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Type: Thesis
Title: Mesoproterozoic bimodal magmatism of southern Australia: assessing relative mantle input and implications for IOCG mineralisation prospectivity
Author: Chalk, H. C.
Issue Date: 2014
School/Discipline: School of Physical Sciences
Abstract: Mesoproterozoic magmatism of the Gawler Craton and the Curnamona Province demonstrates regions of variable mantle input characteristics. Zircons from Hiltaba Suite granitoids and Gawler Range Volcanics, Gawler Craton, return εHf(T) values ranging from +7.1 to -0.4, +2.0 to -7.4, and +0.2 to -5.3 from the western, central, and eastern Gawler Craton respectively. Ninnerie Supersuite granitoids and Benagerie Volcanic Suite, Curnamona Province, return εHf(T) values ranging from +2.5 to -3.8. Mantle input modelling of the central/eastern Gawler Craton and the Curnamona Province returns similar mantle input fraction values ranging from 0.1 to 0.6, averaging 0.3, and 0.1 to 0.6, averaging 0.3, respectively. Hiltaba Suite magmatism of the western Gawler Craton is compositionally more juvenile than the central and eastern regions. The western Gawler Craton mantle input fractions range from 0.2 to 0.9 averaging 0.5, more elevated than the central/eastern regions of the Gawler Craton and the Curnamona province. The Benagerie Ridge region of the Curnamona Province displays similar bimodal ca. 1590 Ma magmatism, εHf(T) values, mantle input characteristics, crustal preservation (exhumation) and regional iron oxide copper-gold alteration as the highly prospective Olympic IOCG Province, Gawler Craton.
Dissertation Note: Thesis (B.Sc.(Hons)) -- University of Adelaide, School of Physical Sciences, 2014
Where: Gawler Craton, Curnamona Province, South Australia
Curnamona Province, Gawler Craton, South Australia
Keywords: Honours; Geology; Gawler Craton; Curnamona Province; Olympic IOCG Province; Benagerie Ridge; Mesoproterozoic; Lu-Hf; U/Pb geochronology; Hiltaba Suite; Ninnerie Supersuite; IOCG prospectivity
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