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  • Uusikorpi, Juuso (Helsingin yliopisto, 2020)
    The geochemical regolith data gathered from Dzhumba, a gold prospect in eastern Kazakhstan, was analyzed using factor analysis and then integrated into ArcGIS as spatial data. Principal axis factoring method was used for factor extraction combined with varimax orthogonal rotation and Kaiser normalization. Five clear factors were extracted from the data set of 47 elements in 3942 regolith samples. Kriging interpolation was used to generate spatial data surfaces from factor scores. The generated factors are composed of the geochemical associations in the raw data, and represent the underlying geological processes and formations of the area. The fourth factor generated represents gold mineralization with As, Sb, Au, Zr, Sc, Mn, Mo, Cu, K and Ni being the elements that are positively loaded onto factor 4. Therefore, single element maps of these elements have been produced alongside the factor maps in order to examine factor 4 more intensely. Also maps about structural geology and alteration in the Dzhumba project area have been produced in order to give better understanding of the factor maps. The data suggests that the deposit type is an orogenic gold deposit. Other factors created interesting results as well, and they gave information about the different geological units of the area. Factor 1 represents granitic rocks by their feldspar and trace element content, factor 2 represents black shales with possible mafic rock constituents, factor 3 represents a sulfide rich mafic mineral group or graphitic rocks that are most likely black shales and factor 5 possibly represents calcite alteration. Factor 4 is the main interest of this study. The most intense loadings for factor 4 are in Brigadnoe, Svistun and Dzhumba with a small peak in Belyi. Single element map for gold mostly corresponds to factor 4 for Svistun and Dzhumba, but Brigadnoe is represented with a small peak. However, gold has a major presence in Fedor-Ivanovskoe, which is absent from factor 4. Further exploration in Fedor-Ivanovskoe could be performed in order to clarify if this is due to an unrelated gold-only deposit or some other event. Possible future exploration in the area could benefit from factor 4 results, using As and Sb, or a combination of As, Sb, Zr, Sc, Mn, Mo, Cu, K and Ni as pathfinders for possible gold occurrences.
  • Sandström, Joonas (Helsingin yliopisto, 2021)
    Aijala-Metsämonttu volcanogenic massive sulphide ore deposit belongs to Orijärvi regional volcanogenic massive sulphide mineralisation, localised within the schist zone southwestern Finland. Aijala-Orijärvi zone is an island-arc structure formed during the Paleoproterozoic (1895-1891 Ma). The mining operation in Aijala took place in 1949–1958 and Metsämonttu in 1952–1958 and 1964–1974. The Aijala and Metsämonttu deposits were 1 km apart. The main ore types were massive vein-like pyrite, sphalerite, pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite, and galena. The purpose of this thesis was to produce modern geological 3D models of the Aijala and Metsämonttu volcanogenic massive sulphide ore deposits and numerical grade models of the utilised minerals (copper, lead, zinc, silver, and gold) using historical material and to interpret the occurrences and emplacements of precious metals and base metals. In addition, compare the accuracy of the 3D models with digitised historical material. Geological 3D and numerical grade models were created using implicit modelling. Historical data used in this thesis consist of 266 drill holes from Aijala and 274 drill holes from Metsämonttu. Also, 61 mine tunnel maps and 47 cross-sections were used to create the geological models. The Aijala-Metsämonttu volcanogenic massive sulphide ore deposits are in the same stratigraphic zone between the footwall quartz-feldspar-porphyry and hanging wall amphibolite. Sulphide lenses of both deposits are vertically on the south side of the footwall and hanging wall contact. The main host rocks to sulphide ores are skarn and cordierite-gneiss. Several local faults intersect the deposits. The most significant faults displaced overlying blocks to the south in Aijala and to the north in Metsämonttu. The Aijala-Metsämonttu deposit belongs to the Zn-Pb-Cu group. The occurrence style and concentrations of metals vary between deposits. Copper ore is present in Aijala but absent in Metsämonttu, whilst zinc-lead ore is present in Metsämonttu but absent in Aijala. Precious metals occur in both deposits with a companion of base metals. The Metsämonttu deposit is rich in precious metals compared to the Aijala deposit, and the presence of high content of precious metals correlates with the incidence of lead ore. Precious metals concentrations increase from east to west and deeper in Metsämonttu.
  • Jokela, Eetu (Helsingin yliopisto, 2020)
    The Sukseton area is located in the northern part of Kittilä municipality, Central Lapland Greenstone Belt, approximately 15 km N from Suurikuusikko gold mine and 5 km NW from Iso-Kuotko orogenic gold deposit, between several large crustal scale thrust and shear zones. This area is a mix of different volcanic formations of Kittilä suite, felsic intrusion of Vuotso Complex and Paleoproterozoic intrusive rocks in the north. In addition to this, several porphyry dykes cut the Kittilä suite volcanic rocks around the area. Exploration work in this area started in the 1980’s when Outokumpu Oy found two minor gold and gold-copper mineralizations. In 2017, Agnico Eagle Finland Oy continued exploration in this area, intending to define the regional geology and the extent of the mineralizations. As a result of this exploration work, this study investigates more closely the regional geology, geochemistry, metamorphism and structural geology of the Sukseton area, as well as the geochronology of associated porphyry dykes. To understand and define the geology of the area, the following methods were used: geological bedrock and exploration trench mapping, interpretation of drill core loggings and several geophysical surveys, optical studies of polished thin sections and U–Pb dating a porphyry dyke sample. The metamorphic conditions of the area were studied through thorough petrological studies. In addition, an extensive geochemical and geotectonic classification of the rocks in the area was conducted. The Sukseton area composes mainly of different tholeiitic basalts and pyroclastic rocks with minor sulphide rich graphitic volcanic sediment and chert sections. Based on this study, these volcanic rocks originate from island arcs and mid-ocean ridges. With the help of geophysical surveys and field measurements, a couple of large fold structures were identified from the eastern part of the study area as well as a large shear zone in the middle of the area striking NE–SW. Porphyry dykes cut the volcanic rocks all around the area giving the minimum age of 1940±18 Ma for the volcanic rocks. Composition of porphyry dykes vary from rhyolites to basalt and they have similar geochemical characteristics with Nyssäkoski type felsic veins. The peak metamorphic conditions in the area represent high-P amphibolite facies metamorphism. Also, hydrothermal alteration is common in Sukseton and it can be metamorphic and magmatic in origin.
  • Georgi, Jaakko (Helsingin yliopisto, 2019)
    This study consists of a comprehensive characterization of the geology, geochemistry, alteration, and mineralization at the Ronaldo prospect as well as an evaluation of its ore potential. Previous mapping campaigns of the prospect, which lies in the Central Andes in Peru at an elevation of 4300 metres, have identified intrusions overlain by a volcanic package. The intrusions are crosscut by silicified ridges that host epithermal mineralization. Satellite imagery reveals that the topographically elevated areas exhibit strongly altered rocks identified as an advanced argillic-altered lithocap. The methods used to define and better understand the geology and the evolution of the hydrothermal system included reconnaissance field mapping, whole-rock geochemistry, short-wave infrared spectroscopy, petrography, and geochronology. Previous studies have shown that only high-sulfidation epithermal mineralization can be spatially and temporally linked to porphyry Cu mineralization, and therefore this study investigates – among other aspects – what type of epithermal mineralization is present at Ronaldo in order to evaluate the potential for concealed at-depth porphyry Cu mineralization. Two separate lower Miocene intrusive units were identified, a porphyritic diorite and a porphyritic granodiorite, whose average age difference is 1.79 Ma. The intrusive units display intermediate argillic alteration. The overlying extrusive units are Sacsaquero Formation basaltic andesites and ignimbrites that are either unaltered or display propylitic alteration. The basaltic andesite roof pendants observed at Ronaldo indicate that the tops of the intrusions are preserved. At high elevations, advanced argillic alteration composed of pyrophyllite, kaolinite, and dumortierite was observed. This area is the remnant, deeper zone of a larger lithocap. The steeply dipping silicified ridges that display sericitic alteration were inferred to be the root zone of this lithocap. Elevated values of trace elements such as Te, Bi, As, and Sb suggest that the Ronaldo prospect is mostly situated in a sericitic alteration zone related to a porphyry-like magmatic-hydrothermal source located at greater depth. Isolated magnetite aggregates were observed in magmatic-hydrothermal breccia, which indicates that the sericitic alteration may have overprinted potassic alteration. A few intermediate-sulfidation epithermal veins and porphyry-related veins, including a banded molybdenite quartz vein, were observed in the creek near the major fault. At Ronaldo, high silica content and sericitic alteration correlate well with elevated concentrations of Ag, Au, and Mo, whereas Cu concentration does not correlate well with any alteration type or with silica content. Quartz veinlets in the silicified ridges that host abundant Ag and Au mineralization were interpreted to have formed at a slightly later stage and to be unrelated to the magmatic-hydrothermal system. This mineralization was interpreted to be low-sulfidation epithermal in origin due to features such as abundant adularia, lattice-textured bladed calcite replaced by quartz, crustiform banding, banded quartz-chalcedony veins, druse-lined cavities, and high Ag/Au ratios. In conclusion, the Ronaldo prospect comprises a hydrothermal system in which the deep, root zone of an advanced argillic lithocap is exposed. The exploration potential for low-sulfidation epithermal mineralization in the silicified ridges is rather significant, whereas the potential for porphyry Cu mineralization is minor due to the lack of appreciable Cu and Mo mineralization, typically shallow-depth porphyry-related hydrothermal alteration, and the lack of high-sulfidation epithermal mineralization.
  • Rantanen, Aleksi (Helsingin yliopisto, 2021)
    Vulkaanisten kaarten magmaattinen aktiivisuus nostaa maankuoren lämpötilaa ja laskee sen kestävyyttä, mutta näiden muutosten suuruutta tai muutosten erinäisiä tekijöitä, kuten latenttilämpöä, sulamisesta aiheutunutta viskositeetin laskua sekä intruusioiden koostumusta, lämpötilaa ja sulan määrää ei ole laajemmilta osin tutkittu. Pro gradu tutkielman tarkoitus on kvantifioida näitä kuoressa tapahtuvia muutoksia sekä tutkia erinäisten tekijöiden vaikutusta kallioperän kestävyyteen, kuten sitä kuinka kestävyys muuttuu lämpötilan nousun seurauksena kiinteässä tilassa verrattuna siihen miten se muuttuu kiven sulaessa. Näitä näkökulmia tutkitaan mallilla, joka perustuu kaksiulotteiseen lämpöyhtälöön, joka ratkaistaan differenssimenetelmällä. Kuoren kestävyyden muutoksia lasketaan sarjalla yksiulotteisia kuoren kestävyyskriteerimalleja. Kivien sulamislämpötilat saadaan termodynaamisella ohjelmalla, joka laskee sulafraktiot eri paine ja lämpötilaolosuhteissa ja näitä sulia käytetään hyväksi mallissa, joka laskee efektiivisen viskositeetin osittain sulaneelle kivelle. Kuoren kestävyyttä ja lämpötilan muutoksia tarkastellaan tekemällä useampia simulaatioita, jotka jäljittelevät magmaattisen kaaren vulkanismia. Maankuoren integroitu kestävyys laskee magmakammioiden läheisyydessä jo muutaman miljoonan vuoden kuluttua ~80 % eikä tämä arvo muutu huomattavasti jatkuvan magmaattisen aktiivisuuden seurauksena. Magmakammioita ympäröivä maankuori kuitenkin jatkaa heikentymistä koko magmaattisen aktiivisuuden ajan (10 Ma) eikä tämä ei ole ainoastaan seurausta hitaasta lämmönjohtumisesta. Magmaattisen aktiivisuuden päätyttyä maankuori jäähtyy ja kiteytyy, jolloin intruusioiden mekaaniset ominaisuudet saattavat joko heikentää tai kestävöittää kallioperää suhteessa maankuoren alkuperäiseen kestävyyteen riippuen intruusioiden ja niitä ympäröivän kiven mekaanisista ominaisuuksista. Mafiset intruusion kykenevät kestävöittämään kallioperää helpommin syvemmällä, missä kuori alun perin deformoitui plastisesti, kun taas felsiset intruusiot kykenevät mekaanisesti heikentämään maankuorta matalammilla syvyyksillä. Pitkällä aikavälillä intrudoituvan magman lämpötila on vähemmän tärkeä tekijä kuoren kestävyydelle, kuin intruusioiden mekaaniset ominaisuudet. Kiven sulamisella ei näytä olevan huomattavaa vaikutusta kuoren kestävyyden muutoksiin. Suurin osa simulaatioista osoittaa, että kuoren integroitu kestävyys on pudonnut jo yli 99.9 % lämpötilan nousun seurauksena ennen kuin kuori alkaa sulamaan. Jopa äärimmäisimmissä skenaarioissa kuoren sulamisesta aiheutuva integroidun kestävyyden lasku pysyy pääsääntöisesti 0.5 % alapuolella. Mitä enemmän magmassa on sulaa, sitä suurempi vaikutus latenttilämmöllä on kuoren lämpötiloihin. Magmaattisen aktiivisuude aikana intrudoituvalla magmalla minkä sulamäärä on 10–100 %, latenttilämmön osuus lämpötilan noususta on 12–34 %. Latenttilämpö vaikuttaa enemmän kuoren kestävyyteen magmakammioiden läheisyydessä ja laskee kuoren kestävyyttä enemmän magmaattisen aktiivisuuden päätyttyä. Maximissaan latenttilämmöstä aiheutunut kuoren integroidun kestävyyden lasku on 10–30 % magmakammioiden läheisyydessä ja keskiarvo on 5–17.5 % 50 km säteellä magmakammioista, riippuen magman alkuperäisestä sulan määrästä. Tektoniikan kannalta on tärkeää ymmärtää miten magmaattinen aktiivisuus vaikuttaa maankuoren kestävyyteen. Maankuori on heikoimmillaan suoraan magmakammioiden läheisyydessä magmaattisen aktiivisuuden aikana, joka saattaa aiheuttaa paikallisia muutoksia kuoren deformaatiossa ja hiertovyöhykkeiden muodostumisessa, mutta pitkällä aikavälillä intruusioiden koostumus ja niiden mekaaniset ominaisuudet saattavat vaikuttaa huomattavasti kuoren kestävyyteen. Koska kuoren sulamisesta aiheutunut viskositeetin lasku ei ole huomattava tekijä kuoren kestävyydelle, niin muut magmaattiseen aktiivisuuteen ja vulkanismiin liittyvät tekijät ovat todennäköisesti tärkeämmässä osassa, kuten kiven sulamiseen liittyvä tiheyden lasku ja tilavuuden kasvu, joka taas johtaa uusiin maankuoreen syntyviin jännityskenttiin, kallioperän murrosten syntymiseen sekä magman liikkumiseen.
  • Rantanen, Hanna (Helsingin yliopisto, 2021)
    The Paleoproterozoic (1.87 Ga, ɛNd -3.7) Suvasvesi granitoid intrusion in southeastern Finland is considered to be a part of the Heinävesi intrusive suite. Inner parts of the lithologically zoned Suvasvesi intrusion are variably alkali feldspar porphyritic biotite granitoid rock and the margins are composed of a more biotite-rich equigranular granitoid rock variety. The Paleoproterozoic metasedimentary rocks of the Viinijärvi suite adjacent to the Suvasvesi intrusion are intruded by leucocratic pegmatite dikes. Potential sources and possible contamination of the granitoid melt are considered with the help of structural and textural observations, petrography, whole-rock geochemistry, mineral chemistry, and petrophysical data. The data were acquired from 34 rock samples collected during a bedrock mapping campaign and combined with the pre-existing mapping, petrographic, and geochemical data from the Suvasvesi and surrounding areas. The Suvasvesi granitoid intrusion is compared to other members of the Heinävesi suite to verify the hypothesis of their petrogenetic connection. The compositions of both Suvasvesi intrusion and Heinävesi suite are also compared to the potential proximal sources, the adjacent Paleoproterozoic metasedimentary rocks and Archean units in the area. In addition, the compositions of the Suvasvesi intrusion and Heinävesi suite rocks are compared to other granitoids from Eastern and Northern Finland with suggested Archean sources, and to regional granitoids of same age. Based on the similarity of major and trace element compositions, it is suggested that the Suvasvesi granitoid is part of the Heinävesi suite. The granites and granodiorites of the Suvasvesi granitoid and the Heinävesi suite are ferroan, calc-alkalic, and peraluminous with average ASI value of 1.08 (n = 73). Although the Heinävesi suite is postkinematic, it shows very few similarities to other rocks of same age. The εNd values of the Heinävesi suite and the paragneiss enclaves within the Suvasvesi intrusion indicate metasedimentary source component or assimilation. Conversely, the I-type mineralogy and geochemistry suggest igneous/meta-igneous source component for the Heinävesi suite. Potential infracrustal sources for the granitoid magma are the Archean TTGs and amphibolites. The conclusion for the magma source is ambiguous. For further studying additional isotope analyses and thermodynamic modelling of the Suvasvesi and Heinävesi magmas are suggested.
  • Karpoja, Anna (Helsingin yliopisto, 2019)
    Kaapelinkulma is an orogenic gold deposit located in the Paleoproterozoic Vammala Migmatite Belt (1.91 – 1.79 Ma) in Valkeakoski municipality in Southwestern Finland, and it is considered to have been formed in microcontinent collision during Svecofennian orogeny and has been classified as an orogenic gold deposit. Kaapelinkulma comprises a set of sub-parallel lodes in a tight array hosted within a sheared quartz-diorite unit inside a tonalitic intrusion. Gold occurrence is hosted by an en echelon type sheared quartz-dioritic dyke which forms a large xenolith inside synorogenic tonalite intrusion, surrounded by mica gneiss. It is estimated that Kaapelinkulma gold deposit contains at least, 168 Kt of ore containing 3.8 g/t Au. Textural setting, mineralogical association form and assemblage of gold, sulphides and telluride grains in Kaapelinkulma were studied with field-emission scanning electron microscopy, with electron probe microanalyzer and scanning electron microscopy. Ore minerals observed in Kaapelinkulma are: arsenopyrite, löllingite, pyrrhotite, pyrite and chalcopyrite. Other ore minerals identified are native bismuth, gold, scheelite, bismuth-tellurides and maldonite, which were all found in abundant amounts. Ore minerals occur as dissemination in intergranular spaces between silicate matrix, as polycrystal aggregates in quartz-veins and quartz clusters; and within shear zones. Gold in Kaapelinkulma is present as two generations: as single free native gold grains and as polycrystalline gold aggregates. Polycrystalline gold aggregates are grains formed from several mineral association and their combinations. Most common polycrystalline gold aggregates are formed from combination of: maldonite-native Au, Au-Bi alloys, Au-Ag grains and Au-hedleyite. Single free native gold grains are pure gold or gold-silver alloys. Free native gold grains can be found as intergranular, single grains in silicate matrix and adjacent or as a part of disseminated ore together with polycrystalline gold aggregates, bismuth and bismuth tellurides. Polycrystalline gold aggregates are found in disseminated ore, which are in close contact with quartz-veins and sulphide aggregates, or as inclusions in arsenopyrite-löllingite contact zones- or in other sulphides. Concentration of Au varies in native-gold grain from 76.83 to 97.87 wt% according to EPMA analyzes and from 50.03 to 100 wt% according to FE-SEM analyzes. Minor to moderate amounts of silver and copper were identified within the grains. Grain sizes of gold varies significantly from 7µm2 to 5mm2. Ore mineral paragenesis were observed to start when arsenopyrite and löllingite crystallized first, followed, partly simultaneously by pyrrhotite, pyrite and chalcopyrite. This was followed by crystallization of maldonite, first occurrence of native gold and bismuth, bismuth-tellurides, hedleyite and finally tellurides and main occurrence of gold. General ore forming process in Kaapelinkulma has been open space filling.
  • Markkanen, Minna (Helsingin yliopisto, 2021)
    The orbicular quartz monzonite from Kuohenmaa, Southwest Finland, is one of the most beautiful and well-known orbicular rocks in the world. The cores of the orbicules are peraluminous in composition, most likely of xenolithic metasedimentary origin. The cores are surrounded by orbicule mantles, which consist of several alternating biotite- and plagioclase-rich shells. There are three types of orbicules in Kuohenmaa orbicular rock: proto-, small-, and large-orbicular types. Proto-orbicules have only a few shells, small orbicules ~ 50 shells in average, and large orbicules over 250 distinct shells. In addition to shells, one sample was observed to be associated with comb layering in the contact of proto-orbicular and large orbicular types. Structures and textures of the comb layer resembles those of the outer shells of large orbicules. The orbicules are embedded in interstitial coarse-grained groundmass that forms locally almost pegmatitic patches. The petrographic observations were acquired from eight samples or sample photographs gathered from different collections. A mineral chemistry dataset was measured from a single large orbicule from the University of Helsinki collections. The main minerals of the Kuohenmaa orbicular rock are plagioclase, biotite, microcline, muscovite, and chlorite. The shell textures vary from branching plagioclase-rich shells to fine-grained plagioclase- or biotite-rich shells. Branching shells are mainly oligoclase, but a few granular andesine crystals were detected in the core. Peculiar interstitial fibrous allanite masses were found in the inner branching plagioclase-rich shells. The plagioclase compositions generally follow a regular fractional crystallization trend from core to groundmass, but some changes towards more primary compositions are observed in the orbicule mantle. Plagioclase crystals display only minor compositional zoning, suggesting rather quick crystallization. Biotite is very aluminous (Al2O3 17.63–18.53) in composition, and the compositional changes seem to have somewhat positive correlation with plagioclase compositions, suggesting changes in their crystallization conditions. Injections of primary melt from a deeper source most likely caused the observed changes to more primitive composition in plagioclase and biotite composition. Through the detailed petrographic and geochemical studies, a model of undercooling caused by decompression driven fluid saturation is proposed as a mechanism for orbicule formation in the Kuohenmaa orbicular rock. Branching plagioclase with interstitial fibrous allanite masses and several fluid inclusions in plagioclase indicates separate aqueous REE-enriched melt and rapid crystallization. Further studies of fluid inclusions and REE-enriched phases could provide information of the fluid origin and crystallization conditions.
  • Hakala, Heini (Helsingin yliopisto, 2021)
    A NW–SE trending dike swarm cuts Miocene volcanic rocks in the Ibex Hills and Precambrian to Cambrian cratonic rocks and sedimentary strata in the Saddlepeak Hills and Salt Spring Hills in southern Death Valley, California. These dikes are aligned with Jurassic and Cretaceous dike swarms of eastern California that are linked to the Mesozoic North American Cordilleran magmatism. The Ibex Hills dikes have been previously dated and yield K-Ar date of 12.7 Ma and are coeval with the early stage of the Miocene Basin and Range crustal extension in Death Valley. This Master’s thesis examines in detail the geology, petrography and geochemistry of the previously unstudied dikes of Ibex Hills, Saddlepeak Hills and Salt Spring Hills of southern Death Valley and a ~90 Ma dike of Mojave Desert to discuss (1) their petrogenetic link to each other and (2) their geologic significance. The samples and field observations were obtained in 2019. The Ibex Hills samples are relatively fresh compared to the dikes of Saddlepeak Hills and Salt Spring Hills which are pervasively altered by secondary minerals and have been subject to low-grade metamorphism. The sub-solidus processes that have modified the mineral assemblages of the metamorphic dikes are also reflected in various degrees of major element mobility and LOI. The whole-rock geochemical composition of the Ibex Hills and Mojave Desert samples is trachyandesite to trachyte, the Saddlepeak Hills and Salt Spring Hills samples are andesites. One Saddlepeak Hills sample is basaltic and, based on mineralogy, texture and composition, represents a 1.1 Ga diabase intrusion. All studied samples are enriched in LREEs and LILEs and have negative Ta-Nb anomaly, representing magmas with typical subduction zone characteristics with enriched lithospheric mantle component in source. EPMA and in situ LA-MC-ICP-MS analysis of plagioclase phenocrysts of two Miocene samples of Ibex Hills shows variation in anorthite content and 87Sr/86Sr ratios across phenocryst profiles indicating open-system magma chamber evolution with episodes of recharge, hybridization and assimilation during the crystallization. Variation in anorthite content and 87Sr/86Sr ratios between samples suggest heterogeneities in the source magmas. The studied dikes represent multiple episodes of dike emplacements in southern Death Valley. The Miocene dikes of Ibex Hills, coeval with the Basin and Range crustal extension, indicate an early period of southwest directed extension in the southern Death Valley. The metamorphosed dikes of Saddlepeak Hills and Salt Spring Hills represent one or more episodes of older dike emplacement and could be coeval with the Mesozoic magmatism of North American Cordilleran orogeny and the Cretaceous dike of Mojave Desert. However, geochronological analysis is needed to verify the exact ages of these dikes.
  • McDonald, Isabel (Helsingin yliopisto, 2020)
    Talc is a problematic alteration mineral at the Kevitsa Ni-Cu-(PGE) mine in Sodankylä, Finland, and its distribution and control were assessed in this thesis. Kevitsa is a polymetallic mine hosted in an ultramafic intrusion, extracting Ni, Cu, Co, Au, Pt and Pd, which are of increasing importance in green energy technologies. Talc – a common alteration product in ultramafic rocks – detrimentally interferes with the recovery of copper in the flotation stage of ore processing when concentrations exceed 5 wt. %, thus affecting the economics of mine operations. It was found different talc concentrations had different spatial associations and controls, with three dominant styles identified, and a multi-stage genesis of talc alteration is proposed. The talc styles identified in the study are as follows: (style 1) pervasive talc-chlorite alteration, (style 2) talc-dolomite alteration haloes proximal to dolomite veins and (style 3) talc on brittle structures, associated with magnetite. Low values of talc between 0.2-0.5 wt.% (style 1) were found to have no preferential spatial distribution, occurring as background alteration throughout the intrusion. Intermediate values (between 1-5 wt. %) were associated with late brittle fractures and structures (style 3), with a notable association with the NE-flt-rv1 fault zone. Style (2) was found to have a dominant structural control, specifically being associated with north-south trending structures. Dominant structures with this association identified are NS-flt1_flt-002 and NS-flt-2_flt-009. Highest values (commonly exceeding >10 wt. %) manifest themselves as alteration haloes proximal to veins, where talc-carbonate replaces the intercumulus mineral phases. Here it is proposed that ‘low talc’ alteration, style (1), was the first talc association to occur, generated by late magmatic fluids or regional metamorphism accompanying amphibole and serpentine alteration. The association observed as style (2) was likely generated by the infilling of north-south trending structures by carbonate-talc veins through metasomatism by a CO2 rich metamorphic fluid, perhaps delivered by a deep-seated structure, often generating talc values in excess of 10 wt.%. The third stage is proposed to be talc enrichment via meteoric fluid percolation, after exhumation. This generated talc along brittle structures associated with magnetite style (3), and talc-carbonate concentrations may also be upgraded at this stage. Further enrichment of talc is observed at the surface, attributed to freeze thaw-cycles of permafrost upgrading talc values. The identification of these processes and controls on talc will not only have implications for the economics of Kevitsa as high talc zones can be avoided, but findings may have useful applications for mining of similar deposits in the Central Lapland Greenstone belt such as the nearby Sakatti Cu-Ni-(PGE) project, when it enters production.
  • Barron, Pelayo (Helsingin yliopisto, 2020)
    Sakatti is one of the most significant magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE deposits discovered in the last decade. With a reported 44.4 Mt resource, is a polymetallic deposit with grades of: 1.90 % Cu, 0.96 % Ni, 1.40 g/t PGE; Anglo American ltd. report (2019). Sakatti is located within the Early Proterozoic Central Lapland Greenstone Belt (CLGB), Finland. The deposit is hosted by three ultramafic magma–derived olivine cumulate bodies: Main body, North-East body and South-West body. Very distinctive ore types can be recognized according to several academic studies: A) Massive ore containing an average 3.04 % Ni and 7 % Cu and showing a wide range in Ni/Cu (average of 1.42) and Pt/Pd of 0.98 (Ahvenjärvi 2015); B) Stockwork ore that is extremely copper-rich containing an average 0.68 % Ni and 26.17 % Cu, with Ni/Cu of 0.03 and Pt/Pd of 0.85 (Fröhlich 2016); C) Disseminated ore, where sulfides form a wide halo around the massive and stockwork ores, again being highly copper-dominated containing an average 0.07 % Ni and 0.61 % Cu. Ni/Cu and Pt/Pd values for disseminated ore are 0.13 and 1.83 respectively. The aim of this study is to shed some light on the genesis of the Sakatti´s disseminated ore and the massive sulfides from the NE and SW bodies. The disseminated mineralization was studied more in depth. Moreover, a comparison with other major Ni-Cu-(PGE) magmatic deposits in the world was done. Overall the disseminated ore seems to be dominated by a patchy texture with low connectivity but high wettability. Chalcopyrite is the predominant sulfide mineral and forms intergrowths with the texturally earlier pyrrhotite and pentlandite. These primary phases are widely altered to secondary phases like marcasite, millerite, violarite, pyrite, bornite, covellite and magnetite. Only a few platinum-group minerals (PGM) were found. They all are tellurides or bismuth-tellurides of which the merenskyite-moncheite-melonite series minerals are the most abundant. The chemical composition of the disseminated ore revealed compositional and fractionation similarities with both the massive and stockwork ores. When recalculated to 100 % sulfides and normalized to mantle values, the disseminated ore showed a moderate content in Ni, Co, IPGE and Rh close to the massive mineralization, and a higher enrichment in PPGE, Au and Cu with similar evolution patterns as the stockwork vein sulfides. This led to a fractionation path of the disseminated sulfide phase that seemed to be a mixture of the other two main ore types. Thus, it is suggested that the disseminated ore is formed by a combination of monosulfide solid solution (MSS) and intermediate solid solution (ISS), which originated from a sulfide melt genetically linked to the one that gave rise to the massive and stockwork ores. The massive sulfides from the NE and SW bodies show compositional similarities with the massive ore from the Main body that suggest a share origin and genesis. The Oktabr'sky, Noril'sk-Talnakh, disseminated ore, when normalized to mantle values, shows similar Ni, Co, PGE, Au and Cu distribution as the Sakatti´s disseminated sulfides. Moreover, the Oktabr'sky deposit seems to have similar S/Se vs Pt+Pd evolution trend to the one from Sakatti deposit.
  • Ioannou, Christos (Helsingin yliopisto, 2020)
    The Siivikko-Kellojärvi area forms the southern part of the Kuhmo greenstone belt. The rocks in the area are mainly tholeiitic and komatiitic lavas. In some occasions primary textures can still be observed in the rocks, including spinifex and pillow lavas in mafic and ultramafic volcanic rocks, evident of marine environment. The purpose of this M.Sc. thesis is to investigate the possible hydrothermal alteration processes involved in the formation of the Siivikkovaara Ni-Cu-Zn-Pb mineralized sulfide body. The goal of the M.Sc. thesis is to examine the Siivikkovaara Ni-Cu-Zn-Pb mineralized body using mineralogy, whole-rock geochemistry, mineral chemistry and sulfur isotope geochemistry (δ34S values). Komatiites in the present study have a Cr content of 0.28-0.62 wt.% and show a positive correlation between MgO and Cr, following a cotectic olivine-chromite cumulate trend. Analyses of the studied samples show an average Pd + Pt value of 300 ppb. Given the results, the mineralization represents an enriched body in Pd + Pt, relative to the majority of deposits in Finland. Samples presented in the current study are mildly depleted in (La/Sm)N and generally LREE, relative to chondrite values. The analysed minerals show an average δ34S value of 0.45‰. The source of sulfur is magmatic and cannot be related with any other geological setting. Enrichment in some elements may be attributed to later post-magmatic modification of the mineralization and remobilization of the elements. Komatiitic rocks of the studied samples were derived from Cr-saturated magmas. Cr depletion in tremolite rock may be related with alteration processes or post-magmatic modification. REE data suggest a rather primitive and uncontaminated magma for the studied samples. The studied komatiites are principally of Aluminum-Undepleted komatiite-type. Owing to the poor exposure and extensive post-magmatic modification, any solid conclusions on the origin of the mineralized body are rather difficult. Therefore, more work can be done in the studied samples to further examine the assumption of a possible black-smoker setting.