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Miaoya carbonatite, Zhushan Co., Shiyan Prefecture, Hubei Province, China

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Lens-shaped syenite-carbonatite complex, intruding a metamorphic terrain composed of Late Proterozoic metaspilites, keratophyres and corresponding agglomerates and tuffs to the south, and Devonian carbonaceous sericite schists interbedded with dolomitic limestone and marble to the north. The complex consists of a variety of lithologies, including syenite, albitite, syenite and albitite porphyries, calcite carbonatite, biotite-calcite carbonatite and ankerite carbonatite.

The deposit was discovered in 1962 and explored in 1971 and 1980, but has not been mined. Located near Miaoya village.

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References

Shi Li (1980): Geochemical features and petrogenesis of Miayoa carbonatites, Hupeh. Geochimica 9(4), 345-355.

Wu, C., Yuan, Z., and Bai, G. (1996): Rare earth deposits in China. In: Jones, A.P., Wall, F., and Williams, C.T. (Eds.): Rare Earth Minerals: Chemistry, origin and ore deposits. The Mineralogical Society Series, Vol. 7. Chapman & Hall (London).

Zhang Peishan, Yang Zhuming, Tao Kejie, and Yang Xueming (1996): Mineralogy and Geology of Rare Earths in China. Science Press (Beijing), pp. 226.

Orris, G.J., and Grauch, R.I. (2002): Rare Earth Element Mines, Deposits and Occurrences. USGS Open-File Report 02-189, 174 pp.

Berger, V.I., Singer, D.A., and Orris, G.J. (2009): Carbonatites of the World. Explored Deposits of Nb and REE - Database and Grade and Tonnage Models. USGS Open-File Report 09-1139.

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