Sulpgur Isotope Systematic Of Granitoids And Associated Rocks From The Avila - La Alberca Area (Western Sistema Central, Spain)

  1. Clemente Recio Hernández 1
  2. Anthony E. Fallick 2
  3. José María Ugidos Meana
  1. 1 Servicio General de Análisis de Isótopos Estables (SGAIE). Facultad de Ciencias. Universidad de Salamanca. 37008-SALAMANCA (Spain)
  2. 2 Scottish Universities Research and Reactor Centre (SURRC). East Kilbride. Glasgow, G75 OQU. SCOTLAND (U.K.)
Revista de la Sociedad Geológica de España

ISSN: 0214-2708

Year of publication: 1991

Volume: 4

Issue: 3-4

Pages: 371-381

Type: Article

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A reconnaissance sulphur isotopic study has been carried out on acid-soluble and non acid-soluble sulphides separated from late Hercynian granites and their host-rocks 'in the western area of the Sistema Central Español. Of the different rocks studied (amphibole-bearing biotite granites, biotite granites, cordierite-bearing biotite granites, nebulites and Complejo Esquisto Grauváquico host-rocks) only the Complejo Esquisto Grauváquico shales, the nebulites and the cordierite-bearing granites (and their enclaves) have yielded enough sulphur for analysis. Petrographic examination, in polished thin sections, of the samples analyzed identified the acid-soluble sulphide as pyrrhotite, and the non acid-soluble sulphide as pyrite, with minor contributions from chalcopyrite. Mass-balance corrected o34S values range between -3.9 and +4.80Joo (average: -0.8 ±3.8; !u, n=4) for cordierite-bearing granites. The nebulites with which these granites are sometimes in gradual contact yielded exclusively positive values between o34S = +1.1 and +10.6%o (av.: +4.1 ±3.4; lu, n=6). The Complejo Esquisto Grauváquico shale-type rocks gave both positive and negative o34S values of + 7%o and around -5%o. Intermediate to basic enclaves gave o34S values mainly close to O%o, except for one anomalous acid-soluble sulphide in a quartzdioritic enclave that has a value of o34S = + 13.4%o. . Most of the acid-soluble 1 non acid-soluble pairs follow a straight line, whose slope approaches 1, in a o34Sacid-soluble VS o34Snon acid-soluble plot, and this is interpreted to indicate reequilibration at high T; therefore an origin for the sulphur in the granites is suggested to be externa! to the granite magma system, consistent with assimilation of country-rocks by the granite magma.