Document Type : Original Research Paper


1 Department of Geology, Faculty of Basic Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Geology, Faculty of Sciences, Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran


The Mirgenaghshineh gold deposit is located 43 km northwest of Saqqez in the northwestern part of the Sanandaj–Sirjan zone. The rocks in the deposit area predominantly consist of Precambrian volcanosedimentary sequences of schist, metasandstone, slate and metaandesite which are intruded by granitoid bodies. The Gold mineralization in the Mirgenaghshineh deposit is hosted mostly in Northwest-Southeast shear zone. The high grade gold ores occure in highly deformed mylonitic and ultramylonitic rocks that are associated with quartz, sericite-muscovite and sulfide alteration minerals. Ore mineral assemblages of the deposit are simple and consist of pyrite, arsenopyrite, sphalerite, chalcopyrite, galena and electrum. The electrum grains range in size from less than 5 µm to 140 µm and occur in quartz and also in the form of inclusion and veinlet in pyrites. According of geochemical data, gold-bearing ores carry up to 64.3 ppm Au, 9.9 ppm Ag, 2096 ppm As, 506 ppm Pb, 354 ppm Zn, and 244 ppm Cu. Fluid inclusion studies on gold-bearing quartz indicate homogenization temperatures between 158 and 215°C and salinity between 3.3 to 14.5 wt% NaCl eq. for the ore fluid. The study indicates that main characteristics of the geology and mineralization of the Mirgenaghshineh are similar to those of the epizonal orogenic gold deposits.


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