An overview of some dating methods of mineralization

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    Hanoi University of Mining and Geology, Hanoi, Vietnam

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  • Received: 28th-Nov-2020
  • Revised: 9th-Mar-2021
  • Accepted: 1st-Apr-2021
  • Online: 30th-Apr-2021
Pages: 25 - 34
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One of the most important achievements of applying radioactive isotope in the geological study is to determine the age of mineralization. Based on the synthesis, comparison, and evaluation of the popular isotopic systems in dating mineralization, the Rb - Sr, Re - Os, and Ar - Ar dating methods are discussed in this study. The results show that the Rb - Sr dating method is likely to be successfully applied to sulfide mineralization. If the mineralization contains little or no sulfide minerals, then the method is applied to other minerals in an ore mineral association. The Re - Os dating method has shown great success when it is applied to hydrothermal deposits, especially for the molybdenite - bearing vein deposits. The limitation of the method is that when the concentration of the Os element in molybdenite is low, it is difficult to establish the Re/Os ratio in a single mineral. The Ar - Ar isotope system for dating mineralization often uses mica or feldspar minerals, which are minerals with blocking temperatures ranging from 150÷350 0C, and later metamorphic periods have higher than 350 0C often overprinted these minerals. Generally, tectonic, magmatic, and metamorphic events, which occur after mineralization, can cause difficulty in determining the age of mineralization and collecting analysis samples.

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Khuong, H.The 2021. An overview of some dating methods of mineralization (in Vietnamese). Journal of Mining and Earth Sciences. 62, 2 (Apr, 2021), 25-34. DOI:

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