A REE approach to the genesis of magnesite deposits in Orhaneli Region, NW Turkey

Suner F., ESENLI F., UZ B., Esenli V., EREN R.

5th Biennial Meeting of the Society-for-Geology-Applied-to-Mineral-Deposits / 10th Quadrennial Symposium of the International-Association-on-the-Genesis-of-Ore-Deposits, London, Canada, 22 - 25 August 1999, pp.1153-1156 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: London
  • Country: Canada
  • Page Numbers: pp.1153-1156
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Normalized REE patterns of carbonates contain significant genetic information. In this study, the REE distributions of magnesites in Orhaneli region (Western Anatolia) were investigated. The samples show different REE patterns and Eu, Ce and Yb anomalies. Three types of pattern were observed: 1) a pattern representing high LREE / HREE ratio without Ce and Eu anomalies, 2) a pattern showing similar LREE and HREE values with uncertain positive and negative Eu and Ce anomalies; 3) a pattern exhibiting with low REE with conspicuous positive Eu, negative Ce and slightly negative Yb anomalies. The REE studies point out the different formation steps. It is postulated that redox conditions had been subjected to change in the area; remobilisation and reformation processes had taken place. Although a low temperature environment of mineral formation are indicated; the solutions, which gained REE during the active tectonism by fluid-rock interaction, are probably responsible for these various formation steps.