdes vein system. Veins are hosted by andesitic rocks of the Bajo Pobre Formation and locally by rhyodacitic pyroclastic rocks of the Chon Aike Formation. New 40Ar/39Ar constraints on the age of host rocks and mineralization define Late Jurassic ages of 151.3 ± 0.7 Ma to 144.7 ± 0.1 Ma for volcanic rocks of the Bajo Pobre Formation and of 147.6 ± 1.1 Ma for the Chon Aike Formation. Illite ages of the Huevos Verdes vein system of 140.8 ± 0.2 and 140.5 ± 0.3 Ma are 4 m.y. younger than the volcanic host rock unit. These age dates are among the youngest reported for Jurassic volcanism in the Deseado massif and correlate well with the regional context of magmatic and hydrothermal activity. The Huevos Verdes vein system has a strike length of 2,000 m, with several ore shoots along strike. The vein consists of a pre-ore stage and three main ore stages. Early barren quartz and chalcedony are followed by a mottled quartz stage of coarse saccharoidal quartz with irregular streaks and discontinuous bands of sulfide-rich material. The banded quartz-sulfide stage consists of sulfide-rich bands alternating with bands of quartz and bands of chlorite ± illite. Late-stage sulfide-rich veinlets are associated with kaolinite gangue. Ore minerals are argentite and electrum, together with pyrite, sphalerite, galena, chalcopyrite, minor bornite, covellite, and ruby silver. Wall rock alteration is characterized by narrow (< 3 m) halos of illite and illite/smectite next to veins, grading outward into propylitic alteration. Gangue minerals are dominantly massive quartz intergrown with minor to accessory adularia. Epidote, illite, illite/smectite, and, preferentially at deeper levels, Fe-chlorite gangue indicate near-neutral pH hydrothermal fluids at temperatures of >220°C. Kaolinite occurring with the late sulfide-rich veinlet stage indicates pH < 4 and a temperature of <200°C. The Huevos Verdes system has an overall strike of 325°, dipping on average 65° NE. The orientations of individual ore shoots are controlled by vein strike and intersecting north-northwest-striking faults. We propose a structural model for the time of mineralization of the San José district, consisting of a conjugate shear pair of sinistral north-northwest- and dextral west-northwest-striking faults that correspond to R and R' in the Riedel shear model and that are related to master faults (M) of north-northeast-strike. Veins of 315° strike can be interpreted as nearly pure extensional fractures (T). Variations in vein strike predict an induced sinistral shear component for strike directions of >315°, whereas strike directions of <315° are predicted with an induced dextral strike-slip movement. The components of the structural model appear to be present on a regional scale and are not restricted to the San José district.

  18. Stratigraphic development and hydrothermal activity in the central western Cascade Range, Oregon

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    Cummings, M.L.; Bull, M.K. ); Pollock, J.M. ); Thompson, G.D. )

    1990-11-10

    Two volcanic sequences bounded by erosional unconformities compose the stratigraphy of the North Santiam mining district, Western Cascade Range, Oregon. Diorite, grandodiorite, and leucocratic quartz porphyry dikes, stocks, and sills intrude the breccias, flows, and tuffs of a volcanic center in the older Sardine Formation. Tourmaline-bearing breccia pipes are associated with the porphyritic granodiorite intrusions. An erosional unconformity separates the Sardine Formation from the overlying Elk Lake formation. The alteration patterns in the two formations are consistent with the development of hydrothermal systems during the eruption of each formation. However, the development of the two hydrothermal systems is separated by a period of erosion of the older volcanic pile. Early formation of mineralization that resembles porphyry copper deposits occurred within the Sardine Formation, and later, after eruption of the Elk Lake formation, epithermal veins and alteration developed along faults, fractures, and the margins of dikes in the Sardine Formation.

  19. Timing of porphyry (Cu-Mo) and base metal (Zn-Pb-Ag-Cu) mineralisation in a magmatic-hydrothermal system—Morococha district, Peru

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    Catchpole, Honza; Kouzmanov, Kalin; Bendezú, Aldo; Ovtcharova, Maria; Spikings, Richard; Stein, Holly; Fontboté, Lluís

    2015-12-01

    The Morococha district in central Peru is characterised by economically important Cordilleran polymetallic (Zn-Pb-Ag-Cu) vein and replacement bodies and the large Toromocho porphyry Cu-Mo deposit in its centre. U-Pb, Re-Os, and 40Ar/39Ar geochronology data for various porphyry-related hydrothermal mineralisation styles record a 3.5-Ma multi-stage history of magmatic-hydrothermal activity in the district. In the late Miocene, three individual magmatic-hydrothermal centres were active: the Codiciada, Toromocho, and Ticlio centres, each separated in time and space. The Codiciada centre is the oldest magmatic-hydrothermal system in the district and consists of a composite porphyry stock associated with anhydrous skarn and quartz-molybdenite veins. The hydrothermal events are recorded by a titanite U-Pb age at 9.3 ± 0.2 Ma and a molybdenite Re-Os age at 9.26 ± 0.03 Ma. These ages are indistinguishable from zircon U-Pb ages for porphyry intrusions of the composite stock and indicate a time span of 0.2 Ma for magmatic-hydrothermal activity. The small Ticlio magmatic-hydrothermal centre in the west of the district has a maximum duration of 0.3 Ma, ranging from porphyry emplacement to porphyry mineralisation at 8.04 ± 0.14 Ma (40Ar/39Ar muscovite cooling age). The Toromocho magmatic-hydrothermal centre has a minimum of five recorded porphyry intrusions that span a total of 1.3 Ma and is responsible for the formation of the giant Toromocho Cu-Mo deposit. At least two hydrothermal pulses are identified. Post-dating a first pulse of molybdenite mineralisation, wide-spread hydrous skarn covers an area of over 6 km2 and is recorded by five 40Ar/39Ar cooling ages at 7.2-6.8 Ma. These ages mark the end of the slowly cooling and long-lived Toromocho magmatic-hydrothermal centre soon after last magmatic activity at 7.26 ± 0.02 Ma. District-wide (50 km2) Cordilleran base metal vein and replacement bodies post-date the youngest recorded porphyry mineralisation event at Toromocho by more than 0.5 Ma. Polymetallic veins (5.78 ± 0.10 and 5.72 ± 0.18 Ma; 40Ar/39Ar ages) and the Manto Italia polymetallic replacement bodies (6.23 ± 0.12 and 6.0 ± 0.2 Ma; 40Ar/39Ar ages) are interpreted to have been formed by a single hydrothermal pulse. Hydrothermal activity ceased after the formation of the base metal vein and replacement bodies. Overlapping monazite U-Pb (8.26 ± 0.18 Ma) and muscovite 40Ar/39Ar ages (8.1 ± 0.5 Ma) from the early base metal stage of one Cordilleran vein sample in the Sulfurosa area provide evidence that a discrete hydrothermal pulse was responsible for polymetallic vein formation 2.6 Ma prior to the district-wide polymetallic veins. These ages pre-date those of Toromocho porphyry Cu-Mo formation and show that Zn-Pb-Ag-Cu mineralisation formed during several discrete magmatic-hydrothermal pulses in the same district.

  20. Sclerotherapy of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins

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    ... Index A-Z Sclerotherapy of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins Sclerotherapy uses injections from a very fine, ... Sclerotherapy? What is Sclerotherapy of Varicose Veins and Spider Veins? Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment used ...

  1. Vein Problems Related to Varicose Veins

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    ... your doctor if you think you have them. Spider Veins Spider veins are a smaller version of varicose veins and a less serious type of telangiectasias. Spider veins involve the capillaries, the smallest blood vessels ...

  2. Varicose Veins and Other Vein Disorders

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    ... e-newsletter! Aging & Health A to Z Varicose Veins and Other Vein Disorders Basic Facts & Information Varicose veins are swollen, ... and swollen; these are called “spider veins.” Other Vein Problems A blockage in a vein can occur ...

  3. Quartz ball value

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    Goetz, C.; Ingle, W. M.

    1979-01-01

    Quartz ball valve consisting of two quartz joints sealed back-to-back and seated in quartz sockets perform at temperatures of up to 1,250 C and in corrosive chemical environments without contamination or degradation.

  4. The interplay of evolved seawater and magmatic-hydrothermal fluids in the 3.24 Ga panorama volcanic-hosted massive sulfide hydrothermal system, North Pilbara Craton, Western Australia

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    Drieberg, Susan L.; Hagemann, Steffen G.; Huston, David L.; Landis, Gary; Ryan, Chris G.; Van Achterbergh, Esmé; Vennemann, Torsten

    2013-01-01

    The ~3240 Ma Panorama volcanic-hosted massive sulfide (VHMS) district is unusual for its high degree of exposure and low degree of postdepositional modification. In addition to typical seafloor VHMS deposits, this district contains greisen- and vein-hosted Mo-Cu-Zn-Sn mineral occurrences that are contemporaneous with VHMS orebodies and are hosted by the Strelley granite complex, which also drove VHMS circulation. Hence the Panorama district is a natural laboratory to investigate the role of magmatic-hydrothermal fluids in VHMS hydrothermal systems. Regional and proximal high-temperature alteration zones in volcanic rocks underlying the VHMS deposits are dominated by chlorite-quartz ± albite assemblages, with lesser low-temperature sericite-quartz ± K-feldspar assemblages. These assemblages are typical of VHMS hydrothermal systems. In contrast, the alteration assemblages associated with granite-hosted greisens and veins include quartz-topaz-muscovite-fluorite and quartz-muscovite (sericite)-chlorite-ankerite. These vein systems generally do not extend into the overlying volcanic pile. Fluid inclusion and stable isotope studies suggest that the greisens were produced by high-temperature (~590°C), high-salinity (38–56 wt % NaCl equiv) fluids with high densities (>1.3 g/cm3) and high δ18O (9.3 ± 0.6‰). These fluids are compatible with the measured characteristics of magmatic fluids evolved from the Strelley granite complex. In contrast, fluids in the volcanic pile (including the VHMS ore-forming fluids) were of lower temperature (90°–270°C), lower salinity (5.0–11.2 wt % NaCl equiv), with lower densities (0.88–1.01 g/cm3) and lower δ18O (−0.8 ± 2.6‰). These fluids are compatible with evolved Paleoarchean seawater. Fluids that formed the quartz-chalcopyrite-sphalerite-cassiterite veins, which are present within the granite complex near the contact with the volcanic pile, were intermediate in temperature and isotopic composition between the greisen and volcanic pile fluids (T = 240°–315°C; δ18O = 4.3 ± 1.5‰) and are interpreted to indicate mixing between the two end-member fluids. Evidence of mixing between evolved seawater and magmatic-hydrothermal fluid within the granite complex, together with the lack of evidence for a magmatic component in fluids from the volcanic pile, suggest partitioning of magmatic-hydrothermal from evolved seawater hydrothermal systems in the Panorama VHMS system. This separation is interpreted to result from either the swamping of a relatively small magmatic-hydro-thermal system by evolved seawater or density contrasts precluding movement of magmatic-hydrothermal fluids into the volcanic pile. Variability in the salinity of fluids in the volcanic pile, combined with evidence for mixing of low- and high-salinity fluids in the massive sulfide lens, is interpreted to indicate that phase separation occurred within the Panorama hydrothermal system. Although we consider this phase separation to have most likely occurred at depth within the system, as has been documented in modern VHMS systems, the data do not allow the location of the inferred phase separation to be determined.

  5. Characteristics of hydrothermal alteration mineralogy and geochemistry of igneous rocks from the epithermal Co-O mine and district, Eastern Mindanao (Philippines)

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    Sonntag, Iris; Hagemann, Steffen

    2010-05-01

    Detailed petrographic as well as hyperspectral analyses using PIMA (Portable Infrared Mineral Analyser) and geochemical (major, trace and rare earth elements) studies were conducted on samples of the epithermal, low sulfidation Co-O mine (47,869 ounces gold produced in 2009 with an average grade of 13.3 g/t gold) and district in Eastern Mindanao (Philippines). The aims of the study were to unravel the petrogenetic origin of the various volcanic (host rocks) and intrusive rocks (potential fluid driver) as well as their relationship and influence on the hydrothermal alteration zoning and fluid chemistry. The auriferous veins at the Co-O mine were formed during two hydrothermal stages associated with the district wide D1 and D2 deformation events. Gold in stage 1 quartz veins is in equilibrium with galena and sphalerite, whereas in stage 2 it is associated with pyrite. Auriferous quartz veins of stage 1 reflect temperatures below 250° C or strong variations in pH and fO2 at higher temperatures, due to potential involvement of acidic gas or meteoric water. Cathodoluminescense studies revealed strong zonation of quartz associated with Au, presumably related to changes in the Al content, which is influenced by the pH. Plumose textures indicate times of rapid deposition, whereas saccharoidal quartz grains are related to potential calcite replacement. The geology of the Co-O mine and district is dominated by Miocene volcanic rocks (basic to intermediate flows and pyroclastics units), which are partly covered by Pliocene volcanic rocks and late Oligocene to Miocene limestones. The Miocene units are intruded by diorite (presumably Miocene in age). The epithermal mineralization event may be related to diorite intrusions. The geochemistry of all igneous rocks in the district is defined by a sub-alkaline affinity and is low to medium K in composition. Most units are related to a Miocene subduction zone with westward subduction, whereas the younger Pliocene rocks are related to the currently active east dipping subduction zone. At the Co-O mine the proximal hydrothermal alteration zone is defined by phyllic to argillic alteration displayed in sericitized to carbonated feldspar, quartz and chloritized amphiboles surrounded by a distal alteration halo displaying propylitic alteration. The alteration geochemistry of these hydrothermal altered rocks is defined by an increase in K2O and Na2O and decrease in Al2O3. However, adularia usually associated with hydrothermal alteration in low epithermal Au quartz veins, has so far not been described, which points to a K-poor magma system. PIMA hydrothermal alteration studies indicate the dominant presence of smectite rather than white mica, which supports the involvement of a K-poor hydrothermal fluid. The epithermal Co-O mine and district displays low to medium potassic magma series and a hydrothermal alteration mineralogy that is K-poor. However, the Co-O mine hosts significant amounts of epithermal gold mineralization. The recognition of poor K melts and hydrothermal alteration mineralogy associated with distinct low-sulfidation epithermal gold mineralization has important implication for exploration in the Co-O district and, potentially, also in other areas in the Philippines and worldwide.

  6. Varicose vein stripping

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  7. What Causes Varicose Veins?

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  8. Gold Veins near Great Falls, Maryland

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    Reed, John Calvin, Jr.; Reed, John C.

    1969-01-01

    Small deposits of native gold are present along an anastomosing system of quartz veins and shear zones just east of Great Falls, Montgomery County, Md. The deposits were discovered in 1861 and were worked sporadically until 1951, yielding more than 5,000 ounces of gold. The vein system and the principal veins within it strike a few degrees west of north, at an appreciable angle to foliation and fold axial planes in enclosing rocks of the Wissahickon Formation of late Precambrian (?) age. The veins cut granitic rocks of Devonian or pre-Devonian age and may be as young as Triassic. Further development of the deposits is unlikely under present economic conditions because of their generally low gold content and because much of the vein system lies on park property, but study of the Great Falls vein system may be useful in the search for similar deposits elsewhere in the Appalachian Piedmont.

  9. Weathering of post-impact hydrothermal deposits from the Haughton impact structure: implications for microbial colonization and biosignature preservation.

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    Izawa, M R M; Banerjee, Neil R; Osinski, G R; Flemming, R L; Parnell, J; Cockell, C S

    2011-01-01

    Meteorite impacts are among the very few processes common to all planetary bodies with solid surfaces. Among the effects of impact on water-bearing targets is the formation of post-impact hydrothermal systems and associated mineral deposits. The Haughton impact structure (Devon Island, Nunavut, Canada, 75.2 °N, 89.5 °W) hosts a variety of hydrothermal mineral deposits that preserve assemblages of primary hydrothermal minerals commonly associated with secondary oxidative/hydrous weathering products. Hydrothermal mineral deposits at Haughton include intra-breccia calcite-marcasite vugs, small intra-breccia calcite or quartz vugs, intra-breccia gypsum megacryst vugs, hydrothermal pipe structures and associated surface "gossans," banded Fe-oxyhydroxide deposits, and calcite and quartz veins and coatings in shattered target rocks. Of particular importance are sulfide-rich deposits and their associated assemblage of weathering products. Hydrothermal mineral assemblages were characterized structurally, texturally, and geochemically with X-ray diffraction, micro X-ray diffraction, optical and electron microscopy, and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy. Primary sulfides (marcasite and pyrite) are commonly associated with alteration minerals, including jarosite (K,Na,H(3)O)Fe(3)(SO(4))(2)(OH)(6), rozenite FeSO(4)·4(H(2)O), copiapite (Fe,Mg)Fe(4)(SO(4))(6)(OH)(2)·20(H(2)O), fibroferrite Fe(SO(4))(OH)·5(H(2)O), melanterite FeSO(4)·7(H(2)O), szomolnokite FeSO(4)·H(2)O, goethite α-FeO(OH), lepidocrocite γ-FeO(OH) and ferrihydrite Fe(2)O(3)·0.5(H(2)O). These alteration assemblages are consistent with geochemical conditions that were locally very different from the predominantly circumneutral, carbonate-buffered environment at Haughton. Mineral assemblages associated with primary hydrothermal activity, and the weathering products of such deposits, provide constraints on possible microbial activity in the post-impact environment. The initial period of active hydrothermal circulation produced primary mineral assemblages, including Fe sulfides, and was succeeded by a period dominated by oxidation and low-temperature hydration of primary minerals by surface waters. Active hydrothermal circulation can enable the rapid delivery of nutrients to microbes. Nutrient availability following the cessation of hydrothermal circulation is likely more restricted; therefore, the biological importance of chemical energy from hydrothermal mineral deposits increases with time. Weathering of primary hydrothermal deposits and dissolution and reprecipitation of mobile weathering products also create many potential habitats for endolithic microbes. They also provide a mechanism that may preserve biological materials, potentially over geological timescales. PMID:21767151

  10. Hydrothermal alteration in basalts from Vargeão impact structure, south Brazil, and implications for recognition of impact-induced hydrothermalism on Mars

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    Yokoyama, Elder; Nédélec, Anne; Baratoux, David; Trindade, Ricardo I. F.; Fabre, Sébastien; Berger, Gilles

    2015-05-01

    The 12-km-wide Vargeão impact structure was formed 123 Myr ago in the Paraná basaltic province (southern Brazil). At this time the province region had a dry climate, although a large brackish aquifer had been formed in the underlying sandstones. It is therefore one of the best terrestrial analogs for studying impact-related products on a dry martian surface environment with preserved ice-rich ground. The basalts within the impact structure display cm-sized breccia veins filled with lithic clasts, glassy remnants, newly formed Fe-oxyhydroxides and secondary phases, such as calcite, phyllosilicates and, subordinately quartz and zeolite. The textural and mineralogical study of these phases demonstrate their hydrothermal origin. Although the very center of the structure has experienced the highest pressures and temperatures, the most developed hydrothermal changes are recognized in an inner collar surrounding the central depression. This inner collar is also the location of major modifications of the rock magnetic properties. These magnetic signatures are related to the distribution of impact-related faults and to the formation of new iron oxides. Geochemical modeling indicate that hydrothermal phases formation required low water/rock ratios. Our observations therefore suggest that hydrothermal alteration took place following the perturbation of the aquifer by the impact, but evidence for hydrothermal circulation is limited in comparison with other impact-related hydrothermal systems. This situation may be explained by the presence of the aquifer below the heat source, such a setting being exceptional for the Earth, but common on Mars. However, the spectroscopic signatures in visible/near infrared images suggest that this kind of impact-related hydrothermal alteration may be still indentified in large impact craters on Mars by orbital instruments. These results does not exclude the possibility that more developed alteration took place in breccias that are today eroded.

  11. 43 CFR 3864.1-3 - Millsites for quartz mills or reduction works.

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    2012-10-01

    ... 43 Public Lands: Interior 2 2012-10-01 2012-10-01 false Millsites for quartz mills or reduction... APPLICATIONS Millsite Patents § 3864.1-3 Millsites for quartz mills or reduction works. In case the owner of a quartz mill or reduction works is not the owner or claimant of a vein or lode claim the law permits...

  12. 43 CFR 3864.1-3 - Millsites for quartz mills or reduction works.

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    2013-10-01

    ... 43 Public Lands: Interior 2 2013-10-01 2013-10-01 false Millsites for quartz mills or reduction... APPLICATIONS Millsite Patents § 3864.1-3 Millsites for quartz mills or reduction works. In case the owner of a quartz mill or reduction works is not the owner or claimant of a vein or lode claim the law permits...

  13. 43 CFR 3864.1-3 - Millsites for quartz mills or reduction works.

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    2011-10-01

    ... 43 Public Lands: Interior 2 2011-10-01 2011-10-01 false Millsites for quartz mills or reduction... APPLICATIONS Millsite Patents § 3864.1-3 Millsites for quartz mills or reduction works. In case the owner of a quartz mill or reduction works is not the owner or claimant of a vein or lode claim the law permits...

  14. 43 CFR 3864.1-3 - Millsites for quartz mills or reduction works.

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    2014-10-01

    ... 43 Public Lands: Interior 2 2014-10-01 2014-10-01 false Millsites for quartz mills or reduction... APPLICATIONS Millsite Patents § 3864.1-3 Millsites for quartz mills or reduction works. In case the owner of a quartz mill or reduction works is not the owner or claimant of a vein or lode claim the law permits...

  15. Fluid-inclusion microthermometry and the Zr-in-rutile thermometer for hydrothermal rutile

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    Cabral, Alexandre Raphael; Rios, Francisco Javier; de Oliveira, Lucilia Aparecida Ramos; de Abreu, Francisco Robério; Lehmann, Bernd; Zack, Thomas; Laufek, František

    2015-03-01

    The Zr-in-rutile thermometer is well established for the determination of metamorphic temperatures, particularly in high-grade metamorphic terrains, and for sedimentary provenance studies. The robustness of the rutile thermometry has not been tested on hydrothermal systems. Unlike quartz, a common hydrothermal mineral with abundant fluid inclusions, it is difficult to find fluid inclusions in rutile that are suitable for fluid-inclusion microthermometry. Here, we report fluid-inclusion microthermometric measurements in rutile from the auriferous quartz-kaolinite-hematite vein that typifies the gold deposit of Mil Oitavas in the southern Serra do Espinhaço, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Primary fluid inclusions in the rutile record moderately saline (10-12 wt% NaCl equivalent), aqueous-carbonic fluids with a total homogenization temperature of ~250 °C, which were likely trapped at about 300 °C and 2.0 kbar. This temperature is approximately 200 °C lower than that predicted by the Zr-in-rutile thermometer. For hydrothermal conditions of relatively low temperature, direct measurements of homogenization temperatures in rutile-hosted fluid inclusions should be preferred to the Zr-in-rutile thermometer.

  16. Hydrothermal alteration features in the Vargeão basaltic impact structure (South Brazil): Implications about the presence of liquid water in Mars

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    Yokoyama, E.; Nédélec, A.; Baratoux, D.; Berger, G.; Trindade, R. I.

    2013-05-01

    This study presents new petrological data about the hydrothermal fluid percolation in impact craters. Impact cratering process is of primary importance in the evolution of solid bodies of the Solar System. However, impact craters on basaltic rocks, which are the best analog for the surface of other planets and satellites, are rare on Earth. Recently, one medium-size complex crater was identified on volcanic rocks of the Paraná basin (south Brazil), providing an additional analog for the craters of most rocky planets and satellites. The 12 km wide Vargeão is a complex impact structure formed on volcanics rocks of the Serra Geral Formation (about 133-131 Ma), which are locally intertrapped by aeolian-sandstones of Botucatu Formation. Vargeão is morphologically characterized by a well-preserved rim and a smoothed central uplift. The rim region is characterized by concentric gravitational faults that affect tholeiitic basalt flows hundreds of meters thick and rhyodacites few tens of meters thick. Associated with these faults occur the formation of local networks of small red breccia veins. The central uplift has fractured basaltic rocks that contain a lot of red oxidized breccias veins cutted by some white veins. This study is focused on the petrogenesis of these centimeter breccia veins that are found in all lithologies. We conducted a detailed petrological study (petrography, microprobe, SEM, Raman spectroscopy, Magnetic data, Spectroscopy of reflectance and XRD) on these veins and their host-rocks. Our results show that the veins were strongly affected by the post-impact hydrothermal fluids. The hydrothermal alteration varies geographically in the structure. On the rim area this alteration consists of total or partial substitution of the melt matrix by quartz, calcite, iron oxides, zeolites and clay minerals. At the central area, the alteration mineral assembly is composed of quartz, iron oxides, zeolites, clay minerals and rarely calcite. Usually, the alteration shows a zoned setting, which also varies locally. The nature of occurrence of second minerals identified in the context of post-impact hydrothermal alteration of impact craters on basalt represent a critical interpretation to interpret alteration signature of impact craters and the old Noachian terrains of Mars. The interpretation of this signature remains controversial. It may result from the excavation of globally altered volcanic material in a warm and wet Mars, or alternatively it may result from impact-associated hydrothermal alteration. Our results at Vargeão may be used to assess these different hypotheses.

  17. Reconstructing the oxygen isotope composition of late Cambrian and Cretaceous hydrothermal vent fluid

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    Turchyn, Alexandra V.; Alt, Jeffrey C.; Brown, Shaun T.; DePaolo, Donald J.; Coggon, Rosalind M.; Chi, Guoxiang; Bédard, Jean H.; Skulski, Thomas

    2013-12-01

    Oxygen isotope analyses (δ18O) of 16 quartz-epidote pairs from late Cambrian (Betts Cove and Mings Bight, Newfoundland), Ordovician (Thetford Mines, Québec, Canada) and Cretaceous (Troodos, Cyprus) ophiolites are used to calculate the δ18O of the hydrothermal fluids from which they crystallized. We combine these with 3 quartz-fluid inclusion measurements and 3 quartz-magnetite measurements from the Cambrian ophiolites to explore how the range in the δ18O of submarine hydrothermal vent fluid has varied between the late Cambrian, Cretaceous and today. The range of calculated δ18O values of vent fluid (-4 to +7.4) is larger than that of modern seafloor hydrothermal vent fluid (0 to +4). We employ two numerical models to ascertain whether this range is most consistent with changes in paleo-seawater δ18O or with changes in the reactive flow path in ancient hydrothermal systems. A static calculation of the vent fluid oxygen isotope composition as a function of the water-rock ratio suggests that in an ocean with a lower δ18O than today, the range of vent fluid δ18O should be larger. Our data, however, show little evidence that the δ18O of the ocean was much lower than the global ice-free value of -1.2. A dual porosity model for reactive flow through fractured and porous media is used to model the relative evolution of the 87Sr/86Sr and δ18O of vent fluid in contact with rock. Our 87Sr/86Sr and δ18O for Cretaceous epidotes suggest the strontium concentration of the Cretaceous oceans may have been much higher than at present. The 87Sr/86Sr and δ18O data from Cambrian epidotes are strikingly different from the younger samples, and are difficult to model unless fluid-rock interaction in the Cambrian hydrothermal systems was substantially different. It is also possible that some of the quartz-epidote veins have been reset by obduction-related metamorphism. Our data suggest that the high calcium-to-sulfate ratio in early (and Cretaceous) seawater may have affected the degree of strontium isotope exchange, causing hydrothermal fluids to have 87Sr/86Sr closer to that of seawater than in modern systems.

  18. Paired stable isotopes (O, C) and clumped isotope thermometry of magnesite and silica veins in the New Caledonia Peridotite Nappe

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    Quesnel, Benoît; Boulvais, Philippe; Gautier, Pierre; Cathelineau, Michel; John, Cédric M.; Dierick, Malorie; Agrinier, Pierre; Drouillet, Maxime

    2016-06-01

    The stable isotope compositions of veins provide information on the conditions of fluid-rock interaction and on the origin of fluids and temperatures. In New Caledonia, magnesite and silica veins occur throughout the Peridotite Nappe. In this work, we present stable isotope and clumped isotope data in order to constrain the conditions of fluid circulation and the relationship between fluid circulation and nickel ore-forming laterization focusing on the Koniambo Massif. For magnesite veins occurring at the base of the nappe, the high δ18O values between 27.8‰ and 29.5‰ attest to a low temperature formation. Clumped isotope analyses on magnesite give temperatures between 26 °C and 42 °C that are consistent with amorphous silica-magnesite oxygen isotope equilibrium. The meteoric origin of the fluid is indicated by calculated δ18Owater values between -3.4‰ to +1.5‰. Amorphous silica associated with magnesite or occurring in the coarse saprolite level displays a narrow range of δ18O values between 29.7‰ and 35.3‰. For quartz veins occurring at the top of the bedrock and at the saprolite level, commonly in association with Ni-talc-like minerals, the δ18O values are lower, between 21.8‰ and 29.0‰ and suggest low-temperature hydrothermal conditions (∼40-95 °C). Thermal equilibration of the fluid along the geothermic gradient before upward flow through the nappe and/or influence of exothermic reactions of serpentinization could be the source(s) of heat needed to form quartz veins under such conditions.

  19. Varicose vein - noninvasive treatment

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  20. Sequence of Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous magmatic-hydrothermal events in the Xiong'ershan region, Central China: An overview with new zircon U-Pb geochronology data on quartz porphyries

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    Deng, Jun; Gong, Qingjie; Wang, Changming; Carranza, Emmanuel John M.; Santosh, M.

    2014-01-01

    Recent investigations have revealed several large Au and Mo deposits in the Xiong'ershan region, Central China. Most quartz porphyries associated with the mineralization occur as dikes and apophyses, or as rubbles cemented in mineralized breccia pipes. Three types of quartz porphyries were sampled from the Leimengou Mo deposit, the Qiyugou Au deposit, and the Niutougou Au deposit. LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb analysis was performed in zircons from two quartz porphyries; the results yielded ages of 125.4 ± 0.77 Ma for Leimengou Mo deposit and 150.1 ± 1.1 Ma for Qiyugou Au deposit. The magma source of Leimengou quartz porphyry is similar to that of the mineralized cementing material in breccia pipes of the Qiyugou Au deposit, whereas the magma source of Qiyugou quartz porphyry is the same as that of quartz porphyries in Niutougou Au deposit. Based on the new U-Pb isotopic ages of granitic plutons reported in this study, together with the age data in the literature, we identify distinct magmatic pulses in the Xiong'ershan region at ca.160, 150, 143, 133, 125, and 115 Ma during the Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous. The ages of Au and Mo mineralization coincide with the thermal events at about 115, 125, 133, and 143 Ma are considered to be co-eval with granitic magmatism. No mineralization ages of 150 and 160 Ma thermal events have been previously reported. Our study demonstrates Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous multiple magmatic pulses and mineralization in the Xiong'ershan region.

  1. Deep Vein Thrombosis

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    MENU Return to Web version Deep Vein Thrombosis Overview What is deep vein thrombosis? Deep vein thrombosis (also called DVT) is a blood clot in a vein deep inside your body. These clots usually occur in ...

  2. Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis

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    ... Education & Events Advocacy For Patients About ACOG Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis Home For Patients Search FAQs Preventing ... Vein Thrombosis FAQ174, August 2011 PDF Format Preventing Deep Vein Thrombosis Women's Health What is deep vein ...

  3. The Marianas-San Marcos vein system: characteristics of a shallow low sulfidation epithermal Au-Ag deposit in the Cerro Negro district, Deseado Massif, Patagonia, Argentina

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    Vidal, Conrado Permuy; Guido, Diego M.; Jovic, Sebastián M.; Bodnar, Robert J.; Moncada, Daniel; Melgarejo, Joan Carles; Hames, Willis

    2016-01-01

    The Cerro Negro district, within the Argentinian Deseado Massif province, has become one of the most significant recent epithermal discoveries, with estimated reserves plus resources of ˜6.7 Moz Au equivalent. The Marianas-San Marcos vein system contains about 70 % of the Au-Ag resources in the district. Mineralization consists of Upper Jurassic (155 Ma) epithermal Au- and Ag-rich veins of low to intermediate sulfidation style, hosted in and genetically related to Jurassic intermediate composition volcanic rocks (159-156 Ma). Veins have a complex infill history, represented by ten stages with clear crosscutting relationships that can be summarized in four main episodes: a low volume, metal-rich initial episode (E1), an extended banded quartz episode with minor mineralization (E2), a barren waning stage episode (E3), and a silver-rich late tectonic-hydrothermal episode (E4). The first three episodes are interpreted to have formed at the same time and probably from fluids of similar composition: a 290-230 °C fluid dominated by meteoric and volcanic waters (-3‰ to -0‰ δ18Owater), with <3 % NaCl equivalent salinity and with a magmatic source of sulfur (-1 to -2 ‰ δ34Swater). Metal was mainly precipitated at the beginning of vein formation (episode 1) due to a combination of boiling at ˜600 to 800 m below the paleowater table, and associated mixing/cooling processes, as evidenced by sulfide-rich bands showing crustiform-colloform quartz, adularia, and chlorite-smectite banding. During episodes 2 and 3, metal contents progressively decrease during continuing boiling conditions, and veins were filled by quartz and calcite during waning stages of the hydrothermal system, and the influx of bicarbonate waters (-6 to -8.5 ‰ δ18Owater). Hydrothermal alteration is characterized by proximal illite, adularia, and silica zone with chlorite and minor epidote, intermediate interlayered illite-smectite and a distal chlorite halo. This assemblage is in agreement with measured fluid inclusion temperatures. A striking aspect of the Marianas-San Marcos vein system is that the high-grade/high-temperature veins are partially covered by breccia and volcaniclastic deposits of acidic composition, and are spatially associated with hot spring-related deposits and an advanced argillic alteration blanket. A telescoped model is therefore proposed for the Marianas-San Marcos area, where deeper veins were uplifted and eroded, and then partially covered by non-explosive, post-mineral rhyolitic domes and reworked volcaniclastic deposits, together with shallow geothermal features. The last tectonic-hydrothermal mineralization episode (E4), interpreted to have formed at lower temperatures, could be related to this late tectonic and hydrothermal activity.

  4. Oxygen, hydrogen, and sulfur isotope studies in the Juneau gold belt, southeastern Alaska: constraints on the origin of hydrothermal fluids

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    Goldfarb, R.J.; Newberry, R.J.; Pickthorn, W.J.; Gent, C.A.

    1991-01-01

    The ??18O values of gold-bearing quartz from the Juneau gold belt range from 15.2 to 20.8???, indicating that ore fluid values ranged from 7.2 to 12.8??? at an estimated temperature of 300??C. Hydrothermal micas from many of the deposits are characterized by ??D values of -75 to -53???, and ore fluids were calculated to have values of -35 to -15???. In contrast, extracted fluid inclusion waters have a broad range of ??D values, from -48 in relatively undeformed quartz to about -110??? for some of the more deformed quartz veins. This range of more than 60??? reflects various mixtures from inclusions containing isotopically heavy, primary ore fluids and those containing low-temperature, isotopically light meteoric waters that were trapped in late fractures during uplift of the veins to shallow crustal levels. These results indicate a deep crustal source for the ore fluids, most likely of metamorphic origin. The provinciality of ??34S data suggests a regional metamorphic fluid of approximately -6??? that acquired much of its sulfur from lithologies near sites of ore deposition. -from Authors

  5. Characterization and modeling of illite crystal particles and growth mechanisms in a zoned hydrothermal deposit, Lake City, Colorado

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    Bove, D.J.; Eberl, D.D.; McCarty, D.K.; Meeker, G.P.

    2002-01-01

    Mean thickness measurements and crystal-thickness distributions (CTDs) of illite particles vary systematically with changes in hydrothermal alteration type, fracture density, and attendant mineralization in a large acid-sulfate/Mo-porphyry hydrothermal system at Red Mountain, near Lake City, Colorado. The hydrothermal illites characterize an extensive zone of quartz-sericite-pyrite alteration beneath two deeply rooted bodies of magmatic-related, quartz-alunite altered rock. Nineteen illites from a 3000 ft vertical drill hole were analyzed by XRD using the PVP-10 intercalation method and the computer program MudMaster (Bertaut-Warren-Averbach technique). Mean crystallite thicknesses, as determined from 001 reflections, range from 5-7 nanometers (nm) at depths from 0-1700 ft, then sharply increase to 10-16 nm at depths between 1800-2100 ft, and decrease again to 4-5 nm below this level. The interval of largest particle thickness correlates strongly with the zone of most intense quartz-sericite-pyrite alteration (QSP) and attendant high-density stockwork fracturing, and with the highest concentrations of Mo within the drill core. CTD shapes for the illite particles fall into two main categories: asymptotic and lognormal. The shapes of the CTDs are dependent on conditions of illite formation. The asymptotic CTDs correspond to a nucleation and growth mechanism, whereas surface-controlled growth was the dominant mechanism for the lognormal CTDs. Lognormal CTDs coincide with major through-going fractures or stockwork zones, whereas asymptotic CTDs are present in wallrock distal to these intense fracture zones. The increase in illite particle size and the associated zone of intense QSP alteration and stockwork veining was related by proximity to the dacitic magma(s), which supplied both reactants and heat to the hydrothermal system. However, no changes in illite polytype, which in other studies reflect temperature transitions, were observed within this interval.

  6. Hydrothermal Processing

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    Elliott, Douglas C.

    2011-03-11

    This chapter is a contribution to a book on Thermochemical Conversion of Biomass being edited by Prof. Robert Brown of Iowa State University. It describes both hydrothermal liquefaction and hydrothermal gasification of biomass to fuels.

  7. Deep Vein Thrombosis

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    Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Most deep vein clots occur in the lower leg or ... vein swells, the condition is called thrombophlebitis. A deep vein thrombosis can break loose and cause a ...

  8. Preliminary mineralogical data on epithermal ore veins associated with Rosia Poieni porphyry copper deposit, Apuseni Mountains, Romania

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    Iatan, E. L.; Popescu, Gh. C.

    2012-04-01

    Rosia Poieni is the largest porphyry copper (±Au±Mo) deposits associated with Neogene magmatic rocks from the South Apuseni Mountains, being located approximately 8 km northeast of the town of Abrud. During a recent examination of some epithermal mineralized veins, crosscutting the porphyry mineralization from the Roşia Poieni deposit, two species of tellurides and one tellurosulfide minerals were identified. The studied samples were collected from the + 1045 m level, SW side of the open pit and are represented by epithermal veins, crosscutting the porphyry copper mineralized body. The thickness of the veins is almost 4 cm. Following reflected-polarized light microscopy to identify the ore-mineral assemblages, the polished sections were studied with a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) equipped with a back-scattered electron (BSE) detector to study fine-sized minerals. Quantitative compositional data were determined using a Cameca SX 50 electron microprobe (EMP). Based on optical microscopy, SEM and EMPA three mineral associations have been separated inside the epithermal vein, from the margins to the centre: 1. quartz+tennantite-tetrahedrite+goldfieldite+pyrite+sphalerite; 2. quartz+pyrite+tellurobismutite; 3. chalcopyrite+hessite+vivianite. Goldfieldite occurs in anhedral grains and it is associated with tennantite-tetrahedrite and quartz. The electron microprobe analysis gave a variable content in Te between 13.28-13.39 wt.%, 43.34 wt.% Cu, 0.1 wt. % Fe, 0.2 wt.% Zn, 14.68 wt.% As, 4.35 wt.% Sb and 24.84 wt.% S. The calculated formula for the goldfieldite is Cu11.8Te1.8(Sb,As)4S13.4. The EPM analyses on tetrahedrite-tennantite revealed a low content in Te (0.02-0.03 wt.%) and 42.23 wt.% Cu, 2.67 wt.% Fe, 7.34 wt.% Zn, 0.04 wt.% Sb, 19.28 wt.% As and 28.4 wt.% S. The calculated formula is Cu9.8(Fe,Zn)2.4(Sb,As,Te)3.8S13. The variable ratio of the Te content may reflect a variable content of Te in the hydrothermal fluids from which the tellurian tetrahedrite precipitated. Hessite lies close to the grain boundary between the calchopyrite grains, which is associated with vivianite. Electron microprobe analysis gave 57.73 wt.% Ag and 42.27 wt.% Te with calculated stoichiometric formula Ag1.9Te1.1 . Tellurobismuthite it forms irregular grains and it is associated with quartz and pyrite. Electron microprobe analysis gave 57.20 wt.% Bi and 42.80 wt.% Te with calculated stoichiometric formula Bi2.2Te2.8. Based on the mineral assemblages separated inside the ore vein and on the ratio of the Te content for the different identified tellurium bearing minerals, we can conclude that the Te content of the fluids from which they precipitated, increased from the margins to the centre of the vein. In summary, this study of specimens from Rosia Poieni porphyry copper deposit, has resulted in the recognition of some tellurium-bearing minerals, not reported by previous workers. These minerals are represented by tellurobismutite, hessite and goldfieldite and they are associated with epithermal vein mineralization (pyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, tennantite-tetrahedrite, quartz, vivianite). The presence of tellurium indicates the transition between porphyry-style mineralization to epithermal vein mineralization. Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the strategic grant POSDRU/89/1.5/S58852, Project "Postdoctoral program for training scientific researches" co-financed by the European Social Found within the Sectorial Operational Program Human Resources Development 2007-2013".

  9. Numerical Modelling of Vein Microstructures

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    Bons, P. D.

    2005-12-01

    Mineral veins occur in a variety of forms (syntaxial, antitaxial, etc.), and with various microstructures (fibrous, stretched crystals, vuggy, etc.). These structures can, if correctly interpreted, provide useful insight into the geological and tectonic conditions at which the veins formed (Oliver and Bons 2001). Durney and Ramsay (1973) defined the base for the modern classification and interpretation of vein (micro-) structures. Numerical modelling, not available then, has since been added as a tool to better understand the formation of vein (micro-) structures, focussing on three aspects in particular: 1) What determines the habit of growing vein crystals? In particular, what determines the formation of a fibrous habit? (Bons 2001, Hilgers et al. 2001) 2) The formation of fibrous pressure fringes. The complex internal structures of the fringes appear mostly the result of the relative rotation of object and fringes (Koehn et al. 2001). 3) Competition between growing crystals, which for example explains the development of a conical c-axes CPO in zeolite films (Bons and Bons 2003). References: Bons, P.D. 2001. Development of crystal morphology during unitaxial growth in a progressively widening vein: I. The numerical model. Journal of Structural Geology 23, 865-872. Bons, A.J., Bons, P.D. 2003. The development of oblique preferred orientations in zeolite films and membranes. Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 62, 9-16. Durney DW, Ramsay JG (1973) Incremental strains measured by syntectonic crystal growths. In: Gravity and Tectonics (eds De Jong KA, Scholten K), John Wiley and Sons, New York, pp. 67-96. Hilgers, C., Koehn, D., Bons, P.D., Urai, J.L. 2001. Development of crystal morphology during unitaxial growth in a progressively widening vein: II. Numerical simulations of the evolution of antitaxial fibrous veins. Journal of Structural Geology 23, 873-885. Koehn, D., Aerden, D.G.A.M., Bons, P.D., Passchier, C.W. 2001. Computer experiments to investigate complex fibre patterns in natural antitaxial strain fringes. Journal of Metamorphic Geology 19, 217-232. Oliver, N.H.S., Bons, P.D. 2001. Mechanisms of fluid flow and fluid-rock interaction in fossil metamorphic-hydrothermal systems inferred from vein-wallrock patterns, geometry, and microstructure. Geofluids 1, 137-163.

  10. Complex fragmentation and silicification structures in fault zones: quartz mineralization and repeated fragmentation along the Fountain Range Fault (Mt. Isa Inlier, Australia)

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    Seybold, Lina; Blenkinsop, Tom; Heuss, Soraya; Ord, Alison; Kruhl, Jörn H.

    2015-04-01

    In large-scale fault zones fracture networks are commonly generated by high volumes of pressurized fluids, followed by quartz precipitation. In this way large amounts of quartz are formed as microcrystalline masses and as complex vein systems, with partly highly different textures, as a result of different formation processes. Based on field and microstructural data and the quantification of vein patterns, the spatial and temporal connection between fragmentation, quartz crystallization and fluid and material flow along the Fountain Range Fault at Fountain Springs was investigated. Dextral strike-slip led to up to 25 km horizontal displacement along the fault. Due to various fragmentation and quartz formation processes, a ca. 100 m high, 80 - 100 m wide and km-long quartz ridge with numerous vein systems and variable microfabrics was formed. Locally, lenses of highly altered metamorphic wall-rocks occur in the quartz zone. Where exposed, the contact to wall rocks is sharp. Millimetre- to decimetre-thick quartz veins penetrate the wall-rocks only within metre distance from the contact. Several clearly distinguishable fine-grained reddish, brownish to dark and pigment-rich quartz masses form up to 50 m wide and up to several 100 m long steep lenses that build the major part of the silicified fault zone. A chronology can be established. Some of these lenses are oriented slightly oblique to the general trend of the quartz zone, in agreement with the supposed dextral strike slip along the fault. Numerous generations of typically µm-cm thick quartz veins transect the microcrystalline quartz masses and, locally, form anisotropic networks. In the quartz masses, angular fragments often composed of quartz with, again, internal fragmentation structures, indicate earlier fracturing and silicification events. Within the veins, quartz forms geodes, locally filled with fine-grained reddish quartz and palisade structures with feathery textures and fluid-inclusion zoning. Millimetre- to rarely up to 10 cm-thick late veins transect the earlier quartz phases. The fine-grained vein filling is dark-reddish. It contains µm-sized quartz and, again, angular quartz fragments. All these features indicate a multiphase fragmentation and quartz precipitation history of the Fountain Range Fault. Intense fragmentation, together with fluid infiltration and quartz crystallization in pore space, led to fine-grained cataclastic and silicified masses, followed by numerous events of quartz-vein formation and, again, cataclasis probably leading to flow of particle-fluid suspensions. In general, macro- and microstructures reflect the interaction of repeated processes of fragmentation, fluid flux, quartz precipitation and cataclastic flow during the long-lasting history of the fault zone, with probably non-linear behaviour of mechanical and chemical processes.

  11. Deep Vein Thrombosis

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    ... Tips Share this! Home » Health Tips » Infectious Diseases Deep Vein Thrombosis Deep Vein Thrombosis is like a ticking time bomb — ... a warning about the serious dangers associated with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This is a condition occurring ...

  12. Renal vein thrombosis

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    Renal vein thrombosis is a blood clot that develops in the vein that drains blood from the kidney. ... Renal vein thrombosis is an uncommon disorder. It may be caused by: Abdominal aortic aneurysm Hypercoaguable state: clotting disorders Dehydration (mostly ...

  13. The anatomy of a hydrothermal (explosion ) breccia, Abbot Village, central Maine

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    Roy, D.C. . Dept. of Geology and Geophysics)

    1993-03-01

    An apparently intrusive hydrothermal breccia is exposed in a large outcrop along Kingsbury Stream downstream from the Route 6 bridge in Abbot Village. The breccia intrudes the Siluro-Devonian Madrid Formation which is comprised of thick-bedded metasandstone interbedded with less fine-grained schist and phyllite at regional biotite grade. In the vicinity of the breccia, the bedding attitude in the Madrid is N60E 70SE and the section faces SE. The breccia is a concordant body with respect to bedding and the exposure shows what appears to the SW terminus of the intrusion which extends an unknown distance NE. The main phase of the breccia consists of randomly oriented and angular clasts'' of Madrid metasandstone and schist that are cemented by a quartz-dominated matrix. The random orientation of the clasts is present this phase were it is in contact with the country rock. The matrix comprises about 15% of the volume of the breccia and, in addition to quartz, contains biotite, galena, chalcopyrite ( ), pyrite, and an iron-carbonate. In some interstitial matrix, apparently late iron-carbonate fills post-quartz vugs that contain quartz-crystal terminations. The wall phase contains a higher proportion of biotite schist clasts that in places are bent around each other and metasandstone clasts. Quartz veins extending into the country rock near the breccia follow prominent regional joint directions and suggest hydrofracturing of the Madrid was the principal mechanism for breccia formation. The breccia is interpreted to be of explosive origin with the main phase of the body representing clasts that fell down within the vent'' following upward transport. The wall phase is taken to have formed due to adhesion to the wall of breccia clasts during the eruptive stage.

  14. Lineation-parallel c-axis Fabric of Quartz Formed Under Water-rich Conditions

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    Wang, Y.; Zhang, J.; Li, P.

    2014-12-01

    The crystallographic preferred orientation (CPO) of quartz is of great significance because it records much valuable information pertinent to the deformation of quartz-rich rocks in the continental crust. The lineation-parallel c-axis CPO (i.e., c-axis forming a maximum parallel to the lineation) in naturally deformed quartz is generally considered to form under high temperature (> ~550 ºC) conditions. However, most laboratory deformation experiments on quartzite failed to produce such a CPO at high temperatures up to 1200 ºC. Here we reported a new occurrence of the lineation-parallel c-axis CPO of quartz from kyanite-quartz veins in eclogite. Optical microstructural observations, fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) techniques were integrated to illuminate the nature of quartz CPOs. Quartz exhibits mostly straight to slightly curved grain boundaries, modest intracrystalline plasticity, and significant shape preferred orientation (SPO) and CPOs, indicating dislocation creep dominated the deformation of quartz. Kyanite grains in the veins are mostly strain-free, suggestive of their higher strength than quartz. The pronounced SPO and CPOs in kyanite were interpreted to originate from anisotropic crystal growth and/or mechanical rotation during vein-parallel shearing. FTIR results show quartz contains a trivial amount of structurally bound water (several tens of H/106 Si), while kyanite has a water content of 384-729 H/106 Si; however, petrographic observations suggest quartz from the veins were practically deformed under water-rich conditions. We argue that the observed lineation-parallel c-axis fabric in quartz was inherited from preexisting CPOs as a result of anisotropic grain growth under stress facilitated by water, but rather than due to a dominant c-slip. The preservation of the quartz CPOs probably benefited from the preexisting quartz CPOs which renders most quartz grains unsuitably oriented for an easy a-slip at lower temperatures and the weak deformation during subsequent exhumation. This hypothesis provides a reasonable explanation for the observations that most lineation-parallel c-axis fabrics of quartz were found in veins and that deformation experiments on quartz-rich rocks at high temperature failed to produce such CPOs.

  15. Tectonic record, magmatic history and hydrothermal alteration in the Hercynian Guérande leucogranite, Armorican Massif, France

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    Ballouard, C.; Boulvais, P.; Poujol, M.; Gapais, D.; Yamato, P.; Tartèse, R.; Cuney, M.

    2015-04-01

    The Guérande peraluminous leucogranite was emplaced at the end of the Carboniferous in the southern part of the Armorican Massif. At the scale of the intrusion, this granite displays structural heterogeneities with a weak deformation in the southwestern part, whereas the northwestern part is marked by the occurrence of S/C and mylonitic extensional fabrics. Quartz veins and pegmatite dykes orientations as well as lineations directions in the granite and its country rocks demonstrate both E-W and N-S stretching. Therefore, during its emplacement in an extensional tectonic regime, the syntectonic Guérande granite has probably experienced some partitioning of the deformation. The southwestern part is characterized by a muscovite-biotite assemblage, the presence of restites and migmatitic enclaves, and a low abundance of quartz veins compared to pegmatite dykes. In contrast, the northwestern part is characterized by a muscovite-tourmaline assemblage, evidence of albitization and gresenization and a larger amount of quartz veins. The southwestern part is thus interpreted as the feeding zone of the intrusion whereas the northwestern part corresponds to its apical zone. The granite samples display continuous compositional evolutions in the range of 69.8-75.3 wt.% SiO2. High initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios and low εNd(T) values suggest that the peraluminous Guérande granite (A/CNK > 1.1) was formed by partial melting of metasedimentary formations. Magmatic evolution was controlled primarily by fractional crystallization of K-feldspar, biotite and plagioclase (An20). The samples from the apical zone show evidence of secondary muscovitization. They are also characterized by a high content in incompatible elements such as Cs and Sn, as well as low Nb/Ta and K/Rb ratios. The apical zone of the Guérande granite underwent a pervasive hydrothermal alteration during or soon after its emplacement. U-Th-Pb dating on zircon and monazite revealed that the Guérande granite was emplaced 309.7 ± 1.3 Ma ago and that a late magmatic activity synchronous with hydrothermal circulation occurred at ca. 303 Ma. These new structural, petrological and geochronological data presented for the Guérande leucogranite highlight the interplay between the emplacement in an extensional tectonic regime, magmatic differentiation and hydrothermal alteration, and provide a general background for the understanding of the processes controlling some mineralization in the western European Hercynian belt.

  16. Low Sulphide Mineralisation of the Sudbury Igneous Complex, Canada: Examples of Fractionated Magmatic or Hydrothermal Systems?

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    White, C.; Mungall, J.; Spooner, E.

    2009-05-01

    Low Sulphide mineralisation occurs within the footwall of the Sudbury Igneous Complex. Samples of mineralised material have been collected from five properties and analysed using petrographic, microthermometric, point and bulk geochemical techniques. Two distinct mineralisation types have been identified for the North range (NR), a magmatic chalcopyrite (ccp) + millerite (mi) + pentlandite (pn) ± pyrrhotite (po) assemblage displaying epidote + chamosite + actinolite rich margins and haloes; and a hydrothermal ccp + mi + pyrite (py) + quartz + carbonate assemblage. South range (SR) mineralisation displays the same pattern with a po + pn + ccp ± cubanite magmatic assemblage and a hydrothermal ccp + po + pn + quartz + carbonate assemblage. Both types display a preference for exploiting lithological contacts, structures, fabrics, granophyric veins and Sudbury breccia matrix - clast contacts; and occur as cm and mm scale veins, blebs and disseminations. Analysis of mineralised material has revealed elevated precious and semi-metal concentrations dissolved within sulphides and as discrete crystals, intergrowths or aggregates of Pt, Pd, Au and Ag bismuthinides, tellurides, arsenides, antimonides, selenides and combinations thereof. Sizes range from 1-75μm, occurring interstitially or fully enclosed in sulphides and silicates. Magmatic material displays elevated concentrations of Pd in pn, Ag in ccp and Se in all sulphides when compared to contact and ''traditional" footwall mineralisation, suggesting precipitation from a strongly fractionated sulphide liquid down to temperatures of 379 to <282oC, inferred from the presence of interstitial millerite and polydymite. Hydrothermal mineralisation displays the same elevations suggesting a link to the magmatic material, with primary fluid inclusions in associated quartz giving Th (NR) of between 350-407oC and salinities of 30-35% NaCl and 18-24% NaCl-CaCl2 and tentative Th (SR) of 350-388oC and salinities of 15-28% NaCl-CaCl2 for mineralised material . The data above will be combined with thermodynamic modelling, bulk and mineral halogen analysis, outcrop mapping, acid etching, geothermometry and geobarometry to produce a genesis and exploration model for this challenging new deposit type.

  17. Hydrothermal Growth of Polyscale Crystals

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    Byrappa, Kullaiah

    In this chapter, the importance of the hydrothermal technique for growth of polyscale crystals is discussed with reference to its efficiency in synthesizing high-quality crystals of various sizes for modern technological applications. The historical development of the hydrothermal technique is briefly discussed, to show its evolution over time. Also some of the important types of apparatus used in routine hydrothermal research, including the continuous production of nanosize crystals, are discussed. The latest trends in the hydrothermal growth of crystals, such as thermodynamic modeling and understanding of the solution chemistry, are elucidated with appropriate examples. The growth of some selected bulk, fine, and nanosized crystals of current technological significance, such as quartz, aluminum and gallium berlinites, calcite, gemstones, rare-earth vanadates, electroceramic titanates, and carbon polymorphs, is discussed in detail. Future trends in the hydrothermal technique, required to meet the challenges of fast-growing demand for materials in various technological fields, are described. At the end of this chapter, an Appendix 18.A containing a more or less complete list of the characteristic families of crystals synthesized by the hydrothermal technique is given with the solvent and pressure-temperature (PT) conditions used in their synthesis.

  18. Towards a quantitative description of fracture sealing: Phase-field modeling of mineral precipitation in veins

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    Wendler, F.; Blum, P.; Thaler, H.; Nestler, B.; Okamoto, A.

    2013-12-01

    Alongside with calcite the growth of quartz establishes the most important mineralization processes in fractures and determines the fluid-rock interaction in the earth's crust. Tectonically caused deformation, fracturing and fluid transport leaves clear detectable traces in the microstructure of the mineralized veins. The underlying physical processes such as diffusion, advection, heat transport and crystal growth have to be captured at the mesoscale (or pore/grain scale). Any analysis is complicated by the facts that these processes are highly nonlinear, and geological boundary conditions as well as many of the kinetic growth parameters are not precisely known. As the microstructures and compositional inhomogeneity of veins could be used to enravel the history of the rock deformation process and the fluid pathways through former fracture networks, spatio-temporal models of vein mineral growth are of special interest. Different from previous approaches to simulate vein growth, we adapt a thermodynamically consistent phase-field model (PFM) which combines irreversible thermodynamics of interfaces and bulk phases with a kinetic growth law and mass transport equations (Wendler et al. 2011). Here, we study the simplest case where preexisting grains of a fracture surface are the seeds for epitaxial overgrowth. Each grain in a 3D domain is captured by a phase field with individual orientation. The model evolves in discrete time steps using a finite difference algorithm on a regular grid, optimized for large grain assemblies. In the present study we provide a brief overview, how the PFM is configured using thermodynamic data from established models for growth and dissolution, kinetic information from in and ex situ microstructural observations and dihedral angles from equilibration experiments. In the case of quartz, previously conducted hydrothermal batch flow growth experiments were analysed to calibrate the model (Okamoto & Sekine 2011). Results from 3D simulations conducted in the limit of low Damköhler numbers explain the observed transition regime in competitive crystal growth for blocky-elongate veins. A mechanism for the initial formation of quartz needles is proposed. For virtual fractured rock samples we study the influence of fracture shape and opening aperture in the evolution of syntaxial (blocky-elongated vs. stretched) veins. In the case of calcite, the chemical variability of the growth process in real systems strongly influences the crystal growth kinetics and limits the significance of quantitative predictions. On the basis of the numerical studies and known parameter uncertainties, we give an assessment of the variabilities of sealing times and vein microstructures. References: F. Wendler, C. Mennerich and B. Nestler, J. Cryst. Growth 327 (2011), 189-201. A. Okamoto and K. Sekine, J. Struct. Geol. 33 (2011) 1764-1775. Three time steps in the sealing of a flat fracture with calcite, only liquid phase evolution is shown.

  19. Quartz Crystal Clocks

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    1976-01-01

    General Time Corporation, under contract to NASA, developed a quartz crystal for obtaining a stable time base from which all mission times could be derived. This later became basis of consumer clocks and watches with accuracy of one minute a year, watches useful in timing sports events as well as general use. When quartz is electrically stimulated it can vibrate millions of times a second. Since timepieces use a vibrating body to keep up time, incredibly fast vibration of a quartz crystal--up to 4,194,304 beats a second opened a new horizon in accuracy.

  20. QUARTZ FIBER ELECTROSCOPES

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    Henderson, R.P.

    1957-09-17

    An instrument carried unobtrusively about the person such as in a finger ring to indicate when that person has been exposed to an unusual radiation hazard is described. A metallized quartz fiber is electrically charged to indicate a full scale reading on an etched glass background. The quartz fiber and the scale may be viewed through a magnifying lens for ease of reading. Incident radiation will ionize gaseous particles in the sealed structure thereby allowing the charge to leak off the quartz fiber with its resulting movement across the scale proportionally indicating the radiation exposure.

  1. Hydrothermal processes above the Yellowstone magma chamber: Large hydrothermal systems and large hydrothermal explosions

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    Morgan, L.A.; Shanks, W.C. Pat, III; Pierce, K.L.

    2009-01-01

    Hydrothermal explosions are violent and dramatic events resulting in the rapid ejection of boiling water, steam, mud, and rock fragments from source craters that range from a few meters up to more than 2 km in diameter; associated breccia can be emplaced as much as 3 to 4 km from the largest craters. Hydrothermal explosions occur where shallow interconnected reservoirs of steam- and liquid-saturated fluids with temperatures at or near the boiling curve underlie thermal fields. Sudden reduction in confi ning pressure causes fluids to fl ash to steam, resulting in signifi cant expansion, rock fragmentation, and debris ejection. In Yellowstone, hydrothermal explosions are a potentially signifi cant hazard for visitors and facilities and can damage or even destroy thermal features. The breccia deposits and associated craters formed from hydrothermal explosions are mapped as mostly Holocene (the Mary Bay deposit is older) units throughout Yellowstone National Park (YNP) and are spatially related to within the 0.64-Ma Yellowstone caldera and along the active Norris-Mammoth tectonic corridor. In Yellowstone, at least 20 large (>100 m in diameter) hydrothermal explosion craters have been identifi ed; the scale of the individual associated events dwarfs similar features in geothermal areas elsewhere in the world. Large hydrothermal explosions in Yellowstone have occurred over the past 16 ka averaging ??1 every 700 yr; similar events are likely in the future. Our studies of large hydrothermal explosion events indicate: (1) none are directly associated with eruptive volcanic or shallow intrusive events; (2) several historical explosions have been triggered by seismic events; (3) lithic clasts and comingled matrix material that form hydrothermal explosion deposits are extensively altered, indicating that explosions occur in areas subjected to intense hydrothermal processes; (4) many lithic clasts contained in explosion breccia deposits preserve evidence of repeated fracturing and vein-fi lling; and (5) areal dimensions of many large hydrothermal explosion craters in Yellowstone are similar to those of its active geyser basins and thermal areas. For Yellowstone, our knowledge of hydrothermal craters and ejecta is generally limited to after the Yellowstone Plateau emerged from beneath a late Pleistocene icecap that was roughly a kilometer thick. Large hydrothermal explosions may have occurred earlier as indicated by multiple episodes of cementation and brecciation commonly observed in hydrothermal ejecta clasts. Critical components for large, explosive hydrothermal systems include a watersaturated system at or near boiling temperatures and an interconnected system of well-developed joints and fractures along which hydrothermal fluids flow. Active deformation of the Yellowstone caldera, active faulting and moderate local seismicity, high heat flow, rapid changes in climate, and regional stresses are factors that have strong infl uences on the type of hydrothermal system developed. Ascending hydrothermal fluids flow along fractures that have developed in response to active caldera deformation and along edges of low-permeability rhyolitic lava flows. Alteration of the area affected, self-sealing leading to development of a caprock for the hydrothermal system, and dissolution of silica-rich rocks are additional factors that may constrain the distribution and development of hydrothermal fields. A partial lowpermeability layer that acts as a cap to the hydrothermal system may produce some over-pressurization, thought to be small in most systems. Any abrupt drop in pressure initiates steam fl ashing and is rapidly transmitted through interconnected fractures that result in a series of multiple large-scale explosions contributing to the excavation of a larger explosion crater. Similarities between the size and dimensions of large hydrothermal explosion craters and thermal fields in Yellowstone may indicate that catastrophic events which result in l

  2. Fluid evolution in a volcanic-hosted epithermal carbonate-base metal-gold vein system: Alto de la Blenda, Farallón Negro, Argentina

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    Márquez-Zavalía, M. Florencia; Heinrich, Christoph A.

    2016-03-01

    Alto de la Blenda is a ˜6.6-Ma intermediate-sulphidation epithermal vein system in the Farallón Negro Volcanic Complex, which also hosts the 7.1-Ma porphyry-Cu-Au deposit of Bajo de la Alumbrera. The epithermal vein system is characterised by a large extent and continuity (2 km × 400 m open to depth × 6 m maximum width) and an average gold grade of ˜8 g/t. The vein is best developed within an intrusion of a fine-grained equigranular monzonite, interpreted as the central conduit of a stratovolcano whose extrusive activity ended prior to porphyry-Cu-Au emplacement at Bajo de la Alumbrera, which is in turn cut by minor epithermal veins. The Alto de la Blenda vein consists predominantly of variably Mn-rich carbonates and quartz, with a few percent of pyrite, sphalerite, galena and other sulphide and sulphosalt minerals. Four phases of vein opening, hydrothermal mineralisation and repeated brecciation can be correlated between different vein segments. Stages 2 and 3 contain the greatest fraction of sulphide and gold. They are separated by the emplacement of a polymictic breccia containing clasts of quartz feldspar porphyry as well as basement rocks. Fluid inclusions in quartz related to stages 2 to 4 are liquid rich with 2-4 wt% NaCl(eq). They homogenise between 160 and 300 °C, with very consistent values within each assemblage. Vapour inclusions are practically absent in the epithermal vein. Quartz fragments in the polymictic breccia contain inclusions of intermediate to vapour-like density and similar low salinity (˜3 wt% NaCl(eq)), besides rare brine inclusions containing halite. Laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) analyses of epithermal inclusions indicate high concentrations of K, Fe, As, Sb, Cs, and Pb that significantly vary within and through subsequent vein stages. Careful consideration of detection limits for individual inclusions shows high gold concentrations of ˜0.5 to 3 ppm dissolved in the ore fluid, which contains variably high sulphur concentrations in excess over Fe and other chalcophile metals. Compositional variations are interpreted to reflect cooling and contraction of lower-density magmatic fluids at depth, like those preserved in porphyry clasts that were mechanically transported up by the polymictic breccia. Ore mineral precipitation from the magmatic fluid occurred by further cooling and possibly minor mixing with surface-derived water, leading to sulphide saturation, de-sulphidation of the magmatic fluid and consequent gold precipitation. The absence of flash boiling and/or reduction by carbonaceous host rocks has led to relatively modest but constant gold grades in the carbonate-base metal-gold veins of Alto de la Blenda.

  3. Vacuum electrolysis of quartz

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    King, James Claude

    1976-01-13

    The disclosure is directed to a method for processing quartz used in fabricating crystal resonators such that transient frequency change of resonators exposed to pulse irradiation is virtually eliminated. The method involves heating the crystal quartz in a hydrogen-free atmosphere while simultaneously applying an electric field in the Z-axis direction of the crystal. The electric field is maintained during the cool-down phase of the process.

  4. Hydrogen Isotope Evidence for Giant Meteoric-Hydrothermal Systems Associated with Extension and Magmatism in the Southern Canadian Cordillera

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    Holk, G. J.; McCarthy, A.

    2014-12-01

    Over 400 published mineral and fluid inclusion δD values from the southern Canadian Cordillera and our new data from the Eocene Penticton Group Volcanics and Coryell Intrusive Suite of the Southern Omineca Belt and the Western Metamorphic Belt of the Central Coast Orogen are compiled using GIS. δDH2O is estimated using published D/H fractionation factors at 400°C; the error is ±20‰, small enough to distinguish deep magmatic/metamorphic fluids from meteoric-hydrothermal fluids. Histogram plots of δDH2O values estimated from minerals reveal peaks at δD = -60‰ (deep fluid) and ­-110‰ (Early Cenozoic meteoric-hydrothermal fluid); this provides a clear distinction between the two kinds of fluid. Our analysis reveals that syn-extensional meteoric-hydrothermal systems (δDH2O < -80‰) affected the eastern margin of the Coast Ranges Batholith between latitude 49° and 55° and the Omineca Belt between latitude 49° and 52°45'; both regions were affected by detachment faulting during late stages of magmatism in the Early Cenozoic (e.g., Parrish et al., 1988; Crawford et al., 2009). Zones that escaped the effects of meteoric-hydrothermal systems, preserving the D/H signature of deep fluids (δD > -80‰), include the Western Metamorphic Belt, the Western and Central Coast Ranges Batholith, the belt of Jurassic metamorphism that extends from the Cariboo Mountains to the Purcell Mountains, and the deepest structural levels of the Shuswap Metamorphic Core Complex; most of these samples have quartz-feldspar 18O/16O fractionations indicative of magmatic temperatures. High δDH2O values (> -50‰) suggest seawater alteration of the plutons of Vancouver Island (Magaritz and Taylor, 1986). Histogram plots of vein quartz fluid inclusion δD values (Nesbitt and Muehlenbachs, 1995) reveal three peaks that include the two produced by the mineral δD values, but these data are dominated by a large peak at δD = -150, a value similar to modern meteoric waters in the region; this suggests either a young age for these veins or recent resetting of fluid inclusion δD values. This sensitivity to D/H exchange calls into question the reliability of fluid δD values derived from fluid inclusions. These meteoric-hydrothermal systems of the Canadian Cordillera may have been the largest on Earth.

  5. Tip to midpoint observations on syntectonic veins, Ouachita orogen, Arkansas: Trading space for time

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    Cervantes, Pablo; Wiltschko, David V.

    2010-08-01

    By examining a vein from its tip to center, we have established the transition from a single filled fracture at the vein tip to typical 'crack-seal' textures observed in fibered, laminated veins. The vein is contained in the boudin neck of a sandstone layer within the Lower Ordovician Mazarn Formation, Benton Uplift, Ouachita orogen. The tip of the vein is composed of one or more isolated veinlets, defined as quartz-filled narrow (5-25 μm) fractures parallel to the larger vein's long dimension. Scanned SEM-based cathodoluminescence shows that quartz laminae of the same orientation and thickness are found throughout the vein. Wall-normal fibers first appear in the vein where detrital grains are cut by multiple veinlets, each veinlet mimicking the crystallographic orientation of the detrital grain, whereas later veinlets reflect the established crystallographic orientation of the fiber. Fibers throughout the vein retain evidence of having been formed by repeated fracturing and filling of a pre-existing grain (at the vein walls) or fiber. However, recrystallization later modified the fibers by obliterating some evidence of the veinlets and moving fiber walls. Boudin formation provided the extension site that localized fracturing and vein filling. The vein grows by the repeated addition of veinlets in the neck region. Recrystallization altered the shape of previously formed fibers.

  6. Portal vein thrombosis.

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    Cohen, Ronny; Mallet, Thierry; Gale, Michael; Soltys, Remigiusz; Loarte, Pablo

    2015-01-01

    Portal vein thrombosis (PVT) is the blockage or narrowing of the portal vein by a thrombus. It is relatively rare and has been linked with the presence of an underlying liver disease or prothrombotic disorders. We present a case of a young male who presented with vague abdominal symptoms for approximately one week. Imaging revealed the presence of multiple nonocclusive thrombi involving the right portal vein, the splenic vein, and the left renal vein, as well as complete occlusion of the left portal vein and the superior mesenteric vein. We discuss pathogenesis, clinical presentation, and management of both acute and chronic thrombosis. The presence of PVT should be considered as a clue for prothrombotic disorders, liver disease, and other local and general factors that must be carefully investigated. It is hoped that this case report will help increase awareness of the complexity associated with portal vein thrombosis among the medical community. PMID:25802795

  7. Portal Vein Thrombosis

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    Mallet, Thierry; Soltys, Remigiusz; Loarte, Pablo

    2015-01-01

    Portal vein thrombosis (PVT) is the blockage or narrowing of the portal vein by a thrombus. It is relatively rare and has been linked with the presence of an underlying liver disease or prothrombotic disorders. We present a case of a young male who presented with vague abdominal symptoms for approximately one week. Imaging revealed the presence of multiple nonocclusive thrombi involving the right portal vein, the splenic vein, and the left renal vein, as well as complete occlusion of the left portal vein and the superior mesenteric vein. We discuss pathogenesis, clinical presentation, and management of both acute and chronic thrombosis. The presence of PVT should be considered as a clue for prothrombotic disorders, liver disease, and other local and general factors that must be carefully investigated. It is hoped that this case report will help increase awareness of the complexity associated with portal vein thrombosis among the medical community. PMID:25802795

  8. Hydrothermal alteration in anthracite from eastern Pennsylvania: Implications for mechanisms of anthracite formation

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    Daniels, Eric J.; Altaner, Stephen P.; Marshak, Stephen; Eggleston, Jane R.

    1990-03-01

    Orthogonal joint sets (cleat) in anthracite-rank coal beds from eastern Pennsylvania contain two mineralogically and chemically different authigenic clay mineral assemblages. In localities from all four anthracite fields, the systematic cleat contains significant quantities (20 to 95 wt%) of authigenic rectorite, sudoite, or tosudite, which are clay minerals primarily associated with hydrothermal veins and ore deposits. The strike of systematic cleat in this region roughly parallels the inferred direction of lateral compressive stress during the Alleghany orogeny. The opposing nonsystematic cleat contains mostly authigenic NH4-illite, a clay that also occurs in the coal matrix. All of these authigenic clay minerals formed during anthracitization (T> 200 °C) by replacement of kaolinite and quartz, both of which formed during an earlier stage of coalification and are present in the joints and matrix of nearly all coal samples. These distinct mineralogical-structural relations are observed throughout the Anthracite region and suggest that (1) mineralogical variations in the coal joints are related primarily to permeability variations that were controlled by the orientation of Alleghanian stress fields, (2) hydrothermal fluids passed through the systematic cleat during anthracitization, and (3) hydrothermal alteration influenced diagenesis in this region. Hydrothermal alteration may be related to basin-wide fluid migrations that were driven by Alleghanian-age uplift. Basinal fluid flow, concentrated along permeable joints and detachment zones, could have efficiently transported heat from depth and thereby increased the rate of coalification and decreased the postulated minimum depths at which anthracitization occurred (perhaps ≤5km vs. 6-10 km).

  9. Deep Vein Thrombosis

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    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. What Is Deep Vein Thrombosis? Español Deep vein thrombosis (throm-BO-sis), or DVT, is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Blood clots occur when blood ...

  10. How Are Varicose Veins Treated?

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    ... from the NHLBI on Twitter. How Are Varicose Veins Treated? Varicose veins are treated with lifestyle changes ... home the same day as the procedure. Endoscopic Vein Surgery For endoscopic (en-do-SKOP-ik) vein ...

  11. Impact-generated hydrothermal regimes within the Manicouagan crater: Terrestrial analog studies relevant to Mars

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    Paisarnsombat, S.; Thompson, L. M.; Spray, J. G.

    2011-12-01

    The 90 km diameter, 214 Ma Manicouagan impact structure, Canada, is one of the best preserved complex impact craters on Earth. Recent field-based observations (2010 and 2011 seasons), drill core investigations and laboratory studies reveal evidence for the existence of distinct impact-induced hydrothermal regimes at Manicouagan. Four main spatial regimes have been identified: (1) intra-melt sheet cooling cells, (2) sub-melt sheet cells, (3) a central uplift convection system, and (4) peripheral hot springs associated with the collapsed rim. An overlying supra-melt sheet system (i.e., within fallback breccias) may have existed, but no evidence of this remains due to removal by erosion of the uppermost levels of the crater stratigraphy. Epidote, prehnite, chlorite and titanite are also present in fracture systems at Manicouagan, but it is not yet clear whether these are associated with the 1 Ga Grenvillian tectonometamorphic event that predates the impact. Regimes 1 and 2 are generated directly during cooling of the superheated impact melt sheet, which has an average thickness of 300 m, but locally attains thicknesses of more than 1 km. Intra-melt sheet cooling cells include both clast-laden and clast-bearing impact melt variants. Typical hydrothermal minerals present in these regimes are zeolites (e.g., natrolite, analcime) and quartz. Quartz is common in vesicles, while zeolites primarily occur in vein/fracture systems pervading the impact melt. Amethyst is also found in vesicles associated with quartz in certain locations, especially near the base of the impact melt-sheet. These regimes indicate precipitation temperatures of 100-250 C and favor a pervasive (bulk) hydrothermal influence. Within the anorthositic central uplift, which is estimated to have been 250-300 C when elevated from depths of 8-10 km due to the impact, zeolites are present as the predominant hydrothermal phases. These typically occupy fractures (up to 1 cm wide). The peripheral hot springs are located at the collapsed rim and terrace zone of the crater, where stilbite-Ca and chabazite-Ca are locally developed, especially where hosted by brecciated gneisses. Good exposures of the breccia-hosted regime occur in the western sector of the crater where they are related to fault-fracture-breccia systems associated with rim collapse. Temperatures of 75-100 C are indicated by these assemblages. The relatively high (regimes 1-3) and low (regime 4) temperature hydrothermal regimes may have hosted hyperthermophile (80-122 C) and extreme thermophile (75-90 C) organisms, respectively. Future work aims to search for evidence of hydrothermal-associated biogenic activity within the Manicouagan impact regime. This has important implications for the potential for similar impact-hydrothermal systems facilitating biogenic activity on Mars, especially during the Noachian. In this respect, our aim is to use Manicouagan as a guide for targeting potential hydrothermal regimes within martian craters for evidence of life.

  12. Optical contacting of quartz

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    Payne, L. L.

    1982-01-01

    The strength of the bond between optically contacted quartz surfaces was investigated. The Gravity Probe-B (GP-B) experiment to test the theories of general relativity requires extremely precise measurements. The quartz components of the instruments to make these measurements must be held together in a very stable unit. Optical contacting is suggested as a possible method of joining these components. The fundamental forces involved in optical contacting are reviewed and relates calculations of these forces to the results obtained in experiments.

  13. Quartz ball valve

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    Goetz, C.; Ingle, W. M. (Inventor)

    1980-01-01

    A ball valve particularly suited for use in the handling of highly corrosive fluids is described. It is characterized by a valve housing formed of communicating segments of quartz tubing, a pair of communicating sockets disposed in coaxial alignment with selected segments of tubing for establishing a pair of inlet ports communicating with a common outlet port, a ball formed of quartz material supported for displacement between the sockets and configured to be received alternately thereby, and a valve actuator including a rod attached to the ball for selectively displacing the ball relative to each of the sockets for controlling fluid flow through the inlet ports.

  14. Orogenesis, high-T thermal events, and gold vein formation within metamorphic rocks of the Alaskan Cordillera

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    Goldfarb, R.J.; Snee, L.W.; Pickthorn, W.J.

    1993-01-01

    Mesothermal, gold-bearing quartz veins are widespread within allochthonous terranes of Alaska that are composed dominantly of greenschist-facies metasedimentary rocks. The most productive lode deposits are concentrated in south-central and southeastern Alaska; small and generally nonproductive gold-bearing veins occur upstream from major placer deposits in interior and northern Alaska. Ore-forming fluids in all areas are consistent with derivation from metamorphic devolatilisation reactions, and a close temporal relationship exists between high-T tectonic deformation, igneous activity, and gold mineralization. Ore fluids were of consistently low salinity, CO2-rich, and had ??18O values of 7 ???-12??? and ??D values between -15??? and -35???. Upper-crustal temperatures within the metamorphosed terranes reached at least 450-500??C before onset of significant gold-forming hydrothermal activity. In southern Alaska, gold deposits formed during latter stages of Tertiary, subduction-related, collisional orogenesis and were often temporally coeval with calc-alkaline magmatism. -from Authors

  15. Fluid inclusions in quartz crystals from South-West Africa.

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    Kvenvolden, K. A.; Roedder, E.

    1971-01-01

    Quartz crystals from calcite veins of unknown age in Precambrian metasedimentary rocks at Geiaus No. 6 and Aukam farms in South-West Africa contain both primary and secondary inclusions filled with one substance or a combination of substances. These substances include organic liquid, moderately saline aqueous liquid, dark-colored solid, and a vapor. Analysis of these materials by microscopy and by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry shows the presence of constituents of both low and high molecular weights.

  16. Geology and geochemistry of epithermal precious metal vein systems in the intra-oceanic arcs of Palau and Yap, western Pacific

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    Rytuba, J.J.; Miller, W.R.

    1990-01-01

    The Palau and Yap arcs are part of an intra-oceanic island-arc-trench system which separates the Pacific and Philippine plates in the western Pacific Ocean. The 350-km-long Palau arc consists of over 200 islands while the 400-km-long Yap arc located to the north has only four major islands exposed. Four of the largest islands in Palau are composed primarily of early Eocene to mid-Miocene volcanic rocks and the four islands comprising Yap contain only Miocene volcanic rocks. Basalt and basaltic andesites of the Babelthuap Formation are the oldest volcanic rocks in Palau and are characterized by high MgO, Ni and Cr and low TiO2 and have a boninitic affinity. They form the central and southeastern parts of Babelthuap Island. Oligocene arc tholeiite flows having an age of 34-35.5 Ma comprise most of the three smaller volcanic islands in Palau and the western part of Babelthuap. The youngest volcanic rocks are dacitic intrusions having an age of 22.7-23.2 Ma. The Yap arc is unusual in that metamorphic rocks up to amphibolite grade form most of the islands. These are underlain by a melange composed of igneous and volcanic clasts as well as clasts from a dismembered copper-gold skarn deposit. Miocene volcanic rocks consisting of flows and volcaniclastic deposits overlie the melange and metamorphic complex. An epithermal precious-metal vein system hosted by flows and flow breccias of the Babelthuap Formation occurs in an area 1.5 km by 1 km on the southeast side of Babelthuap Island. Over 50 veins and mineralized breccias ranging up to 2 m in width and having a strike length up to 500 m contain from trace to 13.0 ppm gold. The veins consist of quartz with varying amounts of sulfides and iron oxides after sulfides and the mineralized breccias consist of brecciated country rock cemented by quartz and iron oxides after sulfides. The veins and mineralized breccias generally dip within 15?? of vertical and have two preferred orientations, north-northwest and north-northeast. Hydrothermal alteration of the host rocks consists of a widespread weak to moderately strong propylitic alteration and a more restricted sericitic alteration adjacent to the veins and shear zones. Sulfide minerals in the veins consist primarily of pyrite accompanied by lesser amounts of sphalerite, chalcopyrite, galena, acanthite, native silver, cerargyrite, and iodyrite in partly oxidized parts of the vein system. Gold is typically fine-grained, 1-20 microns, and occurs as native gold, electrum and gold-silver-telluride. Elements correlated with high gold concentrations include molybdenum, tellurium, bismuth, lead, silver, copper, zinc and arsenic. In Yap a similar vein system to that present in Palau is hosted by the Miocene Tomil Volcanics on the islands of Maap and Gagil Tamil. The quartz veins and quartz-cemented breccias contain up to 3.7 ppm gold and trace elements associated with the gold include tellurium, copper, silver and vanadium. Within the mineralized area an unusually iron-rich (3-20%), 4-m-thick, hot-spring deposit contains up to 1.04 ppm gold and high concentrations of tellurium, copper and vanadium. Hydrothermal eruption breccia beds are present within the deposit. The presence of the hot-spring deposit and banded and comb textures of the vein quartz suggest that the vein system presently exposed formed at a shallow level. The vein systems in Palau and Yap have similar textures, geochemical suites and alteration assemblages. Both vein systems formed late in the volcanic evolution of the intra-oceanic arc. Media tested for their effectiveness in geochemical exploration in the tropical, deeply weathered environment of Palau and Yap included stream sediments, heavy-mineral concentrates from stream sediments, and sediment from the mangrove coastal environment which is well developed around most of the islands of Yap and Palau. Geochemical surveys in both Yap and Palau of mangrove sediment show that adjacent to areas of gold mineralization, gold and tellu

  17. Gamma ray spectrometry for recognition of hydrothermal alteration zones related to a low sulfidation epithermal gold mineralization (eastern Pontides, NE Türkiye)

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    Maden, Nafiz; Akaryalı, Enver

    2015-11-01

    This study presents an interpretation of radiospectrometric and magnetic data of Arzular mineralization site, which is one of the best examples for epithermal gold deposits located in the southern zone of the Eastern Pontides (NE Türkiye). Potassium is generally the most useful pathfinder element for gold mineralization zones because of its high level in altered rock surrounding the deposits. Where gold is hosted within quartz veins, typically the vein is low in the radioelements, but the hydrothermally altered host rocks will usually have a distinct radioelement signature useful for exploration. In this study, magnetic, susceptibility and radiospectrometric survey data radiometric signatures associated with the host rocks favorable for the mineralization, enhancing techniques such as the ratio maps as well as potassium (%K), equivalent thorium (eTh ppm) and equivalent uranium (eU ppm) maps were utilized. Our analysis showed that the gold mineralization associated with the alteration is significantly related to increase in potassium, due to adularia, a low T K-feldspar, and decreases in uranium and thorium due to the hydrothermal alteration and magmatic intrusion processes during the regional tectonic activities.

  18. Comparison of metasomatic reactions between a common CO2-rich vein fluid and diverse wall rocks: intensive variables, mass transfers, and Au mineralization at Alleghany, California

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    Böhlke, J.K.

    1989-01-01

    The gold deposits at Alleghany, California, are typical of many epigenetic gold-bearing hydrothermal vein systems in metamorphic terranes worldwide. Detailed analyses of alteration halos in serpentinite, mafic amphibolite, and granite wall rocks at Alleghany indicate that widely contrasting deposit types, ranging from fuchsite-carbonate schists to pyrite-albitites, resulted when different wall rocks interacted with the same externally derived CO2-rich hydrothermal vein fluid. Patterns of element redistribution within halos and among lithologic units suggest a complex process involving fluid flow along vein fractures and diffusion (?? infiltration) normal to the veins. Wall rocks locally controlled both the directions and magnitudes of chemical fluxes across vein walls. -from Author

  19. Fluid inclusion and isotopic systematics of an evolving magmatic-hydrothermal system

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    Moore, J.N.; Gunderson, R.P.

    1995-10-01

    The Geysers, California, is the site of a long-lived hydrothermal system that initially developed 1.5-2 m.y. ago in response to the intrusion of a hypabyssal granitic pluton. Although wells drilled into The Geysers produce only dry steam, fluid inclusion, isotopic, and mineralogic data demonstrate that the present vapor-dominated regime evolved from an earlier and more extensive, liquid-dominated hydrothermal system. Circulation of these early fluids produced veins characterized by tourmaline {+-} biotite {+-} actinolite {+-} clinopyroxene within the pluton and adjacent biotite-rich hornfels, actinolite {+-} ferroaxinite {+-} epidote and epidote {+-} chlorite within the intermediate parts of the thermal system and calcite in the outer parts. Potassium feldspar and quartz are present in all assemblages. Pressure-corrected homogenization temperatures and apparent salinities of fluid inclusions trapped in vein minerals range from 440{degrees}C and 44 wt% NaCl equivalent within the hornfels (<600 m from the pluton) to 325{degrees}C and 5 wt% NaCl equivalent at distances of approximately 1500 m from the intrusion. We suggest that the shallow, moderate salinity fluids are connate waters modified by water-rock interactions while the high-salinity fluids are interpreted as magmatic brines. Halite-dissolution temperatures of inclusions in the hornfels and pluton indicate that the magnetic fluids were trapped at lithostatic pressures (300-900 bars). In contrast, homogenization temperatures of the connate fluids suggest trapping under hydrostatic pressures of less than several hundred bars. Whole-rock {delta}{sup 18}O values of samples from The Geysers display systematic variations with respect to depth, location within the field, and grade of alteration. At depths below +610 m relative to mean sea level, the {delta}{sup 18}O values are strongly zoned around a northwest-southeast trending low located near the center of the steam reservoir. 77 refs., 15 figs., 2 tabs.

  20. Extensional failure and hydraulic valving at Minas da Panasqueira, Portugal: evidence from vein spatial distributions, displacements and geometries

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    Foxford, K. A.; Nicholson, R.; Polya, D. A.; Hebblethwaite, R. P. B.

    2000-08-01

    At Panasqueira, Portugal, exceptional exposure and demonstrable vein connectivity allow robust characterisation of brittle/elastic failure mechanisms in intrusive-related environments. Extensional failure was driven by cycles of fluid injection (hydraulic valving) and vein growth under conditions with λv≥1 and differential stress <4 T. Failure was episodic and produced a swarm of W-Sn-bearing quartz veins characterised by positive volumetric strain. Worked veins consist of families of co-planar vein-lobes linked at branch-points. Geometrically coherent vein displacements constrain an elliptical anomaly (the damage zone) in which values of extensional strain are symmetrically distributed, decreasing systematically away from a centrally located maxima to zero at a tip-line loop. Vein textures indicate rapid, episodic, vein opening, μm- to dm-scale vein apertures, spatially and temporally variable rates of vein filling and periodic baffling of fluid migration pathways. Although the vein swarm represents a single vein cluster, vein thickness and spacing populations are typically non-power law and define anomaly-scale heterogeneous strain with inhomogeneously deformed marginal zones surrounding a homogeneously deformed high-strain core. Deviations from power-law behaviour were promoted by competitive vein growth that provided mechanisms for (i) inhibiting vein nucleation and (ii) localising deformation onto a few evenly spaced veins.

  1. Quartz crystal growth

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    Baughman, Richard J.

    1992-01-01

    A process for growing single crystals from an amorphous substance that can undergo phase transformation to the crystalline state in an appropriate solvent. The process is carried out in an autoclave having a lower dissolution zone and an upper crystallization zone between which a temperature differential (.DELTA.T) is maintained at all times. The apparatus loaded with the substance, solvent, and seed crystals is heated slowly maintaining a very low .DELTA.T between the warmer lower zone and cooler upper zone until the amorphous substance is transformed to the crystalline state in the lower zone. The heating rate is then increased to maintain a large .DELTA.T sufficient to increase material transport between the zones and rapid crystallization. .alpha.-Quartz single crystal can thus be made from fused quartz in caustic solvent by heating to 350.degree. C. stepwise with a .DELTA.T of 0.25.degree.-3.degree. C., increasing the .DELTA.T to about 50.degree. C. after the fused quartz has crystallized, and maintaining these conditions until crystal growth in the upper zone is completed.

  2. Hydrothermal Processes

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    German, C. R.; von Damm, K. L.

    2003-12-01

    What is Hydrothermal Circulation?Hydrothermal circulation occurs when seawater percolates downward through fractured ocean crust along the volcanic mid-ocean ridge (MOR) system. The seawater is first heated and then undergoes chemical modification through reaction with the host rock as it continues downward, reaching maximum temperatures that can exceed 400 °C. At these temperatures the fluids become extremely buoyant and rise rapidly back to the seafloor where they are expelled into the overlying water column. Seafloor hydrothermal circulation plays a significant role in the cycling of energy and mass between the solid earth and the oceans; the first identification of submarine hydrothermal venting and their accompanying chemosynthetically based communities in the late 1970s remains one of the most exciting discoveries in modern science. The existence of some form of hydrothermal circulation had been predicted almost as soon as the significance of ridges themselves was first recognized, with the emergence of plate tectonic theory. Magma wells up from the Earth's interior along "spreading centers" or "MORs" to produce fresh ocean crust at a rate of ˜20 km3 yr-1, forming new seafloor at a rate of ˜3.3 km2 yr-1 (Parsons, 1981; White et al., 1992). The young oceanic lithosphere formed in this way cools as it moves away from the ridge crest. Although much of this cooling occurs by upward conduction of heat through the lithosphere, early heat-flow studies quickly established that a significant proportion of the total heat flux must also occur via some additional convective process (Figure 1), i.e., through circulation of cold seawater within the upper ocean crust (Anderson and Silbeck, 1981). (2K)Figure 1. Oceanic heat flow versus age of ocean crust. Data from the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans, averaged over 2 Ma intervals (circles) depart from the theoretical cooling curve (solid line) indicating convective cooling of young ocean crust by circulating seawater (after C. A. Stein and S. Stein, 1994). The first geochemical evidence for the existence of hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor came in the mid-1960s when investigations in the Red Sea revealed deep basins filled with hot, salty water (40-60 °C) and underlain by thick layers of metal-rich sediment (Degens and Ross, 1969). Because the Red Sea represents a young, rifting, ocean basin it was speculated that the phenomena observed there might also prevail along other young MOR spreading centers. An analysis of core-top sediments from throughout the world's oceans ( Figure 2) revealed that such metalliferous sediments did, indeed, appear to be concentrated along the newly recognized global ridge crest (Boström et al., 1969). Another early indication of hydrothermal activity came from the detection of plumes of excess 3He in the Pacific Ocean Basin (Clarke et al., 1969) - notably the >2,000 km wide section in the South Pacific ( Lupton and Craig, 1981) - because 3He present in the deep ocean could only be sourced through some form of active degassing of the Earth's interior, at the seafloor. (62K)Figure 2. Global map of the (Al+Fe+Mn):Al ratio for surficial marine sediments. Highest ratios mimic the trend of the global MOR axis (after Boström et al., 1969). One area where early heat-flow studies suggested hydrothermal activity was likely to occur was along the Galapagos Spreading Center in the eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean (Anderson and Hobart, 1976). In 1977, scientists diving at this location found hydrothermal fluids discharging chemically altered seawater from young volcanic seafloor at elevated temperatures up to 17 °C ( Edmond et al., 1979). Two years later, the first high-temperature (380±30 °C) vent fluids were found at 21° N on the East Pacific Rise (EPR) (Spiess et al., 1980) - with fluid compositions remarkably close to those predicted from the lower-temperature Galapagos findings ( Edmond et al., 1979). Since that time, hydrothermal activity has been found at more than 40 locations throughout the Pacific, North Atlantic, and Indian Oceans (e.g., Van Dover et al., 2002) with further evidence - from characteristic chemical anomalies in the ocean water column - of its occurrence in even the most remote and slowly spreading ocean basins ( Figure 3), from the polar seas of the Southern Ocean (German et al., 2000; Klinkhammer et al., 2001) to the extremes of the ice-covered Arctic ( Edmonds et al., 2003). (61K)Figure 3. Schematic map of the global ridge crest showing the major ridge sections along which active hydrothermal vents have already been found (red circles) or are known to exist from the detection of characteristic chemical signals in the overlying water column (orange circles). Full details of all known hydrothermally active sites and plume signals are maintained at the InterRidge web-site: http://triton.ori.u-tokyo.ac.jp/~intridge/wg-gdha.htm The most spectacular manifestation of seafloor hydrothermal circulation is, without doubt, the high-temperature (>400 °C) "black smokers" that expel fluids from the seafloor along all parts of the global ocean ridge crest. In addition to being visually compelling, vent fluids also exhibit important enrichments and depletions when compared to ambient seawater. Many of the dissolved chemicals released from the Earth's interior during venting precipitate upon mixing with the cold, overlying seawater, generating thick columns of black metal-sulfide and oxide mineral-rich smoke - hence the colloquial name for these vents: "black smokers" (Figure 4). In spite of their common appearance, high-temperature hydrothermal vent fluids actually exhibit a wide range of temperatures and chemical compositions, which are determined by subsurface reaction conditions. Despite their spectacular appearance, however, high-temperature vents may only represent a small fraction - perhaps as little as 10% - of the total hydrothermal heat flux close to ridge axes. A range of studies - most notably along the Juan de Fuca Ridge (JdFR) in the NE Pacific Ocean (Rona and Trivett, 1992; Schultz et al., 1992; Ginster et al., 1994) have suggested that, instead, axial hydrothermal circulation may be dominated by much lower-temperature diffuse flow exiting the seafloor at temperatures comparable to those first observed at the Galapagos vent sites in 1977. The relative importance of high- and low-temperature hydrothermal circulation to overall ocean chemistry remains a topic of active debate. (141K)Figure 4. (a) Photograph of a "black smoker" hydrothermal vent emitting hot (>400 °C) fluid at a depth of 2,834 m into the base of the oceanic water column at the Brandon vent site, southern EPR. The vent is instrumented with a recording temperature probe. (b) Diffuse flow hydrothermal fluids have temperatures that are generally <35 °C and, therefore, may host animal communities. This diffuse flow site at a depth of 2,500 m on the EPR at 9°50' N is populated by Riftia tubeworms, mussels, crabs, and other organisms. While most studies of seafloor hydrothermal systems have focused on the currently active plate boundary (˜0-1 Ma crust), pooled heat-flow data from throughout the world's ocean basins (Figure 1) indicate that convective heat loss from the oceanic lithosphere actually continues in crust from 0-65 Ma in age ( Stein et al., 1995). Indeed, most recent estimates would indicate that hydrothermal circulation through this older (1-65 Ma) section, termed "flank fluxes," may be responsible for some 70% or more of the total hydrothermal heat loss associated with spreading-plate boundaries - either in the form of warm (20-65 °C) altered seawater, or as cooler water, which is only much more subtly chemically altered ( Mottl, 2003).When considering the impact of hydrothermal circulation upon the chemical composition of the oceans and their underlying sediments, however, attention returns - for many elements - to the high-temperature "black smoker" systems. Only here do many species escape from the seafloor in high abundance. When they do, the buoyancy of the high-temperature fluids carries them hundreds of meters up into the overlying water column as they mix and eventually form nonbuoyant plumes containing a wide variety of both dissolved chemicals and freshly precipitated mineral phases. The processes active within these dispersing hydrothermal plumes play a major role in determining the net impact of hydrothermal circulation upon the oceans and marine geochemistry.

  3. Mineralogical, fluid inclusion, and stable isotope constraints on mechanisms of ore deposition at the Samgwang mine (Republic of Korea)—a mesothermal, vein-hosted gold-silver deposit

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    Yoo, Bong Chul; Lee, Hyun Koo; White, Noel C.

    2010-02-01

    The Samgwang mine is located in the Cheongyang gold district (Cheonan Metallogenic Province) of the Republic of Korea. It consists of eight massive, gold-bearing quartz veins that filled NE- and NW-striking fractures along fault zones in Precambrian granitic gneiss of the Gyeonggi massif. Their mineralogy and paragenesis allow two separate vein-forming episodes to be recognized, temporally separated by a major faulting event. The ore minerals occur in quartz and calcite of stage I, associated with fracturing and healing of veins. Hydrothermal wall-rock alteration minerals of stage I include Fe-rich chlorite (Fe/(Fe+Mg) ratios 0.74-0.81), muscovite, illite, K-feldspar, and minor arsenopyrite, pyrite, and carbonates. Sulfide minerals deposited along with electrum during this stage include arsenopyrite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, sphalerite, marcasite, chalcopyrite, galena, argentite, pyrargyrite, and argentian tetrahedrite. Only calcite was deposited during stage II. Fluid inclusions in quartz contain three main types of C-O-H fluids: CO2-rich, CO2-H2O, and aqueous inclusions. Quartz veins related to early sulfides in stage I were deposited from H2O-NaCl-CO2 fluids (1,500-5,000 bar, average 3,200) with T htotal values of 200°C to 383°C and salinities less than about 7 wt.% NaCl equiv. Late sulfide deposition was related to H2O-NaCl fluids (140-1,300 bar, average 700) with T htotal values of 110°C to 385°C and salinities less than about 11 wt.% NaCl equiv. These fluids either evolved through immiscibility of H2O-NaCl-CO2 fluids as a result of a decrease in fluid pressure, or through mixing with deeply circulated meteoric waters as a result of uplift or unloading during mineralization, or both. Measured and calculated sulfur isotope compositions (δ34SH2S = 1.5 to 4.8‰) of hydrothermal fluids from the stage I quartz veins indicate that ore sulfur was derived mainly from a magmatic source. The calculated and measured oxygen and hydrogen isotope compositions (δ18OH2O = -5.9‰ to 10.9‰, δD = -102‰ to -87‰) of the ore-forming fluids indicate that the fluids were derived from magmatic sources and evolved by mixing with local meteoric water by limited water-rock exchange and by partly degassing in uplift zones during mineralization. While most features of the Samgwang mine are consistent with classification as an orogenic gold deposit, isotopic and fluid chemistry indicate that the veins were genetically related to intrusions emplaced during the Jurassic to Cretaceous Daebo orogeny.

  4. Epithermal gold veins in a caldera setting: Banská Hodruša, Slovakia

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    Koděra, Peter; Lexa, Jaroslav; Rankin, Andrew Hugh; Fallick, Anthony Edward

    2005-03-01

    The central zone of the large Miocene Štiavnica stratovolcano in the Western Carpathians hosts epithermal Au mineralization of intermediate-sulfidation type, located at deep levels of the historic Rozália base-metal mine at Banská Hodruša. The Au mineralization occurs as subhorizontal veins at the base of pre-caldera andesites, close to the roof of a subvolcanic granodiorite intrusion. The veins are dismembered by a set of quartz diorite porphyry sills and displaced by the younger, steeply dipping, Rozália base-metal vein, and parallel structures. The base-metal vein structures are related to resurgent horst uplift in the caldera center. The Au mineralization formed during two stages. Based on fluid inclusion evidence, both stages formed from fluids of low salinity (0 3 wt% NaCl eq.), which underwent extensive boiling at moderate temperatures (280 330°C). Variable pressure conditions (39 95 bars, neglecting the effect of CO2) indicate continual opening of the system and a transition from suprahydrostatic towards hydrodynamic conditions at shallow depths (~550 m). The fluid inclusions of the Rozália base-metal vein show homogenization temperature peaks at ~285 and 187°C and salinities between 1 and 4 wt% NaCl eq. Precipitation of Au is considered to be the result of prolonged boiling of fluids and associated decrease in Au solubility. Oxygen and hydrogen isotope data for quartz and carbonate from the Au veins show a relatively homogeneous fluid composition (-2.7 to 1.1‰δ18O, -78 to -62‰δD). The combined δ18Ofluid and δDfluid values suggest a mixed character of fluids, falling between the fields of typical magmatic and meteoric water influenced by δ18Ofluid shift due to fluid rock isotopic exchange. End stages of open-system boiling and fractionation could have been reached, at least locally. Significantly lower isotopic composition of meteoric fluids associated with Au mineralization compared to those associated with the intrusion-related mineralizations could have resulted from changing paleoclimate and/or analytical problems of extraction of water from fluid inclusions. The proposed genetic model for the Au deposit at Rozália mine highlights the importance of hydrothermal activity during the early stage of caldera collapse. Caldera subsidence established new, convective, fluid-flow paths along marginal caldera faults, which acted as infiltration zones. Major metal precipitation occurred within subhorizontal structures that formed as the result of a collapse-related stress field. A shallow, differentiated magma chamber at the base of the volcano was the likely source of heat and magmatic components for the mineralizing fluids.

  5. The compression pathway of quartz

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    Thompson, Richard M.; Downs, Robert T.; Dera, Przemyslaw

    2011-11-07

    The structure of quartz over the temperature domain (298 K, 1078 K) and pressure domain (0 GPa, 20.25 GPa) is compared to the following three hypothetical quartz crystals: (1) Ideal {alpha}-quartz with perfectly regular tetrahedra and the same volume and Si-O-Si angle as its observed equivalent (ideal {beta}-quartz has Si-O-Si angle fixed at 155.6{sup o}). (2) Model {alpha}-quartz with the same Si-O-Si angle and cell parameters as its observed equivalent, derived from ideal by altering the axial ratio. (3) BCC quartz with a perfectly body-centered cubic arrangement of oxygen anions and the same volume as its observed equivalent. Comparison of experimental data recorded in the literature for quartz with these hypothetical crystal structures shows that quartz becomes more ideal as temperature increases, more BCC as pressure increases, and that model quartz is a very good representation of observed quartz under all conditions. This is consistent with the hypothesis that quartz compresses through Si-O-Si angle-bending, which is resisted by anion-anion repulsion resulting in increasing distortion of the c/a axial ratio from ideal as temperature decreases and/or pressure increases.

  6. Force chain forming quartz in an ultramylonite

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    Kilian, Rüdiger; Morales, Luiz F. G.; Peters, Max

    2014-05-01

    Polymineralic ultramylonites often show microstructures indicative of grain size sensitive creep with dissolution precipitation or diffusion accommodated grain boundary sliding. Typically phases show an anticorrelated distribution, the grain size is small and a crystallographic preferred orientation is absent. The latter observation is usually thought to originate from rigid body rotation of grains because flow dominated by diffusion creep operates at differential stresses, which are too low to activate crystal-plastic mechanisms. Here, we present quartz texture measurements from a natural ultramylonite, deformed under upper amphibolite facies conditions from the Nordmannvik Nappe, Upper Allochton of the Norwegian Caledonides. The ultramylonite has a mean grain size < 10 μm (eq. diameter) and shows a very homogeneous microstructure with an anticorrelated phase distribution with quartz (50 vol%), separated by a matrix of biotite, white mica, plagioclase and titanite while garnet forms porphyroclasts. Quartz occurs either as isolated grains or in 'one grain' thick, small clusters. Two types of clusters can be distinguished: foliation parallel clusters and oblique clusters with a long axis at a small angle to the inferred shortening direction, the latter being prominent in the most homogeneous ultramylonite. Quartz shows a weak but non-random texture. In the foliation parallel clusters a [c]-axis maximum is elongated around the y-direction towards the normal of the foliation, -axes form point maxima at a small angle to the lineation, very similar to textures found in high temperature quartz mylonites (e.g. Pennacchioni et al., 2010). In the foliation oblique clusters, the [c]-axes form a very broad maximum around the y-direction and axes show three distinct, close to orthogonal maxima close to x,y,z-directions, rotated about 10-15° antithetically around the y-direction. Isolated quartz grains also show a weak texture of this type. Quartz grains contain low angle boundaries, some of which can be interpreted as subgrain boundaries, mainly related to prism-a and rhomb-a slip, suggesting the activation of crystal-plastic processes. Alternative texture forming processes (e.g. growth textures) are also discussed. The texture in the foliation parallel clusters is thought to be an inherited texture from lower strain stages in the ultramylonite, as it is mostly present in the least deformed parts of the ultramylonite. However, we suggest that the texture formed in the foliation oblique clusters is related to a dynamic formation of force chains between quartz grains, where differential stresses become high enough for plastic yielding. The presence of force chains questions whether ultramylonites necessarily need to possess a linear viscous rheology, even if microstructures would indicate a diffusion creep mechanism. Pennacchioni G., Menegon L., Leiss B., Nestola F., Bromiley G., 2010: Development of crystallographic preferred orientation and microstructure during plastic deformation of natural coarse?grained quartz veins. Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 115, B12405

  7. Mineralogy and Geochemistry of the Nižná Boca Sb-Au Hydrothermal Ore Deposit (Western Carpathians, Slovakia)

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    Smirnov, Alexander; Pršek, Jaroslav; Chovan, Martin

    2007-01-01

    Samples from hydrothermal Sb-Au mineralization in the area SE of Nižná Boca village in the N&iAzke Tatry Mountains were investigated using a variety of geochemical and mineralogical methods. Ore minerals typically occur in N-S striking quartz-carbonate veins hosted by an I-type biotite granodiorite to tonalite of Variscan Age (the Ďumbier Type). Paragenetic associations in the deposit are comparable to other mineralizations of the same type in the Ďumbierske Nízke Tatry Mountains. A quartz-arsenopyrite, pyrite stage of mineralization is the oldest with a calculated temperature of formation of about 445°C. It is followed by a quartz-carbonate-stibnite, zinkenite stage and, in turn, a quartz-carbonate-sphalerite-galena, boulangerite-gold stage. The gold typically contains between 9-18 wt.% Ag regardless of mineral association. No evidence for further generations of gold was found although it is possible that some gold was remobilized from the structure of the auriferous arsenopyrite. The Au and Ag content of the bulk ore ranges from 0.53 g.t-1 to 20.2 g.t-1 and from 0.9 g.t-1 to 31.2 g.t-1, respectively. A tetrahedrite-chalcopyrite stage is followed by a barite-hematite stage - the youngest assemblage in the deposit. Fluid inclusions from the first mineralization stage are usually less than 3 μm in size and contain less than 3.6 wt.% CO2; salinity, density and homogenization temperature range from 2.7-16.3 wt.% NaCl(eq), 0.85-1.03 g.cm-1 and 128-280°C, respectively.

  8. Plastic Deformation of Quartz: Unfinished business?

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    Paterson, M. S.

    2011-12-01

    Starting at Harvard in the mid-1930's, David Griggs built a series of high pressure machines for experimental rock deformation. One persistent aim was to achieve the plastic deformation of quartz. Each time he built a new machine for higher pressure and/or temperature, one of the first materials he tested would be quartz. This search went on through a 500 MPa liquid-medium machine at temperatures up to 300C, then with a gas-medium machine for temperatures up to 800C, and finally with a solid-medium machine for higher pressures and temperatures. Quartz proved stubbornly resistant to deformation except at extremely high stresses until, finally and somewhat serendipitously, it was found possible to deform quartz at relatively low stresses in the presence of water under special conditions. The breakthrough came in an experiment in a 1500 MPa solid-medium apparatus in which talc was used as pressure medium. At the temperature of the experiment, the talc dehydrated and so released water. Under these conditions, natural quartz proved to be very weak and to readily undergo plastic deformation, a phenomenon that became known as "hydrolytic weakening". Soon after this discovery, it was also found that certain synthetic single crystals could be easily deformed ab initio. These crystals were from a particular set that had been grown rapidly under hydrothermal conditions and had incorporated water during growth. Attempts in our laboratory to weaken crystals in a gas-medium apparatus at around 300 MPa by cooking dry quartz in the presence of added water were all unsuccessful, although we could deform wet synthetic crystals. There was considerable speculation about a role of high pressure in promoting hydrolytic weakening, but the dilemma was eventually clarified by electron microscope studies by Fitz Gerald and coworkers. These studies showed that crystals that had been subjected to high pressure and temperature in the solid-medium apparatus were extensively microcracked, presumably due to non-hydrostatic stresses generated from the solid medium during raising the pressure, thus evidently promoting the ingress of water. From our gas-medium experiments it would seem that both the solubility and the rate of diffusion of water-related species in dry quartz must be very low, such that at 300 MPa and around 500 - 1000 C the water penetrates less than a few micrometres in the course of a few hours. Thus the sluggishness of diffusion and the low equilibrium solubility of water-related species in quartz probably explain the failure to achieve hydrolytic weakening in the gas-medium apparatus. However, the documentation of these properties remains inadequate. The initial, and still current, Frank-Griggs hypothesis for the origin of hydrolytic weakening is that the water plays a role in the breaking of the covalent silicon-oxygen bonds as a dislocation is propagated. It is a corollary that the dislocation must be saturated with water or that the water must migrate with the dislocation as it moves. Heggie and Jones have done a number of ab initio calculations on the role of the water in the migration of dislocations in quartz which support the idea that the motion of dislocations is aided by the presence of water-related species in the dislocation core.

  9. Temporal relations of volcanism and hydrothermal systems in two areas of the Jemez volcanic field, New Mexico

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    WoldeGabriel, G.; Goff, F. )

    1989-11-01

    Two hydrothermal alteration events (8.07 Ma, one sample; 6.51-5.60 Ma, six samples) related to the waning stages of late Miocene volcanism ({ge} 13 to {le} 5.8 Ma) are recognized at the Cochiti district (southeast Jemez Mountains). Most of the K/Ar dates (0.83 {plus minus} 0.11-0.66 {plus minus} 0.21 Ma, four samples) in the hydrothermally altered, caldera-fill rocks of core hole VC-2A at Sulfur Springs, Valles caldera, indicate post-Valles caldera hydrothermal alteration. A sample from acid-altered landslide debris of postcaldera tuffs from the upper 13 m of the core hole was too young to be dated by the K/Ar method and is possibly associated with current hot-spring activity and the youngest pulses of volcanism. Oxygen-isotope data from illite/smectite clays in the Cochiti district are zonally distributed and range from {minus}2.15{per thousand} to {plus}7.97{per thousand} (SMOW), depending upon temperature, extent of rock-fluid interaction, and composition. The samples from VC-2A get lighter with depth ({minus}0.20{per thousand} to {plus}1.62{per thousand}). The K/Ar and oxygen-isotope data provide strong evidence that the epithermal quartz-vein-hosted gold-silver mineralization at Cochiti and the sub-ore grade molybdenite at VC-2A were deposited in the late Miocene (5.99-5.60 Ma) and mid-Quaternary ({approximately}0.66 Ma), respectively, by hydrothermal fluids composed primarily of meteoric water.

  10. Hydrothermal systems in two areas of the Jemez volcanic field: Sulphur Springs and the Cochiti mining district

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    WoldeGabriel, G.

    1989-03-01

    K/Ar dates and oxygen isotope data were obtained on 13 clay separates (<2 ..mu..m) of thermally altered mafic and silicic rocks from the Cochiti mining district (SE Jemez Mountains) and Continental Scientific Drilling Project (CSDP) core hole VC-2A (Sulphur Springs, Valles caldera). Illite with K/sub 2/O contents of 6.68%--10.04% is the dominant clay in the silicic rocks, whereas interstratified illite/smectites containing 1.4%--5.74% K/sub 2/O constitute the altered andesites. Two hydrothermal alteration events are recognized at the Cochiti area (8.07 m.y., n = 1, and 6.5--5.6 m.y., n = 6). The older event correlates with the waning stages of Paliza Canyon Formation andesite volcanism (greater than or equal to13 to less than or equal to8.5 m.y.), whereas the younger event correlates with intrusions and gold- and silver-bearing quartz veins associated with the Bearhead Rhyolite (7.54--5.8 m.y.). The majority of K/Ar dates in the hydrothermally altered, caldera-fill rocks of core hole VC-2A (0.83--0.66 m.y., n = 4) indicate that hydrothermal alteration developed contemporaneously with resurgence and ring fracture Valles Rhyolite domes (0.89--0.54 m.y.). One date of 0 +- 0.10 m.y. in acid-altered landslide debris of postcaldera tuffs from the upper 13 m of the core hole probably correlates with Holocene hydrothermal activity possibly associated with the final phases of the Valles Rhyolite (0.13 m.y.).

  11. Vein graft failure

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    Owens, Christopher D.; Gasper, Warren J.; Rahman, Amreen S.; Conte, Michael S

    2013-01-01

    Following the creation of an autogenous lower extremity bypass graft, the vein must undergo a series of dynamic structural changes to stabilize the arterial hemodynamic forces. These changes, commonly referred to as remodeling, include an inflammatory response, the development of a neointima, matrix turnover, and cellular proliferation and apoptosis. The sum total of these processes results in dramatic alterations in the physical and biomechanical attributes of the arterialized vein. The most clinically obvious and easily measured of these is lumen remodeling of the graft. However, though somewhat less precise, wall thickness, matrix composition, and endothelial changes can be measured in vivo within the healing vein graft. Recent translational work has demonstrated the clinical relevance of remodeling as it relates to vein graft patency and the systemic factors influencing it. By correlating histologic and molecular changes in the vein, insights into potential therapeutic strategies to prevent bypass failure and areas for future investigation are explored. PMID:24095042

  12. Timing and duration of hydrothermal activity at the Los Bronces porphyry cluster: an update

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    Deckart, K.; Silva, W.; Spröhnle, C.; Vela, I.

    2014-06-01

    New geochronological data from the Los Bronces cluster of the Río Blanco-Los Bronces mega-porphyry Cu-Mo district establish a wide range of magmatism, hydrothermal alteration, and mineralization ages, both in terms of areal extent and time. The northern El Plomo and southernmost Los Piches exploration areas contain the oldest barren porphyritic intrusions with U-Pb ages of 10.8 ± 0.1 Ma and 13.4 ± 0.1 Ma, respectively. A hypabyssal barren intrusion adjacent northwesterly to the main pit area yields a slightly younger age of 10.2 ± 0.3 Ma (San Manuel sector, U-Pb), whereas in the Los Bronces (LB) open-pit area, the present day mineral extraction zone, porphyries range from 8.49 to 6.02 Ma (U-Pb). Hydrothermal biotite and sericite ages are up to 0.5 Ma younger but consistent with the cooling of the corresponding intrusion events of each area. Two quartz-molybdenite B-type veins from the LB open pit have Re-Os molybdenite ages of 5.65 ± 0.03 Ma and 5.35 ± 0.03 Ma consistent with published data for the contiguous Río Blanco cluster. The San Manuel exploration area within the Los Bronces cluster, located about 1.5-2 km southeast of the open-pit extraction zone, shows both the oldest hydrothermal biotite (7.70 ± 0.07 Ma; 40Ar/39Ar) and breccia cement molybdenite ages (8.36 ± 0.06 Ma; Re-Os) registered in the entire Río Blanco-Los Bronces district. These are also older than those reported from the El Teniente porphyry Cu(-Mo) deposit, suggesting that mineralization in the late Miocene to early Pliocene porphyry belt of Central Chile commenced 2 Ma before the previously accepted age of 6.3 Ma.

  13. Hydrothermal alteration in research drill hole Y-2, Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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    Bargar, K.E.; Beeson, M.H.

    1981-05-01

    Y-2, a US Geological Survey research diamond-drill hole in Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, was drilled to a depth of 157.4 meters. The hole penetrated interbedded siliceous sinter and travertine to 10.2 m, glacial sediments of the Pinedale Glaciation interlayered with pumiceous tuff from 10.2 to 31.7 m, and rhyolitic lavas of the Elephant Back flow of the Central Plateau Member and the Mallard Lake Member of the Pleistocene Plateau Rhyolite from 31.7 to 157.4 m. Hydrothermal alteration is pervasive in most of the nearly continuous drill core. Rhyolitic glass has been extensively altered to clay and zeolite minerals (intermediate heulandite, clinoptilolite, mordenite, montmorillonite, mixed-layer illite-montmorillonite, and illite) in addition to quartz and adularia. Numerous veins, vugs, and fractures in the core contain these and other minerals: silica minerals (opal, ..beta..-cristobalite, ..cap alpha..-cristobalite, and chalcedony), zeolites (analcime, wairakite, dachiardite, laumontite, and yugawaralite), carbonates (calcite and siderite), clay (kaolinite and chlorite), oxides (hematite, goethite, manganite, cryptomelane, pyrolusite, and groutite), and sulfides (pyrhotite and pyrite) along with minor aegirine, fluorite, truscottite, and portlandite. Interbedded travertine and siliceous sinter in the upper part of the drill core indicate that two distinct types of thermal water are responsible for precipitation of the surficial deposits, and further that the water regime has alternated between the two thermal waters more than once since the end of the Pinedale Glaciation (approx. 10,000 years B.P.). Alternation of zones of calcium-rich and sodium- and potassium-rich hydrothermal minerals also suggests that the calcium-rich and sodium- and potassium-rich hydrothermal minerals also suggests that the water chemistry in this drill hole varies with depth.

  14. How Are Varicose Veins Diagnosed?

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    ... from the NHLBI on Twitter. How Are Varicose Veins Diagnosed? Doctors often diagnose varicose veins based on a physical exam alone. Sometimes tests ... other conditions. Specialists Involved If you have varicose veins, you may see a vascular medicine specialist or ...

  15. QUARTZ FIBER ELECTROSCOPES

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    Henderson, R.P.

    1956-04-17

    This patent pertains to quartz fiber electroscopes of small size for use by personnel to monitor nuclear radiation. The invention resides tn a novel way of charging the electroscope whereby the charging of the electroscope whereby the charging of the electroscope is carried out without obtaining contact with the fiber system or its support and the electroscope can therefore be constructed without a protective cap to prevent wrongful discharge. The electroscope is charged by placing a voltage between an electrode located in close proximity to the element to be charged and the electroscope me metallic case. ABSTRACTS

  16. Quartz Crystal Microbalance Data

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    Baxamusa, S H

    2011-11-16

    We are using a Qpod quartz crystal microbalance (manufactured by Inficon) for use as a low-volume non-volatile residue analysis tool. Inficon has agreed to help troubleshoot some of our measurements and are requesting to view some sample data, which are attached. The basic principle of an NVR analysis is to evaporate a known volume of solvent, and weigh the remaining residue to determine the purity of the solvent. A typical NVR analysis uses 60 g of solvent and can measure residue with an accuracy of +/- 0.01 mg. The detection limit is thus (0.01 mg)/(60 g) = 0.17 ppm. We are attempting to use a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM) to make a similar measurement. The attached data show the response of the QCM as a 5-20 mg drop of solvent evaporates on its surface. The change in mass registered by the QCM after the drop evaporates is the residue that deposits on the crystal. On some measurements, the change in mass in less than zero, which is aphysical since the drop will leave behind {>=}0 mass of residue. The vendor, Inficon, has agreed to look at these data as a means to help troubleshoot the cause.

  17. Origin of the color in cobalt-doped quartz

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    de Miranda Pinto, Luiz Carlos B.; Righi, Ariete; Lameiras, Fernando Soares; da Silva Araujo, Fernando Gabriel; Krambrock, Klaus

    2011-09-01

    Synthetic Co-doped quartz was grown hydrothermally in steel autoclaves at the Technological Center of Minas Gerais (CETEC), Brazil. The quartz samples, originally yellow in the as-grown state acquired blue coloration after prolonged heat treatment times at 500°C near the alpha-beta transition temperature. UV-VIS-NIR absorption spectroscopy shows the characteristic spectra of Co3+ before heat treatment. After heat treatment, the optical absorption spectrum is dominated by two split-triplet bands the first in the near infrared region centered at about 6,700 cm-1 (1,490 nm) and the second in the visible spectral range at about 16,900 cm-1 (590 nm). Both split-triplet bands are typical for Co2+ ions in tetrahedral coordination environments. From the absence of electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra, we conclude that the Co2+ found in the optical absorption spectra of the blue quartz is not due to an isolated structural site in the quartz lattice. Instead, the blue color is associated with electronic transitions of Co2+ in small inclusions in which the Co site has tetrahedral symmetry. The non-observation of polarization-depend optical absorption spectra is also in agreement with this model. The results for Co2+ in quartz are different from Co-bearing spinel and staurolite and other silicates like orthopyroxene, olivine, and beryls. The formation process of the color center is discussed.

  18. ORIGIN OF QUARTZ IN COAL.

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    Ruppert, Leslie F.; Cecil, C. Blaine; Stanton, Ronald W.

    1984-01-01

    Both a scanning electron microscope and an electron microprobe (EMP) were used in this study to analyze the cathodoluminescence properties of quartz grains in samples of the Upper Freeport coal bed because quartz grains in coal are small (silt sized) and below the resolution capabilities of a standard luminoscope. Quartz grains were identified by the detection of silicon alone with energy dispersive X-ray units attached to both the SEM and the EMP.

  19. Crustal faults exposed in the Pito Deep Rift: Conduits for hydrothermal fluids on the southeast Pacific Rise

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    Hayman, Nicholas W.; Karson, Jeffrey A.

    2009-02-01

    The escarpments that bound the Pito Deep Rift (northeastern Easter microplate) expose in situ upper oceanic crust that was accreted ˜3 Ma ago at the superfast spreading (˜142 mm/a, full rate) southeast Pacific Rise (SEPR). Samples and images of these escarpments were taken during transects utilizing the human-occupied vehicle Alvin and remotely operated vehicle Jason II. The dive areas were mapped with a "deformation intensity scale" revealing that the sheeted dike complex and the base of the lavas contain approximately meter-wide fault zones surrounded by fractured "damage zones." Fault zones are spaced several hundred meters apart, in places offset the base of the lavas, separate areas with differently oriented dikes, and are locally crosscut by (younger) dikes. Fault rocks are rich in interstitial amphibole, matrix and vein chlorite, prominent veins of quartz, and accessory grains of sulfides, oxides, and sphene. These phases form the fine-grained matrix materials for cataclasites and cements for breccias where they completely surround angular to subangular clasts of variably altered and deformed basalt. Bulk rock geochemical compositions of the fault rocks are largely governed by the abundance of quartz veins. When compositions are normalized to compensate for the excess silica, the fault rocks exhibit evidence for additional geochemical changes via hydrothermal alteration, including the loss of mobile elements and gain of some trace metals and magnesium. Microstructures and compositions suggest that the fault rocks developed over multiple increments of deformation and hydrothermal fluid flow in the subaxial environment of the SEPR; faults related to the opening of the Pito Deep Rift can be distinguished by their orientation and fault rock microstructure. Some subaxial deformation increments were likely linked with violent discharge events associated with fluid pressure fluctuations and mineral sealing within the fault zones. Other increments were linked with the influx of relatively fresh seawater. The spacing of the faults is consistent with fault localization occurring every 7000 to 14,000 years, with long-term slip rates of <3 mm/a. Once spread from the ridge axis, the faults were probably not active, and damage zones likely played a more significant role in axial flank and off-axis crustal permeability.

  20. The dependence of cobalt concentration on the growth temperature in synthetic blue quartz

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    Kuk Lee, Young; Jin Chung, Su

    1999-01-01

    Co-doped blue quartz crystals were grown hydrothermally in an Na 2CO 3 solution. The concentration of cobalt in as-grown quartz crystal was observed to be independent of the concentration of cobalt in the nutrient but to be strongly affected by the growth temperature. It is concluded that transparent dark-blue quartz could be grown in the narrow temperature range, that is, 340-345°C. From TEM observations, the origin of the blue color in synthetic blue quartz is thought to be an inclusion effect resulting from the entrapped clusters of Co-Si-OH colloids, which is different from other reports [Wood, Ballman, Am. Mineral. 51 (1966) 216; Lehmann, J. Phys. Chem. Solids 30 (1969) 395]. The as-grown synthetic blue quartz crystal was jewel grade.

  1. The timing of sub-solidus hydrothermal alteration in the Central Zone, Limpopo Belt (South Africa): Constraints from titanite U Pb geochronology and REE partitioning

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    Buick, Ian S.; Hermann, Jrg; Maas, Roland; Gibson, Roger L.

    2007-10-01

    In the Central Zone of the Limpopo Belt (South Africa), Palaeoproterozoic granulite-facies metamorphism was superimposed on an earlier Archaean orogenic history. Previously determined ages of 2030-2020 Ma obtained from high-temperature chronometers (zircon, garnet, monazite) are generally thought to provide the best estimate of the peak of Palaeoproterozoic granulite-facies metamorphism in the Central Zone, whereas ages as young as 2006 Ma from late melt patches suggest that temperatures remained above the wet solidus for an extended period. We present a new MC-ICP-MS 207Pb- 206Pb age of 2030.9 1.5 Ma for titanite found in amphibolite- to greenschist-facies alteration zones developed adjacent to quartz vein systems and related pegmatites that cut a strongly deformed Central Zone metabasite. This age could potentially date cooling of rocks at this locality to temperatures below the wet solidus. Alternatively, the titanite could be inherited from the metabasite host, and the age determined from it date the peak of metamorphism. Integration of the geochronology with LA-ICP-MS trace element data for minerals from the metabasite, the hydrothermal vein systems and comparable rocks elsewhere shows that the titanite formed during the amphibolite-facies hydrothermal alteration, not at the metamorphic peak or during the greenschist-facies phase of veining. This suggests that high-grade rocks in the Central Zone have cooled differentially through the wet solidus, and provides timing constraints on when Palaeoproterozoic reworking in the Central Zone began. This study illustrates the potential of combined geochronological and high-resolution geochemical studies to accurately match mineral ages to distinct crustal processes.

  2. Field guide to hydrothermal alteration in the White River altered area and in the Osceola Mudflow, Washington

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    John, David A.; Rytuba, James J.; Ashley, Roger P.; Blakely, Richard J.; Vallance, James W.; Newport, Grant R.; Heinemeyer, Gary R.

    2003-01-01

    The Cenozoic Cascades arcs of southwestern Washington are the product of long-lived, but discontinuous, magmatism beginning in the Eocene and continuing to the present (for example, Christiansen and Yeats, 1992). This magmatism is the result of subduction of oceanic crust beneath the North American continent. The magmatic rocks are divided into two subparallel, north-trending continental-margin arcs, the Eocene to Pliocene Western Cascades, and the Quaternary High Cascades, which overlies, and is east of, the Western Cascades. Both arcs are calc-alkaline and are characterized by voluminous mafic lava flows (mostly basalt to basaltic andesite compositions) and scattered large stratovolcanoes of mafic andesite to dacite compositions. Silicic volcanism is relatively uncommon. Quartz diorite to granite plutons are exposed in more deeply eroded parts of the Western Cascades Arc (for example, Mount Rainier area and just north of Mt. St. Helens). Hydrothermal alteration is widespread in both Tertiary and Quaternary igneous rocks of the Cascades arcs. Most alteration in the Tertiary Western Cascades Arc resulted from hydrothermal systems associated with small plutons, some of which formed porphyry copper and related deposits, including copper-rich breccia pipes, polymetallic veins, and epithermal gold-silver deposits. Hydrothermal alteration also is present on many Quaternary stratovolcanoes of the High Cascades Arc. On some High Cascades volcanoes, this alteration resulted in severely weakened volcanic edifices that were susceptible to failure and catastrophic landslides. Most notable is the sector collapse of the northeast side of Mount Rainier that occurred about 5,600 yr. B.P. This collapse resulted in formation of the clay-rich Osceola Mudflow that traveled 120 km down valley from Mount Rainier to Puget Sound covering more than 200 km2. This field trip examines several styles and features of hydrothermal alteration related to Cenozoic magmatism in the Cascades arcs. The morning of the trip will examine the White River altered area, which includes high-level alteration related to a large, early Miocene magmatic-hydrothermal system exposed about 10 km east of Enumclaw, Washington. Here, vuggy silica alteration is being quarried for silica and advanced argillic alteration has been prospected for alunite. Clay-filled fractures and sulfide-rich, fine-grained sedimentary rocks of hydrothermal origin locally are enriched in precious metals. Many hydrothermal features common in high-sulfidation gold-silver deposits and in advanced argillic alteration zones overlying porphyry copper deposits (for example, Gustafson and Hunt, 1975; Hedenquist and others, 2000; Sillitoe, 2000) are exposed, although no economic base or precious metal mineralized rock has been discovered to date. The afternoon will be spent examining two exposures of the Osceola Mudflow along the White River. The Osceola Mudflow contains abundant clasts of altered Quaternary rocks from Mount Rainier that show various types of hydrothermal alteration and hydrothermal features. The mudflow matrix contains abundant hydrothermal clay minerals that added cohesiveness to the debris flow and helped allow it to travel much farther down valley than other, noncohesive debris flows from Mount Rainier (Crandell, 1971; Vallance and Scott, 1997). The White River altered area is the subject of ongoing studies by geoscientists from Weyerhaeuser Company and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The generalized descriptions of the geology, geophysics, alteration, and mineralization presented here represent the preliminary results of this study (Ashley and others, 2003). Additional field, geochemical, geochronologic, and geophysical studies are underway. The Osceola Mudflow and other Holocene debris flows from Mount Rainier also are the subject of ongoing studies by the USGS (for example, Breit and others, 2003; John and others, 2003; Plumlee and others, 2003, Sisson and others, 2003; Vallance and others, 2003). Studies of hydrothermal alteration in the Osceola Mudflow are being used to better understand fossil hydrothermal systems on Mount Rainier and potential hazards associated with this alteration.

  3. Optociliary veins and central retinal vein occlusion.

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    Giuffrè, G; Palumbo, C; Randazzo-Papa, G

    1993-01-01

    In a follow up of 94 patients with central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO) whose onset had taken place less than 1 year earlier, optociliary veins (OCVs) were found in 7.4% at first examination. Among the 79 eyes in which the fundus of the eye was very visible after a follow up of more than 1 year OCVs were found in 30.4%, showing a late development of OCVs in many cases of CRVO. No difference was found in the occurrence of OCVs between non-ischaemic and ischaemic forms of CRVO. The visual acuity of the eyes with CRVO that developed OCVs was not significantly different from the visual acuity of the eyes without OCVs. Thus, the presence of OCVs in CRVO does not seem to be associated with better visual prognosis. Images PMID:8110670

  4. Hydrothermal mineralogy and fluid inclusions chemistry to understand the roots of active geothermal systems

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    Chambefort, I. S.; Dilles, J. H.; Heinrich, C.

    2013-12-01

    An integrated study to link magmatic textures, magmatic mineral compositions, hydrothermal alteration zoning, hydrothermal mineral chemistry, and fluid inclusion compositions has been undertaken to link an intrusive complex and its degassing alteration halo with their surface equivalent in an active geothermal system. Ngatamariki geothermal system, New Zealand, presents a unique feature in the Taupo Volcanic Zone (TVZ). Drilling intercepted an intrusive complex with a high temperature alteration halo similarly to what is observed in magmatic-derived ore deposits. Thus it presents the perfect opportunity to study the magmatic-hydrothermal transition of the TVZ by characterizing the nature of the deep magmatic fluids link to the heat source of the world known geothermal fields. The record of magmatic-hydrothermal fluid-rock interactions preserved at Ngatamariki may be analogous of processes presently occurring at depth beneath TVZ geothermal systems. The intrusive complex consists of over 5 km3 of tonalite, diorite, basalt and aplitic dykes. Evidence of undercooling subsolidus magmatic textures such as myrmekite and skeletal overgrowth are commonly observed and often linked to volatile loss. The fluids released during the crystallization of the intrusive complex are interpreted to be at the origin of the surrounding high temperature alteration halo. Advanced argillic to potassic alteration and high temperature acidic assemblage is associated with high-temperature quartz veining at depth and vuggy silica at the paleo-surface. Major element compositions of the white micas associated with the high temperature halo show a transition from, muscovite to phengite, muscovitic illite away from the intrusion, with a transition to pyrophyllite and/ or topaz, and andalusite characteristic of more acidic conditions. Abundant high-density (up to 59 wt% NaCl eq and homogenization temperatures of 550 degree Celsius and above) coexist with low-density vapor fluid inclusions. This inferred heterogeneous entrapment represents the phase separation condition at the magmatic-hydrothermal conditions. Microthermometry measurements revealed the common presence of CO2, NaCl, KCl and CaCl2 species. Chemical compositions of the trapped fluids represent the closest equivalent of the magmatic fluids exsolving at depth feeding the deep roots of the geothermal fields. This study brings new constraints on the chemical conditions to model deep fluid-rock interactions in active geothermal systems.

  5. Fluid composition and origin in the hydrothermal system of the Nezhdaninsky gold deposit, Sakha (Yakutia), Russia

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    Bortnikov, N. S.; Gamyanin, G. N.; Vikent'eva, O. V.; Prokof'ev, V. Yu.; Alpatov, V. A.; Bakharev, A. G.

    2007-04-01

    Petrochemical characteristics of igneous, sedimentary, and metasomatic rocks; chemical and isotopic compositions of minerals and fluids; and PT parameters of mineral formation at the Nezhdaninsky deposit are reported. A model of hydrothermal system formation is developed on this basis. In addition to decreasing Ba/Rb and Li/Mg ratios in the course of the hydrothermal process, resulting in the formation of ore-bearing metasomatic rocks, increasing K/Ba and diminishing K/Cs ratios indicate the probable participation of magmatic fluid in the ore deposition. The agreement of the K/Rb and K/Ba ratios with the values typical of the main trend of igneous rocks (MT) implies that the K, Rb, and Ba contents were distributed in the ore-forming hydrothermal fluid according to the ratios in the source magmatic chamber. The K/Rb ratios in metasomatic rocks correspond to the MT and approach the pegmatitic-hydrothermal trend and the composition of orthomagmatic fluid of Mo-W greisen. Similar REE patterns of igneous and terrigenous rocks do not allow the REE source to be constrained unequivocally. The lithological control of lithophile element distribution testifies to the supply of host rock components to the hydrothermal system. All studied rocks and minerals are enriched in LREE. The REE total and the contribution of HREE decrease from preore to synore metasomatic rocks, from preore to regenerated carbonates, and from older to younger scheelite. A similar tendency is noted in granitoids of the Kurum pluton. The δ18O values of quartz range from +10.3 to +12.6‰ in Au-Mo-W zones, from +15.9 to +16.4‰ in metasomatic rocks, from +14.8 to +16.6‰ in gold-ore veins, and from +13.5 to +16.9‰ in silver-base-metal ore mineralization. The estimates of δ ^{18} O_{H_2 O} suggest that water was supplied from a magmatic source (δ18O = +(5.5-9.0‰)) and as a product of sedimentary rock dehydration. High-temperature (up to 390°C) and highly concentrated (up to 31 wt % NaCl equiv) fluids participated in the mineral formation. The phase separation of the fluid into H2O-CO2 liquid and predominantly carbon dioxide gas was combined with mixing of a high-temperature and relatively highly concentrated chloride solution with a low-temperature and poorly mineralized fluid. The redox conditions varied from equilibrium with CH4-bearing fluid at the gold-molybdenum-tungsten stage to equilibrium with CO2-bearing fluid during the gold-ore stage.

  6. Dual quartz crystal microbalance

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    Dunham, G.C.; Benson, N.H.; Petelenz, D.; Janata, J. )

    1995-01-15

    Construction and performance of a dual quartz crystal microbalance is described. The final probe has a dipstick configuration that is particularly suitable for sensing and monitoring applications in viscous and/or conducting liquids. The differential (heterodyned) frequency measurement substantially eliminates the deleterious effects of viscosity, temperature, and conductivity. The corresponding performance coefficients are temperature df/dT = 1.5 Hz/[degree]C, viscosity df/d[eta][sub L] = 103 Hz/cP, and conductivity df/dM = 108 Hz/M, where conductivity is expressed in terms of molarity of sodium chloride. As an example, the etching of a 2000-A-thick layer of aluminum has been monitored as a function of time. 13 refs., 8 figs., 1 tab.

  7. Quartz resonator processing system

    DOEpatents

    Peters, Roswell D. M.

    1983-01-01

    Disclosed is a single chamber ultra-high vacuum processing system for the oduction of hermetically sealed quartz resonators wherein electrode metallization and sealing are carried out along with cleaning and bake-out without any air exposure between the processing steps. The system includes a common vacuum chamber in which is located a rotatable wheel-like member which is adapted to move a plurality of individual component sets of a flat pack resonator unit past discretely located processing stations in said chamber whereupon electrode deposition takes place followed by the placement of ceramic covers over a frame containing a resonator element and then to a sealing stage where a pair of hydraulic rams including heating elements effect a metallized bonding of the covers to the frame.

  8. Deep vein thrombosis - discharge

    MedlinePlus

    You were treated for deep venous thrombosis (DVT). This is a condition in which a blood clot forms in a vein that is not on ... especially if it gets worse upon taking a deep breath in You cough up blood

  9. Retinal vein occlusion

    MedlinePlus

    ... blood pressure (hypertension) Other eye conditions, such as glaucoma , macular edema, or vitreous hemorrhage The risk of ... retinal veins may cause other eye problems, including: Glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), caused by new, ...

  10. Mixing of fluids in hydrothermal ore-forming (Sn,W) systems: stable isotope and rare earth elements data

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    Sushchevskaya, T. M.; Popova, J. A.; Velivetskaya, T. A.; Ignatiev, A. V.; Matveeva, S. S.; Limantseva, O. A.

    2012-04-01

    Experimental and physico-chemical modeling data witness to important role of mixing of different type of fluids during tin and tungsten ore formation in hydrothermal systems. Mixing of magmatogeneous fluids, exsolved from granite melts, with exogenic, initially meteoric waters in hydrothermal ore-forming systems may change chemical composition of ore-forming fluid, causing cassiterite and/or wolframite precipitation (Heinrich, 1990; Sushchevskaya, Ryzhenko, 2002). We studied the process of genetically different fluids mixing for two economic Sn-W deposits, situated in the Iultin ore region (North-East of Russia, Chukotka Penninsula). The Iultin and Svetloe deposits are located in the apical parts of close situated leucogranite stocks, formed at the final stage of the Iultin complex emplacement. Both deposits are composed of a series of quartz veins among the flyschoid rocks (T 1-2), cut by the dikes (K1) of lamprophyre, granodiorite porphyre and alpite. The veins of the deposits are dominated by the productive quartz-wolframite-cassiterite-arsenopyrite-muscovite mineral assemblage. Topaz, beryl, fluorite, and albite occur sporadically. The later sulfide (loellingite-stannite-chalcopyrite) and quartz-fluorite-calcite assemblages show insignificant development. The preore quartz veinlets in host hornfels contain disseminated iron sulfides, chalcopyrite, muscovite. Isotopic (H, O, Ar) study of minerals, supplemented by oxygen isotope data of host granites and metamorphic rocks gave us possibility to conclude, that at the Iultin and the Svetloye deposits fluid mixing was fixed on the early stages of deposit formation and could be regarded as probable cause of metal (W, Sn) precipitation. During postore time the intensive involvement of isotopically light exogenic waters have changed: a) the initial character of oxygen isotope zonality; b) the initial hydrogen isotope composition of muscovites, up to meteoric calculated values for productive fluid (while the δ18O values of quartz from productive association remained rather high). The intense mixing of magmatic and meteoric waters was sponsored by the location of the hydrothermal systems in a permeable zone at the contact of the leucogranite cupolas with hornfels and sandstones, cut by dykes and subsequently developing ore-hosting fissures. REEs data, which also may describe the process of fluid mixing, have been obtained for the minerals and rocks with the help of ICP MS analysis. The REEs concentrations in mineral- forming fluids have been obtained: a) from total analysis of fluid inclusion solutions and b) from calculations of REEs values for such minerals, as fluorite, wolframite, sheelite with mineral-fluid partitioning coefficients (Raimbault et al., 1985). REEs distribution in host rocks was studied for the cross sections, previously analysed for oxygen isotopic zonality (Sushchevskaya et al., 2008). Interpretation of these results favours the view, that ore-forming fluids are of mixing genesis.

  11. HYDROTHERMAL MINERALOGY OF RESEARCH DRILL HOLE Y-3, YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING.

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    Bargar, Keith E.; Beeson, Melvin H.

    1984-01-01

    The approximate paragenetic sequence of hydrothermal minerals in the Y-3 U. S. Geological Survey research diamond-drill hole in Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, is: hydrothermal chalcedony, hematite, pyrite, quartz, clay minerals (smectite and mixed-layer illite-smectite), calcite, chlorite, fluorite, pyrite, quartz, zeolite minerals (analcime, dachiardite, laumontite, stilbite, and yugawaralite), and clay minerals (smectite and mixed-layer illite-smectite). A few hydrothermal minerals that were identified in drill core Y-3 (lepidolite, aegirine, pectolite, and truscottite) are rarely found in modern geothermal areas. The alteration minerals occur primarily as vug and fracture fillings that were deposited from cooling thermal water. Refs.

  12. Trace Elements in the Si Furnace. Part I: Behavior of Impurities in Quartz During Reduction

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Dal Martello, Elena; Tranell, Gabriella; Ostrovski, Oleg; Zhang, Guangqing; Raaness, Ola; Larsen, Rune Berg; Tang, Kai; Koshy, Pramod

    2013-04-01

    Quartz and carbonaceous materials, which are used in the production of silicon as well as electrodes and refractories in the silicon furnace, contain trace elements mostly in the form of oxides. These oxides can be reduced to gaseous compounds and leave the furnace or stay in the reaction products—metal and slag. This article examines the behavior of trace elements in hydrothermal quartz and quartzite in the reaction of SiO2 with Si or SiC. Mixtures of SiO2 (quartz or quartzite), SiC, and Si in forms of lumps or pellets were heated to 1923 K and 2123 K (1650°C and 1850°C) in high purity graphite crucibles under Argon gas flow. The gaseous compounds condensed in the inner lining of the tube attached to the crucible. The phases present in the reacted charge and the collected condensates were studied quantitatively by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and qualitatively by Electron Probe Micro Analyzer (EPMA). Contaminants in the charge materials, reacted charge and condensate were analyzed by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS). Muscovite in the mineral phase of quartz melted and formed two immiscible liquid phases: an Al-rich melt at the core of the mineral, and a SiO2-rich melt at the mineral boundaries. B, Mn, and Pb in quartz were removed during heating in reducing atmosphere at temperature above 1923 K (1650°C). Mn, Fe, Al and B diffused from quartz into silicon. P concentration was under the detection limit. Quartzite and hydrothermal quartz had different initial impurity levels: quartzite remained more impure after reduction experiment but approached purity of hydrothermal quartz upon silica reduction.

  13. On spectrally resolved quartz thermoluminescence

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Delunas, A.; Maxia, V.; Spano, G.

    1988-04-01

    Quartz thermoluminescent emission is investigated by means of a scanning apparatus able to record light intensity both versus temperature and wavelength. The analysis of data yields information on the age limits that can be attained when quartz thermoluminescence is applied for the dosimetric dating of archaeological and geological materials.

  14. Hydrothermal alteration minerals in Aluto Langano geothermal wells, Ethiopia

    SciTech Connect

    Gebregzabher, Z.

    1986-01-01

    Aluto Langano geothermal field is characterized by alteration mineral assemblages of calcite, quartz, chlorite, undifferentiated clays, hematite, biotite and epidote. The presence of garnet and sphene is also reported for one of the wells. The measured temperature for the reservoir is above 300/sup 0/C. Permeability of the reservoir is highly influenced by the deposition of hydrothermal minerals.

  15. The N story of a hydrothermal Acheaen BIF-bearing chert

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    Wagner, C.; Orberger, B.; Pinti, D. L.; Gallien, J.; Fialin, M.; Daudin, L.; Hashizume, K.

    2004-05-01

    N isotopes in rocks can trace past biological activity, but it implies a deep knowledge of the N trapping sites and of the associated geo-biochemical N fractionation processes. The studied chert (PB 458) belongs to the 3.2 Ga Marble Bar complex, Pilbara, Western Australia. Isotopic analyses showed two N components with d15N of 6.7±1.6% and 10.0±1.6%, respectively. New mineralogical and REE analyses distinguished three microenvironments: 1) a silicified basalt having preserved its porphyric texture, with euhedral hydrothermal Fe-sulfides precipitated in the protomafic minerals; (2) Fe-Mn oxyhydroxide (BIFs) laminae and associated Ni-Cu-Mn-Au-Pd alloys and HREE-Y phosphates alternate with cryptocrystalline quartz, hosting magnetite inclusions. BIFs are initially composed of magnetite and carbonates, segregated from a Fe-Ca-Mg-enriched fluid, resulting from water-basalt interaction; (3) massive cryptocrystalline quartz with interstitial K-feldspar, Ba-K-mica and Fe-sulfides representing the residual fluids. K-Al-silicates incorporated 130 to 2540 ppm of N, probably NH4+ and 2990 to 6970 ppm of C from hydrothermal fluids. Oxidizing and slightly acid fluids later infiltrated the chert, and quartz veins were formed during diagenesis. Goethite and hydrous Mn-Fe minerals replaced carbonates, sulfides and magnetite, incorporating 500 to 4550 ppm of N and 3440 to 6000 ppm of C. N might occur as NH4+, replacing K+ in the Fe-Mn oxyhyroxide structure. The oxyhydroxide texture is vermicular and filamentous Their heterogeneous chemical composition is caused possibly by microbial activity. This is in agreement with measured N/C ratios of 0.06-0.6, similar to those known for marine bacteria. The d15N signatures of N are similar to those measured in marine sediments and derived from metabolic activity of bacteria (d15N=7.6%). The higher measured d15N values of 10% could be due to post-emplacement devolatilization of the sample or alternatively to different redox conditions during N fixation into sediments by organisms.

  16. Stratigraphy, Hydrothermal Alteration and Evolution of the Mangakino Geothermal System, Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand

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    Fagan, C. J.; Wilson, C. J.; Spinks, K. D.; Browne, P. R.; Simmons, S. F.

    2006-12-01

    A major part of the ca. 1.6 Myr history of the Taupo Volcanic Zone (TVZ) is represented by buried and hydrothermally altered rocks penetrated by geothermal exploration wells. The geothermal field at Mangakino is sited in the oldest TVZ caldera on the western edge of the TVZ. Four exploration wells into the field reveal a thick sequence of flat-lying ignimbrites. Basement Mesozoic greywacke metasediments were not reached by the deepest well, MA2 (3192 m), implying the presence of a thick caldera infill. Ignimbrites exposed at the surface nearby have distinct mineralogies and crystal contents, which enable correlation with down-hole lithologies. Five ignimbrites are identified in the wells: the 0.32 Ma Whakamaru, 0.93 Ma Marshall, 1.0 Ma Rocky Hill, 1.18 Ma Ahuroa and 1.25 Ma Ongatiti ignimbrites, two of which are >800m thick. The Whakamaru and Marshall units are separated by a thick sequence of lacustrine and volcaniclastic deposits related to infilling of the Mangakino caldera. The ignimbrite sequence is continuous between all wells, with no fault offset, and only well MA3 intersects two rhyolite intrusions at 1190 m and 1850 m that are thought to be feeder dikes to post-0.32 Ma rhyolite domes to the east of Mangakino. Alteration assemblages include epidote and wairakite in MA2 below 2200 m. Adularia occurs in MA2 and MA3 where it replaces, wholly or in part, primary andesine. Adularia is also locally replaced by illite, indicating a shift in hydrothermal conditions. Other minerals present are chlorite, quartz, calcite, titanite and pyrite. Secondary quartz and calcite veins are seen in thin section, with a first appearance in the lacustrine sediments at 550 m in both MA2 and MA3. Fluid inclusions in secondary calcite show high temperatures (300 and 315 °C) while inclusions in primary quartz show ca. 165 °C (the current temperature at the sampled depth), recording current conditions. The modern maximum temperature is 250 °C at 3000 m in MA2. Evidence for two different temperatures in the fluid inclusion data and a shift in alteration mineralogy may reflect an earlier thermal event, possibly related to dike intrusion nearby.

  17. Geology and mineralogy of the Santo Nino Ag-Pb-Zn vein, Fresnillo District, Mexico

    SciTech Connect

    Gemmell, J.B.; Zantop, H.; Birnie, R.W.

    1985-01-01

    The Santo Nino Ag-Pb-Zn vein is the major producer of the Fresnillo District, located 750 km NW of Mexico City. It is over 2.4 km long, more than 480 m in vertical extent, more than 2.5 m wide overall, and has average grades of >600 gm/t Ag and <2% combined Pb and Zn. The vein is hosted by a tilted sequence of Cretaceous graywackes, shales and andesitic volcanics and extends upward into a Lower Tertiary conglomerate. Up to 5 separate opening events occurred along the vein, resulting in discontinuous stages of brecciation and crustiform banding. Ore mineral zonation is well developed both vertically and laterally and closely reflects metal and metal ratio distributions. Ore minerals are sphalerite, galena, pyrite, chalcopyrite, arsenopyrite, marcasite, pyrrhotite, acanthite, native silver, and three coexisting solid solution series, pyrargyrite-proustite, polybasite-arsenopolybasite, and tetrahedrite-tennantite in a gangue of quartz, calcite, clay, sericite,and chlorite. A 5-stage paragenetic sequence can be established: 1) pyrite, arsenopyrite, quartz, 2) sphalerite, galena, chalcopyrite, quartz, 3) tetrahedrite, pyrargyrite, polybasite, quartz, 4) acanthite, native silver, calcite, quartz, and 5) calcite. Preliminary microprobe analyses indicate that the Ag-rich solid solution series are Sb-rich in the central and upper portions of the vein and As-rich at deeper levels.

  18. Lithium isotope traces magmatic fluid in a seafloor hydrothermal system

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    Yang, Dan; Hou, Zengqian; Zhao, Yue; Hou, Kejun; Yang, Zhiming; Tian, Shihong; Fu, Qiang

    2015-09-01

    Lithium isotopic compositions of fluid inclusions and hosted gangue quartz from a giant volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit in China provide robust evidence for inputting of magmatic fluids into a Triassic submarine hydrothermal system. The δ7Li results vary from +4.5‰ to +13.8‰ for fluid inclusions and from +6.7‰ to +21.0‰ for the hosted gangue quartz(9 gangue quartz samples containing primary fluid inclusions). These data confirm the temperature-dependent Li isotopic fractionation between hydrothermal quartz and fluid (i.e., Δδ7Liquartz-fluid = -8.9382 × (1000/T) + 22.22(R2 = 0.98 175 °C-340 °C)), which suggests that the fluid inclusions are in equilibrium with their hosted quartz, thus allowing to determine the composition of the fluids by using δ7Liquartz data. Accordingly, we estimate that the ore-forming fluids have a δ7Li range from -0.7‰ to +18.4‰ at temperatures of 175-340 °C. This δ7Li range, together with Li-O modeling , suggest that magmatic fluid played a significant role in the ore formation. This study demonstrates that Li isotope can be effectively used to trace magmatic fluids in a seafloor hydrothermal system and has the potential to monitor fluid mixing and ore-forming process.

  19. Lithium isotope traces magmatic fluid in a seafloor hydrothermal system.

    PubMed

    Yang, Dan; Hou, Zengqian; Zhao, Yue; Hou, Kejun; Yang, Zhiming; Tian, Shihong; Fu, Qiang

    2015-01-01

    Lithium isotopic compositions of fluid inclusions and hosted gangue quartz from a giant volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit in China provide robust evidence for inputting of magmatic fluids into a Triassic submarine hydrothermal system. The δ(7)Li results vary from +4.5‰ to +13.8‰ for fluid inclusions and from +6.7‰ to +21.0‰ for the hosted gangue quartz(9 gangue quartz samples containing primary fluid inclusions). These data confirm the temperature-dependent Li isotopic fractionation between hydrothermal quartz and fluid (i.e., Δδ(7)Liquartz-fluid = -8.9382 × (1000/T) + 22.22(R(2) = 0.98; 175 °C-340 °C)), which suggests that the fluid inclusions are in equilibrium with their hosted quartz, thus allowing to determine the composition of the fluids by using δ(7)Liquartz data. Accordingly, we estimate that the ore-forming fluids have a δ(7)Li range from -0.7‰ to +18.4‰ at temperatures of 175-340 °C. This δ(7)Li range, together with Li-O modeling , suggest that magmatic fluid played a significant role in the ore formation. This study demonstrates that Li isotope can be effectively used to trace magmatic fluids in a seafloor hydrothermal system and has the potential to monitor fluid mixing and ore-forming process. PMID:26347051

  20. Quartz crystal fabrication facility

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ney, R. J.

    1980-05-01

    The report describes the design and operation of a five chamber, interconnected vacuum system, which is capable of cleaning, plating, and sealing precision quartz crystal units in ceramic flatpack enclosures continuously in a high vacuum environment. The production rate design goal was 200 units per eight hour day. A unique nozzle beam gold deposition source was developed to operate for extended periods of time without reloading. The source puts out a narrow beam of gold typically in the order of 2 1/2 deg included cone angle. Maximum deposition rates are in the order of 400 a/min at 5.5 in. 'throw' distance used. Entrance and exit air lock chambers expedite the material throughput, so that the processing chambers are at high vacuum for extended periods of time. A stainless steel conveyor belt, in conjunction with three vacuum manipulators, transport the resonator components to the various work stations. Individual chambers are normally separated from each other by gate valves. The crystal resonators, mounted in flatpack frames but unplated, are loaded into transport trays in a lid-frame-lid sequency for insertion into the system and exit as completed crystal units. The system utilizes molybdenum coated ball bearings at essentially all friction surfaces. The gold sources and plating mask heads are equipped with elevators and gate valves, so that they can be removed from the system for maintenance without exposing the chambers to atmosphere.

  1. Splanchnic Vein Thrombosis.

    PubMed

    Valla, Dominique

    2015-07-01

    Splanchnic vein thrombosis includes thrombosis of the hepatic venous system (Budd-Chiari syndrome) and thrombosis of the portal venous system. Both conditions share uncommon prothrombotic disorders as causal factors, among which myeloproliferative neoplasms rank first. Budd-Chiari syndrome presents with acute or chronic, asymptomatic or severe liver disease. Diagnosis depends on noninvasive imaging of the obstructed hepatic venous outflow tract. A spontaneously fatal course can be prevented by a stepwise approach: (1) anticoagulation therapy, specific therapy for underlying disease, and medical or endoscopic management of liver-related complications, (2) angioplasty/stenting in a second step, and (3) eventually the insertion of transjugular intrahepatic stent shunt or liver transplantation. Recent portal vein thrombosis mostly jeopardizes the gut. Early anticoagulation prevents thrombus extension but is incompletely successful in achieving recanalization. Chronic portal vein thrombosis is complicated by bleeding related to portal hypertension, which can be prevented by usual pharmacological and endoscopic means. The prevention of recurrent thrombosis is achieved by anticoagulation therapy the impact of which on the risk of bleeding remains unclear. Portal vein thrombosis in patients with cirrhosis is likely neither a direct consequence of nor a direct cause for liver disease progression. Therefore, the indications and effects of anticoagulation therapy for portal vein thrombosis in patients with cirrhosis remain uncertain. PMID:26080307

  2. Hydrogen speciation in synthetic quartz

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Aines, R.D.; Kirby, S.H.; Rossman, G.R.

    1984-01-01

    The dominant hydrogen impurity in synthetic quartz is molecular H2O. H-OH groups also occur, but there is no direct evidence for the hydrolysis of Si-O-Si bonds to yield Si-OH HO-Si groups. Molecular H2O concentrations in the synthetic quartz crystals studied range from less than 10 to 3,300 ppm (H/Si), and decrease smoothly by up to an order of magnitude with distance away from the seed. OH- concentrations range from 96 to 715 ppm, and rise smoothly with distance away from the seed by up to a factor of three. The observed OH- is probably all associated with cationic impurities, as in natural quartz. Molecular H2O is the dominant initial hydrogen impurity in weak quartz. The hydrolytic weakening of quartz may be caused by the transformation H2O + Si-O-Si ??? 2SiOH, but this may be a transitory change with the SiOH groups recombining to form H2O, and the average SiOH concentration remaining very low. Synthetic quartz is strengthened when the H2O is accumulated into fluid inclusions and cannot react with the quartz framework. ?? 1984 Springer-Verlag.

  3. Trace Element Composition of Quartz as a Tool for Sedimentary Provenance: A Case Study from the Bega River Catchment

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ackerson, M. R.; Tailby, N. D.; Watson, E. B.

    2014-12-01

    Understanding the formation and history of sediments is a fundamental aspect of geologic research. The abundance of quartz makes the mineral an important component of continentally-derived sediments, yet most sedimentary provenance studies rely on minerals that generally exist in low abundance in both clastic sediments and source rocks. Quartz crystallizes over a wide range of geologic conditions— from low temperature α-quartz (e.g., veins) to the high temperature and pressure α- and β-quartz stability limits in igneous and metamorphic regimes. The diversity of quartz-forming environments is reflected in similarly unique trace-element signatures (notably Ti and Al) in quartz. The Ti and Al content of quartz can therefore be used to determine the original quartz-forming environments and provenance of grains that have been weathered from their parent rocks. Here we demonstrate the efficacy of quartz-based provenance research with a case study from the Bega River Catchment in New South Wales, Australia. Bedrock in the Bega River catchment is composed primarily of pera- to metaluminous granitoids, while bedrock outside of the basin is mainly peraluminous and peralkaline granitoids. Quartz from these different granitoids display unique trace-element signatures that can be used to fingerprint sediments derived from them. Trace-element composition of quartz grains from sand in the Bega River catchment indicate that ~69.5 % (n=193) of the quartz population is derived from weathering of pera-metaluminous granitoids. This observation is consistent with the bedrock geology of the catchment and suggests that most of the quartz grains in the sediment load of the Bega River are derived from weathering of granitoids within the basin. The remaining quartz population is composed of 24.5 % (n=68) peralkaline granitoid and 6 % (n=17) low-Ti quartz, suggesting granitoids from within the basin are not the sole contributor to the basin's sedimentary load.

  4. Evidence of Nb-Ta mobility in high temperature F-rich fluids evidenced by the La Bosse quartz-Nb-ferberite stockwork (Echassières, French Massif Central).

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Marignac, C.; Cuney, M.

    2012-04-01

    In the Echassières district (northern French Massif Central), the 310 Ma Beauvoir granite (a P-rich peraluminous RMG) overprints a quartz-ferberite stockwork. The 900 m-deep GPF1 scientific hole shows that the stockwork is split into two parts by the gently dipping Beauvoir intrusion: the upper section (~ 100m thick) occurs in the La Bosse quarry, , and the lower section (≥ 60 m thick) below the granite floor. The root of the stockwork (hypothetic La Bosse granite) has not been reached. The stockwork comprises flat-lying quartz veins (≤ 0.6 m thick) concordant to the regional schistosity of surrounding micaschists, and steep N10-N50°E quartz veins (≤ 0.2 m thick). The two sets result from hydraulic fracturing, and consistently display crack seal features. A family of aplites and aplo-pegmatites dikes follow the same set of fractures, being either later (with partial dissolution of pre-existing quartz veins) or earlier, than the quartz veins. There is no alteration, nor associated mineral other than ferberite, at the La Bosse quarry, whereas micaceous selvages are observed in the lower section. Ferberite display a trend of ferberite enrichment with increasing depth (0.71 to 0.95 Fb mole%). In the La Bosse quarry, three ferberite habitus are present: acicular, lanceolate and prismatic. Acicular crystals are typically nicely zoned, with alternating Nb-rich (4.95±0.94 % Nb2O5) and Nb-poor (1.57±0.38 % Nb2O5) growth bands. Ta (up to 0.30 Ta2O5), Ti and Sn are also enriched in the Nb-rich bands. Nb and Ta incorporation into the ferberite is in the form of columbite, as either true solid solution or nanoinclusions. Lanceolate crystals have a similarly zoned acicular core and a Nb-poor rim (1.08±0.66 % Nb2O5). Prismatic crystals are unzoned and Nb-poor (0.67±0.20 % Nb2O5). In the lower part of the stockwork, the Nb contents are lower (2.17 % Nb2O5 in the Nb-rich bands, 1.36 % in the Nb-poor bands, 0.08 % in the unzoned cortex, 0.15 % in the unzoned prisms). Thus the unusual Nb content of the La Bosse ferberites is correlated to the apparently very distal setting of this quartz system relatively to the parent granite, in contrast with most quartz-W systems in the French Massif Central (Aïssa et al. 1987). When invaded by aplites or aplopegmatites, the ferberite-bearing quartz veins are dissolved, but the ferberites remain apparently unaffected - they are not dissolved by the granite melt. Yet, the acicular and lanceolate crystals have lost their Nb-zoning and display uniform homogenised Nb content. The emplacement of the Beauvoir granite was associated with late magmatic exsolution of an Al- and F-rich, silica undersaturated, hydrothermal fluid that percolated upwards in the surrounding schists (Cuney et al. 1992). When interacting with the quartz veins of the La Bosse stockwork, this fluid precipitated topazites. Again, included ferberites remain apparently unaffected. However, they display microscopic vuggy cavities, successively filled by a Nb-rich ferberite (up to 8.91% Nb2O5) with significant Ta content (up to 0.35 % Ta2O5), a wolframo-ixiolite and a Ta-rich columbite. Later Li-phengite was precipitated from the same magmatic fluid, and was associated with hubnerite enrichment of pre-existing ferberites along Li-phengite-bearing microcracks (down to 0.20 mole % Fb). Ta and Nb are known for their poor solubility in hydrothermal fluids, but the Nb and Ta enrichments observed in the wolframite of La Bosse stockwork show that they can be transported to some extent by F-rich fluids. Aïssa, M., Marignac, C., Weisbrod, A. (1987). Le stockwerk à ferbérite d'Echassières : évolution spatiale et temporelle; cristallochimie des ferbérites. In : Cuney, M., Autran, A. (eds), Echassières : le forage scientifique d'Echassières (Allier). Une clé pour la compréhension des mécanismes magmatiques et hydrothermaux associés aux granites à métaux rares. Mém. GPF, tome 1, 311-334. M Cuney, C Marignac, A Weisbrod (1992). The Beauvoir topaz-lepidolite albitic granite (Massif Central, France). A highly specialized granite with disseminated Sn-Li-Ta-Nb-Be mineralization of magmatic origin. Economic Geology 87, 1776-1794.

  5. Diagenesis and provenance of Silurian quartz arenites in south-eastern New York State

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    Bernet, Matthias; Kapoutsos, David; Bassett, Kari

    2007-09-01

    Combined scanning electron microscopy — cathodoluminescence and optical microscopy (SEM-CL/OM) of single quartz grains was used to determine the diagenetic history and provenance of framework grains in quartz arenites of the Silurian Shawangunk Conglomerate and Binnewater Sandstone in south-eastern New York State. Most sand-sized sedimentary rocks of these two units experienced compaction and quartz cementation after deposition, except for those with high matrix or pseudomatrix content. No primary porosity is left today and secondary porosity is insignificant, leaving the Shawangunk Conglomerate and Binnewater Sandstone with poor reservoir qualities. The medium to coarse sand fraction of the Shawangunk Conglomerate and Binnewater Sandstone is dominated by quartz of plutonic origin. Of these usually sub-rounded to rounded grains, 10-15% carry remnants of inherited quartz cement, indicating recycling from a sedimentary source such as quartz-rich sedimentary rocks of the former Iapetus passive margin. In contrast, polycrystalline vein quartz pebbles in the Shawangunk Conglomerate were most likely derived from a proximal crystalline source in the Taconic orogen to the east. Formation of the Shawangunk Conglomerate and Binnewater Sandstone quartz arenites was likely supported by subtropical climatic conditions, given the latitudinal position of eastern North America during the Silurian, with relatively high mean annual temperatures and high precipitation rates, which accelerated the breakdown of unstable grains.

  6. Evolution of ore forming fluid in the orogenic type gold deposit in Tavt, Mongolia: trace element geochemistry and fluid inclusions in quartz

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    Lee, K.; Oyungerel, S.; Lee, I.

    2011-12-01

    The Tavt gold deposit of Dzhida-Selengisky metallogenic belt is located in the Dzhida terrane, northern Mongolia. This deposit commonly occurs with massive auriferous quartz veins that contain sulfides and less commonly occurs with disseminated- and stockwork-type quartz veins. Such gold-bearing quartz veins have an average grade of 6.3 g/t Au, 29.4 g/t Ag, and 1.3% Cu. This gold deposit is composed of three stages of quartz vein groups. The first stage quartz group is widely spread with medium to large grain size, showing white-grey and milky white colors. It underwent intensive cataclasis with strong cuts via fractures and includes a small amount of sulfides, secondary minerals and Au. The second stage quartz group is grey and includes an oxidation zone. The oxidation zone distributed on the outside of the vein is brown and green-grey; it is also enriched with sulfide minerals containing gold. This quartz group is located in a brittle and cataclastic zone with the first stage quartz group. The main mineralization process for gold is related to this second stage quartz group. The transition between the first and second groups is not clear, and their contact relationship is complex. The third stage quartz group is transparent to translucent, and has small euhedral crystals that were formed in the second stage quartz group. The third stage of quartz is partly associated with chlorite and montmorillonite that was formed in the latest stage. Each generation of quartz was analyzed by SEM-CL, EPMA, and ICP-MS. Fluid inclusion data were collected from the USGS gas-flow heating/freezing stage and Raman-spectroscopy. The electron microprobe data show the distribution of Al, Ca, K and Fe among distinguished CL intensities and textures of quartz from different stages. The prepared pure quartz samples were analyzed by ICP-MS. The analysis also shows different patterns of trace elements according to the quartz stages.

  7. Ovarian vein thrombosis

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    Jenayah, Amel Achour; Saoudi, Sarra; Boudaya, Fethia; Bouriel, Ines; Sfar, Ezzeddine; Chelli, Dalenda

    2015-01-01

    Ovarian vein thrombosis (OVT) is a rare cause of abdominal pain that may mimic a surgical abdomen. It is most often diagnosed during the postpartum period. In this report, we present four cases of postoperative ovarian vein thrombosis. The complications of OVT can be significant, and the diagnosis relies on a careful examination of the radiographic findings. It can occur with lower quadrant abdominal pain, especially in the setting of recent pregnancy, abdominal surgery, pelvic inflammatory disease, or malignancy. Diagnosis can be made with confidence using ultrasound, computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging. Treatment of ovarian vein thrombosis is particularly important in the post-partum patients, with anticoagulation therapy being the current recommendation. PMID:26526119

  8. Pelvic Vein Embolisation in the Management of Varicose Veins

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    Ratnam, Lakshmi A.; Marsh, Petra; Holdstock, Judy M.; Harrison, Charmaine S.; Hussain, Fuad F.; Whiteley, Mark S.; Lopez, Anthony

    2008-11-15

    Pelvic vein incompetence is common in patients with atypical varicose veins, contributing to their recurrence after surgery. Therefore, refluxing pelvic veins should be identified and treated. We present our experience with pelvic vein embolisation in patients presenting with varicose veins. Patients presenting with varicose veins with a duplex-proven contribution from perivulval veins undergo transvaginal duplex sonography (TVUS) to identify refluxing pelvic veins. Those with positive scans undergo embolisation before surgical treatment of their lower limb varicose veins. A total of 218 women (mean age of 46.3 years) were treated. Parity was documented in the first 60 patients, of whom 47 (78.3%) were multiparous, 11 (18.3%) had had one previous pregnancy, and 2 (3.3%) were nulliparous. The left ovarian vein was embolised in 78%, the right internal iliac in 64.7%, the left internal iliac in 56.4%, and the right ovarian vein in 42.2% of patients. At follow-up TVUS, mild reflux only was seen in 16, marked persistent reflux in 6, and new reflux in 3 patients. These 9 women underwent successful repeat embolisation. Two patients experienced pulmonary embolisation of the coils, of whom 1 was asymptomatic and 1 was successfully retrieved; 1 patient had a misplaced coil protruding into the common femoral vein; and 1 patient had perineal thrombophlebitis. The results of our study showed that pelvic venous embolisation by way of a transjugular approach is a safe and effective technique in the treatment of pelvic vein reflux.

  9. Xenopumice erupted on 15 October 2011 offshore of El Hierro (Canary Islands): a subvolcanic snapshot of magmatic, hydrothermal and pyrometamorphic processes

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    Del Moro, S.; Di Roberto, A.; Meletlidis, S.; Pompilio, M.; Bertagnini, A.; Agostini, S.; Ridolfi, F.; Renzulli, A.

    2015-06-01

    On 15 October 2011, a submarine eruption offshore of El Hierro Island gave rise to floating volcanic products, known as xenopumices, i.e., pumiceous xenoliths partly mingled and coated with the juvenile basanitic magma. Over the last few years, no consensus in the scientific community in explaining the origin of these products has been reached. In order to better understand the formation of xenopumice, we present a textural, mineralogical, and geochemical study of the possible magmatic, hydrothermal, and pyrometamorphic processes, which usually operate in the plumbing systems of active volcanoes. We carried out a comprehensive SEM investigation and Sr-Nd-Pb isotope analyses on some samples representative of three different xenopumice facies. All the data were compared with previous studies, new data for El Hierro extrusives and a literature dataset of Canary Islands igneous and sedimentary rocks. In the investigated xenopumices, we emphasize the presence of restitic magmatic phases as well as crystallization of minerals (mainly olivine + pyroxene + magnetite aggregates) as pseudomorphs after pre-existing mafic phenocrysts, providing evidence of pyrometamorphism induced by the high-T juvenile basanitic magma. In addition, we identify veins consisting of zircon + REE-oxides + mullite associated with Si-rich glass and hydrothermal quartz, which indicate the fundamental role played by hydrothermal fluid circulation in the xenopumice protolith. The petrological data agree with a pre-syneruptive formation of the xenopumice, when El Hierro basanite magma intruded hydrothermally altered trachyandesite to trachyte rocks and triggered local partial melting. Therefore, the El Hierro xenopumice represents a snapshot of the transient processes at the magma-wall rock interface, which normally occurs in the feeding system of active volcanoes.

  10. Metasomatic- hydrothermal processes in the Qatruyeh area, Iran: Mineralogy and trace elements geochemistry of metasedimentary rock- hosted iron indices

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    Rajabzadeh, M. A.; Asadi, S.

    2009-04-01

    The Qatruyeh iron indices are located at about 40 Km northeast of Neyriz, in the eastern edge of the HP-LT Sanandaj-Sirjan metamorphic belt, Zagros Mountain. Qatruyeh indices are contained within the metasedimentary rocks of the Late Proterozoic- early Paleozoic, which consists predominantly of dolomitic limestone, greenschist and quartzite. Field investigations, mineralogical studies and XRD analyses indicate that orebodies are dominated by magnetite. The structures of orebodies are mainly formed as thin layers and massive, which are located between dolomitic limestones and greenschists. Tourmaline, muscovite, chlorite, talc, martite, specularite, goethite, limonite, pyrite and chalcopyrite are present as minor minerals. The area has experienced two different stages of metasomatic- hydrothermal alterations. The iron ores were formed during the metasomatic- hydrothermal processes. Those processes are: (1) Na-Ca alteration and (2) mineralization (Oxidation-Sulfidation). The first stage of alteration follows the attainment of peak regional metamorphic condition (187± 2.6 Ma based on zircon SHRIMP U- Pb). This alteration is accompanied with Low-grade magnetite ores formation (50 % Fe2O3t), replacement textures, gradual transformation between layered ores and host rock. Wet chemistry analyses on magnetite shows that Na-Ca alteration caused increasing Cr and Cu as transition metals and Ni, Co and V were depleted. Metasedimentary rock-hosted iron deposits indicate that Na-Ca alteration increase Cu, Ni, Cr, Co, Zn as immobile elements and Na-Fe, whereas the LILE (Pb, Sr) were depleted. The formation of paragonite-tourmaline is also occurs as a part of iron deposition process in the stage. The second stage of metasomatic- hydrothermal alteration is accompanied with widespread veins and veinlets of High-grade magnetite (75 % Fe2O3t) - hematite- Quartz. Mineralization took place along host rock fractures with passage of saline, hot and oxidized aqueous fluids. Paragonite altered to muscovite in the host-rocks and ores in the stage. Sulfide replacement is generally occurred as a late stage phase.

  11. Geology, alteration, and magmatic-hydrothermal history of The Geysers felsite -- potential applications for exploration and development

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    Hulen, J.B.; Nielson, D.L. )

    1993-01-01

    The [open quotes]felsite[close quotes] is a shallow, young, granitic intrusive body centrally located within and beneath. The Geysers steam field. The field and the felsite are coaxial, and hydrothermal alteration effected by hot-water dominated geothermal systems antedating the modern steam reservoir shows systematic vertical zonation with respect to the pluton. The research summarized in this communication was undertaken both to clarify the role of the pluton in reservoir evolution, and to characterize critical felsite-specific controls on the fields's deep porosity and permeability. The felsite comprises at least three major intrusive phases. Two are high-silica granites probably older than 1.3 Ma. The third is granodiorite (1 Ma), temporally and chemically equivalent to overlying extrusive dacites of the Clear Lake volcanic field. All three intrusive phases are too old to be heat sources for the modern steam field, but probably were the heat engines for the prior liquid-dominant systems. Younger, deeper magmatic heat sources are strongly implied for the current vapor-dominated regime. Porosity in the felsite is provided by: (1) Extensively mineralized fractures and breccias, probably of both tectonic and high-temperature hydrothermal origin; and (2) miarolitic cavities in the upper levels of the pluton. The latter could be analogous to calcite-dissolution cavities in overlying metagraywacke -- they could serve as storage sites for the fields's liquid water reserves. Porosity in these fractures, breccias, and vugs in partially occluded by hydrothermal vein minerals deposited in prior hotwater-dominated systems --tourmaline, ferroaxinite, quartz, potassium feldspar, epidote, actinolite, prehnite, and many others. Such secondary mineralization conceptually could serve as an excellent exploration guide to potentially productive portions of the felsite beyond the field's present boundaries.

  12. Reconstruction of Ancestral Hydrothermal Systems on Mount Rainier Using Hydrothermally Altered Rocks in Holocene Debris Flows and Tephras

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    John, D. A.; Breit, G. N.; Sisson, T. W.; Vallance, J. W.; Rye, R. O.

    2005-12-01

    Mount Rainier is the result of episodic stages of edifice growth during periods of high eruptive activity and edifice destruction during periods of relative magmatic quiescence over the past 500 kyr. Edifice destruction occurred both by slow erosion and by catastrophic collapses, some of which were strongly influenced by hydrothermal alteration. Several large-volume Holocene debris-flow deposits contain abundant clasts of hydrothermally altered rocks, most notably the 4-km3 clay-rich Osceola Mudflow which formed by collapse of the northeast side and upper 1000+ m of the edifice about 5600 ya and flowed >120 km downstream into Puget Sound. Mineral assemblages and stable isotope data of hydrothermal alteration products in Holocene debris-flow deposits indicate formation in distinct hydrothermal environments, including magmatic-hydrothermal, steam-heated (including a large fumarolic component), magmatic steam (including a possible fumarolic component), and supergene. The Osceola Mudflow and phreatic components of coeval tephras contain the highest-temperature and inferred most deeply formed alteration minerals; assemblages include magmatic-hydrothermal quartz-alunite, quartz-topaz, quartz-pyrophyllite and quartz-illite (all +pyrite), in addition to steam-heated opal-alunite-kaolinite and abundant smectite-pyrite. In contrast, the Paradise lahar, which formed by a collapse of the surficial upper south side of the edifice, contains only steam-heated assemblages including those formed largely above the water table from condensation of fumarolic vapor (opal-alunite-jarosite). Younger debris-flow deposits on the west side of the volcano (Round Pass lahar and Electron Mudflow) contain only smectite-pyrite alteration, whereas an early 20th century rock avalanche on Tahoma Glacier also contains magmatic-hydrothermal alteration that is exposed in the avalanche headwall of Sunset Amphitheater. Mineralogy and isotopic composition of the alteration phases, geologic and geophysical data, as well as analog fossil hydrothermal systems in volcanoes elsewhere, constrain hydrothermal alteration geometry on the pre-Osceola-collapse edifice of Mount Rainier. Relatively narrow zones of acid magmatic-hydrothermal alteration in the central core of the volcano grade to more widely distributed smectite-pyrite alteration farther out on the upper flanks, capped by steam-heated alteration with a large component of alteration resulting from condensation of fumarolic vapor above the water table. Alteration was polygenetic in zones formed episodically, and was strongly controlled by fluxes of heat and magmatic fluid and by local permeability.

  13. Petrology, composition, and age of intrusive rocks associated with the Quartz Hill molybdenite deposit, southeastern Alaska.

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    Hudson, T.; Smith, James G.; Elliott, R.L.

    1979-01-01

    A large porphyry molybdenum deposit (Quartz Hill deposit) was recently discovered in the heart of the Coast Range batholithic complex about 70 km E of Ketchikan, SE Alaska. Intrusive rocks associated with the mineral deposit form two composite epizonal to hypabyssal stocks and many dikes in country rocks. All observed metallization and alteration is within the Quartz Hill stock. Molybdenite forms fracture coatings and occurs in veins with quartz. Alteration is widespread and includes development of secondary quartz, pyrite, K-feldspar, biotite, white mica, chlorite, and zeolite. Field relations indicate that the stocks were emplaced after regional uplift and erosion of the Coast Range batholithic complex, and K-Ar data show that intrusion and alteration took place in late Oligocene time, about 27 to 30 Ma ago. Data from the Ketchikan quadrangle indicate that porphyry molybdenum metallization in the Coast Range batholithic complex is associated with regionally extensive but spotty, middle Tertiary or younger, felsic magmatism. -from Authors

  14. Portal Vein Thrombosis

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    Chawla, Yogesh K.; Bodh, Vijay

    2015-01-01

    Portal vein thrombosis is an important cause of portal hypertension. PVT occurs in association with cirrhosis or as a result of malignant invasion by hepatocellular carcinoma or even in the absence of associated liver disease. With the current research into its genesis, majority now have an underlying prothrombotic state detectable. Endothelial activation and stagnant portal blood flow also contribute to formation of the thrombus. Acute non-cirrhotic PVT, chronic PVT (EHPVO), and portal vein thrombosis in cirrhosis are the three main variants of portal vein thrombosis with varying etiological factors and variability in presentation and management. Procoagulant state should be actively investigated. Anticoagulation is the mainstay of therapy for acute non-cirrhotic PVT, with supporting evidence for its use in cirrhotic population as well. Chronic PVT (EHPVO) on the other hand requires the management of portal hypertension as such and with role for anticoagulation in the setting of underlying prothrombotic state, however data is awaited in those with no underlying prothrombotic states. TIPS and liver transplant may be feasible even in the setting of PVT however proper selection of candidates and type of surgery is warranted. Thrombolysis and thrombectomy have some role. TARE is a new modality for management of HCC with portal vein invasion. PMID:25941431

  15. Living with Deep Vein Thrombosis

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  16. Long-lived interaction between hydrothermal and magmatic fluids in the Soultz-sous-Forêts granitic system (Rhine Graben, France)

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    Gardien, Véronique; Rabinowicz, Michel; Vigneresse, Jean-Louis; Dubois, Michel; Boulvais, Philippe; Martini, Rossana

    2016-03-01

    The 5 km deep drilling at Soultz-sous-Forêts samples a granitic intrusion under its sedimentary cover. Core samples at different depths allow study of the evolving conditions of fluid-rock interaction, from the syn-tectonic emplacement of Hercynian granites at depth until post-cooling history and alteration close to the surface. Hydrogen, carbon and oxygen isotope compositions of CO2 and H2O have been measured in fluid inclusions trapped in magmatic quartz within samples collected along the drill core. Early Fluid Inclusions Assemblage (FIA) contains aqueous carbonic fluids whereas the latest FIA are H2O-rich. In the early FIA, the amount of CO2 and the δ13C value both decrease with depth, revealing two distinct sources of carbon, one likely derived from sedimentary carbonates (δ13C = - 2‰ V-PDB) and another from the continental crust (δ13C = - 9‰ V-PDB). The carbon isotope composition of bulk granites indicates a third carbon source of organic derivation (δ13C = - 20‰ V-PDB). Using a δD - δ18O plot, we argue that the water trapped in quartz grains is mainly of meteoric origin somewhat mixed with magmatic water. The emplacement of the Soultz-sous-Forêts granite pluton occurred in a North 030-040° wrench zone. After consolidation of the granite mush at ~ 600 °C, sinistral shear (γ ~ 1) concentrated the final leucocratic melt in vertical planes oriented along (σ1, σ2). Crystallization of this residual leucocratic melt occurred while shearing was still active. At a temperature of ~ 550 °C, crystallization ended with the formation of vertical quartz veins spaced about 5 mm, and exhibiting a width of several cm. The quartz veins form a connected network of a few kilometers in height, generated during hydrothermal contraction of the intrusion. Quartz crystallization led to the exsolution of 30% by volume of the aqueous fluid. As quartz grains were the latest solid phase still plastic, shearing localized inside the connected quartz network. Aqueous fluid was thus concentrated in these vertical channels. Eventually, when the channels intersected the top of the crack network, water boiling caused the formation of primary inclusions. At the same temperature, the saline magmatic waters, which were denser than the meteoric waters, initiated thermohaline convection with the buoyant "cold" hydrothermal water layer. This mechanism can explain the mixing of surface and deep-seated fluids in the same primary inclusions trapped during the crystallization of magmatic minerals. This study, which separately considers fluid-rock interactions at the level of successive mineral facies, brings new insights into how fluids may be different, their origin and composition, and depending on tectono-thermal conditions, bears implications for eventual ore forming processes.

  17. Distinguishing shocked from tectonically deformed quartz by the use of the SEM and chemical etching

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    Gratz, A.J.; Fisler, D.K.; Bohor, B.F.

    1996-01-01

    Multiple sets of crystallographically-oriented planar deformation features (PDFs) are generated by high-strain-rate shock waves at pressures of > 12 GPa in naturally shocked quartz samples. On surfaces, PDFs appear as narrow (50-500 nm) lamellae filled with amorphosed quartz (diaplectic glass) which can be etched with hydrofluoric acid or with hydrothermal alkaline solutions. In contrast, slow-strain-rate tectonic deformation pressure produces wider, semi-linear and widely spaced arrays of dislocation loops that are not glass filled. Etching samples with HF before examination in a scanning electron microscope (SEM) allows for unambiguous visual distinction between glass-filled PDFs and glass-free tectonic deformation arrays in quartz. This etching also reveals the internal 'pillaring' often characteristic of shock-induced PDFs. This technique is useful for easily distinguishing between shock and tectonic deformation in quartz, but does not replace optical techniques for characterizing the shock features.

  18. Collateral veins in left renal vein stenosis demonstrated via CT.

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    Lien, H H; Lund, G; Talle, K

    1983-02-01

    Twelve patients with left renal vein stenosis from tumor compression were studied with CT. All had distended collateral veins in the perirenal space which either formed a radiating or a cobweb pattern or appeared as marked longitudinal veins. Inferior phrenic vein branches were seen in seven patients and were considerably enlarged in two. Other major veins possibly taking part in collateral circulation could not be recognized due to obliteration of fat planes. The renal fascia was thickened in eleven patients, probably due to edema. A close study of the perirenal space with CT may give valuable information about collateral development. PMID:6840101

  19. Role of Substrate on Quartz Cementation in Quartz Aggregates

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    Farver, J. R.; Winslow, D.; Onasch, C.

    2010-12-01

    Quartz cementation in quartz aggregates has been experimentally investigated. The starting material was disaggregated detrital quartz grains from the well-sorted, mature St. Peter Sandstone. The ‘as-is’ grains have patches of iron oxide coatings and some have euhedral overgrowths that contain iron oxide dust rims. In addition a set of experiments was run using grains that were cleaned by soaking in sodium hydrosulfite and sodium bisulfate solutions to remove exposed iron oxide coatings. Experimental charges consisted of amorphous silica powder (≈30 mg) to provide a source of silica for the quartz cement, AlCl3 powder (≈3 mg) to provide a tracer for Cathodoluminescence (CL) identification of cement formed during the experiment, 25 wt% NaCl brine solution (≈25 mg) to increase the silica solubility and to better mimic oil field brines, and the natural quartz grains (100-130 mg). The charges were weld-sealed in Au capsules and run in cold-seal pressure vessels at 250°C to 450°C at 150 MPa confining pressure for up to 8 weeks. After the experiments, the samples were vacuum impregnated with a low viscosity epoxy containing a blue dye. After curing, the sample charge was sawn in half along its long axis and one half was polished (to 1 micron diamond paste) for analysis. The nature and amount of quartz cement in the samples were determined by a combination of CL, light microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. Photomosaics of the samples were created and the amount of cement, porosity, and average grain sizes were determined by point-counting. The cement formed during the experiment was easily recognized from the quartz grains (and previous overgrowths) by the difference in luminescence. The results indicate the amorphous silica powder provides a ready source for silica for quartz cementation due to its greater solubility than the quartz. The cementation rates are rapid (>14% cement formed in 2 weeks at 450°C and >7% in 8 weeks at 250°C). Compared to experiments using crushed fragments of synthetic quartz (Pepple, 2007), the amount of cement in these natural samples was greater. Cementation followed a common pattern in all samples. Microfractures, which formed during pressurization of the charges, healed very rapidly followed by overgrowths on the quartz grains. Cementation began closest to the amorphous silica, then progressed away. There was no measurable difference in the amount of quartz cement formed in samples of the as-is and cleaned St. Peter Sandstone indicating that iron played no role in the rate of cementation. Although the amount of cement formed increased with increasing temperature and duration of the experiments, the rate of cementation decreased dramatically in longer duration (8 weeks) experiments suggesting a change in the precipitation mechanism/rate. This apparent change in precipitation rate may reflect a decrease in available surfaces for nucleation and/or a decrease in growth rate as euhedral faces develop as proposed by Lander et al (2008).

  20. 160 Ma of magmatic/hydrothermal and metamorphic activity in the Gällivare area: Re-Os dating of molybdenite and U-Pb dating of titanite from the Aitik Cu-Au-Ag deposit, northern Sweden

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    Wanhainen, Christina; Billström, Kjell; Martinsson, Olof; Stein, Holly; Nordin, Roger

    2005-12-01

    Host rocks to the Aitik Cu-Au-Ag deposit in northern Sweden are strongly altered and deformed Early Proterozoic mica(-amphibole) schists and gneisses. The deposit is characterised by numerous mineralisation styles, vein and alteration types. Four samples were selected for Re-Os molybdenite dating and 12 samples for U-Pb titanite dating in order to elucidate the magmatic/hydrothermal and metamorphic history following primary ore deposition in the Aitik Cu-Au-Ag deposit. Samples represent dyke, vein and alteration assemblages from the ore zone, hanging wall and footwall to the deposit. Re-Os dating of molybdenite from deformed barite and quartz veins yielded ages of 1,876±10 Ma and 1,848±8 Ma, respectively. A deformed pegmatite dyke yielded a Re-Os age of 1,848±6 Ma, and an undeformed pegmatite dyke an age of 1,728±7 Ma. U-Pb dating of titanite from a diversity of alteration mineral associations defines a range in ages between 1,750 and 1,805 Ma with a peak at ca. 1,780 Ma. The ages obtained, together with previous data, bracket a 160-Ma (1,890-1,730 Ma) time span encompassing several generations of magmatism, prograde to peak metamorphism, and post-peak cooling; events resulting in the redistribution and addition of metals to the deposit. This multi-stage evolution of the Aitik ore body suggests that the deposit was affected by several thermal events that ultimately produced a complex ore body. The Re-Os and U-Pb ages correlate well with published regional Re-Os and U-Pb age clusters, which have been tied to major magmatic, hydrothermal, and metamorphic events. Primary ore deposition at ca. 1,890 Ma in connection with intrusion of Haparanda granitoids was followed by at least four subsequent episodes of metamorphism and magmatism. Early metamorphism at 1,888-1,872 Ma overlapping with Haparanda (1,890-1,880 Ma) and Perthite-monzonite (1,880-1,870 Ma) magmatism clearly affected the Aitik area, as well as late metamorphism and Lina magmatism at 1,810-1,774 Ma and TIB1 magmatism at 1,800 Ma. The 1,848 Ma Re-Os ages obtained from molybdenite in a quartz vein and pegmatite dyke suggests that the 1,850 Ma magmatism recorded in parts of northern Norrbotten also affected the Aitik area.

  1. Thermal Effects in the Hydrothermal Regime of Magmatic-Hydrothermal Systems

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    Candela, P. A.

    2002-05-01

    Models of conductive and convective cooling of epizonal magma bodies commonly show temperatures in the country rock that are at or below 500 C. Indeed, simple conductive cooling models place the contact temperature below the midpoint of the intrusion and country rock temperatures, which for felsic magmas in cold country rock (cf. Furlong et al., 1991, Rev. in Min. v. 26), is approximately 500 C or lower. However, some vein systems record temperatures e.g. from fluid inclusions or phase equilibria that exceed 500 C. In some cases, as in some deep skarn deposits, high temperatures of ore deposition probably result from high country rock temperatures. Veins may also occur in the already cooled portions of an ore-generative pluton, which can be at any temperature below the solidus. In still other cases, high country rock temperatures may be heated by previous magmatic events (thermal ground preparation). However, high temperatures of mineral alteration or deposition may be produced in initially cold country rock by flux of high temperature magmatic volatile phase from the magma itself. This is a likely explanation when ore is associated with early stages of magmatism at shallow levels in the crust. The mass conservation equations of infiltration theory (cf. Ferry, 1991, Rev. in Min. v. 26), can be used to estimate time-integrated fluid fluxes, q, given changes in quartz solubility with temperature, geothermal and geobaric gradients in shallow magmatic environments, and order of magnitude vein quartz densities in porphyry copper deposits. The change in the silica content of the rock due to quartz veining is then given by: \\Delta cQZ =- \\int Jw dt \\times \

  2. Dislocation Creep of Dry Quartz

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    Kilian, R.; Heilbronner, R.; Stunitz, H.

    2011-12-01

    Small scale shear zones formed during heterogeneous, amphibolite facies condition in the Truzzo granite in the Penninic Tambo nappe. Magmatic quartz grains recrystallized dynamically by subgrain rotation and grain boundary migration. The presence of a monoclinic shape fabric and a crystallographic preferred orientation are typical for deformation by dislocation creep. Dynamically recrystallized mean grain sizes vary between 200 and 750 μm which indicate deformation at relatively low differential stresses (5 - 30 MPa). Fourier-Transform-Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy reveals water contents mostly below 200 H/10^6 Si in the interior of recrystallized grains (in the form of discrete OH peaks and very little broad band absorption). This water content is in the range of values reported for dry Brazil quartz. Primary magmatic quartz grains contain fluid-inclusion-rich areas with a broad absorption band and higher water concentrations. Recrystallized grains are dry, except for postkinematic inclusion trails. These measurements present the first data on strictly intragranular water contents of dynamically recrystallized quartz in nature. Dry quartz is extremely strong and does not deform by dislocation creep in deformation experiments at the low differential stress levels that would correspond to natural deformation. In contrast, deformation experiments on wet polycrystalline quartz have produced flow laws that can be extrapolated to natural conditions, which yield satisfying results. This is in contrast with our data of the dry quartz deforming by dislocation creep at relatively low differential stresses at natural strain rates. Contrary to the conventional concept of recovery, our data and observations imply that quartz would be hardening as a consequence of grain boundary migration because fluid inclusions are expelled. The drainage of fluid inclusions and microstructures in the feldspar-mica matrix indicate that water during deformation was at least present in the grain boundary region. FTIR measurements of natural deformed quartz reported in literature include grain boundaries and usually yield concentration of up to several 1000s H/10^6 Si. Therefore it is concluded that either introduction of water into the deforming grains must have been transient or that the intragranular water concentrations which are rheologically effective in the naturally deformed Truzzo granite are much lower than those previously reported in the literature.

  3. Spontaneous Iliac Vein Rupture.

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    Kim, Dae Hwan; Park, Hyung Sub; Lee, Taeseung

    2015-06-01

    Spontaneous iliac vein rupture (SIVR) is a rare entity, which usually occurs without a precipitating factor, but can be a life-threatening emergency often requiring an emergency operation. This is a case report of SIVR in a 62-year-old female who presented to the emergency room with left leg swelling. Workup with contrast-enhanced computed tomography revealed a left leg deep vein thrombosis with May-Thurner syndrome and a hematoma in the pelvic cavity without definite evidence of arterial bleeding. She was managed conservatively without surgical intervention, and also underwent inferior vena cava filter insertion and subsequent anticoagulation therapy for pulmonary thromboembolism. This case shows that SIVR can be successfully managed with close monitoring and conservative management, and anticoagulation may be safely applied despite the patient presenting with venous bleeding. PMID:26217647

  4. Spontaneous Iliac Vein Rupture

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    Kim, Dae Hwan; Park, Hyung Sub; Lee, Taeseung

    2015-01-01

    Spontaneous iliac vein rupture (SIVR) is a rare entity, which usually occurs without a precipitating factor, but can be a life-threatening emergency often requiring an emergency operation. This is a case report of SIVR in a 62-year-old female who presented to the emergency room with left leg swelling. Workup with contrast-enhanced computed tomography revealed a left leg deep vein thrombosis with May-Thurner syndrome and a hematoma in the pelvic cavity without definite evidence of arterial bleeding. She was managed conservatively without surgical intervention, and also underwent inferior vena cava filter insertion and subsequent anticoagulation therapy for pulmonary thromboembolism. This case shows that SIVR can be successfully managed with close monitoring and conservative management, and anticoagulation may be safely applied despite the patient presenting with venous bleeding. PMID:26217647

  5. Halogens and noble gases in Mathematician Ridge meta-gabbros, NE Pacific: implications for oceanic hydrothermal root zones and global volatile cycles

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    Kendrick, Mark A.; Honda, Masahiko; Vanko, David A.

    2015-12-01

    Six variably amphibolitised meta-gabbros cut by quartz-epidote veins containing high-salinity brine, and vapour fluid inclusions were investigated for halogen (Cl, Br, I) and noble gas (He, Ne, Ar, Kr, Xe) concentrations. The primary aims were to investigate fluid sources and interactions in hydrothermal root zones and determine the concentrations and behaviours of these elements in altered oceanic crust, which is poorly known, but has important implications for global volatile (re)cycling. Amphiboles in each sample have average concentrations of 0.1-0.5 wt% Cl, 0.5-3 ppm Br and 5-68 ppb I. Amphibole has Br/Cl of ~0.0004 that is about ten times lower than coexisting fluid inclusions and seawater, and I/Cl of 2-44 × 10-6 that is 3-5 times lower than coexisting fluid inclusions but higher than seawater. The amphibole and fluid compositions are attributed to mixing halogens introduced by seawater with a large halogen component remobilised from mafic lithologies in the crust and fractionation of halogens between fluids and metamorphic amphibole formed at low water-rock ratios. The metamorphic amphibole and hydrothermal quartz are dominated by seawater-derived atmospheric Ne, Ar, Kr and Xe and mantle-derived He, with 3He/4He of ~9 R/Ra (Ra = atmospheric ratio). The amphibole and quartz preserve high 4He concentrations that are similar to MORB glasses and have noble gas abundance ratios with high 4He/36Ar and 22Ne/36Ar that are greater than seawater and air. These characteristics result from the high solubility of light noble gases in amphibole and suggest that all the noble gases can behave similarly to `excess 40Ar' in metamorphic hydrothermal root zones. All noble gases are therefore trapped in hydrous minerals to some extent and can be inefficiently lost during metamorphism implying that even the lightest noble gases (He and Ne) can potentially be subducted into the Earth's mantle.

  6. Hydrothermal alteration and mass exchange in the hornblende latite porphyry, Rico, Colorado

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    Larson, P.B.; Cunningham, C.G.; Naeser, C.W.

    1994-01-01

    The Rico paleothermal anomaly, southwestern Colorado, records the effects of a large hydrothermal system that was active at 4 Ma. This hydrothermal system produced the deep Silver Creek stockwork Mo deposit, which formed above the anomaly's heat source, and shallower base and precious-metal vein and replacement deposits. A 65 Ma hornblende latite porphyry is present as widespread sills throughout the area and provided a homogenous material that recorded the effects of the hydrothermal system up to 8 km from the center. Hydrothermal alteration in the latite can be divided into a proximal facies which consists of two assemblages, quartz-illite-calcite and chlorite-epidote, and a distal facies which consists of a distinct propylitic assemblage. Temperatures were gradational vertically and laterally in the anomaly, and decreased away from the centra heat source. A convective hydrothermal plume, 3 km wide and at least 2 km high, was present above the stock-work molybdenum deposit and consisted of upwelling, high-temperature fluids that produced the proximal alteration facies. Distal facies alteration was produced by shallower cooler fluids. The most important shallow base and precious-metal vein deposits in the Rico district are at or close to the boundary of the thermal plume. Latite within the plume had a large loss of Na2O, large addition of CaO, and variable SiO2 exchante. Distal propylitized latite samples lost small amounts of Na2O and CaO and exchanged minor variable amounts of SiO2. The edge of the plume is marked by steep Na2O exchange gradients. Na2O exchange throughout the paleothermal anomaly was controlled by the reaction of the albite components in primary plagioclase and alkali feldspars. Initial feldspar alteration in the distal facies was dominated by reaction of the plagioclase, and the initial molar ratio of reactants (alkali feldspar albite component to plagioclase albite component) was 0.35. This ratio of the moles of plagioclase to alkali feldspar albite components that reacted evolved to 0.92 as the reaction progressed. Much of the alkali feldspar albite component in the proximal facies reacted while the, primary plagioclase was still unreacted, but the ratio for these assemblages increased to 1.51 when the plagioclase entered the reaction paragenesis. Plagioclase reaction during distal propylitic alteration resulted in pseudomorphic albite mixed with illite and a loss of Na2O. CaO is lost in the distal facies as hornblende reacts to chlorite, although some calcium may be fixed in calcite. CaO is added to the proximal facies as the quantity of chlorite replacing hornblende increases and epidote and calcite are produced. ?? 1994 Springer-Verlag.

  7. Melt inclusions in quartz from an evolved peraluminous pegmatite: Geochemical evidence for strong tin enrichment in fluorine-rich and phosphorus-rich residual liquids

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    Webster, James D.; Thomas, Rainer; Rhede, Dieter; Förster, Hans-Jürgen; Seltmann, Reimar

    1997-07-01

    We have investigated the magmatic evolution of a late-stage, F- and P-rich, pegmatite-forming aluminosilicate liquid and the geochemical controls on magmatic mineralizing processes by remelting totally-crystallized melt inclusions in quartz and analyzing the quenched glass by EPMA and SIMS. The quartz phenocrysts were sampled from a pegmatite that occurs in a Variscan granite genetically associated with cassiterite- and wolframite-mineralized greisen veins at the Ehrenfriedersdorf SnW deposit, central Erzgebirge, SE Germany. The melt inclusion compositions imply that the pegmatite-forming liquid achieved extreme levels of chemical differentiation. It contained high abundances of Sn, F, P, Li, Rb, Cs, Nb, Ta, and Be and abnormally low concentrations of Ca, Y, Sr, and REE for a granite, and it was strongly peraluminous (the molar [Al 2O 3/CaO + Na 2O + K 2O] ranged from 1.3 to 2.0). Fractions of the pegmatite-forming liquid were extremely enriched in P 2O 5 + F + Al 2O 3, and the molar abundances of (F + P) in the glasses correlate strongly with moles of network-modifying Al ions implying that the bulk liquid included F-, P-, and Al-bearing complexes. Formation of these complexes reduced the activities of F, P, and Al in bulk liquid, suppressed the crystallization of magmatic topaz and P-rich minerals, and allowed the liquid to become enriched in these constituents. Some fractions of the Ehrenfriedersdorf aluminosilicate liquid contained 1000-2000 ppm Sn. These levels of Sn enrichment were up to 2 orders of magnitude greater than that ever reported for nonmineralized, metaluminous and peraluminous igneous materials and are consistent with some experimentally-derived Sn solubilities in cassiterite-saturated granitic liquids at geologically relevant pressures and temperatures. This concordance implies that cassiterite could have crystallized directly from this highly evolved, P- and F-rich peraluminous granitic liquid without the involvement of hydrothermal fluids.

  8. Low-temperature intracrystalline deformation microstructures in quartz

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    Derez, Tine; Pennock, Gill; Drury, Martyn; Sintubin, Manuel

    2015-02-01

    A review of numerous genetic interpretations of the individual low-temperature intracrystalline deformation microstructures in quartz shows that there is no consensus concerning their formation mechanisms. Therefore, we introduce a new, purely descriptive terminology for the three categories of intracrystalline deformation microstructures formed in the low-quartz stability field: fine extinction bands (FEB), wide extinction bands (WEB) and localised extinction bands (LEB). The localised extinction bands are further subdivided into blocky (bLEB), straight (sLEB) and granular (gLEB) morphological types. A detailed polarised light microscopy study of vein-quartz from the low-grade metamorphic High-Ardenne slate belt (Belgium) further reveals a series of particular geometric relationships between these newly defined intracrystalline deformation microstructures. These geometric relationships are largely unrecognised or underemphasised in the literature and need to be taken into account in any future genetic interpretation. Based on our observations and a critical assessment of the current genetic models, we argue that the interpretation of the pertinent microstructures in terms of ambient conditions and deformation history should be made with care, as long as the genesis of these microstructures is not better confined.

  9. A Model For Syntectonic Fibrous Vein Growth Inferred From Microtextures. Ouachitas Orogen, Arkansas

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    Cervantes, P.; Wiltschko, D. V.

    2005-12-01

    Veins from the Lower Ordovician Mazarn Formation in the Arkansas' Ouachitas show two processes of vein growth, 1) continuous localized fracturing and filling and 2) recrystallization, tied to the deformation history of the area under study. Evidence for continuous localized fracturing includes the presence of veinlets near or at the vein-host interface. Veinlets are long and narrow features parallel to the main body of the vein, filled mainly with quartz, between 5 and 25 μm wide. Veinlets cut and displaced host grains. Displacement of host grains is evident because the material precipitated on veinlets show different luminescence than host grains. Remnants of these veinlets are observed in completely recrystallized fibers. Evidence for recrystallization includes, 1) wide fibers (more than 100 μm) with fluid inclusion trails parallel to fiber length that span the entire fiber length, 2) luminescence in the central part of the vein is different than luminescence in the external part of the vein (close to host-vein interface), 3) remnants of original luminescence in the central part of the vein suggesting that recrystallization is a later process. We hypothesize that in this region folding followed by flattening gave rise to boudinage of resistant layers accompanying abundant pressure solution providing the vein forming material. Precipitation of material took place along necks of boudins, which fractured repeatedly allowing veins to grow in width and length. Late thrust faults led to open system conditions which gave rise to new vein growth and recrystallization. Recrystallization altered the shape of previously formed veins.

  10. Hydrothermal alteration and Cu–Ni–PGE mobilization in the charnockitic rocks of the footwall of the South Kawishiwi intrusion, Duluth Complex, USA

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    Benkó, Zsolt; Mogessie, Aberra; Molnár, Ferenc; Krenn, Kurt; Poulson, Simon R.; Hauck, Steven; Severson, Mark; Arehart, Greg B.

    2015-01-01

    In the Neoarchean (~ 2.7 Ga) contact metamorphosed charnockitic footwall of the Mesoproterosoic (1.1 Ga) South Kawishiwi intrusion of the Duluth Complex, the primary metamorphic mineral assemblage and Cu–Ni–PGE sulfide mineralization is overprinted by an actinolite + chlorite + cummingtonite + prehnite + pumpellyite + quartz + calcite hydrothermal mineral assemblage along 2–3 cm thick veins. In calcite, hosted by the hydrothermal alteration zones and in a single recrystallized quartz porphyroblast, four different fluid inclusion assemblages are documented; the composition of these fluid inclusions provide p–T conditions of the fluid flow, and helps to define the origin of the fluids and evaluate their role in the remobilization and reprecipitation of the primary metamorphic sulfide assemblage. Pure CO2 fluid inclusions were found as early inclusions in recrystallized quartz porphyroblast. These inclusions may have been trapped during the recrystallization of the quartz during the contact metamorphism of the footwall charnockite in the footwall of the SKI. The estimated trapping pressure (1.6–2.0 kbar) and temperature (810–920 °C) conditions correspond to estimates based on felsic veins in the basal zones of the South Kawishiwi intrusion. Fluid inclusion assemblages with CO2–H2O–NaCl and CH4–N2–H2O–NaCl compositions found in this study along healed microfractures in the recrystallized quartz porphyroblast establish the heterogeneous state of the fluids during entrapment. The estimated trapping pressure and temperature conditions (240–650 bar and 120–150 °C for CO2–H2O–NaCl inclusions and 315–360 bar and 145–165 °C for CH4–N2–H2O–NaCl inclusions) are significantly lower than the p–T conditions (> 700 °C and 1.6–2 kbar) during the contact metamorphism, indicating that this fluid flow might not be related to the cooling of the Duluth Complex and its contact aureole. The presence of chalcopyrite inclusions in these fluid inclusions and in the trails of these fluid inclusion assemblages confirms that at least on local scale these fluids played a role in base metal remobilization. No evidences have been observed for PGE remobilization and transport in the samples. The source of the carbonic phase in the carbonic assemblages (CO2; CH4) could be the graphite, present in the metasedimentary hornfelsed inclusions in the basal zones of the South Kawishiwi intrusion. The hydrothermal veins in the charnockite can be characterized by an actinolite + cummingtonite + chlorite + prehnite + pumpellyite + calcite (I–II) + quartz mineral assemblage. Chlorite thermometry yields temperatures around 276–308 °C during the earliest phase of the fluid flow. In the late calcite (II) phase, high salinity (21.6–28.8 NaCl + CaCl2 equiv. wt.%), low temperature (90–160 °C), primary aqueous inclusions were found. Chalcopyrite (± sphalerite ± millerite), replacing and intersecting the early hydrothermal phases, are associated to the late calcite (II) phase. The composition of the formational fluids in the Canadian Shield is comparable with the composition of the studied fluid inclusions. This suggests that the composition of the fluids did not change in the past 2 Ga and base metal remobilization by formational fluids could have taken place any time after the formation of the South Kawishiwi intrusion. Sulfur isotope studies carried out on the primary metamorphic (δ34S = 7.4–8.9‰) and the hydrothermal sulfide mineral assemblage (δ34S = 5.5–5.7‰) proves, that during the hydrothermal fluid flow the primary metamorphic ores were remobilized. PMID:26594080

  11. Rear polymineral zone of near-veined metasomatic aureole in mesothermal Zun-Holba gold deposit (Eastern Sayan)

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    Cherkasova, T.; Kucherenko, I.; Abramova, R.

    2015-11-01

    Unique data of the mineralogical and petrochemical zoning of near- veined metasomatic aureole of mesothermal Zun-Holba gold deposit are presented and discussed. It was established that mineralogical and petrochemical zoning order is based on Korzhinsky theory describing the differential component mobility. However, the internal polymineral zone structure of metasomatic column in Zun-Holba deposit does not comply with Korzhinsky concept describing the mono-mineral composition of axial (ore-bearing quartz veins) and binary-mineral rear (quartz-sericite) zones. Mineral zoning complication is governed by component diffusion (from fractured fluid to pores) and pulsation mode of metalliferous fluid input into the mineralization area.

  12. The chemistry of hydrothermal magnetite: a review

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    Nadoll, Patrick; Angerer, Thomas; Mauk, Jeffrey L.; French, David; Walshe, John

    2014-01-01

    Magnetite (Fe3O4) is a well-recognized petrogenetic indicator and is a common accessory mineral in many ore deposits and their host rocks. Recent years have seen an increased interest in the use of hydrothermal magnetite for provenance studies and as a pathfinder for mineral exploration. A number of studies have investigated how specific formation conditions are reflected in the composition of the respective magnetite. Two fundamental questions underlie these efforts — (i) How can the composition of igneous and, more importantly, hydrothermal magnetite be used to discriminate mineralized areas from barren host rocks, and (ii) how can this assist exploration geologists to target ore deposits at greater and greater distances from the main mineralization? Similar to igneous magnetite, the most important factors that govern compositional variations in hydrothermal magnetite are (A) temperature, (B) fluid composition — element availability, (C) oxygen and sulfur fugacity, (D) silicate and sulfide activity, (E) host rock buffering, (F) re-equilibration processes, and (G) intrinsic crystallographic controls such as ionic radius and charge balance. We discuss how specific formation conditions are reflected in the composition of magnetite and review studies that investigate the chemistry of hydrothermal and igneous magnetite from various mineral deposits and their host rocks. Furthermore, we discuss the redox-related alteration of magnetite (martitization and mushketovitization) and mineral inclusions in magnetite and their effect on chemical analyses. Our database includes published and previously unpublished magnetite minor and trace element data for magnetite from (1) banded iron formations (BIF) and related high-grade iron ore deposits in Western Australia, India, and Brazil, (2) Ag–Pb–Zn veins of the Coeur d'Alene district, United States, (3) porphyry Cu–(Au)–(Mo) deposits and associated (4) calcic and magnesian skarn deposits in the southwestern United States and Indonesia, and (5) plutonic igneous rocks from the Henderson Climax-type Mo deposit, United States, and the un-mineralized Inner Zone Batholith granodiorite, Japan. These five settings represent a diverse suite of geological settings and cover a wide range of formation conditions. The main discriminator elements for magnetite are Mg, Al, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Zn, and Ga. These elements are commonly present at detectable levels (10 to > 1000 ppm) and display systematic variations. We propose a combination of Ni/(Cr + Mn) vs. Ti + V, Al + Mn vs. Ti + V, Ti/V and Sn/Ga discriminant plots and upper threshold concentrations to discriminate hydrothermal from igneous magnetite and to fingerprint different hydrothermal ore deposits. The overall trends in upper threshold values for the different settings can be summarized as follows: (I) BIF (hydrothermal) — low Al, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Zn, Ga and Sn; (II) Ag–Pb–Zn veins (hydrothermal) — high Mn and low Ga and Sn; (III) Mg-skarn (hydrothermal) — high Mg and Mn and low Al, Ti, Cr, Co, Ni and Ga; (IV) skarn (hydrothermal) — high Mg, Al, Cr, Mn, Co, Ni and Zn and low Sn; (V) porphyry (hydrothermal) — high Ti and V and low Sn; (VI) porphyry (igneous) — high Ti, V and Cr and low Mg; and (VII) Climax-Mo (igneous) — high Al, Ga and Sn and low Mg and Cr.

  13. Cierco Pb-Zn-Ag vein deposits: Isotopic and fluid inclusion evidence for formation during the mesozoic extension in the pyrenees of Spain

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    Johnson, C.A.; Cardellach, E.; Tritlla, J.; Hanan, B.B.

    1996-01-01

    The Cierco Pb-Zn-Ag vein deposits, located in the central Pyrenees of Spain, crosscut Paleozoic metasedimentary rocks and are in close proximity to Hercynian granodiorite dikes and plutons. Galena and sphalerite in the deposits have average ??34S values of -4.3 and -0.8 per mil (CDT), respectively. Coexisting mineral pairs give an isotopic equilibration temperature range of 89?? to 163??C which overlaps with the 112?? to 198??C range obtained from primary fluid inclusions. Coexisting quartz has a ??18O value of 19 ?? 1 per mil (VSMOW). The fluid which deposited these minerals is inferred to have had ??18OH2o and ??34SH2s values of 5 ?? 1 and -1 ?? 1 per mil, respectively. Chemical and microthermometric analyses of fluid inclusions in quartz and sphalerite indicate salinities of 3 to 29 wt percent NaCl equiv with Na+ and Ca2+ as the dominant cations in solution. The Br/Cl and I/Cl ratios differ from those characteristic of magmatic waters and pristine seawater, but show some similarity to those observed in deep ground waters in crystalline terranes, basinal brines, and evaporated seawater, Barite, which postdates the sulfides, spans isotopic ranges of 13 to 21 per mil, 10 to 15 per mil, and 0.7109 to 0.7123 for ??34S, ??18O, and 87Sr/86Sr, respectively. The three parameters are correlated providing strong evidence that the barites are products of fluid mixing. We propose that the Cierco deposits formed along an extensional fault system at the margin of a marine basin during the breakup of Pangea at some time between the Early Triassic and Early Cretaceous. Sulfide deposition corresponded to an upwelling of hydrothermal fluid from the Paleozoic basement and was limited by the amount of metals carried by the fluid. Barite deposition corresponded to the waning of upward flow and the collapse of sulfate-rich surface waters onto the retreating hydrothermal plume. Calcite precipitated late in the paragenesis as meteoric or marine waters descended into the fault system, possibly during a regression in the overlying basin. There are other deposits resembling Cierco elsewhere in the Iberian peninsula. Taken as a group, they are evidence that hydrothermal circulation systems were widespread during Mesozoic extension. Differences among the deposits can be related to the fact that H2S and other solutes had local and variable sources.

  14. Laser welding of fused quartz

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    Piltch, Martin S.; Carpenter, Robert W.; Archer, III, McIlwaine

    2003-06-10

    Refractory materials, such as fused quartz plates and rods are welded using a heat source, such as a high power continuous wave carbon dioxide laser. The radiation is optimized through a process of varying the power, the focus, and the feed rates of the laser such that full penetration welds may be accomplished. The process of optimization varies the characteristic wavelengths of the laser until the radiation is almost completely absorbed by the refractory material, thereby leading to a very rapid heating of the material to the melting point. This optimization naturally occurs when a carbon dioxide laser is used to weld quartz. As such this method of quartz welding creates a minimum sized heat-affected zone. Furthermore, the welding apparatus and process requires a ventilation system to carry away the silicon oxides that are produced during the welding process to avoid the deposition of the silicon oxides on the surface of the quartz plates or the contamination of the welds with the silicon oxides.

  15. Chemical, mineralogical, and mass-change examinations across a gold bearing vein zone in the Akoluk area, Ordu, NE Turkey

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    Yaylalı-Abanuz, Gülten; Tüysüz, Necati

    2010-05-01

    Chemical changes associated with gold mineralization in the Akoluk field in the western part of the eastern Pontides are investigated. The eastern Black Sea region hosts several Kuroko-type, massive sulfide deposits and, therefore, has drawn the attention of numerous workers. Acidic intrusions play an important role and structurally controlled zones of alteration are widespread thus leading to a great potential for epithermal gold deposits in this region. Rocks in the study area are part a volcano-sedimentary sequence. Vein-type mineralization occurs along fault systems in dacitic tuffs of upper Cretaceous age. These rocks are cut by a N45-50oE trending fault system, which is partly truncated by another N55-60oW extending fault system. Mineralization is observed in areas where these fault systems intersect. Native gold, zinckenite, stibnite, orpiment, realgar, cinnabar, pyrite, marcasite, sphalerite, and galena are the main ore minerals. Gangue minerals are quartz, barite and dolomite. Mineralization occurs as a replacement type in the wall rock, and filling type in fracture zones where voids are filled mostly by realgar, orpiment, zincenite, stibnite, quartz, barite, and sericite. The presence of framboidal and colloidal ore minerals and textures indicate that mineralization occur at low temperatures in an epithermal system. Zonal alteration is observed along the fault systems. Outward from the fault alteration types change from silicification through illitization, smectization to carbonatization. As a result of alteration, wall rock has undergone a total mass loss of 2.19%. Almost all the major oxide contents decreased to certain levels. Due to alteration of feldspar and hornblende, the concentrations of Na, Ca and Fe significantly decreased while silica and ore-forming elements were added to the host rocks. Development of carbonate minerals at the fringe of the fracture zone in the host rock indicates relatively alkaline conditions for the hydrothermal fluids in the beginning. However, absence of these carbonate minerals, sericitization of plagioclases and increase in pyrite content towards the quartz-barite with time, became slightly acidic and were enriched in silica.

  16. Coesite as stress indicator in experimentally deformed quartz gouge

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    Richter, Bettina; Stnitz, Holger; Heilbronner, Rene

    2015-04-01

    In shearing experiments conducted to study the behaviour of quartz gouge at the brittle - viscous transition, coesite was found in samples that were deformed at confining pressures of 1.0 GPa or 1.5 GPa, at temperatures between 600 C and 800 C, and at constant displacement rates of ~1.3 x 10-5 mms-1 or ~1.3 x 10-4 mms-1. The experiments were performed in a Griggs type deformation apparatus and the starting material was obtained from a hydrothermally grown single crystal. The crystal was crushed and sieved to a grain size < 100 ?m. 0.1 g of the powder, with 0.2 wt% water added, was introduced in a 45 pre-cut between alumina forcing blocks forming a ~1 mm thick shear zone. In all experiments, the confining pressures (?3)and the peak mean stresses (1/3 (?1 + ?2 + ?3) for the general case or 1/2 (?1 + ?3) for ?3 = ?2) remained below the quartz - coesite transition. Only the highest principal stresses (?1) reach the coesite stability field. With the exception of low-temperature experiments, the occurrence of coesite coincides with whether or not ?1 reached the coesite stability field. In samples deformed at 600oC coesite did not form despite the fact that ?1 reached the coesite field, indicating some temperature effect for the transformation kinetics. In two samples, ?1 crosses the quartz-coesite phase transition and stays in the coesite field at the beginning of the shearing deformation and - with ongoing weakening - crosses back into the quartz stability field at higher strains. As expected, the reverse phase transformation, from coesite to quartz, can be observed in these samples. Coesite forms as soon as ?1 comes very close to or enters the coesite stability field. Clusters of small idiomorphic tabular coesite crystals are distributed throughout the sample and are commonly aligned with the [010] direction parallel to the ?1 direction. With increasing deformation in the coesite stability field, coesite grains grow (forming up to 2 vol %) and the [010] directions rotate into parallelism with the foliation (rigid particle behaviour). Once ?1 drops below the phase transition, the coesite grains are corroded, indicating a back-transformation to quartz. A preferred growth direction of the new quartz grains with respect to the old coesite grains is not obvious but the replacing quartz grains show a constant crystallographic orientation (single crystal orientation). In conclusion, in deformation experiments, the coesite formation seems to only depend on the maximum compressive stress ?1 rather than on the confining pressure or the mean stress. ?1 controls the quartz-to-coesite transformation as well as the reverse transformation except where low temperatures slow down the transformation kinetics. Furthermore, the accuracy of ?1 values measured with solid medium deformation apparatus lies within the same error range as that of the quartz-coesite phase transitions determined with the piston cylinder apparatus.

  17. Quartz microfabrics in ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic rocks as indicators of low stress during uplift

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    Stäb, C.; Kruhl, J. H.; Trepmann, C.; Wang, L.

    2012-12-01

    Ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) metamorphic rocks form in convergent tectonic settings at depths > 90 km. In general, UHP conditions are defined by the stability of coesite. Coesite inclusions in various host minerals are a common feature in UHP rocks. We present data of typical quartz microfabrics, which resulted from the transformation of coesite to quartz in inclusions and intergranular regions, and evidence of high temperature quartz microfabrics. Jadeite-quartzites and eclogites from the Dabie Shan - Sulu orogenic belt (central China) were investigated, both of which experienced peak UHP conditions of ~ 660°C / > 2.6 GPa (Liou et al., 1997) and 700-800°C / 3.1-4.1 GPa (Yoshida et al., 2004), respectively, at c. 220-230 Ma due to a N-subduction of the Yangtze craton beneath the Sino-Korean craton, followed by a nearly isothermal decompression to ~ 1 GPa. Both rocks contain coesite and/or quartz inclusions (up to 350 μm in diameter) in clinopyroxene and garnet and in their symplectitic rims with various microstructures: (i) rims of palisade quartz commonly in contact to coesite, (ii) quartz aggregates with sutured grain boundaries and central remnants of coesite, (iii) larger central quartz grains with subgrains, (iv) foam quartz (c. 50 μm sized), and (v) apparently strain-free single quartz crystals. The foam quartz shows a random c-axis distribution but preferred crystallographic orientations of grain boundaries. Intergranular foam quartz is found in quartz-eclogites from the Sulu region, most probably indicating quartz-coesite transformation and, therefore, former UHP conditions. The preservation of foam quartz in intergranular regions and inclusions (especially in symplectites) indicates low stress and nearly no deformation during uplift in the stability field of quartz. This points to strain localization in shear zones (Zhao et al., 2003). In veins in the jadeite-quartzites and quartz-eclogites quartz occurs in larger aggregates with sutured grain boundaries. Fractal analysis of the grain boundaries indicates deformation-T > 700°C for jadeite-quartzite and quartz-eclogite. Furthermore, quartz grains of the Dabie Shan jadeite-quartzites show prism-, basal-, and rhombohedral-parallel subgrain boundaries, evidencing high temperature during formation and nearly no deformation after peak metamorphic conditions. The qualitative and quantitative analyses of quartz microfabrics of UHP rocks give insight into the grade of preservation of peak conditions, potential deformation and/or low-grade overprint, and help to understand uplift processes of deeply subducted crustal slices. Liou, J.G., Zhang, R.Y. and Jahn, B.-m., 1997. Petrology, geochemistry and isotope data on a ultrahigh-pressure jadeite quartzite from Shuanghe, Dabie Mountains, East-central China. Lithos 41, 59-78. Yoshida, D., Hirajima, T. and Ishiwatari, A., 2004. Pressure-temperature path recorded in the Yangkou garnet peridotite, in Su-Lu ultrahigh-pressure metamorphic belt, eastern China. J. Petrol. 45, 1125-1145. Zhao, Z.Y., Fang, A.M. and Yu, L.J., 2003. High- to ultrahigh-pressure (UHP) ductile shear zones in the Sulu UHP metamorphic belt, China: implications for continental subduction and exhumation. Terra Nova 15, 322-329.

  18. Caractérisation des quartz filoniens épithermaux de la zone volcanique de Cabo de Gata (province d'Almería, Espagne) par thermoluminescence basse température; relation avec les textures pétrographiques et les inclusions fluides

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    Demoustier, Axelle; Charlet, Jean-Marie; Castroviejo, Ricardo

    1999-04-01

    In the area of Cabo de Gata, the quartz samples show a wide variety of petrographic textures, and therefore, a highly complex history of veins, which requires several methods and techniques. In the present paper, the authors propose thermoluminescence (TL) as an interesting method for characterizing the different steps involved in the crystallization of quartz veins, coupled with the microscopic observation and fluid inclusion studies. Two different TL techniques will be presented: auto-photographs of TL emissions which represent an original approach in investigating relationships with petrographic textures, and quartz glow curves, which make possible the attribution of low-temperature TL emission to structural defects produced during quartz growth.

  19. Visualizing trace element distribution in quartz using cathodoluminescence, electron microprobe, and laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry

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    Rusk, Brian; Koenig, Alan; Lowers, Heather

    2011-01-01

    Cathodoluminescent (CL) textures in quartz reveal successive histories of the physical and chemical fluctuations that accompany crystal growth. Such CL textures reflect trace element concentration variations that can be mapped by electron microprobe or laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS). Trace element maps in hydrothermal quartz from four different ore deposit types (Carlin-type Au, epithermal Ag, porphyry-Cu, and MVT Pb-Zn) reveal correlations among trace elements and between trace element concentrations and CL textures. The distributions of trace elements reflect variations in the physical and chemical conditions of quartz precipitation. These maps show that Al is the most abundant trace element in hydrothermal quartz. In crystals grown at temperatures below 300 °C, Al concentrations may vary by up to two orders of magnitude between adjacent growth zones, with no evidence for diffusion. The monovalent cations Li, Na, and K, where detectable, always correlate with Al, with Li being the most abundant of the three. In most samples, Al is more abundant than the combined total of the monovalent cations; however, in the MVT sample, molar Al/Li ratios are ~0.8. Antimony is present in concentrations up to ~120 ppm in epithermal quartz (~200–300 °C), but is not detectable in MVT, Carlin, or porphyry-Cu quartz. Concentrations of Sb do not correlate consistently with those of other trace elements or with CL textures. Titanium is only abundant enough to be mapped in quartz from porphyry-type ore deposits that precipitate at temperatures above ~400 °C. In such quartz, Ti concentration correlates positively with CL intensity, suggesting a causative relationship. In contrast, in quartz from other deposit types, there is no consistent correlation between concentrations of any trace element and CL intensity fluctuations.

  20. Lithium isotope traces magmatic fluid in a seafloor hydrothermal system

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    Yang, Dan; Hou, Zengqian; Zhao, Yue; Hou, Kejun; Yang, Zhiming; Tian, Shihong; Fu, Qiang

    2015-01-01

    Lithium isotopic compositions of fluid inclusions and hosted gangue quartz from a giant volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit in China provide robust evidence for inputting of magmatic fluids into a Triassic submarine hydrothermal system. The δ7Li results vary from +4.5‰ to +13.8‰ for fluid inclusions and from +6.7‰ to +21.0‰ for the hosted gangue quartz(9 gangue quartz samples containing primary fluid inclusions). These data confirm the temperature-dependent Li isotopic fractionation between hydrothermal quartz and fluid (i.e., Δδ7Liquartz-fluid = –8.9382 × (1000/T) + 22.22(R2 = 0.98; 175 °C–340 °C)), which suggests that the fluid inclusions are in equilibrium with their hosted quartz, thus allowing to determine the composition of the fluids by using δ7Liquartz data. Accordingly, we estimate that the ore-forming fluids have a δ7Li range from −0.7‰ to +18.4‰ at temperatures of 175–340 °C. This δ7Li range, together with Li–O modeling , suggest that magmatic fluid played a significant role in the ore formation. This study demonstrates that Li isotope can be effectively used to trace magmatic fluids in a seafloor hydrothermal system and has the potential to monitor fluid mixing and ore-forming process. PMID:26347051

  1. Triboluminescence of glasses and quartz

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    Chapman, G. N.; Walton, Alan J.

    1983-10-01

    The triboluminescent spectra of a variety of glasses and of crystalline quartz were measured while specimens were cut with a rotating diamond-impregnated saw blade. The spectra, which resemble the emission of a blackbody radiator, were recorded using an image-intensifier spectrograph. The data were intensity-corrected before being fitted to blackbody emission curves. Emission temperatures of around 1850 K for armor plate glass, 2100 K for Pyrex glass, 2400 K for soda lime glass, 2300 K for high-density lead glass, and 2800 K for cut quartz were obtained. It was found that the blackbody temperatures could be accounted for by a model in which a rectangular-shaped high-temperature zone, uniformly heated by energy released by plastic deformation near the crack tip, is supposed to propagate with the crack velocity [R. Weichert and K. Schonert, Q. J. Mech. Appl. Math. 31, 363-379 (1978)]. The measured blackbody temperatures imply zone widths of around 110-9 m. The spectrum from impact-fractured quartz was also measured; it was found to have a photoluminescent origin.

  2. The economics of vein disease.

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    Sales, Clifford M; Podnos, Joan; Levison, Jonathan

    2007-09-01

    The management of cosmetic vein problems requires a very different approach than that for the majority of most other vascular disorders that occur in a vascular surgery practice. This article focuses on the business aspects of a cosmetic vein practice, with particular attention to the uniqueness of these issues. Managing patient expectations is critical to the success of a cosmetic vein practice. Maneuvering within the insurance can be difficult and frustrating for both the patient and the practice. Practices should use cost accounting principles to evaluate the success of their vein work. Vein surgery--especially if performed within the office--can undergo an accurate break-even analysis to determine its profitability. PMID:17911565

  3. The Management of Varicose Veins

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    Lin, Fan; Zhang, Shiyi; Sun, Yan; Ren, Shiyan; Liu, Peng

    2015-01-01

    This study aimed to review the current management modalities for varicose veins. There are a variety of management modalities for varicose veins. The outcomes of the treatment of varicose veins are different. The papers on the management of varicose veins were reviewed and the postoperative complications and efficacy were compared. Foam sclerotherapy and radiofrequency ablation were associated with less pain and faster recovery than endovenous laser ablation and surgical stripping. Patients undergoing endovenous laser ablation and radiofrequency ablation are most likely to have a faster recovery time and earlier return to work in comparison with those undergoing conventional high ligation and stripping. A randomized controlled study in multiple centers is warranted to verify which approach is better than others for the treatment of varicose veins. PMID:25594661

  4. Hepatic vein obstruction (Budd-Chiari)

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    Hepatic vein obstruction is a blockage of the hepatic vein, which carries blood away from the liver. ... Hepatic vein obstruction prevents blood from flowing out of the liver and back to the heart. This blockage can ...

  5. Redistribution of Water During Deformation of Milky Quartz

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    Kronenberg, A. K.; Lamb, W. M.; Luo, Z.; Neal, L. A.

    2001-12-01

    Dislocation creep of quartz is facilitated by the presence of water, and many key observations regarding mechanisms of water weakening can be attributed to the elegant studies of Mervyn Paterson, his colleagues, and his students. In particular, Paterson and Kekulawala (1979) and Kekulawala et al. (1978, 1981) showed that creep strengths of quartz single crystals depend on the character and distribution of extended water defects and clusters. By comparing mechanical properties and infrared (IR) spectra of hydrothermally grown synthetic quartz, dry natural quartz, amethyst, heat-treated synthetic quartz, and natural milky quartz, they demonstrated a correspondence between the chemical weakening effect of water and the broad, non-freezable OH stretching band expressed most clearly by wet synthetic crystals. However, they also showed that natural milky quartz crystals with freezable fluid inclusions exhibit strengths that are intermediate to those of dry natural and wet synthetic crystals. Micro-IR studies of naturally deformed tectonites have since shown that water is incorporated as coarse, freezable fluid inclusions that may decorate dislocations, subgrain walls, and grain boundaries. Non-freezable OH bands have not been detected in natural quartzites. Following the lead of Paterson and colleagues, we have shortened single crystals of milky quartz at 45° to a and c at T = 800° C, ɛ = 10-5 s-1 and confining pressures ranging from 400 to 1820 MPa, and we report on the results of (1) micro-thermometry of fluid inclusions before and after deformation, (2) IR absorption measurements of water content, and (3) transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of fine-scale inclusions, subgrain boundaries, and dislocations. Flow strengths measured for Arkansas milky quartz crystals are highly variable (from 300 to 800 MPa at low strains, 5%) and exhibit variable strain softening, corresponding to the heterogeneous initial distribution of fluid inclusions and variations in bulk water content (300 to 7000 ppm). Fluid inclusions measured optically prior to deformation are highly variable in size from 1 to 300 μ m, but they consist of relatively uniform, low salinity brines (melting points of -2° C) with a restricted range of densities (homogenization temperatures of 140° to 170° C). Remarkably few of these optical-scale inclusions survive deformation. Instead, optical microstructures of deformed samples are dominated by heterogeneous deformation bands, undulatory extinction and basal deformation lamellae. IR absorption spectra of deformed samples indicate that little fluid has been lost, and TEM reveals fine-scale (20-500 nm) fluid inclusions that decorate finely spaced (1-3 μ m) low-angle subgrain boundaries. Dense, tangled dislocations, irregular subgrain boundary geometries, and relationships between these boundaries and inclusions suggest complex processes of fluid redistribution during deformation that we do not fully understand. Nevertheless, once redistribution has taken place, mean distances between fluid inclusions are sufficiently small that extrinsic water-related point defects may be introduced throughout the crystal by volume and pipe diffusion.

  6. Vein matching using artificial neural network in vein authentication systems

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    Noori Hoshyar, Azadeh; Sulaiman, Riza

    2011-10-01

    Personal identification technology as security systems is developing rapidly. Traditional authentication modes like key; password; card are not safe enough because they could be stolen or easily forgotten. Biometric as developed technology has been applied to a wide range of systems. According to different researchers, vein biometric is a good candidate among other biometric traits such as fingerprint, hand geometry, voice, DNA and etc for authentication systems. Vein authentication systems can be designed by different methodologies. All the methodologies consist of matching stage which is too important for final verification of the system. Neural Network is an effective methodology for matching and recognizing individuals in authentication systems. Therefore, this paper explains and implements the Neural Network methodology for finger vein authentication system. Neural Network is trained in Matlab to match the vein features of authentication system. The Network simulation shows the quality of matching as 95% which is a good performance for authentication system matching.

  7. Textural evidence for quartz and feldspar dissolution as a mechanism of formation for Maggs Pipe, Zaaiplaats tin mine, South Africa

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    Pollard, P. J.; Taylor, R. G.; Tate, N. M.

    1989-07-01

    Shallowly plunging and branching pipe systems in Lease and Bobbejaankop Granite at the Zaaiplaats mine are host to major tin mineralization. Detailed textural study of Maggs Pipe indicates that dissolution of the granite was a major process in the formation of open space which provided permeability for the passage of hydrothermal fluids, and sites for the precipitation of ore and gangue minerals. The pipe formation process initiates with the dissolution of granite quartz and subsequently extends to feldspar dissolution, particularly in the central portion of Maggs Pipe. Spaces created by mineral dissolution are filled by hydrothermal phases and the relict feldspar matrix becomes progressively more altered toward the centre of the pipe. The distribution of alteration and infill minerals defines a zoning pattern which, from the outer margin to the central core, includes calcite-quartz, chlorite (± cassiterite, albite, fluorite) and synchisite-calcite zones. It is postulated that quartz and feldspar dissolution resulted from interaction between the granite and hydrothermal fluids containing alkali-chloride, -fluoride or -carbonate complexes which had separated from the granite magma during crystallization. Preliminary observations on several other pipes at Zaaiplaats indicate that quartz and feldspar dissolution was a major procress in forming the pipe systems.

  8. [The saphenous vein graft diseases].

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    Yavuz, Turhan; Kutsal, Ali

    2002-03-01

    Graft occlusions are the main problems that may arise during long-term follow-up period after coronary artery bypass surgery. Knowledge of pathologies developed in saphenous grafts and attempts to reduce their frequency are important for reduction of the incidence of saphenous graft vein occlusions. For today the patency rate for 10 years saphenous vein grafts are about 60%. Along with intraoperative technical factors, there are a lot of factors contributed to the development occlusion during long-term follow-up period. In this review we aimed to analyze the factors affecting saphenous vein pathologies and propose preventive measures. PMID:12101795

  9. Hydrothermal solidification of municipal solid waste incineration bottom ash with slag addition.

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    Jing, Zhenzi; Ran, Xianqiang; Jin, Fangming; Ishida, Emile H

    2010-01-01

    Hydrothermal solidification of municipal solid waste incineration (MSWI) bottom ash has been carried out under saturated steam pressure (1.56 MPa) at 200 degrees C for up to 24 h by mixing quartz, slaked lime and water-cooled blast furnace slag (WBFS). The strength enhancement for the WBFS addition was best. The strength development was shown to be due mainly to tobermorite formation, and the tobermorite formation densified matrix, thus promoting the strength development. WBFS seemed to have a higher reactivity than the quartz during the initial hydrothermal process, which provided more silica available to harden the solidified specimens. However, a longer curing time (24 h) was favorable to the quartz dissolution for tobermorite formation, which in turn, enhanced the strength for quartz addition. Curing time affected the crystal morphology evolution, and the stubby plate of tobermorite seemed to result in a high strength enhancement in this study. Laboratory leaching tests were conducted to determine the amount of heavy metals dissolved from the final solidified specimens, and the leaching results showed that after hydrothermal processing the heavy metals dissolved from the solidified specimens were reduced effectively. As such, the hydrothermal processing may have a high potential for recycling/reusing MSWI ash on a large scale. PMID:20385479

  10. Experimental calibration of a Ti-in-quartz thermobarometer: an overview for applications to mylonites

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    Thomas, Jay

    2013-04-01

    During the last decade several trace element thermometers (Ti-in-quartz, Ti-in-zircon, Zr-in-rutile and Zr-in-sphene) were developed at RPI by determining the solubilities of trace elements in minerals as a function of pressure and temperature. The Ti-in-quartz thermometer is of particular interest for potentially estimating the P-T conditions of ductile deformation in crustal rocks because quartz fabric development and microstructural formation has been extensively studied. In this presentation I will discuss the experimental approach and thermodynamic basis used to calibrate trace element solubilities for usage as trace element thermometers, and overview some fundamental considerations necessary to 'take the temperature of ductile deformation'. In our experiments quartz and rutile were crystallized at equilibrium from SiO2- and TiO2-saturated fluids (aqueous solutions, hydrous melts) so that TiO2 activity was unity during quartz crystallization. During growth, Ti4+ substituted for Si4+ on the tetrahedral site in quartz so that the quartz contained the equilibrium concentration of Ti for each P-T condition. In static sub-solidus quartzose systems metamorphosed at high temperature conditions, Ti solubility equilibrium in quartz crystals must be attained by Ti diffusion from a Ti-bearing source (e.g. rutile, garnet, ilmenite, etc.). Due to the low diffusivity of Ti and the timescales of thermal events, Ti solubility equilibrium may not be attained in some systems. There are few studies that have investigated the role of dynamic recrystallization in attaining solubility equilibrium (e.g. Behr and Platt 2011; Grujic et al. 2011; Kidder et al. 2013). Constraining TiO2 activity during deformation is particularly important. The presence of rutile during deformation does not necessarily guarantee unity TiO2 activity unless it crystallized during the deformation event of interest. Behr WM, Platt JP (2011) A naturally constrained stress profile through the middle crust in an extensional terrane. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 303, 181-192 Grujic D, Stipp M, Wooden JL (2011) Thermometry of quartz mylonites: Importance of dynamic recrystallization on Ti-in-quartz reequilibration. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 12, doi:10.1029/2010GC003368 Kidder S, Avouac J-P, Chan Y-C (2012) Application of titanium-in-quartz thermobarometry to greenschist facies veins and recrystallized quartzites in the Hsüehshan range, Taiwan. Solid Earth 4, 663-706

  11. Evolution of the magmatic-hydrothermal acid-sulfate system at Summitville, Colorado: Integration of geological, stable-isotope, and fluid-inclusion evidence

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    Bethke, P.M.; Rye, R.O.; Stoffregen, R.E.; Vikre, P.G.

    2005-01-01

    The Summitville Au-Ag-Cu deposit is a classic volcanic dome-hosted high-sulfidation deposit. It occurs in the Quartz Latite of South Mountain, a composite volcanic dome that was emplaced along the coincident margins of the Platoro and Summitville calderas at 22.5??0.5 Ma, penecontemporaneous with alteration and mineralization. A penecontemporaneous quartz monzonite porphyry intrusion underlies the district and is cut and overlain by pyrite-quartz stockwork veins with traces of chalcopyrite and molybdenite. Alteration and mineralization proceeded through three hypogene stages and a supergene stage, punctuated by at least three periods of hydrothermal brecciation. Intense acid leaching along fractures in the quartz latite produced irregular pipes and lenticular pods of vuggy silica enclosed sequentially by alteration zones of quartz-alunite, quartz-kaolinite, and clay. The acid-sulfate-altered rocks host subsequent covellite+enargite/luzonite+chalcopyrite mineralization accompanied by kaolinite, and later barite-base-metal veins, some containing high Au values and kaolinite. The presence of both liquid- and vapor-rich fluid inclusions indicates the episodic presence of a low-density fluid at all levels of the system. In the mineralized zone, liquid-rich fluid inclusions in healed fractures in quartz phenocrysts and in quartz associated with mineralization homogenize to temperatures between 160 and 390 ??C (90% between 190 and 310 ??C), consistent with the range (200-250 ??C) estimated from the fractionation of sulfur isotopes between coexisting alunite and pyrite. A deep alunite-pyrite pair yielded a sulfur-isotope temperature of 390 ??C, marking a transition from hydrostatic to lithostatic pressure at a depth of about 1.5 km. Two salinity populations dominate the liquid-rich fluid inclusions. One has salinities between 0 and 5 wt.% NaCl equivalent; the other has salinities of up to 43 wt.% NaCl equivalent. The occurrence of high-salinity fluid inclusions in vein quartz associated with mineralization, as well as in the deep stockwork veins, suggests that brines originating deep in the system transported the metals. The ??34S values of sulfides in magnetite (-2.3???) and of sulfate in apatite (5.4???) in unaltered quartz latite indicate that ??34S???S was near 0???. The ??34S values of coexisting alteration alunite and pyrite are 18.2??? to 24.5??? and -8.1??? to -2.2???, respectively. Deep in the system, most of the change in ??34S values occurs in the sulfates, indicating that the fluids were initially H2S-dominant, their redox state buffered at depth by equilibration with igneous rocks. However, in the main alteration zone, most of the change in ??34S values occurs in pyrite, indicating that the fluids moved off the rock buffer and became SO42- -dominant as pyrite precipitated and SO2 disproportionation produced the sulfuric acid requisite for acid leaching. The ??34S values of the late-stage barite and sulfides indicate that the system returned to high H2S/SO42- ratios typical of the original rock-buffered fluid. The ??DH2O of alunite parent fluids was near -45??? and their ??18O ranged from 7??? to -1???, depending on the degree of exchange in the alteration zone at low water-rock ratio, or mixing with unexchanged meteoric water. The low ??D values of some alunite samples are interpreted to result from postdepositional exchange with later ore fluids. Fluid exsolved fr om the magma at depth had ??DH2O and ??18OH2O values near -70??? and 10???, respectively. During and following migration to the top of the magma chamber, the fluid underwent isotopic exchange with the partially crystallized magma and its solid and cooler, but still plastic, carapace just below the transition from a lithostatic to hydrostatic pressure regime. These evolved magmatic fluids had ??DH2O and ??18OH2O values close to -40??? and 5???, respectively, prior to release into the superjacent hydrostatically pressured fracture zone, wherein the fluids separat

  12. Genesis of jadeite-quartz rocks in the Yorii area of the Kanto Mountains, Japan

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    Fukuyama, Mayuko; Ogasawara, Masatsugu; Horie, Kenji; Lee, Der-Chuen

    2013-02-01

    This paper reports the results of U-Pb dating and REE (rare earth element) analysis of zircons separated from jadeite-quartz rocks within serpentinite mélanges in the Yorii area of the Kanto Mountains, Japan. These rocks contain jadeite, albite, and quartz, with minor aegirine-augite, zircon, monazite, thorite, allanite, and titanite. Mineral textures provide evidence of a jadeite + quartz = albite reaction during formation of these jadeite-quartz rocks. Zircon crystals separated from the jadeite-quartz rocks can be split into two distinct types, here named Types I and II, based on their morphology and REE concentrations. Type I zircons are prismatic and have fluid, jadeite, quartz, and albite inclusions. Those show positive Ce and negative Eu anomalies and HREE (heavy rare earth element) enriched chondrite normalized REE patterns and have higher REE concentrations than those generally found in magmatic zircons. Type I zircons would have precipitated from a fluid. Mineralogical observation provides that Type I zircon crystallized at the same timing of the formation of the jadeite-quartz rocks. Type II zircons are porous and have REE patterns indicative of a hydrothermal zircon. Both types of zircons are fluid-related. Type I zircons yield U-Pb ages of 162.2 ± 0.6 Ma, with an MSWD (mean square weighted deviation) of 1.4. At this time, Japan was still a part of the eastern margin of the Asian continent, with the subduction of the oceanic paleo-Pacific Plate leading to the formation of the Jurassic Mino-Tanba-Chichibu accretionary complex in Japan. The age data indicate that the jadeite-quartz rocks formed in a deep subduction zone environment at the same time as the formation of the Jurassic accretionary complex in a shallower near-trench subduction zone environment. The jadeite-quartz rocks contain high concentrations of Zr and Nb, with low LILE (large ion lithophile elements) concentrations, suggesting that the HFSE (high field strength elements) can be concentrated into jadeite-quartz rocks prior to a fluid moving up into the mantle wedge. Typical arc volcanic rocks are depleted in the HFSE, suggesting that the high HFSE concentrations within jadeite-quartz rocks are consistent with fluids being stripped of their HFSE prior to interaction with mantle material during the formation of arc magmas. Although these jadeite-bearing rocks are rare occurrences on the surface exposure, they could be abundant in or above subducted slabs.

  13. The Trans-Atlantic Geotraverse hydrothermal field: A hydrothermal system on an active detachment fault

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    Humphris, Susan E.; Tivey, Margaret K.; Tivey, Maurice A.

    2015-11-01

    Over the last ten years, geophysical studies have revealed that the Trans-Atlantic Geotraverse (TAG) hydrothermal field (26°08‧N on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge) is located on the hanging wall of an active detachment fault. This is particularly important in light of the recognition that detachment faulting accounts for crustal accretion/extension along a significant portion of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and that the majority of confirmed vent sites on this slow-spreading ridge are hosted on detachment faults. The TAG hydrothermal field is one of the largest sites of high-temperature hydrothermal activity and mineralization found to date on the seafloor, and is comprised of active and relict deposits in different stages of evolution. The episodic nature of hydrothermal activity over the last 140 ka provides strong evidence that the complex shape and geological structure of the active detachment fault system exerts first order, but poorly understood, influences on the hydrothermal circulation patterns, fluid chemistry, and mineral deposition. While hydrothermal circulation extracts heat from a deep source region, the location of the source region at TAG is unknown. Hydrothermal upflow is likely focused along the relatively permeable detachment fault interface at depth, and then the high temperature fluids leave the low-angle portion of the detachment fault and rise vertically through the highly fissured hanging wall to the seafloor. The presence of abundant anhydrite in the cone on the summit of the TAG active mound and in veins in the crust beneath provides evidence for a fluid circulation system that entrains significant amounts of seawater into the shallow parts of the mound and stockwork. Given the importance of detachment faulting for crustal extension at slow spreading ridges, the fundamental question that still needs to be addressed is: How do detachment fault systems, and the structure at depth associated with these systems (e.g., presence of plutons and/or high permeability zones) influence the pattern of hydrothermal circulation, mineral deposition, and fluid chemistry, both in space and time, within slowly accreted ocean crust?

  14. Stable isotope compositions of quartz pebbles and their fluid inclusions as tracers of sediment provenance: Implications for gold- and uranium-bearing quartz pebble conglomerates

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    Vennemann, Torsten W.; Kesler, Stephen E.; O'Neil, James R.

    1992-09-01

    Oxygen isotope compositions of pebbles from late Archean to paleo-Proterozoic gold- and/or uranium-bearing oligomictic quartz pebble conglomerates of the Witwatersrand district, South Africa, and Huronian Supergroup, Canada, were determined in an attempt to define the nature of the source terrain. The δ18O values of quartz pebbles within any one sample typically vary by ˜4‰ or more, but occasionally by as much as 8‰, even for adjacent pebbles within the same hand specimen. In addition, adjacent quartz pebbles of widely contrasting δ18O values also preserve distinct isotopic signatures of their fluid inclusions. This overall heterogeneity suggests that the pebbles did not undergo significant oxygen isotope exchange after incorporation in the conglomerates. Therefore, oxygen isotope analyses of such quartz pebbles, in combination with a detailed investigation of their mineral and fluid inclusions, can provide a useful method for characterizing pebble populations and hence dominant sediment source modes. The δ18O values of quartz pebbles from the uranium-bearing Huronian ores are normally distributed about a mean of 10.2‰; several outliers have δ18O values <6‰ and one has a δ18O of 14.6‰. In contrast, values of the pebbles from the gold- and uranium-bearing ores of the Witwatersrand define a platykurtic distribution skewed toward higher δ18O values (mean 11.4‰). Comparison with δ18O values of quartz from Archean granites, pegmatites, and mesothermal greenstone gold veins, i.e., δ18O values of sources commonly proposed for the conglomerate ores, suggests that uranium is derived from a granitic source, whereas gold has a mesothermal greenstone gold source. Low δ18O values of chert pebbles (9‰ to 11.5‰) relative to those expected for Archean and Proterozoic marine cherts (commonly ≥17‰) effectively exclude marine cherts, and, therefore, auriferous iron formations and exhalatives, as likely sources of gold.

  15. Quartz resources in the Serra de Santa Helena formation, Brazil: A geochemical and technological study

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    Santos, Murilo Ferreira Marques dos; Fujiwara, Eric; Schenkel, Egont Alexandre; Enzweiler, Jacinta; Suzuki, Carlos Kenichi

    2014-12-01

    This study presents an evaluation of Brazilian quartz deposits of Corinto and Olhos D'água, in Minas Gerais State, as potential high purity raw material for the production of silica glass. Both deposits are part of the Serra de Santa Helena formation, which holds other quartz deposits. Several quartz samples from these mines were analyzed to evaluate their chemical purity, by determination of the content of trace elements by ICP-MS after acid digestion. The technological characteristics of the ores after flame-fusion into silica glass were evaluated according to their bubble generation and UV transparency. The results indicate that silica glass with chemistry suitable for crucible applications can be obtained from materials of both mines, and even optical grade silica glass can be manufactured using transparent ore from one of the mines. In addition, this work explores the trace elements composition of each mine, as well as their fluid inclusions, and characterizes the mines as being of hydrothermal origin. Small differences in the physical and chemical characteristics of quartz that could affect the technological behavior of the ores are related to the geological history of the mines and provide interesting insights regarding the exploration of other quartz resources within the same geological formation.

  16. Geometric Analysis of Vein Fracture Networks From the Awibengkok Core, Indonesia

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    Khatwa, A.; Bruhn, R. L.; Brown, S. R.

    2003-12-01

    Fracture network systems within rocks are important features for the transportation and remediation of hazardous waste, oil and gas production, geothermal energy extraction and the formation of vein fillings and ore deposits. A variety of methods, including computational and laboratory modeling have been employed to further understand the dynamic nature of fractures and fracture systems (e.g. Ebel and Brown, this session). To substantiate these studies, it is also necessary to analyze the characteristics and morphology of naturally occurring vein systems. The Awibengkok core from a geothermal system in West Java, Indonesia provided an excellent opportunity to study geometric and petrologic characteristics of vein systems in volcanic rock. Vein minerals included chlorite, calcite, quartz, zeolites and sulphides. To obtain geometric data on the veins, we employed a neural net image processing technique to analyze high-resolution digital photography of the veins. We trained a neural net processor to map the extent of the vein using RGB pixel training classes. The resulting classification image was then converted to a binary image file and processed through a MatLab program that we designed to calculate vein geometric statistics, including aperture and roughness. We also performed detailed petrographic and microscopic geometric analysis on the veins to determine the history of mineralization and fracturing. We found that multi-phase mineralization due to chemical dissolution and re-precipitation as well as mechanical fracturing was a common feature in many of the veins and that it had a significant role for interpreting vein tortuosity and history of permeability. We used our micro- and macro-scale observations to construct four hypothetical permeability models that compliment the numerical and laboratory modeled data reported by Ebel and Brown. In each model, permeability changes, and in most cases fluctuates, differently over time as the tortuosity and aperture of veins are affected by the precipitation, dissolution, and re-precipitation of minerals, and also by mechanical fracturing. In all of our cases we interpret a first-phase mineral dissolution stage where permeability gradually declines as the vein is blocked by inward growing minerals. Hereafter, permeability may briefly increase with the onset of internal fracturing within the vein or by a phase of mineral dissolution opening up new pathways for fluid flow. Eventually we infer that permeability will decline again as second stage minerals are deposited in the fluid flow pathways.

  17. Deltoid Branch of Thoracoacromial Vein

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    Su, Ta-Wei; Wu, Ching-Feng; Fu, Jui-Ying; Ko, Po-Jen; Yu, Sheng-Yueh; Kao, Tsung-Chi; Hsieh, Hong-Chang; Wu, Ching-Yang

    2015-01-01

    Abstract An entry vessel is crucial for intravenous port implantation. A safe alternative entry vessel that can be easily explored is crucial for patients without feasible cephalic vein or for those who need port reimplantation because of disease relapse. In this study, we tried to analyze the safety and feasibility of catheter implantation via the deltoid branch of the thoracoacromial vein. From March 2012 to November 2013, 802 consecutive oncology patients who had received intravenous port implantation via the superior vena cava were enrolled in this study. The functional results and complications of different entry vessels were compared. The majority of patients (93.6%) could be identified as thoracoacromial vessel. The deltoid branch of the thoracoacromial vein is located on the medial aspect of the deltopectoral groove beneath the pectoralis major muscle (85.8%) and in the deep part of the deltopectoral groove (14.2%). Due to the various calibers employed and tortuous routes followed, we utilized 3 different methods for catheter implantation, including vessel cutdown (47.4%), wire assisted (17.9%), and modified puncture method (34.6%). The functional results and complication rate were similar to other entry vessels. The deltoid branch of the thoracoacromial vein is located in the neighborhood of the cephalic vein. The functional results of intravenous port implantation via the deltoid branch of the thoracoacromial vein are similar to other entry vessels. It is a safe alternative entry vessel for intravenous port implantation. PMID:25929903

  18. A Single-Crystalline Mesoporous Quartz Superlattice.

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    Matsuno, Takamichi; Kuroda, Yoshiyuki; Kitahara, Masaki; Shimojima, Atsushi; Wada, Hiroaki; Kuroda, Kazuyuki

    2016-05-10

    There has been significant interest in the crystallization of nanostructured silica into α-quartz because of its physicochemical properties. We demonstrate a single-crystalline mesoporous quartz superlattice, a silica polymorph with unprecedentedly ordered hierarchical structures on both the several tens of nanometers scale and the atomic one. The mesoporous quartz superlattice consists of periodically arranged α-quartz nanospheres whose crystalline axes are mostly oriented in an assembly. The superlattice is prepared by thermal crystallization of amorphous silica nanospheres constituting a colloidal crystal. We found that the deposition of a strong flux of Li(+) only on the surface of silica nanospheres is effective for crystallization. PMID:27060365

  19. Hydrothermal alteration in oceanic ridge volcanics: A detailed study at the Galapagos Fossil Hydrothermal Field

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    Ridley, W.I.; Perfit, M.R.; Josnasson, I.R.; Smith, M.F.

    1994-01-01

    The Galapagos Fossil Hydrothermal Field is composed of altered oceanic crust and extinct hydrothermal vents within the eastern Galapagos Rift between 85??49???W and 85??55???W. The discharge zone of the hydrothermal system is revealed along scarps, thus providing an opportunity to examine the uppermost mineralized, and highly altered interior parts of the crust. Altered rocks collected in situ by the submersible ALVIN show complex concentric alteration zones. Microsamples of individual zones have been analysed for major/minor, trace elements, and strontium isotopes in order to describe the complex compositional details of the hydrothermal alteration. Interlayered chlorite-smectite and chlorite with disequilibrium compositions dominate the secondary mineralogy as replacement phases of primary glass and acicular pyroxene. Phenocrysts and matrix grains of plagioclase are unaffected during alteration. Using a modification of the Gresens' equation we demonstrate that the trivalent rare earth elements (REEs) are relatively immobile, and calculate degrees of enrichment and depletion in other elements. Strontium isotopic ratios increase as Sr concentrations decrease from least-altered cores to most-altered rims and cross-cutting veins in individual samples, and can be modeled by open system behaviour under low fluid-rock ratio (< 10) conditions following a period of lower-temperature weathering of volcanics within the rift zone. The complex patterns of element enrichment and depletion and strontium isotope variations indicate mixing between pristine seawater and ascending hot fluids to produce a compositional spectrum of fluids. The precipitation of base-metal sulfides beneath the seafloor is probably a result of fluid mixing and cooling. If, as suggested here, the discharge zone alteration occurred under relatively low fluid-rock ratios, then this shallow region must play an important role in determining the exit composition of vent fluids in marine hydrothermal systems. ?? 1994.

  20. Hydrothermal alteration in oceanic ridge volcanics: A detailed study at the Galapagos Fossil Hydrothermal Field

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    Ridley, W.I.; Perfit, M.R.; Smith, M.F.; Jonasson, I.R.

    1994-06-01

    The Galapagos Fossil Hydrothermal Field is composed of altered oceanic crust and extinct hydrothermal vents within the eastern Galapagos Rift between 85{degree}49 feet W and 85{degree} 55 feet W. The discharge zone of the hydrothermal system is revealed along scarps, thus providing an opportunity to examine the uppermost mineralized, and highly altered interior parts of the crust. Altered rocks collected in situ by the submersible ALVIN show complex concentric alteration zones. Microsamples of individual zones have been analysed for major/minor, trace elements, and strontium isotopes in order to describe the complex compositional details of the hydrothermal alteration. Interlayered chlorite-smectite and chlorite with disequilibrium compositions dominate the secondary mineralogy as replacement phases of primary glass and acicular pyroxene. Phenocrysts and matrix grains of plagioclase are unaffected during alteration. Using a modification of the Gresens` equation we demonstrate that the trivalent rare earth elements (REEs) are relatively immobile, and calculate degrees of enrichment and depletion in other elements. Strontium isotopic ratios increase as Sr concentrations decrease from least-altered cores to most-altered rims and cross-cutting veins in individual samples, and can be modeled by open system behaviour under low fluid-rock ratio (<10) conditions following a period of lower-temperature weathering of volcanics within the rift zone. The complex patterns of element enrichment and depletion and strontium isotope variations indicate mixing between pristine seawater and ascending hot fluids to produce a compositional spectrum of fluids. If, as suggested here, the discharge zone alteration occurred under relatively low fluid-rock ratios, then this shallow region must play an important role in determining the exit composition of vent fluids in marine hydrothermal systems. 50 refs., 10 figs., 4 tabs.

  1. Exsolved magmatic fluid and its role in the formation of comb-layered quartz at the Cretaceous Logtung W-Mo deposit, Yukon Territory, Canada

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    Lowenstern, J. B.; Sinclair, W.D.

    1996-01-01

    Comb-layered quartz is a type of unidirectional solidification texture found at the roofs of shallow silicic intrusions that are often associated spatially with Mo and W mineralisation. The texture consists of multiple layers of euhedral, prismatic quartz crystals (Type I) that have grown on subplanar aplite substrates. The layers are separated by porphyritic aplite containing equant phenocrysts of quartz (Type II), which resemble quartz typical of volcanic rocks and porphyry intrusions. At Logtung, Type I quartz within comb layers is zoned with respect to a number of trace elements, including Al and K. Concentrations of these elements as well as Mn, Ti, Ge, Rb and H are anomalous and much higher than found in Type II quartz from Logtung or in igneous quartz reported elsewhere. The two populations appear to have formed under different conditions. The Type II quartz phenocrysts almost certainly grew from a high-silica melt between 600 and 800??C (as ??-quartz); in contrast, the morphology of Type I quartz is consistent with precipitation from a hydrothermal solution, possibly as ??-quartz grown below 600??C. The bulk compositions of comb-layered rocks, as well as the aplite interlayers, are consistent with the hypothesis that these textures did not precipitate solely from a crystallising silicate melt. Instead, Type I quartz may have grown from pockets of exsolved magmatic fluid located between the magma and its crystallised border. The Type II quartz represents pre-existing phenocrysts in the underlying magma; this magma was quenched to aplite during fracturing/degassing events. Renewed and repeated formation and disruption of the pockets of exsolved aqueous fluid accounts for the rhythmic banding of the rocks.

  2. Quartz-tourmaline orbicules: Record of magmatic melt immiscibility in the Land's End granite, SW England

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    Drivenes, Kristian; Larsen, Rune; Müller, Axel; Sorensen, Bjorn; Wiedenbeck, Michael; Raanes, Morten

    2014-05-01

    Spherical quartz-tourmaline aggregations are a common sight throughout the Cornubian batholith in SW England. In the outer parts of the Land's End granite smaller rounded orbicules occur in a coarse-grained megacrystic biotite granite. The interior parts of the orbicules show poikilittic textures with fine-grained euhedral quartz chadacrysts enclosed by skeletal tourmaline oikocrysts, with outer zones showing typical replacement textures. Cathodoluminescence of quartz show at least two growth stages after the megacrystic stage. The quartz phenocrysts show an even, concentric zoning pattern, sometimes with a darker core indicating growth during stable physiochemical conditions. The orbicular quartz is strongly zoned with bright cores and darker rims, similar to the fine-grained quartz in the granite matrix. Ti content of quartz corresponds to the CL zoning, with 125 - 180 µg/g in the bright cores and 60 - 80 in the darker main stage orbicular quartz. Tourmaline in the orbicules is weakly zoned form dark to pale brown, but the zoning is more pronounced compared to tourmaline in the granite matrix. Chemically, both are well within the schorl field, and cannot be differentiated based on major elements. The B-isotope signature is also overlapping. Matrix tourmaline has higher Sc and V content, but lower Nb, Ta and Sn, and matrix and orbicule tourmaline can be distinguished using trace elements. The geometry and composition of the orbicules is difficult to explain by fractional crystallization alone, since the total FeO content of the granite is low, and Fe is bound primarily to magmatic phases such as ilmenite and biotite. A prolonged fractional crystallization sequence would have depleted the magma in respect to Fe, and Fe derived from breakdown of nearby biotite is not sufficient to stabilize orbicule tourmaline. Orbicular tourmaline is conspicuously different, both chemically and texturally, from the typical hydrothermal tourmaline in the area, and replacement by an extrinsic hydrothermal fluid is unlikely. We propose that the orbicules formed from an immiscible hydrous B-Fe rich melt that coalesced to the orbicules, and crystallized in a eutectic manner during the last stages of crystallization.

  3. Hydrothermal Alteration in Submarine Basaltic Rocks from the Reykjanes Geothermal Field, Iceland. (Invited)

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    Zierenberg, R. A.; Schiffman, P.; Fowler, A. P.; Marks, N.; Fridleifsson, G.; Elders, W. A.

    2013-12-01

    The Iceland Deep Drilling Project (IDDP) is preparing to drill to 4-5 km in the Reykjanes Geothermal Field to sample geothermal fluids at supercritical temperature and pressure for power generation. The Reykjanes geothermal field is the on-land extension of the Reykjanes Ridge spreading center. The upper 1-2 kilometers drilled at Reykjanes are submarine basalts and basaltic sediments, hyalloclastites, and breccias, with an increasing proportion of basaltic intrusive rocks below 2 km depth. Geothermal fluids are evolved seawater with a composition similar to mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal systems. Zn- and Cu-rich sulfide scale, locally enriched in Au and Ag, are deposited in production pipes. The sulfide deposits are compositionally and isotopically similar to seafloor massive sulfides. In anticipation of deeper drilling, we have investigated the mineralogy and geochemistry of drill cuttings from a 3 km deep well (RN-17). The depth zoning of alteration minerals is similar to that described from other Icelandic geothermal fields, and is comparable to observed seafloor metamorphic gradients in ODP drill holes and ophiolites. Chlorite-epidote alteration occurs at depths >400 m and passes downhole through epidote-actinolite alteration and into amphibole facies (hornblende-calcic plagioclase) alteration below 2.5 km. Local zones of high temperature (>800°C), granoblastic-textured, pyroxene hornfels, are interpreted to form by contact metamorphism during dike/sill emplacement. Similar granoblasically altered basalts were recovered from the base of the sheeted dikes in IODP Hole 1256D. Downhole compositional variations of drill cuttings, collected every 50 m, suggest that rocks below ~ 2 km are little altered. Whole-rock oxygen isotope profiles are consistent with low water/rock ratios, but suggest that early stages of hydrothermal alteration included meteoric water-derived fluids. Strontium isotope profiles indicate more extensive exchange with seawater-derived fluids. Drill core collected (100% recovery) at an in situ temperature of 320°C from an inclined off-set hole drilled from RN-17 provides a sharp contrast to the drill cuttings. Original rock textures, including fine-scale banding and quenched crystals in hyalloclastite, are very well preserved, but the core is pervasively altered to amphibole-calcic plagioclase. Fluid inclusions in epidote veins record episodes of seawater boiling, and zonation of strontium isotopes across the veins indicates changing seawater-rock ratios, both of which may relate to dike emplacement. The compositional variation observed in 9 m of drill core far exceeds the compositional variation the lowermost km of drill cuttings. Different areas of the core show addition and depletion of silica, alkalies, and magnesium. The cuttings are highly biased due to selective recovery of relatively fresh igneous plagioclase and pyroxene crystals from intrusive bodies, and resistant alteration minerals such as vein quartz and epidote are more abundant in the cuttings relative to the core. Selective recovery of less altered rock during ocean drilling operations is a known problem, but the recovered core may be less representative of the degree of alteration than is generally appreciated.

  4. The origin of massive hydrothermal alterations: what drives fluid flow?

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    Gomez-Rivas, Enrique; Bons, Paul D.; Martín-Martín, Juan-Diego; Corbella, Mercè; Stafford, Sherry L.; Griera, Albert; Teixell, Antonio; Salas, Ramón; Travé, Anna

    2014-05-01

    Hydrothermal alterations form when fluids warmer than the host rocks flow through them dissolving and precipitating minerals. These fluids typically flow upwards from deeper geologic units using faults as major conduits. In some cases, hydrothermal alterations affect large (km-scale) rock volumes. One example of such process is the massive high-temperature dolostones that crop out at the Benicàssim outcrop analogue (Maestrat Basin, E Spain). In this area, seismic-scale fault-controlled stratabound dolostone bodies extend over several kilometres away from large-scale faults, replacing Lower Cretaceous limestones. The fluid responsible for such alteration is a seawater-derived brine that interacted with underlying Permian-Triassic and Paleozoic basement rocks. The estimated volume of fluid required to produce the Benicàssim dolomitization is huge, with fluid-rock ratios in the order of several tens to a few hundreds, depending on composition and reaction temperature (Gomez-Rivas et al., 2014). An open key question is what brought this warm fluid (80 - 150 ºC) upwards to a depth of less than 1 km, where the dolomitization reaction took place. The driving forces should have been able not only to provide sufficient fluid volumes at shallow depths but also to heat up the whole host rock, including the non-replaced limestones. There are two hyphoteses for driving a warm fluid upwards in the Maestrat Basin: (a) rapid release through faults of overpressured solutions in recurrent pulses and (b) thermal convection. We present a series of heat and fluid flow numerical simulations to constrain the dolomitization conditions under these two end-member cases. The results indicate that in a pulsating model the fluid must flow upwards at velocities higher than cm/s to keep their elevated temperature. Otherwise they cool down quickly, and the host rocks cannot be heated. Such velocities can be reached if the fluid flow velocity equals that of fracture propagation, as in mobile hydrofractures (Bons, 2001). The main question is whether fast flow leaves recognizable signs, like hydrofractures of different scales and hydraulic breccias. We estimate fluid pressures reached at the reaction site, and discuss whether they are high enough to break the host rock, according to its petrophysical properties. Thermal convection could have driven pervasive fluid flow at lower flow rates, keeping the fluid warm and allowing time for the rock to react. But this mechanism would have required a shallow and very large intrusion or an anomalous geothermal gradient in order to activate flow by convection. This contribution presents a quantitative analysis of these hypotheses, and discusses their plausibility. Bons, P.D., 2001. The formation of large quartz veins by rapid ascent of fluids in mobile hydrofractures. Tectonophysics 336, 1-17. Gomez-Rivas, E., Corbella, M., Martín-Martín, J.D., Stafford, S.L., Teixell, A., Bons, P.D., Griera, A. and Cardellach, E. 2014. Reactivity of dolomitizing fluids and Mg source evaluation of fault-controlled dolomitization at the Benicàssim outcrop analogue (Maestrat Basin, E Spain). Marine and Petroleum Geology, in press.

  5. Quartz-sericite and argillic alterations at the Peschanka Cu-Mo-Au deposit, Chukchi Peninsula, Russia

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    Marushchenko, L. I.; Baksheev, I. A.; Nagornaya, E. V.; Chitalin, A. F.; Nikolaev, Yu. N.; Kal'ko, I. A.; Prokofiev, V. Yu.

    2015-05-01

    The porphyry Peschanka copper-molybdenum-gold deposit and the Nakhodka ore field located in the Baimka ore trend on the western Chukchi Peninsula are spatially related to monzonitic rocks of the Early Cretaceous Egdykgych Complex. Two types of quartz-sericite metasomatic rocks (QSR) have been identified at both the deposits and the ore field: (I) chlorite-quartz-muscovite rock with bornite and chalcopyrite (porphyry type) and (II) tourmaline-quartz-carbonate-muscovite ± phengite rock accompanied by veins with base-metal mineralization (subepithermal or transitional type), as well as carbonate-quartz-illite rock (argillic alteration) accompanied by veins with precious metal mineralization (epithermal type). The QSR I chlorite evolves from chamosite to clinochlore, which is caused by increasing H2S activity in mineralizing fluid and precipitation of sulfide minerals. The QSR I clinochlore is significantly depleted in silica as compared with that from the rocks affected by argillic alteration. The chemical composition of muscovite from both quartz-sericite alterations is similar. The QSR II carbonates evolve from calcite through dolomite to siderite, which results from the increasing activity of CO2 followed by the decreasing activity of H2S in mineralizing fluid. The Mn content in dolomite is similar to that in beresite (quartz-muscovite-carbonate-pyrite metasomatic rock) of the intrusion-related gold deposits. Illite from argillic alteration is depleted in Al as compared with that of postvolcanic epithermal Au-Ag deposits. However, carbonates from the discussed argillic alteration rhodochrosite and Mn-rich dolomite are similar to those from quartz-illite rock at postvolcanic epithermal Au-Ag deposits.

  6. Uranium-Series Geochronology of Hydrothermal Deposits, Dixie Valley, Nevada

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    Dixon, E.; Murrell, M.; Goff, F.; Goldstein, S.

    2003-12-01

    Uranium-series dating of hydrothermal calcite, opal and quartz has been undertaken to help understand fluid transport and the timing of hydrothermal events associated with faulting in the Dixie Valley region. The Dixie Valley active geothermal system is located 160 km NE of Fallon in west-central Nevada within the Basin and Range tectonic province, and is fed by geothermal fluids arising from about 3000m depth. The fluid rises through faults and fractures associated with extension of the Stillwater fault system. A total of 14 samples comprised of travertine, or interlayered calcite, opal and quartz, were obtained from four deposits (groups 1-3, 5) along the valley. Samples were purified by handpicking, and where applicable, were separated into calcite, quartz or opal-rich fractions (20 separates in total). Samples were digested, spiked, and purified following standard methods. Uranium and some thorium measurements were obtained using a Micromass Sector54 TIMS equipped with a WARP filter. Many of the thorium measurements were obtained with a GV Isoprobe MC-ICP in the "soft extract" mode using the Cetac Aridus nebulizer. The Isoprobe provided greatly improved sensitivity and accuracy relative to the TIMS instrument. Uranium concentrations in quartz, opal and calcite separates range from 0.001 ppm to 1.227 ppm, and Th from 0.0001 to 3.278 ppm. Ages were obtained from isochron plots of calcite-opal/quartz pairs, or from a given group of samples assumed to share the same initial or detrital 230Th/238U and 234U/238U. The resulting preliminary ages are: Group 1: 5 ka; Group 2: 4 ka and 5 ka; Group 3: 97 ka; Group 5: 4.7 ka and 0.4 ka. The relatively young ages close to 5 ka for most samples from Groups 1, 2, and 5 are consistent with expectations based on the presence of active fumaroles that indicate a current heat source, as well as geologic observations for recent faulting that has provided conduits for fluid flow. The older age of 97 ka from group 3 travertine deposit is also consistent with expectations, as cold seeps and the absence of fumaroles indicate a lesser degree hydrothermal activity. These results show that U-series chronology is an important tool for understanding the longevity of hydrothermal systems and the time-scales of fluid-flow in the crust.

  7. Geological setting and timing of the cassiterite vein type mineralization of the Kalima area (Maniema, Democratic Republic of Congo)

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    Dewaele, S.; Muchez, Ph; Burgess, R.; Boyce, A.

    2015-12-01

    The Central African Mesoproterozoic Karagwe-Ankole belt in the Great Lakes area (DRCongo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Tanzania) forms a metallogenic province that hosts a variety of granite-related mineralization, which contains cassiterite, columbite-tantalite, wolframite/ferberite, spodumene and beryl. The Kalima area in the Maniema province of the DRCongo forms one of the most important areas for cassiterite mineralization in the eastern part of the DRCongo, even after many decades of exploitation. The mineralization dominantly consists of quartz veins that are hosted in Mesoproterozoic metasediments at the contact with granitic rocks of the Kalima granite (Avuanga and Yubuli) or directly crosscutting these granitic rocks (Atondo). Only limited - and mainly unmineralized pegmatites - have been described in the Lutshurukuru area. Mineralized quartz veins - and some granite bodies - intruded following the regional tectonic foliation or existing fracture zones, confirming the late-to post-tectonic origin of the fertile granite system. The emplacement of the quartz veins resulted in an alteration of the metasedimentary and granitic host-rocks, mainly resulting in muscovitization, tourmalinization and silicification. Cassiterite itself formed relatively late during vein formation and is associated with muscovite in fractures in or along the margins of the quartz veins. 40Ar-39Ar age dating of muscovite of an unmineralized pegmatite from the Lutshurukuru area gave an excellent plateau age of 1024 ± 5.5 Ma, while the muscovite associated with mineralization gave plateau ages of 986 ± 5.3 Ma for the Atondo deposit and 992.4 ± 5.4 Ma for the Yubuli deposit. The rather large spread in ages between the supposed parental granite/pegmatite and quartz veins is interpreted to reflect different magmatic events in the evolution of a composite granite system, starting at ∼1020 Ma and ending with mineralized quartz vein formation at ∼990 Ma. The latter age corresponds with the U-Pb age reported for columbite-tantalite in the area (993 ± 1 Ma at Kamisuku), which could be interpreted as the primary formation age of a new generation of mineralized pegmatites in the Kalima area, or as the resetting age of the U-Pb system during the ∼990 Ma mineralizing event. Muscovite of a mineralized greisen sample of Avuanga gave a plateau age with relaxed constraints of 1010.3 ± 5.9 Ma, which has been interpreted as a partially resetting of muscovite formed at ∼1020 Ma age, during the ∼990 Ma event.

  8. Different carbon reservoirs of auriferous fluids in African Archean and Proterozoic gold deposits? Constraints from stable carbon isotopic compositions of quartz-hosted CO2-rich fluid inclusions

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    Lüders, Volker; Klemd, Reiner; Oberthür, Thomas; Plessen, Birgit

    2015-04-01

    Stable carbon (and when present, nitrogen) isotope ratios of fluid inclusions in quartz from selected gold deposits in Ghana and Zimbabwe have been analyzed using a crushing device interfaced to an isotopic ratio mass spectrometer (IRMS) in order to constrain possible sources of the auriferous fluids. The study revealed a striking difference in stable carbon isotopic compositions of CO2 in quartz-hosted fluid inclusions from Archean and Paleoproterozoic orogenic gold deposits and points to diverse sources of CO2 in the studied deposits. Whether this finding can be generalized for other Archean and Proterozoic orogenic gold deposits worldwide remains open. However, a significant CO2 contribution by mantle degassing can be ruled out for every deposit studied. Devolatilization of greenstone belt rocks is the most likely source for CO2 in some Archean Au deposits in Zimbabwe, whereas CO2 in Proterozoic vein-type Au deposits in the West African Craton is most likely derived from Corg-bearing metasedimentary rocks. The δ13CCO2 values of high-density CO2-rich, water-poor inclusions hosted in quartz pebbles from the world-class Au-bearing conglomerate deposits at Tarkwa (Ghana) differ considerably from the δ13CCO2 values of similar high-density CO2-rich inclusions in vein quartz from the giant Ashanti deposit (Ghana) and disprove the idea of derivation of the Tarkwaian quartz (and gold?) from an older equivalent to the Ashanti vein-type gold deposit.

  9. Weathering and hydrothermal alteration of basalts in Iceland: mineralogy from VNIR, TIR, XRD, and implications for Mars

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    Ehlmann, B. L.; Mustard, J. F.; Bish, D. L.

    2009-12-01

    Recent orbital investigations have revealed that aqueous alteration on early Mars took place in diverse alteration environments indicated by distinctive assemblages of minerals (Murchie et al., 2009, JGR). There is growing evidence for past diagenetic or low-temperature/pressure hydrothermal activity on Mars at neutral to alkaline pH, indicated by the presence of Fe/Mg smectites, chlorite, prehnite, serpentine, opaline silica, and zeolites such as analcime in Noachian terrains (Ehlmann et al., 2009, JGR). In recent investigations of terrestrial Mars analog sites, neutral to alkaline pH alteration of basalt, both pedogenic and hydrothermal, has been understudied in favor of sulfur-rich, acidic systems including those at the Hawaiian volcanoes and Rio Tinto, Spain. We began study of the alteration of basalt lava flows in Iceland as a geochemical analog for Noachian Mars. Because the basaltic bedrock is recently formed (<16Ma) with few localities of more highly evolved composition and has poorly formed soils and spare vegetation, the ground and surface waters are broadly similar to those which might have existed on Noachian Mars. Iceland has a variety of geothermal spring systems--low T, low S; low T, high S; and high T, high S--each of which creates distinctive mineralogic assemblages. Here we examine rocks of the Hvalfjordur peninsula, collected from basalt flows that were in some places altered at the surface by pedogenesis and in other locations were hydrothermally altered by non-sulfurous groundwater circulation (low T, low S) following the emplacement of a later hot basalt flow. Rock samples were surveyed in the field using a portable VNIR spectrometer. Altered and unaltered rocks that were typical for the locality were collected as were altered rocks whose spectra were most similar to those measured by CRISM from Mars orbit. Ten rocks were ultimately selected for detailed laboratory analyses: zeolitized basaltic rocks bearing minerals including analcime and thomsonite, basalts with silica/quartz-bearing veins, basalts bearing celadonite, and basalts partially altered to montmorillonite, Fe/Mg smectite, or mixed smectite-chlorite. Analyses included: (1) measurement of reflectance spectra of the whole rock by the ASD; (2) measurement of VNIR and TIR spectra in RELAB of particle-size separates (<25um and <125um) derived from the bulk rock and from precipitated minerals extracted from the vesicles; (3) measurement of X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns, including quantitative XRD; and (4) electron microprobe chemical analyses. These data emulate orbital data from CRISM, OMEGA, and TES, which detect the infrared active components, linked to in-situ data on whole rock modal mineralogy such as will be measured by the ChemMin instrument on the MSL rover.

  10. Progressive hydrothermal alteration of feldspars from the Comstock Lode Region, Nevada: Submicron elemental imaging by Time of Flight-SIMS

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    Handler, M. R.; Vicenzi, E. P.; Sorensen, S. S.

    2002-05-01

    Time of Flight-Secondary Ionization Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) allows elemental mapping and depth profiling at lateral and depth resolutions of several hundred nanometers, with near-simultaneous acquisition of the entire elemental mass range and extending to larger hydrocarbon molecules. ToF-SIMS has been greatly utilized by surface scientists, but has rarely been used in terrestrial geosciences (e.g. [1]). Essentially a surface imaging technique, with shallow depth profiling abilities, it is ideal for investigating the distribution of elements and molecules (e.g. OH) on mineral surfaces, thin films [1], around fluid inclusions, and to trace chemical changes during weathering or hydrothermal alteration. To illustrate the potential of this analytical technique we highlight the progressive hydrothermal alteration of feldspars in the host andesites of the Comstock Lode paleohydrothermal system, Nevada. The Miocene Comstock Lode and related Ag-Au deposits are hosted mainly within Miocene Alta andesites, which were extensively sampled in the 1880s by G.F. Becker[2]. A sub-suite of these samples from the Sutro Tunnel document progressive hydrothermal alteration, with whole rock δ 18O values progressing from ~ +6 ‰ in distal andesites to -1.5 ‰ at the Coryell Lode [3]. The andesites are porphyritic with up to 50% feldspar phenocrysts, and minor mafic phases. Feldspar phenocrysts show systematic progression of alteration and replacement textures with decreasing whole rock δ 18O values and increasing proximity to the Coryell Lode. Relatively fresh igneous zoned phenocrysts (An35-55) grade into grains with fluid inclusions, crosscutting calcite +/- quartz veins, and increasingly complex reaction rims. Chemical alteration of feldspar progresses along cracks filled with fluid inclusions. Within 400 m of the Coryell Lode, feldspar phenocrysts have fully recrystallized, following crystallographic controls: Ab98-90 + An58-68, +/- sericite +/- calcite. A combination of BSE and cathodoluminescence imaging with ToF-SIMS can be used to trace the submicron-scale elemental distribution, and the chemical changes at the alteration and reaction interfaces at high spatial resolution. [1] Mathez, E.A. and D.M. Mogk, 1998, American Mineralogist 83: 918-924; Mogk D.M. and E.A. Mathez, 2000, G3 2000GC000081; [2] Becker, G.F., 1882, USGS Monograph 3; [3] Criss, R.E. and D.E. Champion, 1991, Geochem. Soc. Sp. Pub. 3: 437-447

  11. Hydrothermal alteration and sulfide mineralization in gabbroids of the Markov Deep (Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 6° N)

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    Sharkov, E. V.; Abramov, S. S.; Simonov, V. A.; Krinov, D. I.; Skolotnev, S. G.; Bel'Tenev, V. E.; Bortnikov, N. S.

    2007-12-01

    A new type of sulfide occurrence related to metasomatically altered brecciated gabbroids has been studied at the Sierra Leone site situated in the axial rift valley of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (Markov Deep, 6° N). Two associations of plutonic, subvolcanic, and volcanic rocks were dredged: (1) mid-ocean ridge basalts (MORB) and their intrusive analogues and (2) rocks of the silicic Fe-Ti-oxide series with dominating gabbronorites and sporadic trondhjemites. Almost all igneous rocks at the Sierra Leone site are enriched in Pb, Cu, U, Ga, Ta, Nb, Cs, and Rb and depleted in Zr, Th, and Hf. The rocks of the Fe-Ti-oxide series are enriched in Zn, Sn, and Mo and depleted in Ni and Cr. The main ore-bearing zone is situated at the foot of the eastern wall of the deep, where it is hosted in cataclastic hornblende gabbro and gabbronorite of the Fe-Ti-oxide series. Ore mineralization in metasomatically altered rocks is composed of quartz-sulfide and prehnite-sulfide veinlets, disseminated sulfide, and veined copper sulfide ore. The ore consists of pyrite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite, pyrrhotite, bornite, chalcocite, and digenite. The δ34S value of sulfides varies from 3.0 to 15.3‰. At the foot of the eastern wall of the Markov Deep, directly downslope from the ore-bearing zone, loose sediments contain grains of native Cu, Pb, Zn, and Sn and intermetallic compounds (isoferroplatinum, tetraferroplatinum, and brass) apparently derived from the ore. Mineral assemblages of ore-bearing metasomatic rocks and fluid inclusions therein were studied. Ore metasomatism developed under a low oxygen potential within a temperature interval from 400 to 160°C, though initial hydrothermal alteration of rocks proceeded at temperatures of 800-450°C. The temperature of stringer-disseminated ore mineralization is estimated at 170-280°C. The hydrothermal fluids are considered to be of magmatic origin; as the hydrothermal system evolved, they became diluted with seawater that was contained in fractured oceanic crust. The ore matter could have been derived from magmatic fluids that were released from water-saturated melts of the Fe-Ti oxide series during their ascent and leached from host gabbroids in the process of metasomatic alteration.

  12. The Quartz Analog Watch: A Wonder Machine.

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    Crane, H. Richard, Ed.

    1993-01-01

    Summarizes how a quartz watch works. Discusses the quartz crystal, its form, and how its frequency is set to a standard; the integrated circuit chip that drives the crystal in vibration, scales its frequency down, and forms pulses that turn the motor; and the motor that drives the gear train that turns the hands. (ZWH)

  13. Precise Sealing of Fused-Quartz Ampoules

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    Debnan, W. J. J.; Clark, I. O.

    1982-01-01

    New technique rapidly evacuates and seals fused-quartz ampoule with precise clearance over contents without appreciably thinning ampoule walls. Quartz plug is lowered into working section of ampoule after ampoule has been evacuated. Plug is then fused to ampoule walls, forming vacuum seal. New technique maintains wall strength and pumping speed.

  14. Sealed-in-quartz resistance heater

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    Miller, C. G.; Stephens, J. B.

    1980-01-01

    Electric resistance quartz heater operates at 1,400 F without developing excessively hot spots that can fail prematurely. Since resistance element is sealed in quartz, heater can be used in hostile environments. Sealed construction also keeps heater from contaminating heated object.

  15. The Riviera Deposit: Endo-skarn and Vein-hosted W-MO-REE Mineralization in I-type Granites of the Cape Granite Suite, South Africa

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    Rozendaal, A.; Moyen, J.

    2009-05-01

    The blind Riviera deposit is located in the western Cape Province and was discovered by stream sediment sampling in the mid 1970's. Resources total 46 million metric tons assaying 0,216 per cent tungsten and 200 parts per million molybdenum, a marginal grade that has prohibited development into an open cast mine. Mineralization is mainly hosted by granitoids of the Riviera Pluton which intruded the regionally metamorphosed volcano-sedimentary Malmesbury Group. These granitoids form part of the Cape Granite Suite, a series of batholiths and plutons with S-, I- and A-type characteristics. The composite Riviera Pluton comprises a suite of metaluminous to slightly peraluminous granitoids. The rocks least affected by hydrothermal alteration are granodioritic to adamelitic in composition whereas the more altered host rocks include quartz-monzonite, granite and quartz syenite. As a whole the suite is subalkaline to K-calcalkaline and conforms to the characteristics of I-type granites. The pluton was emplaced into a dome-shaped interference structure, late in the Neoproterozoic Saldanian orogenic cycle. Alteration, particularly prevalent in the roof or cupola of the pluton, occurs as zones of pervasive sericitization, argillization, silicification and potassic alteration. Their spatial and temporal relationship is complex and indicates several superimposed alteration events. Wall rocks display limited alteration and have acted as an impermeable cap. The cross-cutting granitoid intrusions produced wall rock xenoliths of various dimensions consisting mainly of meta-carbonates displaying various stages of digestion. Economic concentrations of scheelite are spatially linked to these assimilations, particularly proximal to the wall rock contact. The occurrence of diagnostic minerals such as vesuvianite, hornblende, hedenbergite, grandite garnets define a typical endo-skarn association. Accessory minerals include pyrite, pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite, sphalerite and the LREE enriched mineral allanite. Scheelite and molybdenite occurs as fine disseminations, but also as coarse grains within cross-cutting, late stage quartz and calcite veins in the granite and the wall rocks. No spatial or paragenetic correlation exists between the concentration of tungsten and molybdenum, suggesting that their distribution is related to sequential introduction of multiple magmatic phases and associated mineralizing fluids.

  16. Microstructural evolution in bitaxial crack-seal veins: A phase-field study

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    Ankit, Kumar; Urai, Janos L.; Nestler, Britta

    2015-05-01

    Bitaxial crack sealing by epitaxial crystal growth is the most common vein-forming process in Earth's crust, but the details of the microstructural processes in these are not well understood. Here we model the evolution of bitaxial crack-seal quartz veins in two and three dimensions, using the phase-field method. Our numerical simulations show the influence of different parameters, such as the obliquity of crack opening and crack location, grain size, and orientations on the evolving vein microstructure. We examine the underlying growth competition observed during epitaxial growth of quartz. Results show many similarities with natural microstructures such as stretched crystals and compare well with the previous numerical findings. As the ratio of crack aperture and matrix grain size for the present studies is chosen to be sufficiently large for growth competition to occur before complete sealing, it leads to the formation of crystal fragments along the crack-opening trajectory. We explain how such fragment trails act as potential indicators of the opening of crack-seal veins, if they are confirmed to be common in natural microstructures. Finally, we highlight the importance of accounting for the third dimension in the numerical simulations by analyzing the evolution of fluid connectivity in 2-D and 3-D during the sealing process.

  17. Quartz gauge response in ion radiation

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    Taylor, P.E.; Gilbert, P.H.; Kernthaler, C.; Lee, L.M.; Smith, E.A.; Reeder, S.T.; Anderson, M.U.

    1995-12-31

    This paper describes recent work to make high quality quartz gauge (temporal and spatial) shock wave measurements in a pulsed ion beam environment. Intense ion beam radiation, nominally 1 MeV protons, was deposited into material samples instrumented with shunted quartz gauges adjacent to the ion deposition zone. Fluence levels were chosen to excite three fundamentally different material response modes (1) strong vapor, (2) combined vapor and melt phase and (3) thermoelastic material response. A unique quartz gauge design was utilized that employed printed circuit board (PCB) technology to facilitate electrical shielding, ruggedness, and fabrication @e meeting the essential one dimensional requirements of the characterized Sandia shunted quartz gauge. Shock loading and unloading experiments were conducted to evaluate the piezoelectric response of the coupled quartz gauge/PCB transducer. High fidelity shock wave profiles were recorded at the three ion fluence levels providing dynamic material response data for vapor, melt and solid material phases.

  18. Geology and geochemistry of the Mammoth breccia pipe, Copper Creek mining district, southeastern Arizona: Evidence for a magmatic-hydrothermal origin

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    Anderson, E.D.; Atkinson, W.W., Jr.; Marsh, T.; Iriondo, A.

    2009-01-01

    The Copper Creek mining district, southeastern Arizona, contains more than 500 mineralized breccia pipes, buried porphyry-style, copper-bearing stockworks, and distal lead-silver veins. The breccia pipes are hosted by the Copper Creek Granodiorite and the Glory Hole volcanic rocks. The unexposed Mammoth breccia pipe, solely recognized by drilling, has a vertical extent of 800 m and a maximum width of 180 m. The pipe consists of angular clasts of granodiorite cemented by quartz, chalcopyrite, bornite, anhydrite, and calcite. Biotite 40Ar/ 39Ar dates suggest a minimum age of 61.5??0.7 Ma for the host Copper Creek Granodiorite and 40Ar/39Ar dates on hydrothermal sericite indicate an age of 61.0??0.5 Ma for copper mineralization. Fluid inclusion studies suggest that a supercritical fluid with a salinity of approximately 10 wt.% NaCl equiv. condensed to a dilute aqueous vapor (1-2.8 wt.% NaCl equiv.) and a hypersaline brine (33.4-35.1 wt.% NaCl equiv.). Minimum trapping temperatures are 375??C and trapping depths are estimated at 2 km. Sulfur isotope fractionation of cogenetic anhydrite and chalcopyrite yields a temperature of mineralization of 469??25??C. Calculated oxygen and hydrogen isotope values for fluids in equilibrium with quartz and sericite range from 10.2??? to 13.4??? and -60??? to -39???, respectively, suggesting that the mineralizing fluid was dominantly magmatic. Evidence from the stable isotope and fluid inclusion analyses suggests that the fluids responsible for Cu mineralization within the Mammoth breccia pipe exsolved from a gray porphyry phase found at the base of the breccia pipe. ?? Springer-Verlag 2008.

  19. Catalytic Hydrothermal Gasification

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    Elliott, Douglas C.

    2015-05-31

    The term “hydrothermal” used here refers to the processing of biomass in water slurries at elevated temperature and pressure to facilitate the chemical conversion of the organic structures in biomass into useful fuels. The process is meant to provide a means for treating wet biomass materials without drying and to access ionic reaction conditions by maintaining a liquid water processing medium. Typical hydrothermal processing conditions are 523-647K of temperature and operating pressures from 4-22 MPa of pressure. The temperature is sufficient to initiate pyrolytic mechanisms in the biopolymers while the pressure is sufficient to maintain a liquid water processing phase. Hydrothermal gasification is accomplished at the upper end of the process temperature range. It can be considered an extension of the hydrothermal liquefaction mechanisms that begin at the lowest hydrothermal conditions with subsequent decomposition of biopolymer fragments formed in liquefaction to smaller molecules and eventually to gas. Typically, hydrothermal gasification requires an active catalyst to accomplish reasonable rates of gas formation from biomass.

  20. Fault valve action and vein development during strike slip faulting: An example from the Ribeira Shear Zone, Southeastern Brazil

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    Faleiros, Frederico Meira; Campanha, Ginaldo Ademar da Cruz; Bello, Rosa Maria da Silveira; Fuzikawa, Kazuo

    2007-06-01

    Fluid inclusion microthermometry and structural data are presented for quartz vein systems of a major dextral transcurrent shear zone of Neoproterozoic-Cambrian age in the Ribeira River Valley area, southeastern Brazil. Geometric and microstructural constraints indicate that foliation-parallel and extensional veins were formed during dextral strike-slip faulting. Both vein systems are formed essentially by quartz and lesser contents of sulfides and carbonates, and were crystallized in the presence of CO 2-CH 4 and H 2O-CO 2-CH 4-NaCl immiscible fluids following unmixing from a homogeneous parental fluid. Contrasting fluid entrapment conditions indicate that the two vein systems were formed in different structural levels. Foliation-parallel veins were precipitated beneath the seismogenic zone under pressure fluctuating from moderately sublithostatic to moderately subhydrostatic values (319-397 °C and 47-215 MPa), which is compatible with predicted fluid pressure cycle curves derived from fault-valve action. Growth of extensional veins occurred in shallower structural levels, under pressure fluctuating from near hydrostatic to moderately subhydrostatic values (207-218 °C and 18-74 MPa), which indicate that precipitation occurred within the near surface hydrostatically pressured seismogenic zone. Fluid immiscibility and precipitation of quartz in foliation-parallel veins resulted from fluid pressure drop immediately after earthquake rupture. Fluid immiscibility following a local pressure drop during extensional veining occurred in pre-seismic stages in response to the development of fracture porosity in the dilatant zone. Late stages of fluid circulation within the fault zone are represented dominantly by low to high salinity (0.2 to 44 wt.% equivalent NaCl) H 2O-NaCl-CaCl 2 fluid inclusions trapped in healed fractures mainly in foliation-parallel veins, which also exhibit subordinate H 2O-NaCl-CaCl 2, CO 2-(CH 4) and H 2O-CO 2-(CH 4)-NaCl fluid inclusions trapped under subsolvus conditions in single healed microcracks. Recurrent circulation of aqueous-carbonic fluids and aqueous fluids of highly contrasting salinities during veining and post-veining stages suggests that fluids of different reservoirs were pumped to the ruptured fault zone during faulting episodes. A fluid evolution trending toward CH 4 depletion for CO 2-CH 4-bearing fluids and salinity depletion and dilution (approximation of the system H 2O-NaCl) for aqueous-saline fluids occurred concomitantly with decrease in temperature and pressure related to fluid entrapment in progressively shallower structural levels reflecting the shear zone exhumation history.

  1. OH-defects in detrital quartz grains: Potential for application as tool for provenance analysis and overview over crustal average

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    Stalder, Roland; Neuser, Rolf Dieter

    2013-08-01

    OH-defects of 95 detrital quartz grains from 4 localities in North-west Germany (2 North Sea beach sands, one Triassic sandstone, and one Carboniferous sandstone) were studied with infrared (IR) microscopy. By applying novel analytical strategies, the water contribution of fluid and mineral inclusions was minimised and the amount of water incorporated as OH-point defects was quantified. The defect water concentration in all studied quartz grains ranges between 0 and 50 wt. ppm H2O with a mean value around 10 wt. ppm. Interestingly, grains from the investigated sandstones exhibit in average nearly three times higher defect water concentrations (18 wt. ppm) than the grains from the North Sea (6.5 wt. ppm). Quartz grains with extreme undulose extinction always exhibit low defect water contents and water-rich grains usually show small undulosity, but also grains with low defect water and low undulosities are common. IR spectra of the detrital quartz grains were compared to reference spectra from samples of known localities and rock types in order to identify potential sources from which the quartz grains were sampled. Most detrital quartz grains exhibit IR signature typical for granites (showing an Al-specific band at 3378 cm- 1) and regional metamorphic rocks, but also absorption bands typical for pegmatites and hydrothermal quartz (showing a Li-specific band at 3480 cm- 1) are observed. In contrast, IR signatures typical for high-pressure origin (i.e., hydrogarnet substitution with an absorption band at 3585 cm- 1) and for tourmaline-bearing rocks (showing a B-specific band at 3595 cm- 1) are subordinate to insignificant. In view of the large scatter of defect water between individual quartz grains the strategy presented here offers an option to estimate the average defect water content of quartz in the Earth's crust.

  2. Effect of hydrothermal heat treatment on magnetic properties of copper zinc ferrite rf sputtered films

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    Kaur, Jasmeet; Gadipelly, Thirupathi; Singh, R.

    2016-05-01

    The hydrothermal treatment to the nano-structured films can overcome the destruction of the films. The Cu-Zn Ferrite films were fabricated by RF-sputtering on quartz substrates. Subsequently, the as deposited films were heat treated using hydrothermal process. The X-ray diffraction pattern of the as-deposited and hydrothermal treated films indicate nano-crystalline cubic spinel structure. The amorphous nature of the films is removed after hydrothermal treatment with decreased crystallite size. The field emission scanning electron micrographs showed merged columnar growth for as deposited films, which changes to well define columns after hydrothermal heating. The homogeneous cluster distribution is observed in surface view of the hydrothermal treated films. Hydrothermal treated films show merging of in-plane and out of plane magnetization plots (M(H)) whereas the M(H) plots of as deposited films show angular dependence. The strong angular dependence is observed in the FMR spectra due to the presence of a uniaxial anisotropy in the films. The ferromagnetic interactions decrease in hydrothermal heated films due to the reduced shape anisotropy and crystallite size.

  3. Carbon isotope evidence for a magmatic origin for Archaean gold-quartz vein ore deposits

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    Burrows, D. R.; Wood, P. C.; Spooner, E. T. C.

    1986-01-01

    Sediments from three sites in the Santa Barbara Basin were examined with a 160X power light microscope and TEM equipment to characterize the magnetostatic bacteria (MB) in the samples. Both the free magnetite and the crystals in the MB in the samples had lengths from 40-60 nm in length and increased in size from one end to the next. An intact magnetosome was also observed. Scanning the sediments with saturation isothermal remanent magnetization (SIRM) and altering field demagnetization techniques using a SQUID magnetometer yielded coercivity spectra which showed that the primary remanence carrier in the sediments was single domain magnetite. Although it is expected that the predominance of the bacterial magnetite component will decrease with depth in the open ocean basin, single-domain bacteria as old as 50 Myr have been observed in oceanic sediments.

  4. Hydrothermal systematics, alteration, and mineralization in the Grant Canyon, Bacon Flat, and Blackburn Oil Fields, Nevada - Intriguing Parallels with Carlin-Type gold deposits

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    Hulen, J.B.; Nielson, D.L. )

    1993-08-01

    Nevada's three known thermally active oil reservoirs-Blackburn, Bacon Flat, and Grand Canyon-share a surprisingly long list of essential attributes with the Carlin-type, low-grade, sediment-hosted gold deposits, particularly those of the Alligator Ridge mining district. Like these rich precious-metal ore bodies, the three fields (1) are hosted by Paleozoic carbonate and calcareous silici-clastic strata; (2) occur in structural or structural/stratigraphic traps sealed beneath shales or hydrothermally argillized and silicified tuffs and epiclastic debris, (3) have undergone intense fracturing and brecciation, as well as massive hydrothermal decalcification as major porosity-creating processes; (4) occupy rocks partly altered to or veined by the secondary-mineral assemblage quartz-kaolin-barite-pyrite-marcasite; (5) have a direct geothermal connection; (6) are enriched in the elements arsenic, antimony, mercury, thallium, and even contain significant traces of gold-up 50 ppb in altered Mississippian Chainmain Shale in the Blackburn field. Moreover, measured temperatures, as well as late-stage, fluid-inclusion homogenization temperatures (T[sub h]) at the fields-all in the range 100-135[degrees]C-fall within the fluid-inclusion T[sub h] span of 90-165[degrees]C recorded for multiple Alligator Ridge deposits. Fracture-controlled live oil and oil-bearing fluid inclusions in some of the Alligator Ridge ores provide further evidence of genetic similarities with the oil reservoirs. The authors suggest that the three oil fields could represent either weakly mineralized analogs of the gold deposits or an incipient phase in their evolution ultimately leading to ore mineralization.

  5. Fault and vein relationships in a reverse fault system at the Centenary orebody (Darlot gold deposit), Western Australia: Implications for gold mineralisation

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    Kenworthy, Shane; Hagemann, Steffen G.

    2007-04-01

    The Centenary orebody within the Darlot gold deposit is located in the Yandal greenstone belt in the Yilgarn Craton, Western Australia. At Centenary, moderately (˜45°) west dipping reverse faults and steeply dipping (>70°) faults of variable strike failed during gold mineralisation in response to sub-horizontal east-west shortening and sub-vertical extension. Gently dipping veins are temporally, genetically and spatially related subsidiary structures to west dipping reverse and steeply dipping faults. Line analyses of subsidiary vein distributions in 23 drill cores around Centenary suggest that the gold-related subsidiary veins are localised within a 200-300 m wide tabular linking damage zone between three west dipping faults (Thompson, Lords and Walters). The damage zone is a laterally stepping relay zone between the Thompson and Lords-Walters faults and has a pull-apart geometry. Anomalous vein-related extensional strain (>0.005), vein density (>0.20) and power-law vein thickness population characteristics ( D t 0.58-1.84) distinguish this zone from the surrounding rock. Within the linking damage zone the highest number and volume of veins are observed at the tip of the Walters fault. At the fault tip, the exponent of the power-law distribution of vein thickness is highest ( D t 1.84) indicating that vein-related extensional strain is distributed on a high number of relatively small thickness veins. At approximately 300 m distance from the fault tip the densities of veins and the measured exponents of power-law vein thickness distributions are lower (<0.80 and D t <1.3, respectively). However, bulk vertical extensional strain remains high (>0.005), indicating that subsidiary vein material is concentrated on a greater number of anomalously thick veins. These systematic variations suggest that the fault tip imparted a strong control on vein localisation. Strain localisation within the linking damage zone is complex with coefficients of variation of vein spacing greater than one implying vein clustering. Gently dipping veins occur as wing crack arrays to the reverse faults and also in arrays comprising curviplanar, intersecting networks of subsidiary veins. The linking damage zone corresponds closely with the Centenary gold resource indicating that it has been an important locus for the focussed flux of gold-bearing hydrothermal fluids. However, within the damage zone, individual veins and vein arrays on the tens of metre scale do not always correlate with high gold grade indicating additional complexity within the system.

  6. Management of superficial vein thrombosis.

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    Cosmi, B

    2015-07-01

    Superficial vein thrombosis (SVT) is less well studied than deep vein thrombosis (DVT), because it has been considered to be a minor, self-limiting disease that is easily diagnosed on clinical grounds and that requires only symptomatic relief. The most frequently involved sites of the superficial vein system are the lower limbs, especially the saphenous veins, mostly in relation to varicosities. Lower-limb SVT shares the same risk factors as DVT; it can propagate into the deep veins, and have a complicated course with pulmonary embolism. Clinical diagnosis may not be accurate, and ultrasonography is currently indicated for both confirmation and evaluation of SVT extension. Treatment aims are symptom relief and prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in relation to the thrombotic burden. SVT of the long saphenous vein within 3 cm of the saphenofemoral junction (SFJ) is considered to be equivalent to a DVT, and thus deserving of therapeutic anticoagulation. Less severe forms of lower-limb SVT not involving the SFJ have been included in randomized clinical trials of surgery, compression hosiery, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, unfractionated heparin, and low molecular weight heparins, with inconclusive results. The largest randomized clinical trial available, on 3004 patients with lower-limb SVT not involving the SFJ, showed that fondaparinux 2.5 mg once daily for 6 weeks is more effective than placebo in reducing the risk of the composite of death from any cause and symptomatic VTE (0.9% versus 5.9%). Further studies are needed to define the optimal management strategies for SVT of the lower limbs and other sites, such as the upper limbs. PMID:25903684

  7. Fluid inclusion petrology and microthermometry of the Cocos Ridge hydrothermal system, IODP Expedition 344 (CRISP 2), Site U1414

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    Brandstätter, Jennifer; Kurz, Walter; Krenn, Kurt; Micheuz, Peter

    2016-04-01

    In this study, we present new data from microthermometry of fluid inclusions entrapped in hydrothermal veins along the Cocos Ridge from the IODP Expedition 344 Site U1414. The results of our study concern a primary task of IODP Expedition 344 to evaluate fluid/rock interaction linked with the tectonic evolution of the incoming Cocos Plate from the Early Miocene up to recent times. Aqueous, low saline fluids are concentrated within veins from both the Cocos Ridge basalt and the overlying lithified sediments of Unit III. Mineralization and crosscutting relationships give constraints for different vein generations. Isochores from primary, reequilibrated, and secondary fluid inclusions crossed with litho/hydrostatic pressures indicate an anticlockwise PT evolution during vein precipitation and modification by isobaric heating and subsequent cooling at pressures between ˜210 and 350 bar. Internal over and underpressures in the inclusions enabled decrepitation and reequilibration of early inclusions but also modification of vein generations in the Cocos Ridge basalt and in the lithified sediments. We propose that lithification of the sediments was accompanied with a first stage of vein development (VU1 and VC1) that resulted from Galapagos hotspot activity in the Middle Miocene. Heat advection, either related to the Cocos-Nazca spreading center or to hotspot activity closer to the Middle America Trench, led to subsequent vein modification (VC2, VU2/3) related to isobaric heating. The latest mineralization (VC3, VU3) within aragonite and calcite veins and some vesicles of the Cocos Ridge basalt occurred during crustal cooling up to recent times. Fluid inclusion analyses and published isotope data show evidence for communication with deeper sourced, high-temperature hydrothermal fluids within the Cocos Plate. The fluid source of the hydrothermal veins reflects aqueous low saline pore water mixed with invaded seawater.

  8. Congenital extrahepatic portal vein aneurysm.

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    Giavroglou, C; Xinou, E; Fotiadis, N

    2006-01-01

    Portal vein aneurysm is a rare clinical entity, with only 41 published cases in the English-language literature. Twenty-five of them were congenital. We present the case of a 50-year-old woman who was incidentally diagnosed with a congenital extrahepatic portal vein aneurysm during an investigation for dyspepsia. Ultrasonographic features are described with correlation of computed tomographic and magnetic resonance findings. Etiology, clinical significance, and management strategies for these lesions are discussed and a review of the literature regarding this entity is presented. PMID:16314993

  9. COMBUSTION OF HYDROTHERMALLY TREATED COALS

    EPA Science Inventory

    The report gives results of an evaluation of: (1) the relationship of the combustion characteristics of hydrothermally treated (HTT) coals to environmental emissions, boiler design, and interchangeability of solid fuels produced by the Hydrothermal Coal Process (HCP) with raw coa...

  10. Columbium-, rare-earth-element-, and thorium-bearing veins near Salmon Bay, Southeastern Alaska. Open file report

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    Warner, J.D.

    1989-01-01

    In 1984 and 1985 the Bureau of Mines investigated radioactive carbonate veins near Salmon Bay, southeastern Alaska, for concentrations of columbium and associated metals. The veins cut units of graywacke, conglomerate, argillite, and limestone and range in width from less than an inch to greater than 10 ft and have a length ranging from less than a hundred to greater than 1,000 ft. Mineralogy of the veins is complex, and includes thorite, the rare-earth-element minerals monazite, parisite, and bastnaesite, and a columbium mineral that is speculated to be columbite. Gangue minerals include ankerite, dolomite, siderite, quartz and albite. More than seventy veins were sampled but only three contain elevated metal concentrations along a significant strike length. These resources are small compared to columbium, REE, and thorium resources elsewhere in the world.

  11. Stable isotope compositions of quartz pebbles and their fluid inclusions as tracers of sediment provenance: Implications for gold- and uranium-bearing quartz pebble conglomerates

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    Vennemann, T.W.; Kesler, S.E.; O'Neil, J.R. )

    1992-09-01

    Oxygen isotope compositions of pebbles from late Archean to paleo-Proterozoic gold- and/or uranium-bearing oligomictic quartz pebble conglomerates of the Witwatersrand district, South Africa, and Huronian Supergroup, Canada, were determined in an attempt to define the nature of the source terrain. The [delta][sup 18]O values of quartz pebbles within any one sample typically vary by [approximately] 4[per thousand] or more, but occasionally by as much as 8[per thousand], even for adjacent pebbles within the same hand specimen. In addition, adjacent quartz pebbles of widely contrasting [delta][sup 18]O values also preserve distinct isotopic signatures of their fluid inclusions. This overall heterogeneity suggests that the pebbles did not undergo significant oxygen isotope exchange after incorporation in the conglomerates. Therefore, oxygen isotope analyses of such quartz pebbles, in combination with a detailed investigation of their mineral and fluid inclusions, can provide a useful method for characterizing pebble populations and hence dominant sediment source modes. Comparison of values found in this study with [delta][sup 18]O values of quartz from Archean granites, pegmatites, and mesothermal greenstone gold veins, i.e., [delta][sup 18]O values of sources commonly proposed for the conglomerate ores, suggests that uranium is derived from a granitic source, whereas gold has a mesothermal greenstone gold source. Low [delta][sup 18]O values of chert pebbles (9[per thousand] to 11.5[per thousand]) relative to those expected for Archean and Proterozoic marine cherts (commonly [ge] 17[per thousand]) effectively exclude marine cherts, and therefore, auriferous iron formations and exhalatives, as likely sources of gold.

  12. U-Pb isochron age and Pb isotope systematics of the Golden Fleece vein - implications for the relationship of mineralization to the Lake City caldera, western San Juan Mountains, Colorado.

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    Hon, K.; Ludwig, K. R.; Simmons, K.R.; Slack, J.F.; Grauch, R.I.

    1985-01-01

    A U/Pb isochron age of 27.5 + or - 0.5 m.y. is determined for the Golden Fleece vein, an age which is identical with the age of the quartz latite lavas that the vein cuts. Within the Lake City area, only the Golden Fleece vein contains pitchblende and Au-Ag tellurides and has Pb isotope ratios that together define it as unique within the area. The 27.5 m.y. age relates this vein to the waning stages of the Uncompahgre caldera (27-29) rather than to the Lake City caldera (23.1 m.y.). -G.J.N.

  13. Experimental and theoretical investigation of the production of HCl and some metal chlorides in magmatic/hydrothermal systems

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    Not Available

    1992-01-01

    In the calculations we have assumed that all apatites are magmatic. The presence of chlorite and altered plagioclase within the granite and quartz-monzodiorite suggests that alteration may play a role in leading to erroneous estimates of initial melt Cl and F for 2 reasons: (1) the apatites may in fact not be magmatic in origin, but are hydrothermal, and (2) the halogen signature of magmatic apatite may be changed due to subsolidus exchange with a hydrothermal fluid. We are currently endeavoring to develop criteria for determining whether apatite composition represents earlier or later stages of magmatic-hydrothermal development.

  14. Three sets of crystallographic sub-planar structures in quartz formed by tectonic deformation

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    Derez, Tine; Pennock, Gill; Drury, Martyn; Sintubin, Manuel

    2016-05-01

    In quartz, multiple sets of fine planar deformation microstructures that have specific crystallographic orientations parallel to planes with low Miller-Bravais indices are commonly considered as shock-induced planar deformation features (PDFs) diagnostic of shock metamorphism. Using polarized light microscopy, we demonstrate that up to three sets of tectonically induced sub-planar fine extinction bands (FEBs), sub-parallel to the basal, γ, ω, and π crystallographic planes, are common in vein quartz in low-grade tectonometamorphic settings. We conclude that the observation of multiple (2-3) sets of fine scale, closely spaced, crystallographically controlled, sub-planar microstructures is not sufficient to unambiguously distinguish PDFs from tectonic FEBs.

  15. Seismic cycles recorded in late Quaternary calcite veins: Geochronological, geochemical and microstructural evidence

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    Uysal, I. Tonguç; Feng, Yue-xing; Zhao, Jian-xin; Bolhar, Robert; Işik, Veysel; Baublys, Kim A.; Yago, Anya; Golding, Suzanne D.

    2011-02-01

    Southwest Turkey is seismically active as a result of the Hellenic subduction process in the Eastern Mediterranean. We conducted high-resolution micro-sampling, high-precision U-series dating and microchemical analysis on an extensional vein system in a tectonically active but non-hydrothermal area. U/Th age data and microscopic observations provide evidence of repeated fracturing of a previously sealed crack system followed by a new increment of veining. Repeated injection of veinlets suggests that the vein system was formed by the crack-seal mechanism. Four major U/Th age groups for the emplacement of the vein system fall between 23.9 ± 0.2 ka and 23.2 ± 0.4 ka, 21.7 ± 0.4 ka and 19.2 ± 0.2 ka, 17.3 ± 0.1 ka and 16.2 ± 0.3 ka, and at 11.8 ± 0.2 ka. Stable and Sr isotope geochemistry of the calcite vein samples indicates that surface water interacting with the soil cover was the major component of the groundwater system from which the extensional veins precipitated. Trace element and O isotope data of the vein system are interpreted to reflect carbonate precipitation associated with seismic cycles involving fluids with different trace element compositions and CO 2 contents. Initial carbonate precipitation during a single seismic cycle occurred from CO 2-dominated fluids that were degassed from the original CO 2-water mixture. This was followed consecutively by carbonate precipitation from the remaining water, which was relatively impure with higher trace element contents. Millimetre to submillimetre-scale U-series dating in conjunction with geochemistry of carbonate veins related to active tectonism offers an innovative means of constraining the absolute timing of late Quaternary seismic and inter-seismic events.

  16. Mixing from below in hydrothermal ore deposits

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    Bons, Paul D.; Gomez-Rivas, Enrique; Markl, Gregor; Walter, Bejamin

    2014-05-01

    Unconformity-related hydrothermal ore deposits typically show indications of mixing of two end-member fluids: (a) hot, deep, rock-buffered basement brines and (b) colder fluids derived from the surface or overlying sediments. The hydromechanics of bringing these fluids together from above and below remain unclear. Classical percolative Darcy-flow models are inconsistent with (1) fluid overpressure indicated by fracturing and brecciation, (2) fast fluid flow indicated by thermal disequilibrium, and (3) strong fluid composition variations on the mm-scale, indicated by fluid inclusion analyses (Bons et al. 2012; Fusswinkel et al. 2013). We propose that fluids first descend, sucked down by desiccation reactions in exhumed basement. Oldest fluids reach greatest depths, where long residence times and elevated temperatures allow them the extensively equilibrate with their host rock, reach high salinity and scavenge metals, if present. Youngest fluids can only penetrate to shallower depths and can (partially) retain signatures from their origin, for example high Cl/Br ratios from the dissolution of evaporitic halite horizons. When fluids are released from all levels of the crustal column, these fluids mix during rapid ascent to form hydrothermal ore deposits. Mixing from below provides a viable hydromechanical mechanism to explain the common phenomenon of mixed shallow and deep fluids in hydrothermal ore deposits. Bons, P.D., Elburg, M.A., Gomez-Rivas, E. 2012. A review of the formation of tectonic veins and their microstructures. J. Struct. Geol. doi:10.1016/j.jsg.2012.07.005 Fusswinkel, T., Wagner, T., Wälle, M., Wenzel, T., Heinrich, C.A., Markl, M. 2013. Fluid mixing forms basement-hosted Pb-Zn deposits: Insight from metal and halogen geochemistry of individual fluid inclusions. Geology. doi:10.1130/G34092.1

  17. Frictional strengths of talc-serpentine and talc-quartz mixtures

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    Moore, Diane E.; Lockner, D.A.

    2011-01-01

    Talc is a constituent of faults in a variety of settings, and it may be an effective weakening agent depending on its abundance and distribution within a fault. We conducted frictional strength experiments under hydrothermal conditions to determine the effect of talc on the strengths of synthetic gouges of lizardite and antigorite serpentinites and of quartz. Small amounts of talc weaken serpentinite gouges substantially more than predicted by simple weight averaging. In comparison, mixtures of quartz and talc show a linear trend of strength reduction at talc concentrations 15 wt % and enhanced weakening at higher concentrations. All of the strength data are fit by a modified version of the Reuss mixing law that allows for the dominance of one mineral over the other. The difference in the behavior of serpentinite-talc and quartz-talc mixtures at low talc concentrations is a reflection of their different textures. Lizardite, antigorite, and talc all have platy habits, and displacement within gouges composed of these minerals is localized to narrow shears along which the platy grains have rotated into alignment with the shear surfaces. The shears in the mixed phyllosilicate gouges maximize the proportion of the weaker mineral within them. When mixed with a strong, rounded mineral such as quartz, some minimum concentration of talc is needed to form connected pathways that enhance strength reductions. The typical development of talc by the reaction of Si-rich fluids with serpentinite or dolomite would tend to localize its occurrence in a natural fault and result in enhanced weakening.

  18. Blackberry Yellow Vein Disease Complex

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    A new virus disease has emerged in the Midsouth and Southeastern United States and was named blackberry yellow vein disease (BYVD). Originally, it was thought the disease was caused by Tobacco ringspot virus (TRSV) as the virus was found in many diseased plants and symptoms were very similar to thos...

  19. SAW Temperature Sensor on Quartz.

    PubMed

    Zhgoon, Sergei; Shvetsov, Alexander; Ancev, Ivan; Bogoslovsky, Sergei; Sapozhnikov, Gennadiy; Trokhimets, Konstantin; Derkach, Mikhail

    2015-06-01

    For biomedical applications, narrow temperature range and high sensor accuracy requirements define the need for high temperature sensitivity. Wireless SAW sensors connected to antennas need a reference element to account for changes in electromagnetic coupling between the transmitter and receiver antennas. A pair of sensors with different temperature sensitivities may serve as a self-referenced sensor assembly. This justifies the need for materials with useful SAW resonator properties and with the largest difference between temperature coefficients of frequency (TCF) for a resonator pair on a single substrate. We have identified several cuts of quartz having useful properties with a TCF difference up to 140 ppm/C for a pair of resonators on a single substrate. As a rule, placing such resonators on a single substrate requires their rotation by up to 90 relative to each other. The limited range of cuts presents a unique opportunity to place both resonators along the X+90 direction with one resonator using Bleustein-Gulyaev-Shimizu (BGS) waves (with electrodes placed along the x-axis) and the other one (with electrodes inclined by about 10 to the x-axis) using quasi-Rayleigh waves. These cuts are close to the 70Y cut where a high TCF difference is reached together with acceptable characteristics of the resonators. Resonators were designed for all useful cuts (including the 70Y cut) and tested. The use of different periods in reflectors and interdigital transducer (IDT) together with individual choice of gaps between reflectors and IDT meant achieving low spurious content in resonator responses. The quality factors reached values up to 3500 at central frequencies around 915 MHz for both BGS and quasi-Rayleigh types of waves. The measured difference of the TCF is about 138 ppm/C on 70Y cut that is close to the calculated value. PMID:26067041

  20. Hydrothermal pretreatment of coal

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    Loo, Bock; Ross, D.S.

    1990-08-14

    We are examining the effects on composition and behavior of Argonne-supplied Wyodak coal under both thermal (no added water/N{sub 2}) and hydrothermal (liquid water/N{sub 2}) conditions at 350{degree}C for periods of 30 min and 5 hr, with emphasis during this period on the longer treatment. Field ionization mass spectrometry (FIMS) of the untreated, thermally treated, and hydrothermally treated coals is conducted at conditions where the samples are heated from ambient to 500{degree}C at 2.5{degree}/min. In the 5 hr work the volatilities of the coals are 24%, 16%, and 25% respectively. Solvent swelling studies with the recovered coals do not demonstrate the expected lower degree of crosslinking in the hydrothermal case. Both the thermal and hydrothermal treatments yield products with a decreased swelling ratio, but the ratio for the product from the aqueous treatment is slightly lower than that from thermal treatment. At present we cannot reconcile this result with our other data. 4 refs., 6 figs.

  1. Fluid inclusions in quartz crystals from South-West Africa

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    Kvenvolden, K.A.; Roedder, E.

    1971-01-01

    Quartz crystals from calcite veins of unknown age in Precambrian metasedimentary rocks at Geiaus No. 6 and Aukam farms in South-West Africa contain both primary and secondary inclusions filled with one or a variable combination of: organic liquid, moderately saline aqueous liquid, dark-colored solid, and vapor. Analysis of these materials by microscopy and by gas chromatography and mass spectrometry shows the presence of constituents of both low and high molecular weights. The former include CH4, C2H6, C3H8 and possibly C4H10 as well as CO, CO2, H2O, N2 and H2. High molecular weight components are dominantly n-alkanes and isoprenoid hydrocarbons. The n-alkanes range from at least n-C10 to n-C33. Concentrations of n-alkanes larger than n-C17 decrease regularly with increasing carbon number. An homologous series of isoprenoid hydrocarbons ranging from at least C14 to C20 is present in unusually high concentrations. Pristane (C19) is most abundant, and C17 isoprenoid is least abundant. The molecular composition and distribution of hydrocarbons suggest biological precursors for these components. Consideration of data provided by freezing, crushing and heating experiments suggests that the pressures at the time these in part supercritical fluids were trapped probably exceeded 30-40 atm, and the minimum trapping temperature was about 120-160??C. Both primary and secondary inclusions apparently containing only organic materials were trapped by the growth of the host quartz from aqueous solution. The data obtained neither prove nor preclude Precambrian, Paleozoic or younger sources for the organic materials. ?? 1971.

  2. Quartz Mountain/Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Frates, Mary Y.; Madeja, Stanley S.

    1982-01-01

    Describes the Quartz Mountain Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute program. It is designed to nurture artistic talent and to provide intensive arts experiences in music, dance, theater, and the visual arts for talented students aged 14-18. (AM)

  3. Quartz-Enhanced Photoacoustic Spectroscopy: A Review

    PubMed Central

    Patimisco, Pietro; Scamarcio, Gaetano; Tittel, Frank K.; Spagnolo, Vincenzo

    2014-01-01

    A detailed review on the development of quartz-enhanced photoacoustic sensors (QEPAS) for the sensitive and selective quantification of molecular trace gas species with resolved spectroscopic features is reported. The basis of the QEPAS technique, the technology available to support this field in terms of key components, such as light sources and quartz-tuning forks and the recent developments in detection methods and performance limitations will be discussed. Furthermore, different experimental QEPAS methods such as: on-beam and off-beam QEPAS, quartz-enhanced evanescent wave photoacoustic detection, modulation-cancellation approach and mid-IR single mode fiber-coupled sensor systems will be reviewed and analysed. A QEPAS sensor operating in the THz range, employing a custom-made quartz-tuning fork and a THz quantum cascade laser will be also described. Finally, we evaluated data reported during the past decade and draw relevant and useful conclusions from this analysis. PMID:24686729

  4. Surgical Access to Jejunal Veins for Local Thrombolysis and Stent Placement in Portal Vein Thrombosis

    SciTech Connect

    Schellhammer, Frank; Esch, Jan Schulte am; Hammerschlag, Sascha; Knoefel, Wolfram Trudo; Fuerst, Guenter

    2008-07-15

    Portal vein thrombosis is an infrequent entity, which may cause high morbidity and mortality. We report a case of portal vein thrombosis due to benign stenosis following partial pancreatoduodenectomy with segmental replacement of the portal vein by a Gore-tex graft. Using a surgical access to jenunal veins, local thrombolysis, mechanical fragmentation of thrombus, and stent placement were successfully performed.

  5. How Can Varicose Veins Be Prevented?

    MedlinePlus

    ... from the NHLBI on Twitter. How Can Varicose Veins Be Prevented? You can't prevent varicose veins from forming. However, you can prevent the ones ... also can take steps to delay other varicose veins from forming. Avoid standing or sitting for long ...

  6. Hydrothermal Synthesis of Analcime from Kutingkeng Formation Mudstone

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    Hsiao, Yin-Hsiu; Chen, Kuan-Ting; Ray, Dah-Tong

    2015-04-01

    In southwest of Taiwan, the foothill located in Tainan-Kaohsiung city is the exposed area of Pliocene strata to early Pleistocene strata. The strata are about a depth of five thousand, named as Kutigkeng Formation. The outcrop of Kutigkeng Formation is typical badlands, specifically called 'Moon World.' It is commonly known as no important economic applications of agricultural land. The mineral compositions of Kutingkeng Formation are quartz, clay minerals and feldspar. The clay minerals consist of illite, clinochlore and swelling clays. To study how the phase and morphology of analcime formed by hydrothermal synthesis were affected, analcime was synthesized from the mudstone of Kutinkeng Formation with microwave hydrothermal reaction was investigated. The parameters of the experiment were the reaction temperature, the concentration of mineralizer, solids/liquid ratio and time. The sodium silicate (Na2SiO3) were used as mineralizer. The results showed that the analcime could be synthesized by hydrothermal reaction above 180° from Kutinkeng Formation mudstone samples. At the highest temperature (240°) of this study, the high purity analcime could be produced. When the concentration of Na2SiO3=3~6M, analcime could be synthesized at 240°. The best solids/liquid ratio was approximate 1 to 5. The hydrothermal reaction almost was completed after 4 hours.

  7. Quartz resonator fluid monitors for vehicle applications

    SciTech Connect

    Cernosek, R.W.; Martin, S.J.; Wessendorf, K.O.; Terry, M.D.; Rumpf, A.N.

    1994-09-01

    Thickness shear mode (TSM) quartz resonators operating in a new {open_quotes}Lever oscillator{close_quotes} circuit are used as monitors for critical automotive fluids. These monitors respond to the density and viscosity of liquids contacting the quartz surface. Sensors have been developed for determining the viscosity characteristics of engine lubricating oil, the state-of-charge of lead-acid storage batteries, and the concentration variations in engine coolant.

  8. New hole centers in natural quartz

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    Maschmeyer, D.; Lehmann, G.

    1983-11-01

    In natural citrines five new hole centers were detected and analyzed by electron paramagnetic resonance. An additional one was observed in rose-colored quartz crystals with radiation defects as the cause of coloration. Characteristic hyperfine patterns due to an adjacent aluminum impurity were resolved in the spectra of three of these centers. Their relations to other hole centers of well-known structure in quartz and fused silica are discussed and possible models for their structures are proposed.

  9. Method of making a quartz resonator

    DOEpatents

    Vig, John R.; Filler, Raymond L.; Peters, R. Donald; Frank, James M.

    1981-01-01

    A quartz resonator is made from a chemically polished quartz plate. The plate is placed in an enclosure fitted with at least three mounting clips to receive the plate. The plate is secured to the clips with an electrically conductive adhesive capable of withstanding operation at 350 degrees C. The assembly is cleaned and a metallic electrode deposited onto the plate until the desired frequency is reached. The enclosure is then hermetically sealed. The resulting resonator can consistently withstand extremely high shocks.

  10. Repeated seismic slips recorded in ultracataclastic veins along active faults of the Arima-Takatsuki Tectonic Line, southwest Japan

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    Lin, Aiming; Yamashita, Katsuhiko; Tanaka, Makoto

    2013-03-01

    Field investigations, combined with meso- and microstructural analyses, reveal that numerous ultracataclastic veins are widely developed within a fault zone (<150 m wide) as simple veins, complex lenses, and networks, along active faults of the Arima-Takatsuki Tectonic Line, southwest Japan. These veins comprise mainly pseudotachylyte-like vein and weakly consolidated to unconsolidated fault gouge that is black, dark-brown, brown, gray, and brownish-red in color. Meso- and microstructural features show that these pseudotachylyte-like and fault gouge veins and networks formed during multiple stages, as earlier veins are generally cut and overprinted by younger veins, indicating that the vein-forming events occurred repeatedly and that ultracataclastic material was injected into networks of faults and fractures in the fault zone. The pseudotachylyte-like and fault gouge veins are characterized by an ultrafine- to fine-grained matrix and angular to subangular fragments of host granitic rocks of various sizes, ranging from submicron to millimeters. SEM-EDS (Scanning Electronic Microscope-Energy Dispersive X-ray) and powder X-ray diffraction analyses show that all the ultracataclastic veins are characterized by crystalline materials composed mainly of quartz and feldspar, similar to the host granitic rocks. The present results support the existing hypothesis that ultrafine- to fine-grained materials formed by comminution can be fluidized and injected rapidly into fracture networks located far from the source fault plane in a solid-fluid-gas system during seismic slip; therefore, such materials provide a record of paleoseismic faulting events that occurred repeatedly within the seismogenic fault zone.

  11. ESR studies on bleached sedimentary quartz

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Walther, R.; Zilles, D.

    Some ESR signals in quartz are reported to be bleachable by sunlight and so they promise to be useful for dating sediments (Grün, 1989). The Ge signal in quartz is the only one that shows bleaching effects with UV light in short time scales (hours). Therefore we used quartz samples from the sites of Mauer ( 'Homo erectus heidelbergensis'), samples from a borehole in the Neckar valley ('Entensee', Ladenburg near Heidelberg) and samples from a pegmatite for basic studies on the Ge signal. The results show that with our standard sample preparation procedure for quartz separation (using red light as for TL samples), the natural Ge signal is not detectable, but rises clearly with gamma irradiation. Several experiments for examination of the stability and sensitivity of the Ge centre in quartz were carried out. For comparison with the behaviour of the Ge signal we measured the Al signal as well. Our experiments show that the Al signal is bleachable in long time scales (weeks). The behaviour on bleaching, irradiation and thermal annealing is very complicated, as the Al centre is a hole centre (it possibly interacts with several electron centres in the quartz and so the processes are of higher order).

  12. Environment of ore deposition in the creede mining district, San Juan Mountains, Colorado: Part V. Epithermal mineralization from fluid mixing in the OH vein

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    Hayba, D.O.

    1997-01-01

    Detailed fluid inclusion studies on coarse-grained sphalerite from the OH vein, Creede, Colorado, have shown that the abrupt color changes between growth zones correspond to abrupt changes in the nature of the ore fluids. Within each growth zone, however, the composition of the fluids remained constant. The base of a distinctive orange-brown growth zone marks a sharp increase in both temperature and salinity relative to the preceding yellow-white zone. The orange-brown growth zone can be correlated along much of the vein and is believed to represent a time-stratigraphic interval. Along the vein, temperatures and salinities of fluid inclusions within this interval show a systematic decrease from about 285??C and 11.5 wt percent NaCl equiv near the base of the vein to about 250??C and 8 wt percent NaCl equiv, respectively, near the top of the vein. The iron concentration of this sphalerite growth zone shows a similar pattern, decreasing from about 2.8 to 1.2 mole percent FeS. When plotted on an enthalpy-salinity diagram, the fluid inclusion data define a spatial trend indicating the progressive mixing of deeply circulating hydrothermal brines with overlying, dilute ground waters. The hydrothermal brines entered the OH vein from below at a temperature, salinity, and density of approximately 285??C, 11.5 wt percent NaCl equiv, and 860 kg/m3, respectively, whereas the overlying ground waters appear to have been preheated to roughly 150??C and had an assumed salinity of 0 wt percent and a density of 920 kg/m3. The greater density of the heated ground water promoted mixing with the hydrothermal brine within the open fractures, causing sphalerite deposition. Although there were also episodes of boiling during vein mineralization, boiling appears unimportant for this sphalerite. Isotopic evidence and geochemical modeling studies also indicate that mixing was the depositional mechanism for sphalerite. An important aspect of the mixing hydrology of the Creede system involves an aquitard overlying the OH vein. This low permeability zone restricted the flow of ground water into the vein from above and forced the upwelling hydrothermal fluids to flow laterally along the vein. The mixing environment thus occurred along the interface between a deeply circulating hydrothermal convection cell and a topographically driven shallow ground-water system.

  13. Immunohistochemistry comparing endoscopic vein harvesting vs. open vein harvesting on saphenous vein endothelium

    PubMed Central

    2014-01-01

    Objective The present study attempts to compare the immunohistochemistry (IHC) of von Willebrand factor (vWf) , endothelial cadherin, Caveolin and endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase (eNOS) in VasoView Endoscopic Vein Harvesting (EVH) versus traditional Open Vein Harvesting (OVH) techniques for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery performed in Javad al Aemeh Hospital of Mashhad, Iran in 2013,. Methods and materials Forty-seven patients were scheduled for CABG (30 EVH and 17 OVH) among whom patients with relatively same gender and similar age were selected. Three separate two cm vein samples were harvested from each patient’s saphenous vein. Each portion was collected from distal, middle and proximal zones of the saphenous vein. The tissues were deparaffinized, and antigen retrieval was done using EZ-retriever followed by an immunohistochemistry evaluation with vWf, e-cadherin, Caveolin and eNOS. In addition, demographic questioner as of Lipid profile, FBS, BMI, and cardiovascular risk factors were collected. Data analyses, including parametric and nonparametric tests were undertaken using the SPSS 16 software. A P value < 0.05 was regarded as statistically significant. Results The mean age of the EVH and OVH groups were 63.76 ± 9.51 and 63.63 ± 8.31 years respectively with no significant difference between them (p = 0.989). In addition, there was no great difference between the EVH and OVH groups in lipid profile, DM, HTN, smoking history, CVA, and valvular dysfunction (P > 0.05). Qualitative report of vWf, e-cadherin, Caveolin and eNOS reveals no significant difference between the EVH and OVH (P > 0.05). Conclusion This study indicates that VasoView EVH technique causes no endothelial damage in comparison with OVH. This study could be a molecular confirmation for the innocuous of EVH technique. PMID:24938544

  14. Genesis and evolution of the upper oceanic crust (ODP-IODP site 1256, East Pacific Rise): inferences from structure and composition of late magmatic veins in a lava pond

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    Panseri, M.

    2009-04-01

    A complete intact "in situ" section of upper oceanic crust, from extrusive lavas, through dikes into gabbros has been recently drilled for the first time in a 15 Ma old crust that formed at the East Pacific Rise with a full spreading rate of >200 mm/yr. The study area is ODP-IODP Site 1256 (644.2N, 9156.1W, Pacific Ocean). Holes 1256C and 1256D have been drilled into the basaltic basement during ODP Leg 206, IODP Expeditions 309 and 312. Hole 1256D has been deepened to a depth of ca. 1500 meters below seafloor (mbsf). The upper section of the igneous basement consists of thin (<3m) basaltic sheet flows separated by chilled margins, and massive basaltic flows (>3m). The massive flows include a ponded lava flow, located near the top of both Hole 1256C and 1256D, where it has a thickness of 32m and 74m, respectively. The lava pond is interpreted as a thick lava flow delivered either on-axis or off-axis and accumulated in a topographic depression. Although very close (ca. 30m), the two holes record different structural patterns of the lava pond, probably related to different steps of the lava flow emplacement. In the lava pond, both igneous (magmatic foliation, flow-related folds, late-magmatic veins) and post-magmatic (joints, veins, shear veins, and microfaults) structures were recognized. Late magmatic veins (LMVs), which were identified as primary features typical of the lava pond, are the main goal of this work. Mm-thick LMVs are mainly clustered in the middle (290-300 mbsf in hole 1256C and 282-297 mbsf in hole 1256D) and bottom (312-313 mbsf in hole 1256C and 311-328 mbsf in hole 1256D) parts of the lava pond. Structural measurements on cores suggest that they are mostly gently dipping structures, but we also observed sub-vertical LMVs. At the bottom of the lava pond in hole 1256C, late magmatic veins are often arranged in en echelon arrays and sigmoidal pull aparts, suggesting a syn/post-magmatic shear component. Thin-section observations show that basalt including LMVs consists of plagioclase, clinopyroxene, ilmenite, and spinel. LMVs cutting basalt are filled with quartz, quartz + plagioclase intergrowth showing a granophyric texture, clinopyroxene, ilmenite, spinel, and apatite. Rarely we observed pyrite crystals at the LMV core that cut plagioclase + quartz intergrowth. Quartz + plagioclase intergrowth (with apatite) are also present in the basalt as mm-size interstitial domains or rimming plagioclase (IDs = intergrowth domains). Rare samples display IDs with interstitial K-feldspar growing around plagioclase. LMVs often show sharp contacts with basalt. Plagioclase or pyroxene crystals of the basalt may be fragmented at the contact with LMVs (brittle rheology of basalt). Differently, IDs commonly corrode plagioclase crystals, without fragmentation (ductile rheology). The composition of basalt plagioclase ranges from Ab37 to Ab62, with a main concentration around Ab50. On the contrary, plagioclase in the LMVs intergrowth as well as that in the mm-sized IDs are Na-rich (Ab64-Ab98). Mineral analyses also highlight homogeneous clinopyroxene, spinel and ilmenite, without variations in the LMVs and IDs. Clinopyroxene usually shows a Ca-poor core (mainly augite or pigeonite) and a diopsidic rim. Opaque minerals often exhibit ilmenite-ulvospinel lamellae intergrowths. EDS mapping of IDs and LMVs cutting basalt supports the previous observations. LMVs and IDs have higher Si, Na and lower Al, Ca values than basalt. This distribution is only due to albitic plagioclase concentration in LMVs and IDs. K has low and homogeneous concentrations: rarely IDs are characterized by interstitial K enrichment (K-feldspar). Incompatible (Zr, Rb, Sr, Ba), hydrothermal elements (Cu, Cl), and F are undetectable or absent. We infer that LMVs and IDs likely crystallized from a pure Si-Al-Na-(Ca) melt. K, rarely noticed in the IDs, may be related to late magmatic fluids differentiation or to subsequent hydrothermal fluids. Core description, microstructural observations, mineral compositions and EDS mapping of the studied samples suggest that: - the middle and bottom parts of the lava pond has been affected by Si-Na rich late magmatic melts, without chemical interactions between host rock and melt; - IDs may represent the diffused reservoir of late magmatic felsic material; - LMVs could be the migration channels for Si-Al-Na-(Ca) melt through the basalt mush during the late stages of crystallization; - late magmatic material rapidly cooled producing granophyric textures in veins and interstitial patches.

  15. Significance of geometrical relationships between low-temperature intracrystalline deformation microstructures in naturally deformed quartz

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    Derez, T.; Pennock, G.; Drury, M. R.; Sintubin, M.

    2013-12-01

    Although quartz is one of the most studied minerals in the Earth's crust when it comes to its rheology, the interpretation of intracrystalline deformation microstructures with respect to deformation conditions and mechanisms, remains highly contentious. Moreover, inconsistent use of terminology for both deformation microstructures and mechanisms makes a correct assessment of observations and interpretations in published material very difficult. With respect to low-temperature intracrystalline deformation microstructures in quartz, different conflicting genetic models have been proposed. Most probably, the lack of consensus means that there is no unique interpretation for these microstructures, primarily because their initiation and development depend on many ambient conditions. We extensively studied these intracrystalline deformation microstructures by means of optical microscopy, Hot-Cathodoluminescence, SEM-Cathodoluminescence and Electron Backscatter Diffraction Orientation Imaging, in vein quartz of the High-Ardenne slate belt (Belgium, France, Luxemburg, Germany), (de)formed in a low-temperature regime. Firstly, we propose a new, purely descriptive terminology for the low-temperature intracrystalline deformation microstructures in naturally deformed quartz: fine extinction bands (FEB), wide extinction bands (WEB) and strings. The strings can be further subdivided into blocky (BS), straight (SS) and recrystallised (RS) morphological types. FEBs have consistently been called deformation lamellae in quartz and planar slip bands in metals. WEBs have been called deformation bands, prismatic kink bands or type II kink bands. Strings have formerly been called shear bands, deformation bands or type I kink bands. No distinction between blocky and straight morphological string types had ever been made. Secondly, a survey of the pre-recrystallisation stages in the history of the intracrystalline deformation microstructures reveals that the different types of low-temperature intracrystalline deformation microstructures in naturally deformed vein quartz show particular geometrical relationships, in our opinion a to date underexposed aspect of these microstructures. Several of these geometrical relationships will be presented and their potential implications with respect to deformation mechanisms and conditions will be discussed. The geometrical relationships observed may suggest a similar formation mechanism for the different microstructures, a weakening effect for successive microstructure formation and a strong dependency on the crystallographic orientation.

  16. A demonstration of an affinity between pyrite and organic matter in a hydrothermal setting

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    2011-01-01

    One of the key-principles of the iron-sulphur world theory is to bring organic molecules close enough to interact with each other, using the surface of pyrite as a substrate in a hydrothermal setting. The present paper explores the relationship of pyrite and organic matter in a hydrothermal setting from the geological record; in hydrothermal calcite veins from Carboniferous limestones in central Ireland. Here, the organic matter is accumulated as coatings around, and through, pyrite grains. Most of the pyrite grains are euhedral-subhedral crystals, ranging in size from ca 0.1-0.5 mm in diameter, and they are scattered throughout the matrix of the vein calcite. The organic matter was deposited from a hydrothermal fluid at a temperature of at least 200°C, and gives a Raman signature of disordered carbon. This study points to an example from a hydrothermal setting in the geological record, demonstrating that pyrite can have a high potential for the concentration and accumulation of organic materials. PMID:21299877

  17. Evolution of Morphology and Crystallinity of Silica Minerals Under Hydrothermal Conditions

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    Isobe, H.

    2011-12-01

    Silica minerals are quite common mineral species in surface environment of the terrestrial planets. They are good indicator of terrestrial processes including hydrothermal alteration, diagenesis and soil formation. Hydrothermal quartz, metastable low temperature cristobalite and amorphous silica show characteristic morphology and crystallinity depending on their formation processes and kinetics under wide range of temperature, pressure, acidity and thermal history. In this study, silica minerals produced by acidic hydrothermal alteration related to volcanic activities and hydrothermal crystallization experiments from diatom sediment are examined with crystallographic analysis and morphologic observations. Low temperature form of cistobalite is a metastable phase and a common alteration product occured in highly acidic hydrothermal environment around fumaroles in geothermal / volcanic areas. XRD analysis revealed that the alteration degree of whole rock is represented by abundance of cristobalite. Detailed powder XRD analysis show that the primary diffraction peak of cristobalite composed with two or three phases with different d-spacing and FWHM by peak profile fitting analysis. Shorter d-spacing and narrower FWHM cristobalite crystallize from precursor materials with less-crystallized, longer d-spacing and wider FWHM cristobalite. Textures of hydrothermal cristobalite in altered rock shows remnant of porphylitic texture of the host rock, pyroxene-amphibole andesite. Diatom has amorphous silica shell and makes diatomite sediment. Diatomite found in less diagenetic Quarternary formation keeps amorphous silica diatom shells. Hydrothermal alteration experiments of amorphous silica diatomite sediment are carried out from 300 °C to 550 °C. Mineral composition of run products shows crystallization of cristobalite and quartz progress depending on temperature and run durations. Initial crystallization product, cristobalite grains occur as characteristic lepispheres and granules with various surface structures. At the very initial stage of cristobalite crystallization within 2 days run duration, cristobalite shows lepispheres a few micron meters in diameter with irregular, submicron scale ridges and grooves on the surface. With the run duration up to 7 days, lepispheres change to granules with smooth surface remaining a few micron meters in diameter. Crystallinity of cristobalite lepispheres and granules corresponds to opal-CT. Euhedral quartz crystals grow with dissolution of cristobalite grains. Growth rate of cristobalite and quartz is controlled by crystallization kinetics with induction period strongly depending on temperature. Induction period of cristobalite crystallization from amorphous silica may exceed several million years at temperature below 100 °C. Crystallinity, morphology and growth rate of silica minerals occurred in various terrestrial and planetary processes are controlled by temperature and acidity of hydrothermal fluid and nucleation and growth kinetics of silica minerals.

  18. Hydrothermal alteration maps of the central and southern Basin and Range province of the United States compiled from Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) data

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    Mars, John L.

    2013-01-01

    Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) data and Interactive Data Language (IDL) logical operator algorithms were used to map hydrothermally altered rocks in the central and southern parts of the Basin and Range province of the United States. The hydrothermally altered rocks mapped in this study include (1) hydrothermal silica-rich rocks (hydrous quartz, chalcedony, opal, and amorphous silica), (2) propylitic rocks (calcite-dolomite and epidote-chlorite mapped as separate mineral groups), (3) argillic rocks (alunite-pyrophyllite-kaolinite), and (4) phyllic rocks (sericite-muscovite). A series of hydrothermal alteration maps, which identify the potential locations of hydrothermal silica-rich, propylitic, argillic, and phyllic rocks on Landsat Thematic Mapper (TM) band 7 orthorectified images, and geographic information systems shape files of hydrothermal alteration units are provided in this study.

  19. Mass transfer and fluid evolution in late-metamorphic veins, Rhenish Massif (Germany): insight from alteration geochemistry and fluid-mineral equilibria modeling

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    Marsala, Achille; Wagner, Thomas

    2016-01-01

    Element mobility and fluid-rock interaction related to the formation of late-metamorphic quartz veins have been studied by combination of mineral chemistry, whole-rock geochemistry, mass balance analysis and fluid-mineral equilibria modeling. The quartz veins are hosted by very low-grade metasedimentary rocks of the fold-and-thrust belt of the Rhenish Massif (Germany). The veins record two stages of evolution, a massive vein filling assemblage with elongate-blocky quartz, chlorite, apatite and albite, and a later open space filling assemblage with euhedral crystals of quartz, ankerite-dolomite and minor calcite and sulfides. Detailed mass balance analysis of an alteration profile adjacent to a representative quartz vein demonstrates that element mobility is restricted to the proximal zone. The most important element changes are gain of Ca, Fe, Mg, Mn, P and CO2, and loss of Si, K and Na. The data demonstrate that wall-rock carbonation is one of the main alteration features, whereas mobility of Si, K and Na are related to dissolution of quartz and destruction of detrital feldspar and muscovite. The whole-rock geochemical data, in conjunction with fluid composition data and pressure-temperature estimates, were used as input for fluid-mineral equilibria modeling in the system Si-Al-Fe-Mg-Ca-Na-K-C-S-O-H-B-F-Cl. Modeling involved calculation of rock-buffered fluid compositions over the temperature interval 100-500 °C, and reaction-path simulations where a rock-buffered high-temperature fluid reacts with fresh host-rocks at temperatures of 400, 300 and 200 °C. Calculated rock-buffered fluid compositions demonstrate that retrograde silica solubility is a strong driving force for quartz leaching in the temperature-pressure window of 380-450 °C and 0.5 kbar. These conditions overlap with the estimated temperatures for the initial stage of vein formation. Reaction-path models show that high-temperature alteration can produce the observed silica leaching, suggesting that fast advection of external hot fluids from deeper crustal levels was essential for the early stage of vein formation. Fluid advection must have occurred as multiple pulses, which allowed for periods of influx of fluids that leached quartz, alternating with periods of cooling and quartz precipitation in the veins. Reaction-path models at high temperatures (300-400 °C) do not produce carbonate alteration, whereas fluid-rock reaction at 200 °C produces carbonate alteration, consistent with the temperature estimates for the late-stage vein carbonate assemblage. Comparison between modeling results and geochemical data suggests that the observed alteration features are the product of fluid-rock reaction under conditions where the external fluid gradually cooled down and evolved with time. The results of this study highlight the importance of late-orogenic fluid migration for the formation of quartz vein arrays in fold-and-thrust belts.

  20. Quartz Microstructures in Rocks From the Rochechouart Impact Structure, France - High Stress Deformation and Subsequent Annealing

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    Trepmann, C. A.

    2006-12-01

    Quartz microstructures in impact breccias and target rocks from the Rochechouart impact structure, as well as rocks not affected by shock, outside the structure, are compared. Suevites and impact breccias contain clasts of shocked quartz that show planar fractures (PFs), planar deformation features (PDFs) and mosaicism, as revealed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). PDFs comprise fluid inclusions and dislocations aligned in narrow strings mostly parallel to the π and ω rhombohedra of quartz. The spacing between PDFs is typically <0.5 μm. Multiple PDF sets intersect each other. Dislocation walls separate cells in the interspace between PDFs. Mosaicism is characterized by tiny cells (<0.5 μm in diameter) that are markedly misoriented, as indicated by streaky diffraction spots. Planar features occur, along which the cells are aligned, probably representing remnants of PDFs. These characteristics imply high shock pressures on the order of 20 GPa during shock. The microstructure apparent in the TEM indicates post-shock recovery and recrystallisation at probably quasi-static conditions. Shocked quartz in autochthonous gneisses at ~5 km NE of the assumed centre of the structure show few PDFs parallel to the ω rhombohedra and/or basal PDFs, which represent mechanical Brazil twins. In general, PDF density is lower in shocked quartz from authochthonous target rocks compared to shocked quartz from impact breccias. These characteristics imply that the target rocks are affected by shock pressures on the order of 8 GPa. In most gneisses no cataclastic deformation is recorded by the microfabric. In autochthonous recrystallized vein quartz, however, cataclastic zones show a shear offset of up to 0.5 mm and comprise small cataclasites with an average diameter of 7±4 μm. Quartz containing basal PDFs is restricted to these cataclastic zones. Rhombohedral PDFs do not occur. These characteristics imply low shock pressures and a high shock-induced differential stress. In TEM, low angle grain boundaries cross cut basal PDFs, indicating recovery during post-shock. In contrast, vein quartz from St. Paul de la Roche ~30 km SW outside the Rochechouart impact structure does not show any PDFs or cataclastic zones but undulating deformation lamellae. These are characterised by small misorientations of <2° and comprise diffuse dislocation walls. The free dislocation density is high ~1012 m-2. Strings of recrystallised grains occur at a high angle to the deformation lamellae. These microstructures record endogenous induced deformation at lower loading rates compared to shock. However, they imply as well non-steady state deformation at high differential stress with subsequent annealing. They may have developed at a depth beneath the seismogenic layer induced by stress fluctuations as a result of a major earthquake in the upper crust. Comparison of shock-induced microstructures from impact breccias and target rocks as well as earthquake- related microstructures yields information on the high stress behaviour of quartz during dynamic loading.

  1. Mesozoic hydrothermal alteration associated with gold mineralization in the Mercur district, Utah

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    Wilson, P.N.; Parry, W.T. )

    1990-09-01

    K/Ar dates and chemical data show that a Mesozoic gold-bearing hydrothermal system altered black shales of the Mississippian Great Blue Limestone throughout an area encompassing the Mercur gold district, Utah. K/Ar dates of illite veins and illite-rich, clay-sized separates of altered shales that are enriched in Au, As, Hg, Sc, and other heavy metals indicate that hydrothermal activity occurred from 193 to 122 Ma. Several ages from within the Mercur district cluster near 160 Ma and may date the minimum age of gold mineralization.

  2. Tectonophysics of hydrothermal ore formation: an example of the Antei Mo-U deposit, Transbaikalia

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    Petrov, V. A.; Rebetsky, Yu. L.; Poluektov, V. V.; Burmistrov, A. A.

    2015-07-01

    The Antei deposit of the southeastern Transbaikalian region is one of the largest uranium mines in Russia. It is hosted by the Late Paleozoic granitic basement of the Streltsovskaya caldera and was formed as a result of Late Mesozoic tectonothermal activity. Vein and stockwork-disseminated molybdenum-uranium mineralization at this deposit is controlled by zones of intense hydrothermal alteration, cataclasis, brecciation, and intense fracturing along steeply dipping faults, which acted as conduits for mineralizing fluids and hosts to the ore bodies. The upper edge of the ore-bearing zone is located at a depth of 400 m, and its lower edge was intersected at a depth of 1300 m from the day surface. The conditions of ore localization were determined using structural-geological and petrophysical studies coupled with numerical modeling of the effects of gravitational body forces at purely elastic and postcritical elastoplastic deformational stages. The dynamics of the tectonic stress field in the rock massif was reconstructed using the results of mapping of morphogenetic and kinematic characteristics of fault and fracture systems, as well as data on petrography and mineralogy of rocks and vein-filling material. It was shown that the fault framework of the deposit was formed in four tectonic stages, three of which took place in the geologic past and one of which reflects recent geologic history. Each tectonic stage was characterized by different parameters of the tectonic stress-strain field, fault kinematics, and conditions of mineral formation. The following types of metasomatic rocks are recognized within the deposit: high-temperature K-feldspar rocks and albitites (formed during the Late Paleozoic as the primary structural elements of a granitic massif) and Late Mesozoic low-temperature preore (hydromicatized rocks), synore (hematite, albite, chlorite, and quartz) and postore (kaolinite-smectite) rocks. The following petrophysical parameters were determined for all rock types: density, effective porosity, wetand dry-rock shear (S-wave), and compressional (P-wave) velocity. Ultrasonic measurements were made to obtain the dynamic Young's modulus, shear modulus, bulk modulus, and Poisson's ratio. The results confirm that all studied lithologies (host granites, K-feldspathized rock with albitites and hydromicatized rocks) have drastically different petrophysical parameters. These values were used as the basis for tectonophysical modeling of Late Mesozoic synore deformation induced by gravitational forces. It was shown that the domains of most intense deformation are confined to the intersections of submeridional fluid-conducting faults with sublatitudinal K-feldspathized and albitized zones, which acted as concentrators of external induced stresses. The formation of enriched ore shoots at these structural nodes can be explained by the suction-pumping of oreforming fluids by pipe-like (tubular) conduits under oriented stress. The deformation of K-feldsparthic rocks and albitites under stresses exceeding the elastic limit raised their fracture permeability due to cataclasis and brecciation and created favorable conditions for circulation of mineralizing fluids and precipitation of minerals. The use of tectonophysical modeling for the reconstruction of paleotectonic and fluid flow conditions during formation of hydrothermal mineralization allows a more precise evaluation of ore potential in deep levels and flanks of ore deposits.

  3. Hydrothermal mineralising systems as critical systems

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    Hobbs, Bruce

    2015-04-01

    Hydrothermal mineralising systems as critical systems. Bruce E Hobbs1,2, Alison Ord1 and Mark A. Munro1. 1. Centre for Exploration Targeting, The University of Western Australia, M006, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia. 2. CSIRO Earth and Resource Engineering, Bentley, WA, Australia Hydrothermal mineralising systems are presented as large, open chemical reactors held far from equilibrium during their life-time by the influx of heat, fluid and dissolved chemical species. As such they are nonlinear dynamical systems and need to be analysed using the tools that have been developed for such systems. Hydrothermal systems undergo a number of transitions during their evolution and this paper focuses on methods for characterising these transitions in a quantitative manner and establishing whether they resemble first or second (critical) phase transitions or whether they have some other kind of nature. Critical phase transitions are characterised by long range correlations for some parameter characteristic of the system, power-law probability distributions so that there is no characteristic length scale and a high sensitivity to perturbations; as one approaches criticality, characteristic parameters for the system scale in a power law manner with distance from the critical point. The transitions undergone in mineralised hydrothermal systems are: (i) widespread, non-localised mineral alteration involving exothermic mineral reactions that produce hydrous silicate phases, carbonates and iron-oxides, (ii) strongly localised veining, brecciation and/or stock-work formation, (iii) a series of endothermic mineral reactions involving the formation of non-hydrous silicates, sulphides and metals such as gold, (iv) multiple repetitions of transitions (ii) and (iii). We have quantified aspects of these transitions in gold deposits from the Yilgarn craton of Western Australia using wavelet transforms. This technique is convenient and fast. It enables one to establish if the transition is multifractal (and if so, quantify the multifractal spectrum) and determine the scale dependence of long range correlations or anti-correlations. The availability of long drill holes with detailed chemical analyses and mineral abundances derived from hyperspectral data enables individual ore bodies to be characterised in a quantitative manner and constraints placed on whether the various transition are possibly critical or of some other form. We also present some simple nonlinear models that produce the multifractal character and correlation scaling relations observed in these data sets,

  4. Hydrothermal reactivity of saponite.

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    Whitney, G.

    1983-01-01

    The nature and extent of the reactions of synthetic Fe-free saponite have been investigated under experimental hydrothermal conditions as a first step towards understanding saponite reactivity under relatively simple conditions. Saponite crystallizes from amorphous gel of ideal saponite composition within 7 days at 300o-550oC under P = 1 kbar. Reactions subsequent to this initial crystallization depend on reaction T and interlayer cations. Saponite is found to react hydrothermally, over a period of 200 days, at T down to 400oC, at least 150oC lower than previously reported, but showed no signs of reaction below 400oC. At 450oC, a mixture of talc/saponite and saponite/phlogopite clays forms from K-saponite via intracrystalline layer transformations, while above 450oC the initial K-saponite dissolves, with talc and phlogopite forming as discrete phases. After 200 days reactions at 400-450oC were not complete, so that given sufficient time to reach equilibrium, a lower hydrothermal stability limit for saponite is possible. Further study of the Fe-bearing saponite system will be required before experimental results can be applied to natural systems.-D.F.B.

  5. Study of Pellets and Lumps as Raw Materials in Silicon Production from Quartz and Silicon Carbide

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    Dal Martello, E.; Tranell, G.; Gaal, S.; Raaness, O. S.; Tang, K.; Arnberg, L.

    2011-10-01

    The use of high-purity carbon and quartz raw materials reduces the need for comprehensive refining steps after the silicon has been produced carbothermically in the electric reduction furnace. The current work aims at comparing the reaction mechanisms and kinetics occurring in the inner part of the reduction furnace when pellets or lumpy charge is used, as well as the effect of the raw material mix. Laboratory-scale carbothermic reduction experiments have been carried out in an induction furnace. High-purity silicon carbide and two different high-purity hydrothermal quartzes were charged as raw materials at different molar ratios. The charge was in the form of lumps (size, 2-5 mm) or as powder (size, 10-20 μm), mixed and agglomerated as pellets (size, 1-3 mm) and reacted at 2273 K (2000 °C). The thermal properties of the quartzes were measured also by heating a small piece of quartz in CO atmosphere. The investigated quartzes have different reactivity in reducing atmosphere. The carbothermal reduction experiments show differences in the reacted charge between pellets and lumps as charge material. Solid-gas reactions take place from the inside of the pellets porosity, whereas reactions in lumps occur topochemically. Silicon in pellets is produced mainly in the rim zone. Larger volumes of silicon have been found when using lumpy charge. More SiO is produced when using pellets than for lumpy SiO2 for the same molar ratio and heating conditions. The two SiC polytypes used in the carbothermal reduction experiments as carbon reductants presented different reactivity.

  6. Cathodoluminescence investigations on quartz cement in the sandstones of Khabour Formation from Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Northern Iraq

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    Omer, Muhamed F.; Friis, Henrik

    2014-03-01

    The Ordovician deltaic to shallow marine Khabour Formation in Northern Iraq consists mainly of sandstone with minor siltstone and interbedded shale. The sandstones are pervasively cemented by quartz that resulted in very little preserved primary porosity. Cathodoluminescence and petrographic studies showed that the silica cementation occurred in five successive phases which can be distinguished by their luminescence pattern. The precipitations of two phases have predated the major compaction process while the other phases are younger. The successive phases represent a sequence of changes in silica supply which were classified as very early and early, derived from dissolved biogenic silica that precipitated as opal/microquartz, possibly pre-compactional and of non-luminescent quartz overgrowth type. This was followed by phases whose silica supply derived from pressure solution of quartz, dissolution of feldspar, and hydrothermal fluids related to major thrust fault event. These successive quartz cement phases showed an increase in luminescence and the development of complicated zonation pattern in late-stage quartz cementation.

  7. [Study on Mineralogical Characteristics of Quartz and Calcite from Feieling Skarn-Type Pb-Zn Deposit in Southwest Margin of Yunkai Massif].

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    Zeng, Chang-yu; Zhao, Ming-zhen; Li, Hong-zhong; Niu, Jia; Zhang, Jie-tang; He, Jun-guo; Zhou, Yong-zhang; Yang, Zhi-jun

    2015-09-01

    The Feieling Pb-Zn deposit of skarn-type is located the in Southwest margin of Yunkai massif, China. This ore deposit can be divided into wall rock near ore, concealed rock mass, endoskarn, exoskarn and orebody. The Raman and FTIR spectrum are conducted to study the mineralogical characteristics of quartz and calcite from five types of rocks from Feieling skarn-type deposit. The analysis shows that the quartz included in the near ore wall rock, endoskarn and exoskarn, comparing with recrystallized quartz of concealed rock mass, has a tend to change into low symmetry quartz in varying degrees. The crystalinity and order degree of quartz from near ore wall rock to concealed rock mass and to endoskarn are becoming higher, but that of quartz from different exoskarn samples display no regular. The origin or the quartz microstructure changes may be related to the multi-stage evolution of skarn mineralization process. The quartz, included in near ore wall rock, endoskarn and exoskarn, become easier to recrystallize and adjust microstructure under the influence of the multi-stage hydrothermal and temperature effect. In anyone sample, the earlier crystalline calcite, showing subhedral-euhedral crystal, display higher crystalinity and order degree. On the contrary, the later crystalline calcite, showing xenomorphic crystal, display lower crystalinity and order degree. Calcite crystal of exoskarn rock contains some silica impurity, while endoskarn and orebody rock is pure. The purity of calcite crystal may relate to Multi-stage evolution of skarn mineralization process. At the early and late skarn stage, active silica-containing fluid is easier to join into calcite, which is under higher temperature environments. On the contrary, at the late quartz-surfide stage, the later crystalized calcite displays higher purity, which is under lower temperature environments. Therefore, spectral characteristics of quartz and calcite reflect multi-stage evolution of skarn mineralization process. PMID:26669167

  8. Vein harvesting and techniques for infrainguinal bypass.

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    Albäck, Anders; Saarinen, Eva; Venermo, Maarit

    2016-04-01

    In order to achieve good long term results after bypass surgery, alongside with good inflow and outflow arteries, the bypass graft material also has an important role. The best patency and limb salvage rates are achieved with autologous vein. If great saphenous vein is not available, acceptable long-term results can be achieved with arm veins and lesser saphenous vein. The quality and size of the vein are important. A small-caliber vein, increased wall thickness, postphlebitic changes and varicosities are associated with a risk of early failure. Preoperative vein mapping with ultrasound reduces readmissions and postoperative surgical site infections. During the mapping, the vein to be used and its main tributaries are marked with a permanent marker pen. To reduce wound complication rates we recommend bridged incisions in vein harvesting. Endoscopic vein harvesting seems to have no benefit compared to open techniques in lower limb bypasses, and has been associated with higher risk of primary patency loss at one year. With deep tunneling of the graft the problems caused by wound infection can be avoided. PMID:26837257

  9. Adsorption of goethite onto quartz and kaolinite

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    Goldberg, M.C.; Weiner, Eugene R.; Boymel, P.M.

    1984-01-01

    The adsorption of colloidal goethite onto quartz and kaolinite substrates has been studied as a function of pH and NaCl concentration. Goethite adsorption was measured quantitatively by Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy. The results indicate that adsorption onto both substrates is due primarily to coulombic forces; however, the pH dependence of adsorption is very different for the two substrates. This is explained by the fact that the surface charge on quartz is entirely pH-dependent, while kaolinite has surface faces which carry a permanent negative charge. Adsorption of goethite on to kaolinite increases markedly with increasing NaCl concentration, while adsorption onto quartz is relatively independent of NaCl concentration. This can be explained by the influence of NaCl concentration upon the development of surface charge on the substrates. A method is described for separating surface-bound goethite from free goethite.

  10. Association of gold with uraninite and pyrobitumen in the metavolcanic rock hosted hydrothermal Au-U mineralisation at Rompas, Peräpohja Schist Belt, northern Finland

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    Molnár, Ferenc; Oduro, Harry; Cook, Nick D. J.; Pohjolainen, Esa; Takács, Ágnes; O'Brien, Hugh; Pakkanen, Lassi; Johanson, Bo; Wirth, Richard

    2016-01-01

    The Peräpohja Schist Belt comprises a supracrustal sequence of quartzites, mafic volcanics and volcaniclastics, carbonate rocks, black shales, mica schists and greywackes which were deposited from ca. 2.44 to ~1.91 Ga, during the rifting of the Archaean basement in the eastern part of the Fennoscandian shield. Metamorphism and multiple folding of the basin fill took place during the Svecofennian orogeny (1.9-1.8 Ga) followed by intrusions of late-orogenic (1.84-1.80 Ga) and post-orogenic granitoids (1.79-1.76 Ga). The Rompas Au-U mineralisation is hosted by deformed calcsilicate veins in mafic volcanic rocks and locally contains very high grade (>10,000 g/t Au) gold pockets with strict spatial association of gold minerals to uraninite and pyrobitumen. Chemical ages from the unaltered domains in the structure of uraninite indicate a 1.95-1.90 Ga age for the deposition of the primary, high temperature (e.g. U/Th < 100 in uraninite) hydrothermal uranium mineralisation. These data are in agreement with the results of previous U-Pb dating of uraninite by SIMS. Textural evidence suggests that metamorphic recrystallisation of the uraninite-bearing quartz-dolomite veins into calcsilicate mineral assemblages during the Svecofennian orogeny (1.9-1.8 Ga) was followed by a hydrocarbon-bearing fluid flow event and radiolytic polymerisation of hydrocarbons around grains of uraninite. Gold precipitated during a subsequent hydrothermal process in the fractures of uraninite, as well as in the cracks and on the botryoidal surfaces of uraninite-pyrobitumen nodules. Remobilisation and redeposition of uranium by these hydrothermal events produced secondary uraninite grains with chemical ages between 1.85 and 1.65 Ga. Native gold is associated with galena, altaite, hunchunite, nickeline and rare cobaltite, Pb-bearing maldonite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite, molybdenite and titanite. Raman spectra show disordered structure of undeformed pyrobitumen nodules in contrast with the well-ordered graphite in calcsilicate veins. Mean random reflectance data for pyrobitumen indicate 270-340 °C maximum temperature of thermal maturation—this temperature range is also considered as the temperature of gold deposition. Results of multiple sulphur isotope analyses of organic material-, pyrite- and acid-volatile-bound sulphur show distinct ranges of δ34S values for SORG and SCRS in uraninite-pyrobitumen (from -6.99 to -3.55‰ and from -10.02 to -4.41‰, respectively) and uraninite-pyrobitumen-native gold mineral associations (from +1.36 to +6.87‰ and from +0.42 to +9.7‰, respectively). Δ33S data indicate local occurrence of nonmass-dependent sulphur isotope fractionation owing to interaction of fluids with organic material. Concentration of lead in uraninite is depleted along the gold mineral filled fractures whereas the uranogenic lead isotope contents of galena, altaite and hunchuite deposited in the same fractures are extremely high, suggesting that the dominant source of lead for the crystallisation of these minerals was the radiogenic lead content of uraninite. Taking into account this source of radiogenic lead, the calculated Pb-Pb model ages for the lead minerals are between 1.75 and 1.70 Ga. Sulphur and tellurium removal from the fluid by reaction with radiogenic lead released by uraninite appears to be an important mechanism in the strongly localised deposition of gold minerals. Scavenging of sulphur by pyrobitumen nodules from gold transporting fluids was an additional process triggering precipitation of gold. Carbon particles and organic functional groups in pyrobitumen probably acted as nucleation and adsorption centres for gold minerals.

  11. Basic Material Quartz and Related Innovations

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    Ballato, A.

    Although material quartz is of scientific interest in its own right, its volume of usage and variety of applications dictate its technological importance.The technological prominence of α-quartz stems largely from the presence of piezoelectricity, combined with extremely low acoustic loss. It was one of the minerals with which the Brothers Curie first established the piezoelectric effect in 1880. In the early 1920s, the quartz resonator was first used for frequency stabilization. Temperature-compensated orientations (the AT and BT shear cuts) were introduced in the 1930s, and assured the technology's success. By the late 1950s, growth of cultured bars became commercially viable, and in the early 1970s, cultured quartz use for electronic applications first exceeded that of the natural variety. The discovery of cuts that addressed compensation of stress and temperature transient effects occurred in the 1970s, and led to the introduction of compound cuts such as the SC, which hasboth a zero temperature coefficient of frequency, and is simultaneously stress-compensated [1-5]. Between 109 and 1010 quartz units per year were produced by 2000 at frequencies from below 1 kHz to above 10 GHz. Categories of application include resonators, filters, delay lines, transducers, sensors, signal processors, and actuators. Particularly noteworthy are the bulk- and surface-wave resonators; their uses span the gamut from disposable timepieces to highest precision oscillators for position-location, and picosecond timing applications. Stringent high-shock and high-pressure sensor operations are also enabled. Table 2.1 shows the major applications of quartz crystals. These applications are discussed subsequently in greater detail. For general background and historical developments, see [1,6-11].

  12. Diversity of primary CL textures in quartz from porphyry environments: implication for origin of quartz eyes

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    Vasyukova, O. V.; Kamenetsky, V. S.; Goemann, K.; Davidson, P.

    2013-10-01

    Porphyry-style mineralization is related to the intrusion and crystallization of small stocks, which can be of different compositions (from intermediate to felsic) and can intrude into different host rocks (from magmatic to sedimentary). We used cathodoluminescence and electron probe microanalysis to study the internal textures of more than 300 quartz eyes from six porphyry deposits, Panguna (Papua New Guinea), Far Southeast porphyry (Philippines), Batu Hijau (Indonesia), Antapaccay (Peru), Rio Blanco (Chile) and Climax (USA). Significant diversity of the internal textures in quartz eyes was revealed, sometimes even within a single sample. Quartz grains with Ti-rich cores surrounded by Ti-poor mantles were found next to the grains showing the opposite Ti distribution or only slight Ti fluctuations.We propose that diversity of the internal patterns in quartz eyes can actually reflect in situ crystallization history, and that prolonged crystallization after magma emplacement under conditions of continuous cooling can account for the observed features of internal textures. Formation of quartz eyes begins at high temperatures with crystallization of high titanium Quartz 1, which as the melt becomes more and more evolved and cooler, is overgrown by low Ti Quartz 2. Subsequent fluid exsolution brings about dramatic change in the melt composition: OH - , alkalis and other Cl-complexed elements partition into the fluid phase, whereas Ti stays in the melt, contributing to a rapid increase in Ti activity. Separation of the fluid and its further cooling causes disequilibrium in the system, and the Quartz 2 becomes partially resorbed. Exsolution of the fluid gradually builds up the pressure until it exceeds the yield strength of the host rocks and they then fracture. This pressure release most likely triggers crystallization of Quartz 3, which is higher in Ti than Quartz 2 because Ti activity in the melt is higher and pressure of crystallization is lower. As a result of the reaction between the exsolved fluid and quartz a new phase, a so called `heavy fluid' forms. From this phase Quartz 4 crystallizes. This phase has extremely high metal-carrying capacity, and may give a rise to mineralizing fluids. Finally, on the brink of the subsolidus stage, groundmass quartz crystallizes. Prolonged crystallization under conditions of continuous cooling accounts better for the diversity of CL textures than crystallization in different parts of a deep magma chamber. It is also in a better agreement with the existing model for formation of porphyry-style deposits.

  13. Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Biomass

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    Elliott, Douglas C.

    2010-12-10

    Hydrothermal liquefaction technology is describes in its relationship to fast pyrolysis of biomass. The scope of work at PNNL is discussed and some intial results are presented. HydroThermal Liquefaction (HTL), called high-pressure liquefaction in earlier years, is an alternative process for conversion of biomass into liquid products. Some experts consider it to be pyrolysis in solvent phase. It is typically performed at about 350 C and 200 atm pressure such that the water carrier for biomass slurry is maintained in a liquid phase, i.e. below super-critical conditions. In some applications catalysts and/or reducing gases have been added to the system with the expectation of producing higher yields of higher quality products. Slurry agents ('carriers') evaluated have included water, various hydrocarbon oils and recycled bio-oil. High-pressure pumping of biomass slurry has been a major limitation in the process development. Process research in this field faded away in the 1990s except for the HydroThermal Upgrading (HTU) effort in the Netherlands, but has new resurgence with other renewable fuels in light of the increased oil prices and climate change concerns. Research restarted at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in 2007 with a project, 'HydroThermal Liquefaction of Agricultural and Biorefinery Residues' with partners Archer-Daniels-Midland Company and ConocoPhillips. Through bench-scale experimentation in a continuous-flow system this project investigated the bio-oil yield and quality that could be achieved from a range of biomass feedstocks and derivatives. The project was completed earlier this year with the issuance of the final report. HydroThermal Liquefaction research continues within the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium with the effort focused at PNNL. The bench-scale reactor is being used for conversion of lignocellulosic biomass including pine forest residue and corn stover. A complementary project is an international collaboration with Canada to investigate kelp (seaweed) as a biomass feedstock. The collaborative project includes process testing of the kelp in HydroThermal Liquefaction in the bench-scale unit at PNNL. HydroThermal Liquefaction at PNNL is performed in the hydrothermal processing bench-scale reactor system. Slurries of biomass are prepared in the laboratory from whole ground biomass materials. Both wet processing and dry processing mills can be used, but the wet milling to final slurry is accomplished in a stirred ball mill filled with angle-cut stainless steel shot. The PNNL HTL system, as shown in the figure, is a continuous-flow system including a 1-litre stirred tank preheater/reactor, which can be connected to a 1-litre tubular reactor. The product is filtered at high-pressure to remove mineral precipitate before it is collected in the two high-pressure collectors, which allow the liquid products to be collected batchwise and recovered alternately from the process flow. The filter can be intermittently back-flushed as needed during the run to maintain operation. By-product gas is vented out the wet test meter for volume measurement and samples are collected for gas chromatography compositional analysis. The bio-oil product is analyzed for elemental content in order to calculate mass and elemental balances around the experiments. Detailed chemical analysis is performed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and 13-C nuclear magnetic resonance is used to evaluate functional group types in the bio-oil. Sufficient product is produced to allow subsequent catalytic hydroprocessing to produce liquid hydrocarbon fuels. The product bio-oil from hydrothermal liquefaction is typically a more viscous product compared to fast pyrolysis bio-oil. There are several reasons for this difference. The HTL bio-oil contains a lower level of oxygen because of more extensive secondary reaction of the pyrolysis products. There are less amounts of the many light oxygenates derived from the carbohydrate structures as they have been further reacted to phenolic Aldol condensation products. The bio-oil is more hydrophobic because of the lower oxygen content and resulting lower polarity and therefore has a lower amount of dissolved water. Without the light oxygenates acting as solvents along with the water, the bio-oil product is much more viscous. Related results are that the bio-oil is less dense and has a higher energy content. These differences in properties led to the earlier held belief that the HTL bio-oils could be upgraded by catalytic hydroprocessing in a manner more similar to simple petroleum hydrotreating. Some initial results from the HydroThermal Liquefaction of kelp are shown in Table 1. The experiments were performed with kelp slurries of 5-13 wt.% dry solids in water. Oil yields from kelp are low at 24% on ash-free basis but up to 41% calculated on a carbon basis. The bulk of the rest of the carbon ends up dissolved in the water stream.

  14. Fluid circulation and carbonate vein precipitation in the footwall of an oceanic core complex, Ocean Drilling Program Site 175, Mid-Atlantic Ridge

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    Schroeder, Tim; Bach, Wolfgang; Jöns, Niels; Jöns, Svenja; Monien, Patrick; Klügel, Andreas

    2015-10-01

    Carbonate veins recovered from the mafic/ultramafic footwall of an oceanic detachment fault on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge record multiple episodes of fluid movement through the detachment and secondary faults. High-temperature (˜75-175°C) calcite veins with elevated REE contents and strong positive Eu-anomalies record the mixing of up-welling hydrothermal fluids with infiltrating seawater. Carbonate precipitation is most prominent in olivine-rich troctolite, which also display a much higher degree of greenschist and sub-greenschist alteration relative to gabbro and diabase. Low-temperature calcite and aragonite veins likely precipitated from oxidizing seawater that infiltrated the detachment fault and/or within secondary faults late or post footwall denudation. Oxygen and carbon isotopes lie on a mixing line between seawater and Logatchev-like hydrothermal fluids, but precipitation temperatures are cooler than would be expected for isenthalpic mixing, suggesting conductive cooling during upward flow. There is no depth dependence of vein precipitation temperature, indicating effective cooling of the footwall via seawater infiltration through fault zones. One sample contains textural evidence of low-temperature, seawater-signature veins being cut by high-temperature, hydrothermal-signature veins. This indicates temporal variability in the fluid mixing, possibly caused by deformation-induced porosity changes or dike intrusion. The strong correlation between carbonate precipitation and olivine-rich troctolites suggests that the presence of unaltered olivine is a key requirement for carbonate precipitation from seawater and hydrothermal fluids. Our results also suggest that calcite-talc alteration of troctolites may be a more efficient CO2 trap than serpentinized peridotite.

  15. Recanalized umbilical vein in portal hypertension.

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    Aagaard, J; Jensen, L I; Sørensen, T I; Christensen, U; Burcharth, F

    1982-12-01

    Experience with splenoportography suggests that patency of the umbilical vein occurs in about 9% of the patients with portal hypertension. A widely patent umbilical vein might serve as a decompressive portosystemic shunt. Percutaneous transhepatic portography was performed in 107 patients with cirrhosis of the liver and portal hypertension. A patent umbilical vein was found in 28 patients (26%). This finding significantly paralleled the number and size of other collateral veins, apart from gastroesophageal varices. No significant relation was found between umbilical vein patency and portal pressure, extrahepatic shunting, variceal bleeding, or ascites. It is concluded that a large patent umbilical vein does not effectively relieve portal hypertension, prevent gastroesophageal varices, or protect against variceal bleeding or ascites. PMID:6983253

  16. Portal vein thrombosis during pregnancy

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    Dasari, Papa; Balusamy, Sathyalakshmy

    2013-01-01

    A 22-year-old primigravida was diagnosed to have portal vein thrombosis during 20th week of gestation by ultrasound examination which was carried out to rule out congenital fetal anomalies. She had splenomegaly and thrombocytopenia. Investigations did not reveal any prothrombotic disorder. She was managed with anticoagulants which were started at 31?weeks of pregnancy. Labour was induced at 40?weeks of gestation and she delivered a healthy neonate without any complications. Anticoagulants were restarted after delivery and continued through the postpartum period and up to 6?months thereafter. PMID:23715832

  17. Assessing the origin of old apparent ages derived by Pb stepwise leaching of vein-hosted epidote from Mount Isa, northwest Queensland, Australia

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    Duncan, Robert J.; Maas, Roland

    2014-12-01

    Epidote metasomatism affected large areas of tholeiitic metabasalts of the ~1,780 Ma Eastern Creek Volcanics in the Western Fold Belt of the Proterozoic Mount Isa inlier. Hydrothermal epidote generally occurs in quartz veins parallel to or boudinaged within the dominant S2 fabrics which formed during the regional metamorphic peak at ~1,570 Ma associated with the Isan orogeny. Previously published stable isotopic and halogen data suggest that the fluids responsible for epidote formation are metamorphic in origin (with an evaporitic component). Application of the Pb stepwise leaching technique to the epidote does not separate radiogenic Pb4+ and common Pb2+, generating little spread in 206Pb/204Pb (between 16.0 and 30.5). The causes for this relatively low range are twofold: There is little radiogenic Pb in the epidotes (the most radiogenic steps account for <1 % of Pb released) and both Pb2+ and uranogenic Pb4+ substitute into the same site in the epidote crystal lattice. Consequently, age regressions using the Pb stepwise leaching data give ages between 150 and 1,500 myrs older than the host rocks and over 450 myrs older than the thermal metamorphic peak. These old ages are attributed to chemical inheritance from the host metabasalts, via radiogenic Pb release by breakdown of phases such as zircon, monazite, titanomagnetite, and ilmenite during metamorphism. This idea is supported by trace element data and chrondrite-normalized rare earth element patterns that are similar to both the metabasalts and epidotes (except for a variable Eu anomaly in the latter). Relatively high fO2 during vein formation (Fe3+ dominates in the epidote crystal lattice) would allow the incorporation of Th4+ and exclusion of U6+ and would explain elevated Th/U ratios (up to 12) in epidote compared with the host metabasalts. Non-incorporation of U would explain the relatively low U/Pb ratios and non-radiogenic character of the epidote. This process may provide a source of metal for the small U deposits around Mount Isa and may also suggest a relationship between U mineralization and regional Cu mobilization during the Isan orogeny. Our work suggests that non-conventional geochronometers should be used only if additional geological information and geochemical data (e.g., mineral chemistry, trace elements) are available to evaluate any resulting age calculations.

  18. Hydrothermal REE and Zr mobilization in the Strange Lake peralkaline granitic system: a reaction path model linked to petrological and geochemical observations

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    Gysi, A. P.; Williams-Jones, A. E.

    2013-12-01

    Extreme enrichment and hydrothermal mobilization of rare earth elements (REE) and other high-field strength elements (HFSE; i.e., Zr, Nb, Ta and Ti) is a feature of anorogenic alkaline and peralkaline igneous systems. Strange Lake in Quebec, Canada, is a mid-Proterozoic peralkaline granitic intrusion that is host to a world-class REE and HFSE deposit with >50 Mt of ore (>1.5 wt.% REE and >3 wt.% Zr). We have used Strange Lake as a natural laboratory and linked petrographic observations of the deposit and geochemical data with numerical simulations to constraint physicochemical conditions of hydrothermal REE and Zr mobilization and mineralization. The B-zone, in the NW of Strange Lake, contains a lens-shaped pegmatite-rich zone hosted in subsolvus granite. Three alteration styles were distinguished: i) an acid alteration caused by HCl-HF-bearing fluids from the pegmatites, ii) Na-metasomatism related to aegirinization/hematization of arfvedsonite, and iii) Ca-F-metasomatism involving late interaction of the rocks with a mixture of acidic F-rich and Ca-rich fluids. The acid alteration accounts for most of the hydrothermal mobilization of Zr and REE within and from the pegmatites, whereas the Ca-F-metasomatism is evident as late stage pore space fillings and veins of hydrothermal fluorite and quartz and a fluorite breccia. These different alteration styles are reflected in the bulk rock chemistry by variable mobility of Na, Fe, Al, Ca, F, HFSE and REE distinguishable on isocon diagrams. Elemental X-ray maps of REE- and Zr-minerals show evidence for a decoupled mobilization of LREE, HREE and Zr at different stages of fluid-rock interaction. Numerical simulations of the reaction of pegmatite with saline HF- and HCl-HF-bearing fluids at 400 °C to 250 °C predict the observed trends reasonably well. Fluids with pH <2 led to the formation of quartz and fluorite in the core of the pegmatites, and fluids with pH >4 to the formation of phyllosilicates and continued stability of K-feldspar in the pegmatite borders. Low fluid-rock ratios in the pegmatite borders ensured rock-buffering of pH, whereas higher fluid-rock ratios in the cores caused fluid-buffering of pH. As a result, pathways for mobilization of REE and Zr were created in the pegmatites cores by acidic fluids, which produced considerable porosity upon cooling. This was accompanied by aegirinization/hematization in the surrounding granites, where fluid-rock ratios were low and pH was rock-buffered to values >6. Owing to this rock-buffering of pH, there was also a corresponding decrease in the mobility of the REE/HFSE.

  19. Preduodenal portal vein: its surgical significance.

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    Makey, D A; Bowen, J C

    1978-11-01

    Preduodenal portal vein is a rare anatomical variant which may be one of many anomalies in the neonate with duodenal "atresia." Preduodenal portal vein also may be an occasional finding in an adult undergoing biliary, gastric, or pancreatic surgery. Awareness and recognition of the anomaly are essential for the avoidance of injury during such operations. We report here a symptomless patient whose preduodenal portal vein was discovered at cholecystectomy. PMID:715684

  20. In vitro genotoxicity assessment of commercial quartz flours in comparison to standard DQ12 quartz.

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    Cakmak, Gonca D; Schins, Roel P; Shi, Tingming; Fenoglio, Ivana; Fubini, Bice; Borm, Paul J

    2004-02-01

    Crystalline silica has been classified as a human carcinogen, but there is still considerable debate on its variable fibrogenic and carcinogenic potential. We investigated genotoxicity of a panel of four quartz flours in comparison to DQ12 standard quartz with similar size and surface area, using single cell gel electrophoresis (SCGE) or comet assay. A549 human lung epithelial cells were incubated for 4 hours with different concentrations of quartz ranging from 1.6 to 200 micrograms/cm2 and cytotoxicity was assessed using leakage of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), trypan blue exclusion and conversion of a metabolic substrate (MTT). DNA strand breakages were seen with all quartzes at an in vitro concentration of 200 micrograms/cm2. At this concentration all tests and quartz samples showed significant cytotoxicity. The most toxic quartz flour (Qz 2/1-C) but not DQ12, showed an increase in strand breaks at 40 micrograms/cm2 in cell culture. At this concentration no cytotoxicity was seen with LDH and MTT, but a significant increase in cells with trypan blue uptake was noted. No differences in tail moment percentage were observed at equal concentrations of different quartz flours. Also no correlation between DNA damage and OH-radical generation or surface radicals as measured by electron spin resonance was observed. We conclude that quartzes do not cause strand breaks without concomitant cell toxicity and a sufficient in vitro concentration of > 40 micrograms/cm2 can only be reached in vivo with instillation of massive doses (> 100 mg). Therefore, in vitro genotoxicity found here is unlikely to explain the genotoxicity observed in in vivo studies with the same and other quartzes. PMID:15031953

  1. Cody hydrothermal system

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    Heasler, H.P.

    1982-01-01

    The hot springs of Colter's Hell are the surface manifestations of a much larger hydothermal system. That system has been studied to define its extent, maximum temperature, and mechanism of operation. The study area covers 2700 km/sup 2/ (1040 mi/sup 2/) in northwest Wyoming. Research and field work included locating and sampling the hot springs, geologic mapping, thermal logging of available wells, measuring thermal conductivities, analyzing over 200 oil and gas well bottom-hole temperatures, and compiling and analyzing hydrologic data. These data were used to generate a model for the hydrothermal system.

  2. Enceladus: Starting Hydrothermal Activity

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    Matson, D. L.; Castillo-Rogez, J. C.; Johnson, T. V.; Lunine, J. I.; Davies, A. G.

    2011-01-01

    We describe a process for starting the hydrothermal activity in Enceladus' South Polar Region. The process takes advantage of fissures that reach the water table, about 1 kilometer below the surface. Filling these fissures with fresh ocean water initiates a flow of water up from an ocean that can be self-sustaining. In this hypothesis the heat to sustain the thermal anomalies and the plumes comes from a slightly warm ocean at depth. The heat is brought to the surface by water that circulates up, through the crust and then returns to the ocean.

  3. Older Hydrothermal Activity along the Northern Yellowstone Caldera Margin at Sulphur Creek, Yellowstone Park, Wyoming

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    Manion, J. L.; Larson, P.

    2008-12-01

    The Tuff of Sulphur Creek (480 ka) is well exposed in the Seven Mile Hole area of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. The rhyolitic tuff erupted after the collapse of the Yellowstone Caldera (640 ka) and hosts more than 350 vertical meters of hydrothermal alteration. Two epithermal alteration assemblages with different mineral associations have been identified in the area: an illite-silica-pyrite phase and a kaolinite-alunite-silica-pyrite phase. Kaolinite and opal occur along the canyon rim, montmorillonite and other smectites are found at intermediate depths, and illite and sulfides (pyrite) are found deepest in the section. Our work on the north side of the Sevenmile Hole altered area has found a complex system of veining. The veins are concentrated in the eastern portion of the canyon and are less frequent to the west. Brecciated cross-cutting veins ranging from 2 to 30cm wide are found at the base of the canyon. Moving vertically up the canyons walls, the veining style becomes less complex. These veins are about 1 to 1.5cm wide and are not brecciated, occurring less frequently than the brecciated veins. The canyon walls and the canyon rim mainly contain millimeter-scale cross-cutting silica veinlets. These stockwork-like veinlets are the most abundant fracture filling that we find throughout the canyon walls. Veins at the base of the system, found in the stream bed, contain abundant sulfides (mainly pyrite). Sulfides are present in three forms: disseminated in a silica matrix, as massive pyrite in healed fractures, and encrusting clays and silica. The latter is the least common. Disseminated and massive sulfides are typically associated with the matrix in the brecciated veins. Breccias include angular clasts of altered tuff with argillized feldspar phenocrysts and fragments of earlier vein-filling opal. Sulfides are most abundant in the bottom of the canyon and in the western part of the field area. Hydrothermal silica, dominantly opal, is pervasive in the veins throughout the entire system. At the base of the system it is very dark grey and found in the matrix of the veins. The silica veins found on the canyon walls are most often white to cream in color. These veins rarely have cross-cutting relationship with other veins. The stockwork veinlets are found throughout the system. Though the veins are narrow, the wall rock surrounding them is pervasively silicified. The silica in these veins is usually bluish in color, or is rarely clear, and contains very minor sulfides. Wall rock alteration associated with all of the vein types does not vary significantly across the field area. The tuff deeper in the system is completely silicified, so much so that outcrops are well exposed and extensive. The canyon walls are mostly silicified though occasionally there are unsilicified pockets. The top of the system is not silicified though there is one section, on the ridge, that has been thoroughly altered such that the original lithology can not be determined in a hand sample.

  4. Shear Veins Under High Pore Pressure Condition Along Subduction Interface: Yokonami Mélange, Cretaceous Shimanto Belt, Shikoku, Southwest Japan

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    Hashimoto, Y.; Eida, M.

    2013-12-01

    Fluid pressure along subdcution interface is a key parameter to understand the fault strength, wedge geometry and seismogenic behavior. In this study, we focused on shear veins pervasively observed in exhumed accretionary complex, Yokonami mélange, Cretaceous Shiamanto Belt, Southwest Japan to examine paleo-stress, effective friction coefficient, fluid pressure ratio and fluid pressure along subduction interface. Lithology of the Yokonami mélange is mainly sandstones surrounded by foliated black shales with minor components of basalts, cherts, tuffs, and limestones, representing tectonic mélange textures. Shear veins cutting mélange foliations are pervasively observed. Shear veins are composed of quartz and calcite. Slicken lines and slicken steps are always observed on the surfaces of shear veins. Pressure-temperature conditions for shear veins are about 180MPa and about 200 degree C on the basis of fluid inclusion analysis. Since the distribution of shear veins are related to packages of ocean floor stratigraphy, formation of shear vein can be before underplating and after mélange formation along subduction interface. We conducted multiple inversion method using slip data of shear veins to examine paleo-stress. In the result, we obtained maximum shear stress horizontal to foliations with 0.3 of stress ratio that is defined as (sigma2-sigma3)/(sigma1-sigma3). Effective friction coefficient was estimated as about 0.10-0.22 by the lowest value of ratio of normal and shear stresses in the normalized Mohr's circle on each plane of shear vein. If we put friction coefficient under dry condition as 0.7 because shear veins cut lithified mélange through out, fluid pressure ratio is equivalent to 0.68-0.86. This is very high fluid pressure ratio along subduction plate interface. On the basis of this fluid pressure ratio and P-T conditions of shear veins from fluid inclusion analysis, 7-12km of depth and 20-30 degree C of geothermal gradient were estimated. The age of subducting plate in the Yokonami mélange was about 50-60Ma from the difference of depositional ages between chert and black shale. The geothermal gradient estimated from the slab age is consistent with from fluid pressure ratio and fluid inclusion analysis. This suggests that the low effective frictional coefficient and high fluid pressure ratio estimated from geological evidences are reasonable values for the formation of shear veins. Kitajima and Saffer (2012) revealed that very low frequency earthquakes (VLFs) occur in the high pore pressure area. Saito et al. (2013) found the quartz cemented fault rocks represent velocity weakening behavior and suggested that the quartz-rich shear veins in shallow accretionary complex might be a geological evidence of VLFs. Our result in this study can support this idea as a shear veins with high fluid pressure at the time of their formation.

  5. Pyrite-illite veins in basin-margin facies: evidence for detrital mineral control on pore-fluid evolution

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    Bloch, J.D.; Bhattacharyya, D.P.

    1986-05-01

    Diagenesis of the Upper Cambrian Lamotte Sandstone includes the formation of euhedral, predominantly cubic pyrite, and 1M and 2M illite as veins in association with extensive quartz dissolution. The illite in these veins is well crystallized and distinct from pore-filling illite found in the same deposit. The veins occur only in shallow marine-deposited quartzarenites that overlie or are adjacent to basin-margin alluvial fan deposits composed primarily of lithic arenite. Detrital K-feldspar (in volcanic rock fragments) and iron-bearing minerals, particularly biotite, are abundant in the lithic arenites. No apparent source for the sulfur can be identified within the Lamotte Sandstone. Therefore, the authors propose that sulfur-bearing compactional or thermobaric fluids from adjacent basinal facies provided the necessary sulfur for pyrite formation. The migration of these fluids through the lithic arenite, from which iron, potassium, aluminum, and silica were derived, resulted in pyrite and illite deposition in the adjacent quartzarenites. The increased alkalinity and elevated temperature of these fluids resulted in the extensive quartz dissolution. The absence of these pyrite-illite veins in similar quartzarenites basinward of the fan deposits suggests a detrital mineral control on the evolution of these fluids as they migrated through the Lamotte Sandstone. Further, the formation of illite as opposed to kaolinite indicates that these fluids were finally alkaline.

  6. Primary renal vein leiomyosarcoma: a case report.

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    Chougule, Abhijit; Bal, Amanjit; Mandal, Arup Kumar

    2015-01-01

    Primary renal vein leiomyosarcoma (LMS) is a rare tumor with only a few cases reported in the literature. Clinical diagnosis of renal vein LMS can be difficult because of nonspecific symptoms and nonpathognomonic radiological features. The primary treatment modality is radical nephrectomy followed by chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. There is scarcity of literature regarding prognosis because of rarity of tumor; however, tumor size (>3 cm) determines the risk of local recurrence and distant metastasis. Overall prognosis of renal vein LMS is poor. Here, we describe clinical and histopathological features of a 50-year-old female patient with LMS of right renal vein. PMID:26071082

  7. Small hepatic veins Budd-Chiari syndrome.

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    Riggio, Oliviero; Marzano, Chiara; Papa, Alessia; Pasquale, Chiara; Gasperini, Maria Ludovica; Gigante, Antonietta; Valla, Dominique Charles; Plessier, Aurélie; Amoroso, Antonio

    2014-05-01

    Budd-Chiari syndrome is a rare disorder characterized by hepatic venous outflow obstruction at any level from the small hepatic veins to the atrio-caval junction, in the absence of heart failure or constrictive pericarditis. Various imaging modalities are available for investigating the gross hepatic vascular anatomy but there are rare forms of this disease where the obstruction is limited to the small intrahepatic veins, with normal appearance of the large hepatic veins at imaging. In this cases only a liver biopsy can demonstrate the presence of a small vessels outflow block. We report two cases of small hepatic veins Budd-Chiari syndrome. PMID:23813023

  8. Instantaneous healing of micro-fractures during coseismic slip: Evidence from microstructure and Ti in quartz geochemistry within an exhumed pseudotachylyte-bearing fault in tonalite

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    Bestmann, Michel; Pennacchioni, Giorgio; Mostefaoui, Smail; Göken, Mathias; de Wall, Helga

    2016-06-01

    Exhumed faults within the tonalitic Adamello pluton (Southern Alps) were seismic at depth as indicated by the presence of pseudotachylytes (solidified friction-induced melts). During cooling of tonalite, early-formed joints were first exploited by localized ductile shear zones associated with deposition of quartz veins (at ~ 500 °C), and later by pseudotachylyte-bearing cataclastic faults (at ~ 250-300 °C ambient temperature). Adjacent to pseudotachylytes, quartz of the host tonalite shows pervasive thin (1-10 μm wide) healed micro-fractures and ultra-fine (1-2 μm grain size) recrystallized aggregates along micro-shear zones. Under cathodoluminescence (CL) the healed micro-fractures have a darker gray shade than the host "magmatic" quartz that reflects a change in Ti concentrations ([Ti]) as indicated by NanoSIMS measurements. [Ti] vary from 35-55 ppm in the CL-lighter host quartz to 10-13 ppm along the CL-darker healed micro-fractures. These [Ti] were inherited by the ultra-fine recrystallized aggregates that overprinted both the magmatic quartz and the healed micro-fractures during the high temperature transient related to frictional seismic slip. Based on Ti-in-quartz thermometry, we infer that micro-fracture healing occurred at higher temperatures than the ambient temperatures of faulting (250-300 °C at 0.2 GPa), for which [Ti] < 1 ppm would be expected. Micro-fracture healing can be ascribed to the stage of seismic slip of faults on the basis of the observation that: (i) they are absent in the host rock surrounding high-T quartz veins un-exploited by faults; and (ii) they locally occur at the tip of pseudotachylyte injection veins filling new fractures developed during the propagation of the earthquake rupture. The relatively high [Ti] of micro-fractures are therefore interpreted to reflect quartz healing by a fluid overheated during the initial stages of frictional seismic slip and escaping from fault surface through the damage zone. This suggests that, in the presence of fluids, thermal pressurization of the fault did not occur and did not prevent frictional melting. The small-scale microstructures and geochemistry of quartz in the wall of the studied paleo-seismic fault record a complex deformational history, referable to the short-lived (on the order of 104 s) thermal anomaly induced by frictional seismic slip, that includes both micro-fracture healing and recrystallization. This microstructural assemblage of the natural exhumed fault provides a key for understanding the mechanics of an earthquake source.

  9. Cathodoluminescence characterization of quartz grains from the Upper Cretaceous of dinosaur fossil localities in the Gobi desert, Mongolia

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    Saneyoshi, M.; Nishido, H.; Masuda, R.; Tsogtbaatar, K.; Chinzorig, T.

    2013-12-01

    The Upper Cretaceous eolian sediments in Mongolia's Gobi desert are one of the most important occurrences of the dinosaurs in the world. Large numbers of confiscated dinosaur fossils illegally worked out by poachers has been stored in the Mongolian Paleontological Center at Ulaanbaatar. In most cases, their localities are unknown. The purpose of this study is to identify their localities by cathodoluminescence (CL) features of quartz grains attached to the dinosaur specimens by comparing to the quartz samples collected from the sediments of circumjacent resources in this area. This study focuses on the confiscated specimen which makes up the nest with the babies' Protoceratops. Most of all Protoceratops in every growth process, have been discovered from the Djadokhta Formation in the Gobi desert. This formation crops out at Tugrikin Shireh and Bayn Dzak in the central part of the Gobi desert, and is derived from medium- to fine-grained sand mainly composed of quartz grains, of which sedimentary environments should be obvious to be eolian. The formation age of the sand beds at Tugrikin Shireh and Bayn Dzak has been estimated to be Middle Campanian. CL spectra of quartz have been demonstrated to show different features between the quartz from hydrothermal, plutonic, volcanic and metamorphic origins, suggesting the spectra reflect the condition of the quartz formation and the local environment. Therefore, we have applied the CL characterization of quartz grains to the evaluation of the provenance of the desert sediments. The quartz grains after sieving (#60-80 mesh size) were embedded in the brass holders with non-luminescent epoxy resin, and their surfaces were polished with 1 μm diamond abrasive. Color CL images obtained by the Luminoscope exhibit blue, violet and red emissions in the grains, suggesting various types of emission centers in the quartz. SEM-CL analysis was conducted using an SEM (JSM-5410) combined with a grating monochromator (Mono CL2) to measure CL spectra ranging from 300 to 800 nm in 1 nmsteps at accelerating voltage of 15 kV and beam current of 1.0 nA. Most of the quartz grains have double emission peaks at around 450nm in blue region and at around 620 nm in red region. The emission components of these spectral peaks have been assigned by deconvolution method using Gaussian curve fitting, and individual contributions were quantitatively evaluated by the integral intensities of the components.

  10. Remodelling of the Superior Caval Vein After Angioplasty in an Infant with Superior Caval Vein Syndrome

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    Mert, Murat Saltik, Levent; Gunay, Ilhan

    2004-08-15

    An 8-month old girl was presented with superior caval vein syndrome early after cardiac surgery. Angiography showed severe stenosis of the superior caval vein with 50 mmHg pressure gradient. Following balloon angioplasty, the pressure gradient was reduced to 7 mmHg with some residual stenosis of the superior caval vein. When the patient was reevaluated 5 months after the procedure, angiography revealed a normal diameter of the superior caval vein without a pressure gradient.

  11. Experimental and theoretical investigation of the production of HCl and some metal chlorides in magmatic/hydrothermal systems. Annual report, 1991--1992

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    1992-12-31

    In the calculations we have assumed that all apatites are magmatic. The presence of chlorite and altered plagioclase within the granite and quartz-monzodiorite suggests that alteration may play a role in leading to erroneous estimates of initial melt Cl and F for 2 reasons: (1) the apatites may in fact not be magmatic in origin, but are hydrothermal, and (2) the halogen signature of magmatic apatite may be changed due to subsolidus exchange with a hydrothermal fluid. We are currently endeavoring to develop criteria for determining whether apatite composition represents earlier or later stages of magmatic-hydrothermal development.

  12. The Black Pearl mine, Arizona - Wolframite veins and stockscheider pegmatite related to an albitic stock

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    Schmitz, Christopher; Burt, Donald M.

    1990-01-01

    Wolframite-bearing quartz veins flanked by greisen alteration occur at and near the Black Pearl mine, Yavapai County, Arizona. The veins are genetically related to a small albitite stock, and cut a series of Proterozoic metasedimentary and intrusive rocks. The largest vein, the only one mined, is located at the apex of the stock. Field relations imply that this stock is a late-stage differentiate of time 1.4-Ga anorogenic Lawler Peak batholith, which crops out about 3 km to the south. The albitites are of igneous origin and have suffered only minor deuteric alteration. A thin (1 to 2 m) pegmatite unit ('stockscheider') occurs at the contact of the Black Pearl Albitite stock with the country rocks. Directional indicators and other evidence suggest that the pegmatite was formed in the presence of a volatile-rich fluid phase close to the time of magma emplacement. The sudden change from coarse-grained microcline-rich pegmatite to fine-grained, albite-rich albitite suggests pressure quenching, possibly due to escape of fluids up the Black Pearl vein. Stockscheider-like textures typically occur near the apical contacts of productive plutons. The presence or absence of this texture is a useful guide in prospecting for lithophile metal deposits.

  13. Hydrothermal alteration of sediments associated with surface emissions from the Cerro Prieto geothermal field

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    Valette-Silver, J.N.; Esquer P., I.; Elders, W.A.; Collier, P.C.; Hoagland, J.R.

    1981-01-01

    A study of the mineralogical changes associated with these hydrothermal vents was initiated with the aim of developing possible exploration tools for geothermal resources. The Cerro Prieto reservoir has already been explored by extensive deep drilling so that relationships between surface manifestations and deeper hydrothermal processes could be established directly. Approximately 120 samples of surface sediments were collected both inside and outside of the vents. The mineralogy of the altered sediments studied appears to be controlled by the type of emission. A comparison between the changes in mineralogy due to low temperature hydrothermal activity in the reservoir, seen in samples from boreholes, and mineralogical changes in the surface emission samples shows similar general trends below 180 C: increase of quartz, feldspar and illite, with subsequent disappearance of kaolinite, montmorillonite, calcite and dolomite. These mineral assemblages seem to be characteristic products of the discharge from high intensity geothermal fields.

  14. Model of the porphyry copper and polymetallic vein family of deposits - Applications in Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania

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    Drew, L.J.

    2003-01-01

    A tectonic model useful in estimating the occurrence of undiscovered porphyry copper and polymetallic vein systems has been developed. This model is based on the manner in which magmatic and hydrothermal fluids flow and are trapped in fault systems as far-field stress is released in tectonic strain features above subducting plates (e.g. strike-slip fault systems). The structural traps include preferred locations for stock emplacement and tensional-shear fault meshes within the step-overs that localize porphyry- and vein-style deposits. The application of the model is illustrated for the porphyry copper and polymetallic vein deposits in the Central Slovakian Volcanic Field, Slovakia; the Ma??tra Mountains, Hungary; and the Apuseni Mountains, Romania.

  15. Hydrothermal sediment alteration at a seafloor vent field: Grimsey Graben, Tjrnes Fracture Zone, north of Iceland

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    Dekov, Vesselin; Scholten, Jan; Garbe-SchNberg, Carl-Dieter; Botz, Reiner; Cuadros, Javier; Schmidt, Mark; Stoffers, Peter

    2008-11-01

    An active seafloor hydrothermal system subjects the background sediments of the Grimsey Graben (Tjrnes Fracture Zone) to alteration that produces dissolution of the primary volcaniclastic matrix and replacement/precipitation of sulfides, sulfates, oxides, oxyhydroxides, carbonates and phyllosilicates. Three types of hydrothermal alteration of the sediment are defined on the basis of the dominant hydrothermal phyllosilicate formed: smectite, kaolinite, chlorite. The most common alteration is near-total conversion of the volcaniclastic material to smectite (95-116C). The dominant smectite in the deepest sediments sampled is beidellite, which is replaced by montmorillonite and an intimate mixture of di- and tri-octahedral smectite up core. This gradual vertical change in smectite composition suggests an increase in the Mg supply upward, the result of sediment alteration by the ascending hydrothermal fluids mixing with descending seawater. The vertical sequence kaolinite ? kaolinite-smectite mixed-layer ? smectite from bottom to top of a core, as well as the distinct zonation across the veins (kaolinite in the central zone ? kaolinite-smectite in the rim), suggests hydrothermal transformation of the initially formed smectite to kaolinite through kaolinite-smectite mixed-layer (150-160C). The cause of this transformation might have been an evolution of the fluids toward a slightly acidic pH or a relative increase in the Al concentration. Minor amounts of chamosite fill thin veins in the deepest sections of some cores. The gradual change from background clinochlore to chamosite across the veins suggests that chamosite replaces clinochlore as Fe is made available from hydrothermal dissolution of detrital Fe-containing minerals. The internal textures, REE distribution patterns and the mode of occurrence of another magnesian phyllosilicate, kerolite, suggest that this mineral is the primary precipitate in the hydrothermal chimneys rather than an alteration product in the sediment. Kerolite precipitated after and grew on anhydrite in the chimneys. Oxygen isotope ratios are interpreted to reflect precipitation of kerolite at temperatures of 302 to 336C. It accumulated in the hydrothermal mounds following the collapse of the chimneys and subsequent dissolution of anhydrite, thereby forming highly permeable aquifer layers underlying the vent field. Some kerolite was redeposited in the near vent field sediments by turbidity flows. The altered sediments are depleted in Mn, Rb and Sr, and enriched in U, Mo, Pb, Ba, As, Bi, Sb, Ag, Tl and Ga, as a result of leaching and precipitation, respectively. Conservative elements (Ti, Zr, Hf, Sc, Cr, Nb and Sn) are depleted or enriched in the altered sediments because of passive (precipitation or leaching of other phases) rather than active (because of their mobility) processes.

  16. Late Paleozoic strike-slip faults and related vein arrays of Cape Elizabeth, Maine

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    Swanson, Mark T.

    2006-03-01

    Strike-slip faults and related quartz vein arrays of Late Paleozoic-age cut gently-dipping metasedimentary rocks at Cape Elizabeth in southern coastal Maine and formed in response to regional dextral shearing along the Norumbega fault system. Vertical quartz veins up to 20 m wide and 10s of meters long were emplaced orthogonal to the local shear zone-parallel elongation fabric, reflecting strain partitioning during transpression. Earlier veins were reoriented by clockwise rotation toward this NE-trending regional shear direction. The later brittle strike-slip faults are oblique to the regional shear direction and interpreted as a 10-km-scale R-shear array on the southeast flank of the Norumbega fault system. These left-stepping en échelon fault zones consist of the three Two Lights fault zones (˜200 m lengths and up to ˜5 m displacements) and the Richmond Island fault zone (˜1.6 km length and ˜40 m displacement). Displacements on these fault zones have developed fine-grained silicified, obliquely-foliated and laminated cataclasites and locally, millimeter-thin pseudotachylyte fault and injection veins. Individual fault core zones are up to 10s of centimeters thick as part of several complex anastamosing zones of faulting 10s of meters wide. Initial segments within each fault zone are typically terminated with oblique extension fractures in horsetail configurations. The left-stepping en échelon relationships between these segments led to dominantly contractional step-over zones where P-shear linkages created a through-going fault that truncated the ends of the earlier-formed terminated segments. This linkage-growth model for fault zone evolution works toward larger scales and longer fault lengths as displacement accumulates, within a limiting maximum displacement/length ratio characteristic of the host lithologies. Length-frequency data for fault segments within these zones suggest a transition to linkage-dominated growth once fault segments were longer than ˜15 m. Continued displacement was accommodated along the P-shear linked en échelon faults through imbrication, contractional duplexing and adhesive wear on the outcrop-scale. Core zone processes on the micro-scale reflect cataclasis and frictional sliding during coseismic slip as well as cataclastic flow and pressure solution during post-seismic creep. The development of foliated-to-laminated cataclasite was accompanied by pore volume collapse, pressure solution and fluid expulsion that, in turn, triggered the development of the late fault-related quartz vein arrays.

  17. Hydrothermal palygorskite and ferromanganese mineralization at a central California margin fracture zone

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    Gibbs, A.E.; Hein, J.R.; Lewis, S.D.; McCulloch, D.S.

    1993-01-01

    Ferromanganese oxyhydroxide crusts and nodules associated with palygorskite were recovered from the Santa Lucia Escarpment where the Morro Fracture Zone intersects the central California continental margin. Palygorskite was found in pure, high-Mg, low-Al, boxwork-textured veins, and disseminated in poorly consolidated palygorskite-rich mudstone. The purity of the palygorskite boxwork blades and the boxwork structure suggest formation by direct precipitation rather than by diagenetic or detrital processes. Interaction of hydrothermal fluids with oceanic basalt and/or deeper ultramafic rocks produced a Mg-Si enriched fluid supersaturated with respect to palygorskite that precipitated directly from the fluid at or near the seafloor. The close association of Fe-Mn crusts and nodules with both the palygorskite-rich mudstone and boxwork-vein palygorskite suggests a genetic link between the three types of mineralization. Mixed origin hydrothermal-hydrogenetic Fe-Mn crusts, with up to 50% hydrothermal input, formed contemporaneously with and subsequent to palygorskite formation. Fe-Mn nodules collected in the same dredge are of combined hydrogenetic and diagenetic origin and appear to be unrelated to hydrothermal mineralization that produced the crusts and palygorskite. The thickness of the Fe-Mn crusts and rare diatom fragments within the mudstone suggest an age of formation between 13 and 5 Ma. ?? 1993.

  18. Normal distal pulmonary vein anatomy

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    Klimek-Piotrowska, Wies?awa; Pi?tek, Katarzyna; Koziej, Mateusz; Ho?da, Jakub

    2016-01-01

    Background. It is well known that the pulmonary veins (PVs), especially their myocardial sleeves play a critical role in the initiation and maintenance of atrial fibrillation. Understanding the PV anatomy is crucial for the safety and efficacy of all procedures performed on PVs. The aim of this study was to present normal distal PV anatomy and to create a juxtaposition of all PV ostium variants. Methods. A total of 130 randomly selected autopsied adult human hearts (Caucasian) were examined. The number of PVs ostia was evaluated and their diameter was measured. The ostium-to-last-tributary distance and macroscopic presence of myocardial sleeves were also evaluated. Results. Five hundred forty-one PV ostia were identified. Four classical PV ostia patterns (two left and two right PVs) were observed in 70.8% of all cases. The most common variant was the classical pattern with additional middle right PV (19.2%), followed by the common ostium for the left superior and the inferior PVs (4.44%). Mean diameters of PV ostia (for the classical pattern) were: left superior = 13.8 2.9 mm; left inferior = 13.3 3.4 mm; right superior = 14.3 2.9 mm; right inferior = 13.7 3.3 mm. When present, the additional middle right PV ostium had the smallest PV ostium diameter in the heart (8.2 4.1 mm). The mean ostium-to-last-tributary (closest to the atrium) distances were: left superior = 15.1 4.6 mm; left inferior = 13.5 4.0 mm; right superior = 11.8 4.0 mm; right inferior = 11.0 3.7 mm. There were no statistically significant differences between sexes in ostia diameters and ostium-to-last-tributary distances. Conclusion. Only 71% of the cases have four standard pulmonary veins. The middle right pulmonary vein is present in almost 20% of patients. Presented data can provide useful information for the clinicians during interventional procedures or radiologic examinations of PVs. PMID:26793429

  19. Normal distal pulmonary vein anatomy.

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    Klimek-Piotrowska, Wies?awa; Ho?da, Mateusz K; Pi?tek, Katarzyna; Koziej, Mateusz; Ho?da, Jakub

    2016-01-01

    Background. It is well known that the pulmonary veins (PVs), especially their myocardial sleeves play a critical role in the initiation and maintenance of atrial fibrillation. Understanding the PV anatomy is crucial for the safety and efficacy of all procedures performed on PVs. The aim of this study was to present normal distal PV anatomy and to create a juxtaposition of all PV ostium variants. Methods. A total of 130 randomly selected autopsied adult human hearts (Caucasian) were examined. The number of PVs ostia was evaluated and their diameter was measured. The ostium-to-last-tributary distance and macroscopic presence of myocardial sleeves were also evaluated. Results. Five hundred forty-one PV ostia were identified. Four classical PV ostia patterns (two left and two right PVs) were observed in 70.8% of all cases. The most common variant was the classical pattern with additional middle right PV (19.2%), followed by the common ostium for the left superior and the inferior PVs (4.44%). Mean diameters of PV ostia (for the classical pattern) were: left superior = 13.8 2.9 mm; left inferior = 13.3 3.4 mm; right superior = 14.3 2.9 mm; right inferior = 13.7 3.3 mm. When present, the additional middle right PV ostium had the smallest PV ostium diameter in the heart (8.2 4.1 mm). The mean ostium-to-last-tributary (closest to the atrium) distances were: left superior = 15.1 4.6 mm; left inferior = 13.5 4.0 mm; right superior = 11.8 4.0 mm; right inferior = 11.0 3.7 mm. There were no statistically significant differences between sexes in ostia diameters and ostium-to-last-tributary distances. Conclusion. Only 71% of the cases have four standard pulmonary veins. The middle right pulmonary vein is present in almost 20% of patients. Presented data can provide useful information for the clinicians during interventional procedures or radiologic examinations of PVs. PMID:26793429

  20. A General Survey of Quartz and Quartz-like Materials: Packing Distortions, Temperature, and Pressure Effects

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    Philippot, E.; Palmier, D.; Pintard, M.; Goiffon, A.

    1996-04-01

    A general survey of quartz and quartz-like structures (SiO2, GeO2, andMXO4withM= Al, Ga, Fe andX= P, As) has been undertaken to ascertain the effects of pressure and temperature on the quartz framework. All the quartz isotype crystal structures and their variations with respect to pressure and temperature can be expressed in terms ofM-X(the nonbonded radius sum) andM-O-X(the corresponding angle). Thus, crystal packing can be described by the geometrical characteristics ofMX4(orXM4) tetrahedral units, such asM-X-Mangle distortions,M-Xlengths, andc/aratios.MO4andXO4tetrahedral distortions can be closely related to theM-O-Xangle. Crystal structure distortions expressed by theM-O-Xangle lead to different physical properties. Density, piezoelectric coupling coefficient of AT cut, and dielectric constant anisotropy are linearly related to theM-O-Xvalue. Thus, the knowledge of theM-O-Xvalue allows prediction of the physical properties of quartz-like crystals that have not been synthesized. In conclusion, all the crystal structures and the physical properties of the quartz-like materials can be expressed in terms of only theM-O-Xangle.

  1. Frictional slip of granite at hydrothermal conditions

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    Blanpied, M.L.; Lockner, D.A.; Byerlee, J.D.

    1995-01-01

    To measure the strength, sliding behavior, and friction constitutive properties of faults at hydrothermal conditions, laboratory granite faults containing a layer of granite powder (simulated gouge) were slid. The mechanical results define two regimes. The first regime includes dry granite up to at least 845?? and wet granite below 250??C. In this regime the coefficient of friction is high (?? = 0.7 to 0.8) and depends only modestly on temperature, slip rate, and PH2O. The second regime includes wet granite above ~350??C. In this regime friction decreases considerably with increasing temperature (temperature weakening) and with decreasing slip rate (velocity strengthening). These regimes correspond well to those identified in sliding tests on ultrafine quartz. The results highlight the importance of fluid-assisted deformation processes active in faults at depth and the need for laboratory studies on the roles of additional factors such as fluid chemistry, large displacements, higher concentrations of phyllosilicates, and time-dependent fault healing. -from Authors

  2. 21 CFR 880.6980 - Vein stabilizer.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Vein stabilizer. 880.6980 Section 880.6980 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) MEDICAL DEVICES GENERAL HOSPITAL AND PERSONAL USE DEVICES General Hospital and Personal Use Miscellaneous Devices § 880.6980 Vein stabilizer. (a)...

  3. Epidemiology of Blackberry yellow vein associated virus

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    Blackberry yellow vein disease is one of the most important diseases of blackberry in the United States. Several viruses are found associated with the symptomology but Blackberry yellow vein associated virus (BYVaV) appears to be the most prevalent of all, leading to the need for a better understand...

  4. Recognizing and managing retinal vein occlusion.

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    Arunakirinathan, Meena; Aj Ting, Michelle; Crawley, Laura

    2014-01-01

    Retinal vein occlusion is the second most common retinal vascular disease after diabetic retinopathy and represents a significant cause of irreversible sight loss and disability in persons over the age of 50 years (The Branch Vein Occlusion Study Group, 1984). PMID:24402030

  5. [Aneurysm of the femoral and popliteal vein].

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    Hansen, L G; Boris, P

    1986-04-01

    Aneurysms of the popliteal and femoral veins are rare and may be seen as casual findings with no clinical manifestations whatsoever. On the other hand they may be potential source of recurrent pulmonary embolism. A case is reported, where an aneurysm of the femoral vein was found in a clinically symptomless woman aged 48. PMID:3715020

  6. Who Is at Risk for Varicose Veins?

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    ... go to the Health Topics Overweight and Obesity article. Lack of Movement Standing or sitting for a long time, especially with your legs bent or crossed, may raise your risk for varicose veins. This is because staying in one position for a long time may force your veins to work harder to pump blood ...

  7. Reconstruction of the jugular vein in horses with post thrombophlebitis stenosis using saphenous vein graft.

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    Rijkenhuizen, A B; van Swieten, H A

    1998-05-01

    A surgical technique is described in which a saphenous vein graft is used to reconstruct the jugular vein in horses with facial oedema due to post thrombophlebitic stenosis of the jugular vein. The saphenous vein was harvested from the contralateral limb and implanted in the occluded vein by 2 side-to-end anastomoses. Intra- and post operatively anticoagulative medication was administered. In 2 out of 3 patients the reconstruction resulted in a permanent patent graft and resolution of the facial oedema. In one patient the graft thrombosed. PMID:9622324

  8. A comparative study of branch retinal vein occlusion and central vein occlusion amongst Malaysian patients.

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    Teoh, S L; Amarjeet, K

    1993-12-01

    A retrospective study of 95 patients with retinal vein occlusion was carried out to determine the clinical presentation and pattern of distribution in the local Malaysian population. There was no significant difference found in its distribution with regards to sex. In comparing branch retinal vein occlusion with central retinal vein occlusion, no significant differences were found in its racial distribution. Branch retinal vein occlusion occurred more commonly among the older patients whereas the converse is true for central retinal vein occlusion. Reduced vision represents the commonest mode of presentation. Hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidaemia and haematological disorders are important associated systemic conditions. PMID:8183164

  9. Complex fragmentation and silicification structures in fault zones: quartz crystallization and repeated fragmentation in the Rusey fault zone (Cornwall/UK)

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    Yilmaz, Tim I.; Blenkinsop, Tom; Duschl, Florian; Kruhl, Jörn H.

    2015-04-01

    Silicified fault rocks typically show structures resulting from various stages of fragmentation and quartz crystallization. Both processes interact episodically and result in complex structures on various scales, which require a wide spectrum of analysis tools. Based on field and microstructural data, the spatial-temporal connection between deformation, quartz crystallization and fluid and material flow along the Rusey fault zone was investigated. The fault can be examined in detail in three dimensions on the north Cornwall coast, UK. It occurs within Carboniferous sandstones, siltstones, mudstones and slates of the Culm basin, and is likely to have had a long history. The fault rocks described here formed during the younger events, possibly due to Tertiary strike-slip reactivation. Frequent fragmentation, flow and crystallization events and their interaction led to various generations of complex-structured quartz units, among them quartz-mantled and partly silicified wall-rock fragments, microcrystalline quartz masses of different compositions and structures, and quartz vein patterns of various ages. Lobate boundaries of quartz masses indicate viscous flow. Fragments are separated by quartz infill, which contains cm-sized open pores, in which quartz crystals have pyramidal terminations. Based on frequent occurrence of feathery textures and the infill geometry, quartz crystallization from chalcedony appears likely, and an origin from silica gel is discussed. Fragmentation structures are generally fractal. This allows differentiation between various processes, such as corrosive wear, wear abrasion and hydraulic brecciation. Material transport along the brittle shear zone, and displacement of the wall-rocks, were at least partly governed by flow of mobile fluid-quartz-particle suspensions. The complex meso- to microstructures were generated by repeated processes of fragmentation, quartz precipitation and grain growth. In general, the brittle Rusey fault zone represents a zone of multiple fragmentation, fluid flow, crystallization and quartz dissolution and precipitation, and is regarded as key example of large-scale cyclic interaction of these processes. The geological evidence of interactions between processes implies that feedbacks and highly non-linear mechanical behaviour generated the complex meso- and microstructures. The fault zone rheology may also therefore have been complex.

  10. Growth of high temperature β-quartz from supercritical aqueous fluids

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    Balitsky, V. S.; Bublikova, T. M.; Balitskaya, L. V.; Kalinichev, A. G.

    1996-05-01

    Methods have been developed for growing of β-quartz crystals using gas and hydrothermal high-pressure vessels (10-12 ml internal volume), and autoclaves (20, 75, and 100 ml internal volume). The crystals were grown on bar-like α-quartz seeds at temperatures from 580 to 900°C and pressures from 0.5 to 5 kbar under isothermal and thermal gradient conditions. Pure water and aqueous solutions of NaOH, K 2CO 3, NH 4F, AlF 3, HF, Li 3PO 4, etc., were used as solvents. The nutrient was similar quartz bars or amorphous silica. Impurity elements (Fe, Al, P, Ti, Ge, etc.) were added to the nutrient in the form of oxides. It is shown that only the faces {{10 overline10}} and {{10 overline11}}, as well as higher-indexed pyramidal {{ h0 overlinehl}} stable under the experimental conditions used. The growth rates of the {{10 overline10}} and {{10 overline11}} faces were about the same (˜ 0.02 mm/day), giving rise to isometric dipyramidal or prismatic habits. At temperatures above 600°C noticeable growth was observed under the temperature gradient conditions used even from fluids of rather low (0.05 to 0.15 g/cm 3) density. The intensity and direction of silica transfer substantially depended on temperature, temperature gradient, density and the alkalinity of the solutions, as well as on the fluoride ion concentration in acidic solutions. Impurity elements, except for Ge, were low (˜ 0.001%). The results obtained in these experiments can provide an explanation for the growth peculiarities of β-quartz crystals in miarole pegmatites and gas cavities of volcanic rocks.

  11. Element transport in veins during serpentinization

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    Schwarzenbach, E. M.; Beard, J. S.; Caddick, M. J.

    2013-12-01

    Serpentinization of ultramafic rocks has wide ranging implications for the petrology, rheology, and petrophysical properties of the oceanic lithosphere. During hydration of the peridotite, fluid-rock ratios and temperature control mineral formation in the veins. We studied a partly serpentinized peridotite from the Santa Elena ophiolite complex in Costa Rica and tracked element mobility during water-rock interaction. Serpentinization of the studied harzburgite is around 30 to 40%, with serpentinization of olivine being more advanced than serpentinization of orthopyroxene. Element mapping and point analyses show that the veins preserve characteristic element distributions within orthopyroxene and olivine, and with distance to orthopyroxene-hosted serpentine veins. With increasing distance from the orthopyroxene the following vein assemblages were observed in olivine: pure serpentine veins, serpentine + brucite veins, serpentine + brucite + magnetite veins. Veins are enriched in SiO2 in the proximity of orthopyroxene suggesting that a net transfer of SiO2 takes place from serpentinizing orthopyroxene to olivine. The magnetite-bearing serpentine veins mostly consist of Mg-rich serpentine (Mg# = 90 - 95) and Fe-rich brucite (Mg# = 70 - 75) finely intergrown. In contrast, the center of these veins contains a thin zone of high-Mg serpentine (Mg# 97), and high-Mg brucite (Mg# 92 - 94) next to magnetite. We infer from thermodynamic calculations that these mineral assemblages are controlled by H2O activity and low SiO2 activities. Within orthopyroxene, serpentine (Mg# = 84 - 89) with an elevated Al2O3 content (< 4.14wt.%) was detected, but talc was absent, indicating net loss of SiO2 from orthopyroxene during serpentinization. CaO and Al2O3 migrate from orthopyroxene, but occur only as trace components in serpentine at > 100 μm and > 200 μm, respectively, from the orthopyroxene. We infer that brucite is not stable in close proximity to orthopyroxene due to elevated SiO2 derived from orthopyroxene breakdown. Orthopyroxene serpentinization results in net transfer of Al2O3 into serpentine, but only in the immediate vicinity of the orthopyroxene. Overall, our study indicates that the extent of orthopyroxene serpentinization controls SiO2 and Al2O3 availability in the fluid and therefore the mineral assemblages present in the veins. The net transfer of SiO2 is manifested by the lack of talc in serpentine veins in orthopyroxene and the lack of brucite in serpentine veins proximal to orthopyroxene grain boundaries. Within veins, local transport of Si, Mg and Fe takes place during reaction of serpentine + brucite with H2O to form magnetite + Mg-rich serpentine + Mg-rich brucite.

  12. Treatment of deep vein thrombosis

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    Douketis, James D.

    2005-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To identify patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT) for whom in-hospital treatment should be considered. QUALITY OF EVIDENCE The literature was searched for studies on outpatient treatment of DVT. Seventeen studies were assessed: seven were randomized controlled trials (level I evidence), and 10 were non-randomized trials (level II evidence). MAIN MESSAGE Four criteria can be used to identify patients with DVT for whom outpatient treatment might not be appropriate: presence of massive DVT, presence of symptomatic pulmonary embolism, high risk of bleeding with anticoagulant therapy, and presence of comorbid conditions or other factors that warrant in-hospital care. CONCLUSION Four criteria can be used to identify patients with DVT for whom in-hospital treatment should be considered. PMID:15751565

  13. Retinal vein occlusion: current treatment.

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    Lattanzio, Rosangela; Torres Gimeno, Ana; Battaglia Parodi, Maurizio; Bandello, Francesco

    2011-01-01

    Retinal vein occlusion (RVO) is a pathology noted for more than 150 years. Although a lot has been written on the matter, it is still a frequent condition with multifactorial etiopathogenesis with many unclear aspects. The RVO pathogenesis has varied systemic and local implications that make it difficult to elaborate treatment guidelines. The management of the patient with RVO is very complex and a multidisciplinary approach is required in order to identify and correct the associated risk factors. Laser therapy remains the gold standard in RVO, but only modest functional improvement has been shown in branch retinal occlusion forms. Multicenter studies of intravitreal drugs present them as an option to combine with laser. Anti-vascular endothelial growth factor, corticosteroids and sustained-release implants are the future weapons to stop disease progression and get a better visual outcome. Consequently, it is useful to clarify some aspects of the pathology that allow a better patient management. PMID:20938213

  14. Millimeter And Submillimeter-Wave Integrated Circuits On Quartz

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    Mehdi, Imran; Mazed, Mohammad; Siegel, Peter; Smith, R. Peter

    1995-01-01

    Proposed Quartz substrate Upside-down Integrated Device (QUID) relies on UV-curable adhesive to bond semiconductor with quartz. Integrated circuits including planar GaAs Schottky diodes and passive circuit elements (such as bandpass filters) fabricated on quartz substrates. Circuits designed to operate as mixers in waveguide circuit at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths. Integrated circuits mechanically more robust, larger, and easier to handle than planar Schottky diode chips. Quartz substrate more suitable for waveguide circuits than GaAs substrate.

  15. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Varicose Veins?

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    ... Varicose veins can lead to dermatitis (der-ma-TI-tis), an itchy rash. If you have varicose veins ... condition called superficial thrombophlebitis (THROM-bo-fleh-BI-tis). Thrombophlebitis is a blood clot in a vein. ...

  16. Characterization of Quartz and Feldspar Deformation in the Mid-crust: Insights from the Cordillera Blanca Shear Zone, Peru

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    Hughes, C. A.; Jessup, M. J.; Shaw, C. A.

    2014-12-01

    Deformation mechanisms within shear zones from various crustal levels must be characterized to develop accurate models of lithospheric rheology. The Cordillera Blanca Shear Zone (CBSZ) in the central Peruvian Andes records changes in temperature, microstructures, and deformation mechanisms that occurred during exhumation through the brittle-ductile-transition during normal-sense slip over the last ~5 m.y. The 100-500-m-thick mylonitic shear zone occupies the footwall of a 200-km-long normal detachment fault, marking the western boundary of the 8 Ma, leucogranodiorite Cordillera Blanca Batholith. Though local variations do occur, including recrystallized quartz veins and local, decimeter- to meter- scale shear zones, the CBSZ follows a general trend of increasing strain towards the detachment. Structurally lowest positions are weakly deformed and transition to protomylonite, mylonite, and ultramylonite at higher positions, truncating at a cataclasite nearest the detachment. We characterize strain using EBSD analyses of quartz lattice preferred orientations and deformation temperatures using quartz and feldspar textures and two-feldspar thermometry of asymmetric strain-induced myrmekite. At the deepest structural positions, feldspar grains record a complex history characterized by bulging recrystallization, myrmekite formation, and brittle fracture, while quartz exhibits dominant grain-boundary migration recrystallization (T> 500 °C) and prism slip. Intermediate samples exhibit more prevalent strain-induced myrmekite, brittle fracture in feldspar, and reaction-associated recrystallization of K-feldspar to mica; quartz records mainly subgrain-rotation recrystallization (400-500 °C) and dominant prism slip with a rhomb component. Shallower positions preserve fewer, smaller, and more rounded feldspar porphyroclasts with no myrmekite, and dominant bulging recrystallization (280-400 °C) in quartz that records prism , rhomb , and some basal slip.

  17. [SUBFASCIAL ENDOSCOPIC PERFORATOR VEIN SURGERY IN THE TREATMENT OF SEVERE VARICOSE VEINS].

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    Tabuchi, Atsushi; Masaki, Hisao; Tanemoto, Kazuo

    2015-05-01

    Surgical treatment of severe varicose veins (CEAP classification : C4b-C6) should involve not only interruption of incompetent superficial veins to prevent venous regurgitation due to valve incompetence but also interruption of incompetent perforator veins. Subfascial endoscopic perforator vein surgery (SEPS) is performed via a small skin incision and involves interruption of perforator veins by the insertion of an endoscope into the subfascial space. SEPS produces good surgical outcomes: it is accurate in detecting and transecting perforator veins; has a low frequency of surgical wound complications; prevents lipodermatosclerosis and formation of pigmented skin lesions; and is minimally invasive compared with Linton's operation. Thus, SEPS is an excellent procedure for patients with incompetent perforator veins. SEPS has been covered by the Japanese national health insurance system since April 2014, and it is expected that SEPS will be further developed and become more widespread in use. PMID:26281656

  18. Distinguishing the Asian dust sources based on cathodoluminescence analysis of single quartz grain

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    Nagashima, K.; Nishido, H.; Kayama, M.; Tada, R.; Isozaki, Y.; Sun, Y.; Igarashi, Y.

    2009-12-01

    Numerous tracers, such as mineralogical component, strontium (87Sr/86Sr) and neodymium (eNd(0)) isotopes (Liu et al., 1994; Biscaye et al.,1997; Bory et al., 2002, 2003; Kanayama et al., 2002, 2005), rare earth element composition (e.g., Svensson et al., 2000), oxygen isotope (Mizota et al., 1992; Hou et al., 2003) and ESR intensity of quartz (Ono et al., 1998; Sun et al., 2007), have been investigated to discriminate source areas of Asian dust. However, these analyses need large volume of samples (mostly more than 10 mg) and the applications to the dust samples are limited. Then, here we developed a provenance-tracing method by using a cathodoluminescence (CL) spectral of “single” quartz grain for applying it to small volume of aeolian dust samples, such as aeolian dust in the ice cores and marine sediments with the location of long distance from the Asian deserts. CL is the emission from a material which is excited by electron beam. Since CL spectroscopy and microscopy provide information on the existence and distribution of defects and trace elements in minerals, CL analyses have potential to characterize dust-source areas. CL spectra of quartz have been demonstrated to show different patterns between the quartz from hydrothermal, plutonic, volcanic and metamorphic origins (e.g., Zinkernagel, 1978; Götze et al., 2001), suggesting the spectra reflect the condition of the quartz formation and the local environment. Then, here we conducted CL spectral analysis of silt size quartz in the surface samples from the major Asian deserts, such as the Taklimakan Desert and Gobi Desert in southern Mongolia (hereafter Mongolian Gobi). CL spectra were measured in the areas of approximately 4 micron square for each quartz grain by a Scanning Electron Microscope-Cathodoluminescence (SEM-CL) at the Okayama University of Science, a SEM (Jeol: JSM-5410) attached with a grating monochromator (Oxford Instruments: Mono CL2), where EDS system can be used in combination with SEM-CL. The CL signals were collected by photon counting method using a PMT (Hamamatsu R2228) in the range from 300 to 800 nm. Most of the silt size quartz in the samples from the Taklimakan Desert and the Mongolian Gobi exhibit double peaks in blue region at around 450 nm (2.75 eV) and red region at around 620 nm (2.00 eV). The wavelengths (energy) of the red peak show slight but significant differences between the samples from the two deserts, although CL intensities of the two peaks show no distinct differences. This result implies that the red peaks of CL spectra of the quartz samples from the two deserts originate from different defects of quartz, and the characteristics of the red peaks have potential to distinguish the source areas of Asian dust.

  19. Optical processing furnace with quartz muffle and diffuser plate

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    Sopori, Bhushan L.

    1996-01-01

    An optical furnace for annealing a process wafer comprising a source of optical energy, a quartz muffle having a door to hold the wafer for processing, and a quartz diffuser plate to diffuse the light impinging on the quartz muffle; a feedback system with a light sensor located in the wall of the muffle is also provided for controlling the source of optical energy.

  20. Mineral potential tracts for polymetallic Pb-Zn-Cu vein deposits (phase V, deliverable 71): Chapter I in Second projet de renforcement institutionnel du secteur minier de la République Islamique de Mauritanie (PRISM-II)

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    Beaudoin, Georges

    2015-01-01

    In Mauritania, mineral occurrences of the polymetallic Pb-Zn-Cu vein deposit type are found near the Florence-El Khdar shear zone in northeast Mauritania. The deposits visited were deemed representative of other similar occurrences and consist of quartz veins with trace sulfides. The low sulfide and Pb-Zn-Cu content in the quartz veins is unlike producing polymetallic Pb-Zn-Cu vein deposits, such that the veins are not considered to belong to this deposit type. Mineral potential tracts for polymetallic Pb-ZnCu veins are highly speculative considering the lack of known mineralization belonging to this deposit type. Mineral potential tracts for polymetallic Pb-Zn-Cu veins are associated with and surround major shear zones in the Rgueïbat Shield and zones of complex faulting in the southern Mauritanides, at the exclusion of the imbricated thrust faults that are not considered favorable for this deposit type. No skarn and replacement deposits have been documented in Mauritania and the low mineral potential is indicated by lack of causative Mesozoic and Cenozoic mafic to felsic stocks.

  1. Oxygen isotope disequilibrium between quartz and sanidine from the Bandelier Tuff, New Mexico, consistent with a short residence time of phenocrysts in rhyolitic magma

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    Wolff, John A.; Balsley, Steven D.; Gregory, Robert T.

    2002-07-01

    Oxygen isotope analyses are reported from co-existing quartz and feldspar from the Bandelier Tuff and Cerro Toledo high-silica rhyolitic pyroclastic deposits erupted from the Valles caldera, New Mexico. Quartz shows little variation outside analytical error, but δ 18O in feldspar varies over >1‰. In most samples, 18O/ 16O fractionation between quartz and feldspar is significantly less than is predicted for equilibrium at temperatures appropriate for rhyolitic magma. In the Tshirege (upper) Member of the Bandelier Tuff, isotopic fractionation between mineral pairs is close to equilibrium in the later erupted ignimbrite, but non-equilibrium in the initial Plinian deposit. These relationships are interpreted in terms of a model where most phenocrysts are derived from a highly porphyritic carapace around the magma chamber that was disrupted by eruption, thus scattering crystals throughout the magma. Carapace quartz and feldspar are initially isotopically lighter than the bulk aphyric magma, due to chemical communication with low-δ 18O country rock in the meteoric/hydrothermal system surrounding the chamber. We assume that quartz and feldspar were initially in isotopic equilibrium. Diffusive re-equilibration of crystals begins when the carapace disintegrates and the minerals are immersed in the bulk magma just prior to and during eruption. Feldspar is isotopically lighter than quartz at equilibrium, but responds more rapidly than quartz to an external change, due to a higher diffusion coefficient for oxygen. Hence, immersion in the isotopically heavier bulk magma causes feldspar and quartz δ 18O values to initially converge over ˜10 2 years, and then diverge over 10 3-10 4 years as first feldspar, and then quartz, re-equilibrate with the new magma. Higher δ 18O variability of feldspar than quartz indicates that the shorter timescale applies to the Bandelier and Cerro Toledo rhyolites. Two