Radiometric ages for supergene alunite and jarosite effectively date the oxidation of former concentrations of pyrite and any associated sulfide minerals. These K-bearing sulfate minerals, formed under low-pH conditions, are uncommon supergene products in low-sulfidation epithermal deposits because of the general paucity of pyrite for acid generation. For this reason, the age of supergene oxidation—locally to depths of 200 m or more—in the epithermal Au-Ag deposits of the Deseado massif, located in the extra-Andean foreland of Patagonia, southern Argentina, has remained unknown. Although, theoretically, the oxidation could have taken place anytime between the Late Jurassic, when the Au-Ag mineralization formed, and Pleistocene, K-Ar ages for alunite and jarosite from two widely separated and unusually pyritic, Ag-bearing hydrothermal breccias (Lejano and Libanesa) show it to have been mid-Miocene, 13.8 ± 1.8 Ma. This is the time when the Deseado massif underwent appreciable regional-scale tectonic uplift and valley incision, following ~ 140 myr during which the region was topographically subdued and the site of either fluvio-lacustrine or shallow- marine sedimentation. The uplift, combined with increasing aridity due to the orographic rain shadow caused by growth of the Patagonian Andes to the west and enhanced by global cooling, would have depressed regional
Mineralium Deposita – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 7, 2018
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