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Rare-earth-element enrichment in post-Variscan polymetallic vein systems of the Harz Mountains, Germany
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Carbonate gangue in historically important post-Variscan polymetallic Pb-Zn-Cu-Ag vein systems in the Upper Harz Mountains has elevated rare earth element contents (ΣREE+Y, 1500 ± 340 ppm; n = 16) in bulk samples. This enrichment is due to the occurrence of abundant micrometer-sized synchysite inclusions in calcite, identified via Raman spectroscopy. Calcite bulk analyses have roof-shaped PAAS-normalized REE patterns with a Eu peak but without Ce or Y anomalies and with a steeply dipping HREE pattern. Microbeam analysis (electron microprobe and LA-ICPMS) identifies these patterns as dominated by synchysite-(Ce–Nd) with strong Eu enrichment in the weight percent range and LREE/HREE fractionation (La/Lu ~ 100, PAAS-normalized). The synchysite component in calcite gangue is detected in polymetallic veins all over the Harz Mountains, which seems to be a diagnostic feature of the region and suggests a large-scale Mesozoic fluid system. However, the Upper (western) Harz systems with no fluorite have more elevated REE content, compared with the Lower (eastern) Harz fluorite-rich systems with less REE content. Carbonate gangue in the Upper Harz systems has homogeneous 87Sr/86Sri around 0.714 and eNdi of ~ − 9, while carbonate gangue in the Lower Harz systems has 87Sr/86Sri around 0.716 and eNdi of − 2 to − 5. Fluorite in the Lower Harz Mountains has strong positive Y anomalies and variable Eu anomalies at generally low REE abundances and no REE-mineral inclusions. Both Sr and Nd isotope compositions in the fluorite are very variable and indicate an open system (87Sr/86Sri, 0.710–0.718; eNdi, − 3 to − 17). The synchysite MREE enrichment in calcite gangue in the Upper Harz Mountains compares favorably with carbonatite-related LREE-dominated bastnasite from China and elsewhere and allows an interesting perspective as a by-product of Pb–Zn mining.
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Keith R. Long6
Estimated H-index: 6
(United States Geological Survey),
Bradley S. Van Gosen8
Estimated H-index: 8
(United States Geological Survey)
+ 1 AuthorsDaniel Cordier1
Estimated H-index: 1
(United States Geological Survey)
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Scott A. Wood38
Estimated H-index: 38
(McGill University)
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Stuart Ross Taylor50
Estimated H-index: 50
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Scott M. McLennan67
Estimated H-index: 67
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Marguerite Munoz12
Estimated H-index: 12
(Paul Sabatier University),
Wayne R. Premo18
Estimated H-index: 18
(United States Geological Survey),
Pierre Courjault-Radé10
Estimated H-index: 10
(Paul Sabatier University)
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2003 in Mineralium DepositaIF: 3.37
Jens Schneider19
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(University of Giessen),
Udo Haack9
Estimated H-index: 9
(University of Giessen),
Klaus Stedingk2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Martin Smith18
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(Natural History Museum),
Paul Henderson8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Natural History Museum),
Linda Campbell9
Estimated H-index: 9
(Natural History Museum)
Abstract The composition of REE minerals from the Bayan Obo Fe-REE-Nb deposit, China, varies widely with paragenesis. The properties of fluid inclusions also vary with paragenesis, indicating changing fluid conditions during the deposits formation. In early disseminated monazite and in the main stage banded ores, the chondrite normalised La/Nd ratio varies from ∼3 to 7, whilst vein-hosted bastnasite and monazite show ratios in the range ∼4.8 to 5.8. The La-rich portion of this trend (La/Nd > 4) ...
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1979 in Chemical GeologyIF: 3.57
P. Möller3
Estimated H-index: 3
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G. Morteani3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Technical University of Berlin)
+ 1 AuthorsP.P. Parekh2
Estimated H-index: 2
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Volker Lüders15
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Birgit Plessen22
Estimated H-index: 22
+ 5 AuthorsGeorg Schettler18
Estimated H-index: 18
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2010 in Mineralium DepositaIF: 3.37
Alain Cheilletz23
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(Nancy-Université),
Dominique Gasquet20
Estimated H-index: 20
(University of Savoy)
+ 2 AuthorsMassimo Nespolo19
Estimated H-index: 19
(Nancy-Université)
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Bernd Lehmann32
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Estimated H-index: 18
(University of Tokyo)
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(University of Tokyo)
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Jens Gutzmer26
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Gregor Markl36
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(University of Tübingen)
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