The Raigorodok stockwork gold-sulfide-quartz deposit in the North Kazakhstan gold ore province

K. R. Kovalev, S. O. Syzdykov, Yu A. Kalinin, E. A. Naumov, V. V. Baranov, V. P. Sukhorukov, A. S. Gladkov, F. I. Zhimulev

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The Raigorodok stockwork gold-sulfide-quartz deposit is located in the contact zone of a monzogabbro-diorite intrusion belonging to the Stepnyak complex (442 Ma). Two main ore formation stages have been established: early, with disseminated gold-bearing pyrite-chalcopyrite mineralization related to skarn, propylite, and K-feldspar formation, and late, with productive mineralization. The late stage was accompanied by the formation of beresite, sericite, and quartz and comprised two substages: (1) quartz-gold-pyrite-chalcopyrite mineralization and (2) quartz-carbonate-gold-polysulfide mineralization. The 40Ar/39Ar ages of beresites and sericites are 422.9 ± 4.3 Ma and 416.7 ± 4.3 Ma, respectively, which is 19-22 Myr younger than the age of the host intrusion. The deposit ores formed stepwise, at temperatures of 112-335 °C and fluid salinity of 0.7-21.2 wt.% NaCl equiv. Sulfur for skarns, propylites, beresites, and ores might have been provided by a deep magma chamber, and the carbonaceous shales of the Vendian Sharyk Formation might have been the source of gold. The isotope and geochemical data and the results of fluid inclusion study suggest that Raigorodok is an intrusion-related deposit. At the same time, the deposit has a number of signs of porphyry-epithermal ore-magmatic systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1482-1496
Number of pages15
JournalRussian Geology and Geophysics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018


  • age of mineralization
  • Au-Cu-Pb-Ag-Te-Bi mineralization
  • North Kazakhstan gold ore province
  • Raigorodok gold deposit
  • vein-disseminated gold ores
  • BELT
  • U-PB AGE


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