Gold-Silver vein mineralization at Tyndrum, Scotland

Pattrick, R.A.D., Boyce, A. and MacIntyre, R.M. (1988) Gold-Silver vein mineralization at Tyndrum, Scotland. Mineralogy and Petrology, 38(1), pp. 61-76. (doi: 10.1007/BF01162482)

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Electrum, hessite, petzite and sylvanite have been recorded from veins at Tyndrum, Scotland. Electron probe micro-analyses have also revealed two un-named Ag-Te-S phases. Fluid inclusion studies suggest that the mineralising fluids responsible for the precious metal mineralization contained ∼ 7.0 mol % CO2 and 7 wt % NaCl. TH (temperature of homogenisation) determinations were in the range 295°C to 325°C and a depth of vein formation ∼ 4 km is indicated. Mineral precipitation was probably caused by cooling and adsorption of gold onto pyrite. Δ34S values of + 1.8%o for galena from the Au + Ag + Te veins suggest a different (possibly igneous) sulphur source to that producing the Pb +Zn vein mineralization in the Tyndrum area. Although an age of ∼ 380 Ma was obtained using K-feldspar in the veins the data are not conclusive. It is argued that the Au + Ag mineralization at Tyndrum is due to hydrothermal activity related to Cu +Mo mineralization associated with the Late Caledonian granites.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Boyce, Professor Adrian
Authors: Pattrick, R.A.D., Boyce, A., and MacIntyre, R.M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Mineralogy and Petrology
ISSN (Online):1438-1168

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