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Formation of Rare Earth Deposits in Carbonatites

Anenburg, Michael; Broom-Fendley, Sam; Chen, Wei


Carbonatites and related rocks are the premier source for light rare earth element (LREE) deposits. Here, we outline an ore formation model for LREE-mineralised carbonatites, reconciling field and petrological observations with recent experimental and isotopic advances. The LREEs can strongly partition to carbonatite melts, which are either directly mantle-derived or immiscible from silicate melts. As carbonatite melts evolve, alkalis and LREEs concentrate in the residual melt due to their...[Show more]

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Date published: 2021
Type: Journal article
Source: Elements
DOI: 10.2138/GSELEMENTS.17.5.327
Access Rights: Open Access


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