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LA-ICPMS U-Pb dating reveals cassiterite inheritance in the Yazov granite, Eastern Siberia: Implications for tin mineralization

January 7, 2021

U-Pb dating of cassiterite and zircon from the Yazov granite (Transbaikalia region, Eastern Siberia, Russia) and cassiterite from spatially associated tin mineralization in the Tuyukan ore district in the Tonod uplift was conducted using in situ laser ablation inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. These analyses allow comparison of isotopic systematics for both minerals, especially related to transport in granitic magma. These data are also useful for understanding possible genetic links between the granite and the tin mineralization. Most of the U-Pb zircon analyses define a 206Pb/238U age of 719 ± 15 Ma for the granite; in addition, several zircon cores define an inheritance age of 1839 ± 21 Ma. U-Pb data for 10 nearly concordant analyses of disseminated cassiterite from the same samples yield a 206Pb/238U age of 1838 ± 34 Ma. This is the first documented evidence of cassiterite inheritance in granitic magma. These data indicate the robust character of U-Pb isotope systematics in cassiterite, comparable to that in zircon. The presence of numerous inclusions of cassiterite in zircon from the Yazov granite (revealed by nanotomography) supports the interpretation of inherited cassiterite included during Neoproterozoic zircon crystallization. The data indicate that high tin concentrations in the Yazov granite are due to the incorporation of older cassiterite crystals from country rock, not coeval cassiterite crystallization. Cassiterite samples from two ore occurrences spatially associated with the Yazov granite yield Pb-Pb isochron ages of 1.86–1.82 Ga, indicating that tin mineralization occurred in the Paleoproterozoic, nearly 1 Ga before emplacement of the Yazov granite. Tin mineralization of the ore region is probably related to ~ 1.85 Ga Chuya-Kodar tin-bearing granitic rocks that host tin deposits. These results have broad implications for understanding how critical elements, such as tin, may become enriched in rare-metal granites and how they are related to regional to global geodynamic processes.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2021
Title LA-ICPMS U-Pb dating reveals cassiterite inheritance in the Yazov granite, Eastern Siberia: Implications for tin mineralization
DOI 10.1007/s00126-020-01038-9
Authors Leonid A. Neymark, Christopher S. Holm-Denoma, Anatoly Larin, Richard J. Moscati, Yulia Plotkina
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Mineralium Deposita
Series Number
Index ID 70217185
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center