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Minerals 2019, 9(1), 45;

Basin Evolution and Massive Sulfide Deposition at Rammelsberg (Germany): Updating the Subsidence Analysis

Departamento de Ciencias de La Tierra, University of Huelva, 21071 Huelva, Spain
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Received: 21 November 2018 / Revised: 24 December 2018 / Accepted: 4 January 2019 / Published: 14 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Massive Sulfide Deposits all around the World)
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The Rammelsberg sulfide deposit is classically considered as a SEDEX-type deposit. The origin of SEDEX-type massive sulfides links with the evolution of their hosting basins. They frequently constitute the source for the metal-enriched basinal brines transported afterwards as mineralizing hydrothermal fluids. This study revisits previous data concerning the analysis of the basin that hosts the Rammelsberg deposit, the Goslar basin, updating its subsidence analysis and providing new tectonic and total subsidence curves from two different paleogeographic locations: the depocenter and the basin margin. The basin evolution is defined by five stages depicting different subsidence intensity and mechanisms for each of these locations. The stratigraphic position of Rammelsberg coincides with a drastic change in the basin evolution. A rapid tectonic subsidence event is proposed as a trigger mechanism for hydrothermal activity. The paleogeographic location and the relation between supply of mineralizing fluids and sedimentation rate were critical for the concentration or dissemination of sulfides. View Full-Text
Keywords: basin analysis; subsidence; SEDEX; Rammelsberg; Rhenohercynian basin analysis; subsidence; SEDEX; Rammelsberg; Rhenohercynian

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Moreno, C.; González, F.; Sáez, R. Basin Evolution and Massive Sulfide Deposition at Rammelsberg (Germany): Updating the Subsidence Analysis. Minerals 2019, 9, 45.

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