Application of arsenopyrite geothermometry and sphalerite geobarometry to the Taebaek Pb-Zn(-Ag) deposit at Yeonhwa I mine, Republic of Korea

Yong Kwon Koh, Seon Gyu Choi, Chil Sup So, Sang Hoon Choi, Etsuo Uchida

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The Taebaek Pb-Zn(-Ag) deposit of the Yeonhwa I mine, Republic of Korea, occurs in a broadly folded and reverse-faulted terrain of Paleozoic sedimentary rocks: the Taebaeksan basin. The orebodies consist of several thin tabular orebodies of hydrothermal replacement type where they are hosted by carbonate rocks. The Pb-Zn(-Ag) mineralization can be divided into four distinct stages based upon the mode of occurrence of ore minerals, ore textural relationships and their composition. Based on temperatures inferred from arsenopyrite compositions by means of electron microprobe and fluid inclusions, the estimated temperatures for the stages I, II, III and IV reach 330 to 350 °C, 270 to 340 °C, 230 to 250 °C, and <220 °C, respectively. The sulphur activity (atm) of ore formation at the Taebaek deposit was estimated for each stage as 10-11 to 10-11.5, 10-9.5 to 10-13, 10-13.5 to 10-15, and <10-15, respectively. Even though application of sphalerite geobarometry is problematic because of the absence of good mineral assemblages, sphalerite coexisting with pyrite but not with pyrrhotite was used to estimate the minimum mineralization pressure (about 1 kbar).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-65
Number of pages8
JournalMineralium Deposita
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1992 Jan 1


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Economic Geology

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