Northeastern Section–41st Annual Meeting (20–22 March 2006)

Paper No. 2
Presentation Time: 1:00 PM-4:00 PM


EPPICH, Gary R. and PECK, William H., Department of Geology, Colgate University, 13 Oak Drive, Hamilton, NY 13346,

The Kilmar magnesite deposits are a series of lenticular, km-scale ore deposits within granulite-facies metasediments of the Morin terrane, Quebec. The terrane is dominated by the 1.15 Ga Morin Anorthosite-Mangerite-Charnockite-Granite suite which intrudes the metasedimentary sequence, and has experienced a polymetamorphic history. The study site, the Dobbie mine, contains magnesite ore surrounded by dolomitic marble. Now removed, this ore body reached a thickness of approximately 20 m and extended ca. 350 m along strike. The ore contains magnesite + dolomite + serpentine while host marble contains dolomite + serpentine ± magnesite ± strontianite ± celestine. Stable isotope ratios of magnesite and dolomite from ore samples and host dolomite suggest minimal influence of metamorphic fluids and preservation of sedimentary values. Carbon isotope ratios of the magnesite (δ13C=1.70±0.22‰ PDB, n=7) are identical to other Morin terrane marbles and typical Mesoproterozoic carbonates. Oxygen isotope ratios of magnesite (δ18O=25.15±0.40‰ SMOW) are high compared to other Grenville marbles, and suggest an evaporitic protolith. Host dolomite is more variable in isotope composition than magnesite ore (δ13C= -1.2 to 1.7‰, δ18O= 22.6 to 26.0‰, n=19). Stable isotope data, mineralogy, and field relations are all consistent with a sedimentary magnesite deposit metamorphosed under granulite-facies conditions.