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Giant quartz vein zones of the Great Bear magmatic zone, Northwest Territories, Canada Open Access


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oxygen isotopes
giant quartz vein zones
Great Bear Magmatic Zone
Northwest Territories
fluid inclusions
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University of Alberta
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Byron, Suzanne
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Gleeson, Sarah A. (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
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Richards, Jeremy P. (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences)
Etsell, Thomas H. (Chemical and Materials Engineering)
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

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Master of Science
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The Great Bear magmatic zone, Northwest Territories, hosts numerous giant quartz veins and stockwork zones. These zones can be up to 100m wide and up to 10km long, with two or more generations of quartz. A few of the giant quartz vein zones host base-metal ± uranium mineralization, and some are proximal to mineralization, although most are barren. Cathodoluminescence imaging shows the quartz veins have complex growth zones and a trace element study suggests that these zones are the result of Al and Li substitution in the quartz lattice. Oxygen isotope (δ18Oqtz) values of quartz generally fall between +8 to +14.6‰ (VSMOW). Fluid inclusion homogenization temperatures range from 100 to 375˚C, and the fluids have variable salinities. The fluids that created the giant quartz veins are epithermal in nature with a meteoric water ± brine signature, and formed as a result of multiple fluid pulses and re-fracturing events.
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