Journal article

Ar-40/Ar-39 dating of mica-bearing pyrite from thermally overprinted Archean gold deposits

D Phillips, JM Miller

GEOLOGY | GEOLOGICAL SOC AMERICA, INC | Published : 2006

Abstract

Previous studies have suggested that pyrite may armor potassium-bearing mineral inclusions from alteration-induced argon loss, thus providing improved 40Ar/39Ar age results. To test this hypothesis, matrix muscovite and pyrite crystals hosting muscovite inclusions were selected from two variably overprinted Yilgarn gold deposits (Western Australia) and analyzed by combined single crystal 40Ar/39Ar laser probe and "in vacuo" crushing methods. Pyrite grains from the ca. 2.60 Ga Mount Charlotte gold deposit exhibit evidence of minor argon loss, but give concordant high-temperature ages averaging 2594 ± 8 Ma (2σ), indistinguishable from previous age estimates. Matrix mica from the ca. 2.63 Ga Ka..

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