Structural and mineralogical controls of gold mineralization at the Tajitos project, Sonora, Mexico

Date created: 
2018-04-03
Identifier: 
etd10693
Keywords: 
Tajitos
Orogenic gold
Caborca Orogenic Gold Belt
Sonora
Laramide
Mojave-Sonora Megashear
Abstract: 

Tajitos is an orogenic vein-hosted gold deposit in Sonora, Mexico. The local geology is composed of Jura-Cretaceous volcanic and sedimentary strata, with syn-volcanic granodioritic plugs and a post-depositional gabbroic stock. North-northeast directed compression during the Laramide orogeny formed a fold and thrust belt, folding and faulting the local strata. During the late Laramide orogeny, a mineralization event occurred, forming syn-deformational vein-hosted gold, under brittle-ductile conditions in the mid- to upper crust. Post-mineralization Basin and Range extension accompanied the emplacement of lamprophyric dykes and reactivation of mineralized faults with normal movement. Gold mineralization is hosted in steeply dipping, southeast trending fault-fill veins with surrounding coeval zones of extensional veins and quartz-sericite-pyrite alteration. High-grade mineralization shoots within the veins plunge steeply west and moderately to the southeast. Gold in the fault-fill veins primarily occurs along crack-seal laminations associated with galena and chalcopyrite occupying interstities between quartz and rimming pyrite, arsenopyrite, and sphalerite.

Document type: 
Thesis
Rights: 
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Senior supervisor: 
Daniel Marshall
Department: 
Science: Department of Earth Sciences
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.Sc.
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