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Geophysical targeting of Fe-oxide Cu-Au deposits in the northern fennoscandian sheild
Luleå tekniska universitet, Geological Institute, Luleå University of Technology, Maersk Olie og Gas AS.
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the last decades Fe-Oxide Cu-Au deposits have been discovered and developed in Australia, South America and Canada. This class of mineral deposits is also present in northern Sweden and thus represents a potential target for improving the mineral production of the country. The project aims at defining a geophysical signature of IOCG deposits from regional scale to local scale by using available geophysical data and newly measured petrophysical data. The Kiruna district was selected for regional investigations, while the Tjårrojåkka prospect was selected as testing site for the local study. The Tjårrojåkka prospect is located around 50 km west of Kiruna and is constituted by an apatite-iron ore (Kiruna type) and an associated Cu(-Au) deposit. The host rock is an altered andesite of Palaeoproterozoic age. The working hypothesis to be tested was that a spatial relationship exists between IOCG deposits and major tectonic lineaments and between IOCG deposits and alteration zones and that geophysical data can be used to delineate prospective areas. Gravity and magnetic data were used to map faults and associated fracture zones at regional scale, whereas airborne radiometric data were used to map potassic alteration, which appears to be related to the Cu(-Au) mineralising event. The K/Th ratio maps at both regional and local scale seem to be able to define prospective areas for IOCG deposits. Magnetic maps are also used to indicate presence of highly magnetic bodies associated to high concentrations of Fe-minerals. In the Tjårrojåkka area, Anisotropy of Magnetic Susceptibility on oriented samples was used as tectonic indicator for the geological study of the area. Three major tectonic events were identified, one of which is interpreted to be related to the main mineralising event. Density, bulk susceptibility and Natural Remanent Magnetisation were measured for oriented samples and for borehole specimens at the main Cu deposit. Thermal demagnetisation cycles were applied to the specimens to define the main magnetic mineral, which is mostly multidomain magnetite as confirmed by Königsberger ratios lower than one. Haematite is also present and is caused by oxidation of magnetite. The haematitisation of magnetite is contemporaneous to the Cu(-Au) ore deposition and to potassic alteration. At local scale, high magnetic anomalies define magnetite bodies, while intermediate magnetic anomalies mark areas that were affected by haematitisation. These areas also show high K/Th ratios and are associated to Cu-(Au) occurences. The proposed model for IOCG exploration begins with the analysis at regional scale of potential field data to define the major tectonic lineaments and fracture zones that may have acted as pathways for mineralising fluids. The second step is to identify high/intermediate magnetic anomalies caused by magnetite/haematite deposits. High values of K/Th ratio from airborne radiometric data show areas affected by potassic alteration, which often accompanies Cu-(Au) deposition.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå: Luleå tekniska universitet, 2014.
Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
Research subject
Applied Geophysics; Exploration Geophysics
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-25868Local ID: b7d02542-ddb3-4a7c-9266-d5317c724b44ISBN: 978-91-7583-041-4ISBN: 978-91-7583-042-1 (PDF)OAI: diva2:999026
Godkänd; 2014; 20141021 (andbra); Nedanstående person kommer att disputera för avläggande av teknologie doktorsexamen. Namn: Alessandro Sandrin Ämne: Prospekteringsgeofysik/Exploration geophysics Avhandling: Geophysical Targeting of Fe-Oxide Cu-Au Deposits in the Northern Fennoscandian Shield Opponent: Docent Satu Mertanen Head of Geophysics laboratory, Geological Survey of Finland/ Adj Professor of Geophysics, University of Helsinki, Helsingfors, Finland Ordförande: Professor Sten-Åke Elming, Avd för geovetenskap och miljöteknik, Institutionen för samhällsbyggnad och naturresurser, Luleå tekniska universitet Tid: Fredag den 21 november 2014, kl 10.00 Plats: F531, Luleå tekniska universitetAvailable from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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