Mineral, Fluid, and Melt Inclusions—Analysis, Interpretation, and Application, Volume II

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Mineral Deposits".

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Dear Colleagues,

Mineral, fluid, and melt inclusions provide critical information on the physicochemical properties of geochemical systems that are unobtainable by other means. Combining inclusion petrography, compositional information, phase equilibria, and modeling gives unique insights into geologic spaces, times, and processes that are otherwise inaccessible and significantly contributes to advancement in diverse areas including petrology, mineral deposits, and hydrocarbon reservoir characterization, among others. This Special Issue, the second of its kind, will combine the latest advances in mineral, fluid, and melt inclusion analysis and interpretation with studies in the application of inclusions to a spectrum of geologic environments and investigations. Consequently, submissions spanning the breadth and depth of mineral, fluid, and melt inclusion science are encouraged.

Dr. Joel E. Gagnon
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Keywords

  • mineral, fluid, and melt inclusions
  • geofluids
  • microthermometric analysis
  • elemental, isotopic, and molecular microanalysis
  • bulk analysis
  • inclusion synthesis
  • thermodynamics and modeling
  • mineral deposits
  • petrology
  • hydrocarbon reservoirs

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First Terrestrial Occurrence of Kaitianite (Ti3+2Ti4+O5) from the Upper Mantle beneath Mount Carmel, Israel
by Chi Ma, Fernando Cámara, Luca Bindi, Vered Toledo and William L. Griffin
Minerals 2023, 13(8), 1097; https://doi.org/10.3390/min13081097 - 17 Aug 2023
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Our nanomineralogical investigation of melt inclusions in corundum xenoliths from the Mount Carmel area, Israel, has revealed seven IMA-approved new minerals since 2021. We report here the first terrestrial occurrence of kaitianite (Ti3+2Ti4+O5). Kaitianite occurs as [...] Read more.
Our nanomineralogical investigation of melt inclusions in corundum xenoliths from the Mount Carmel area, Israel, has revealed seven IMA-approved new minerals since 2021. We report here the first terrestrial occurrence of kaitianite (Ti3+2Ti4+O5). Kaitianite occurs as exsolution lamellae in tistarite (Ti2O3), in a melt inclusions together with a Ti,Al,Zr-oxide, a MgTi3+2Al4SiO12 phase, spinel, sapphirine, Ti-sulfide, alabandite, and Si-rich glass in a corundum grain (Grain 1125C2). The chemical composition of kaitianite using electron probe microanalysis is (wt%) Ti2O3 58.04, TiO2 37.82, Al2O3 2.87, MgO 0.85, ZrO2 0.10, CaO 0.02, SiO2 0.02, sum 99.73, yielding an empirical formula of (Ti3+1.78Al0.12Ti4+0.05Mg0.05)(Ti4+1.00)O5, with the Ti3+ and Ti4+ partitioned, assuming a stoichiometry of three cations and five oxygen anions pfu. Electron back-scatter diffraction reveals that kaitianite has the monoclinic C2/c γ-Ti3O5-type structure with cell parameters: a = 10.12 Å, b = 5.07 Å, c = 7.18 Å, β = 112°, V = 342 Å3, and Z = 4. Kaitianite is a high-temperature oxide phase, formed in melt pockets under reduced conditions in corundum-aggregate xenoliths derived from the upper mantle beneath Mount Carmel, Israel. Full article
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The Current State of Research on Secondary Quartzites of the Northern Segment of the Jungar-Balkhash Folded System and Their Au Mineralization (Central Kazakhstan)
by Eleonora Y. Seitmuratova, Vera S. Goryaeva, Farida F. Saidasheva, Yalkunzhan K. Arshamov, Refat T. Baratov, Diyas O. Dautbekov, Nurgali S. Shadiyev, Moldir A. Mashrapova, Ansagan Dauletuly and Tauassar K. Karimbekov
Minerals 2023, 13(6), 813; https://doi.org/10.3390/min13060813 - 14 Jun 2023
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In this paper, we outline a study conducted on altered rocks in Central Kazakhstan, in particular, focusing on secondary quartzites. The study reveals a connection between copper-porphyry deposits in Central Kazakhstan and secondary quartzites. Recent research has unveiled gold mineralization in various secondary [...] Read more.
In this paper, we outline a study conducted on altered rocks in Central Kazakhstan, in particular, focusing on secondary quartzites. The study reveals a connection between copper-porphyry deposits in Central Kazakhstan and secondary quartzites. Recent research has unveiled gold mineralization in various secondary quartzite massifs, which has spurred further investigations in the region. Over the past three decades, extensive studies have been conducted that have demonstrated similarities among the gold deposits in this area and epithermal gold-silver deposits in volcanic-plutonic arcs around the world. By identifying patterns in the distribution of gold mineralization and developing regional exploration criteria, researchers have comprehensively assessed 48 secondary quartzite massifs and have prioritized promising areas for further exploration. Valuable findings have emerged from detailed examinations of the Akgirek and Birlestik massifs, which have involved drilling exploration wells up to a depth of 250 m. These investigations have shed light on the depth distribution of metasomatites and their association with gold mineralization. Consequently, these findings strengthen our belief in the significant potential for gold mineralization in the secondary quartzites of the Jungar-Balkhash folded system. Full article
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Formation of High-Silica Leucocratic Granitoids on the Late Devonian Peraluminous Series of the Russian Altai: Mineralogical, Geochemical, and Isotope Reconstructions
by Nikolay N. Kruk, Olga A. Gavryushkina, Sergey Z. Smirnov, Elena A. Kruk, Sergey N. Rudnev and Dina V. Semenova
Minerals 2023, 13(4), 496; https://doi.org/10.3390/min13040496 - 31 Mar 2023
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This paper presents data on the geological position, geochemical features, main mineral composition (micas, feldspars), and melt and fluid inclusions in quartz from Aba high-silica leucocratic granitoids in the western part of the Talitsa batholith, Russian Altai. According to these new geochemical data, [...] Read more.
This paper presents data on the geological position, geochemical features, main mineral composition (micas, feldspars), and melt and fluid inclusions in quartz from Aba high-silica leucocratic granitoids in the western part of the Talitsa batholith, Russian Altai. According to these new geochemical data, the granitoids are classified as S-type, meaning they are formed via the partial melting of metasedimentary source rocks. Geological data and oxygen isotope composition analysis indicate that major-phase granitoid magma evolution took place at the level of intrusion formation, whereas the parent melt of late-phase leucogranite evolved in a deeper chamber. The geochemical features (HFSE and REE, and REE spectra) of the granitoids indicate significantly higher differentiation in the late leucocratic phase. The presence of coexisting syngenetic melt and fluid inclusions shows that leucogranite magma was already saturated with volatiles in the early crystallization stages. Based on the new data presented in this work, the Aba rock formation is associated with the volatile saturation of magmatic melts, the exsolution of a fluid phase, and magma degassing. Full article
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