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Chemical and boron isotopic composition of tourmaline from the Mariinsky emerald deposit, Central Urals, Russia


Baksheev,  Ivan A.
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Trumbull,  R.
3.1 Inorganic and Isotope Geochemistry, 3.0 Geochemistry, Departments, GFZ Publication Database, Deutsches GeoForschungsZentrum;

Popov,  Mikhail P.
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Erokhin,  Yuri V.
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Kudryavtseva,  Olesya E.
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Yapaskurt,  Vasily O.
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Khiller,  Vera V.
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Vovna,  Galina M.
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Kiselev,  Vladimir I.
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Baksheev, I. A., Trumbull, R., Popov, M. P., Erokhin, Y. V., Kudryavtseva, O. E., Yapaskurt, V. O., Khiller, V. V., Vovna, G. M., Kiselev, V. I. (2018): Chemical and boron isotopic composition of tourmaline from the Mariinsky emerald deposit, Central Urals, Russia. - Mineralium Deposita, 53, 4, 565-583.

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Tourmaline is abundant at the Mariinsky schist-hosted emerald deposit in the Central Urals, Russia, both in emerald-bearing phlogopite veins (type 1) and later, emerald-free pockets, lenses, and veinlets cutting the phlogopite veins (type 2). The Ca content in tourmaline is influenced by the host rocks (ultramafic and mafic rocks), associated minerals, and minerals crystallized before tourmaline (amphibole, fluorite, margarite). The Na concentration in tourmaline depends on the presence or absence of paragonite, and the association with micas also strongly influences the contents of Li, Zn, Ni, and Co in tourmaline. Type 1 tourmalines associated with phlogopite are relatively depleted in these elements, whereas type 2 tourmalines associated with margarite or paragonite are enriched. Some differences in isomorphic substitutions along with the trace element composition (Zn, V, Sr, Co, REE) may have value in exploration of emerald-bearing and emerald-free veins in schist-hosted emerald deposits. The δ11B values in tourmaline of all types fall in a narrow total range from −11.3 to −8.4‰. These values, combined with a mineralization temperature of 420–360 °C, yield an estimated δ11B fluid composition of −7.4 to −6.8‰ suggesting a mixed source of boron, likely dominated from the granitic rocks surrounding the emerald belt. The narrow range of B-isotope compositions in tourmaline from throughout the Mariinsky deposit suggests a well-mixed hydrothermal system.