Geodynamic settings and tectonic model of skarn gold deposits in China: an overview
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-16, 21:30 authored by Chen, YJ, Chen, HY, Khin ZawKhin Zaw, Pirajno, F, Zhang, ZJ
Seventy skarn-type gold deposits, including 1 super-large, 19 large and 24 medium-sized, are known from different geotectonic units of China. They contain a total resource of approximately 1000Â t of gold (625Â t in South China), and account for 20% of China's gold reserves. These skarn deposits are sited in collisional orogenic belts, fault-controlled magmatic belts and reactivated cratonic margins. All of the Chinese skarn gold provinces were affected by Phanerozoic collisional orogenesis. The timing of the metallogenic events and the spatial-temporal distribution of the Chinese skarn gold deposits indicates that they were formed during ore-forming processes linked to the transition from shortening to extension in the geodynamic evolution of a collision orogen, and not to subduction systems as is commonly advocated for porphyry copper systems around the Pacific Rim. Â© 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Publication titleOre Geology Reviews
Department/SchoolSchool of Natural Sciences
Place of publicationNetherlands