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Tuokuzibayi Mine (Saidu Mine; Saidou Mine; Saiduo Mine), Habahe Co. (Kaba Co.; Qaba Co.), Aletai Prefecture (Altay Prefecture), Yili Hasake Autonomous Prefecture (Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture), Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China

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Name(s) in local language(s): 托库孜巴依金矿 (赛都金矿), 哈巴河县 (قابا ناھىيىسى), 阿勒泰地区 (ئالتاي ۋىلايىتى), 伊犁哈萨克自治州 (ئاپتونوم ئوبلاستىئىلى قازاق), 新疆维吾尔自治区, 中国
Medium-sized shear-zone hosted vein-type gold deposit, occurring in the NW-SE trending, steeply NE-dipping Ma'erkakuli ductile shear zone (MDSZ) and its secondary structures, which transect Middle and Lower Devonian metamorphic rocks of lower greenschist facies. Gold deposition is divided into four stages and two main ore-forming events are recognized. It is presumed that early gold mineralization was related to large-scale sinistral strike-slip whereas late gold mineralization resulted from post-collisional structural transition.

Four groups of orebodies occur in a belt that is about 18 km long and 2 km wide. Each group of orebodies occurs in an area of about 4 x 1 km. They are composed of the auriferous quartz vein type, the auriferous altered dyke type, and the auriferous altered rock type. The quartz vein type is dominant and mainly consists of quartz with small amounts of fine grained sulphides, hosted by phyllite along the shear zone over intervals of several hundred metres in length and around 0.25 to 10 m or more wide. The individual veins are generally several centimeters to several tens of centimeters in width. In their upper parts, the vein systems consist of discontinuous and/or brecciated quartz veins, which grade into auriferous stockworks and quartz veinlets with depth.

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Shaohua Zhu and Yongguan Dong (1994): Research on the source of metallogenic material for the primary gold deposits in Altai. Contributions to Geology and Mineral Resources Research 9(1), 8-17 (in Chinese with English abstract).

Huayong Chen, Yanjing Chen, and Yulin Liu (2001): Metallogenesis of the Ertix gold belt, Xinjiang and its relationship to Central Asia-type orogenesis. Science in China, Series D (Earth Sciences), 44(3), 245-255.

Shenghao Yan, Yitian Wang, Zhaochong Zhang, Bailin Chen, and Wen Chen (2006): Metallogenic type, tectonic setting, and resource potential of Ertix gold ore belt in northern Xinjiang. Mineral Deposits 25(6), 693-704 (in Chinese with English abstract).

Guangming Li, Yuanchao Shen, Tiebing Liu, Ping Shen, and Nengwu Zhou (2007): Metallogenic Evolution of Tuokuzibayi Gold Deposit in Southern Altay, North Xinjiang: Evidence from Characteristics of Quartz Vein Systems, Isotopic Geochemistry and Ar-Ar Chronology. Mineral Deposits 26(1), 15-32 (in Chinese with English abstract).

Yuanchao Shen, Ping Shen, Guangming Li, Qingdong Zeng, and Tiebing Liu (2007): Structural ore-control Regularities of Ertix Gold Belt in North Xinjiang. Mineral Deposits 26(1), 33-42 (in Chinese with English abstract).

Nengwu Zhou, Xincheng Guo, and Guilin He (2012): LA-ICP-MS zircon U-Pb ages of two type of ore-bearing dykes in the Tuokuzibayi gold ore district in Habahe area of Xinjiang and their geological significance. Geological Bulletin of China 31(5), 707-715 (in Chinese with English abstract).

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