The role of phoscorites in the minerageny of the Tomtor ore field

L.N. Baranov1,*, A.V. Tolstov2,**
DOI 10.31242/2618-9712-2022-27-2-195-206

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1NAC VGRE PJSC «ALROSA», Mirny, Russia
2Diamond and Precious Metal Geology Institute, SB RAS, Yakutsk, Russia
*[email protected] **[email protected]

Submitted 30.03.2022
Revised 22.04.2022
Accepted 29.04.2022

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Baranov L.N. Tolstov A.V. The role of phoscorites in the minerageny of the Tomtor ore field // Arctic and Subarctic Natural Resources. 2022, Vol. 27, No. 2. P. 195–206. (In Russ.)

Abstract. The Tomtor massif of ultrabasic alkaline rocks and carbonatites (UAC) is located in the northeast of the Siberian Platform. The massif is one of the largest UAC in the world and is associated with the unique deposit Tomtor with colossal resources of Nb and REE. Moreover, the Ongkuchakh deposit with apatite-magnetite ores (phoscorites) is located within the massif. The deposit contains more than 1 billion tons of iron in total and about 500 million tons of P2O5 with high concentrations of REE. The Tomtor massif represents an important economic and strategic facility for the development of the Russian Arctic. In this paper we demostrate the contribution of phoscorites to the minerageny of the unique mineralization. We have provided geological and geochemical characteristics of the carbonatite complex and phoscorites. XFA and ICP AES methods were used to study their compositions in comparison with the carbonatite complex and horizons of the lateritic weathering crust that form the mineralization. The generally accepted opinion that the deposit was formed during the weathering of ore carbonatites is supported by the convincing facts proving the significant participation of phoscorites in the formation of Nb-REE mineralization in the supergene complex.

Keywords: Siberian Platform, Tomtor, carbonatite, phoscorite, weathering crust, niobium, rare earths


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