Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Cordeiro P.F.O., Brod J.A., Santos R.V., Dantas E.L., De Oliveira C.G., Barbosa E.S.R. (2011)

Stable (C, O) and radiogenic (Sr, Nd) isotopes of carbonates as indicators of magmatic and post-magmatic processes of phoscorite-series rocks and carbonatites from Catalão I, central Brazil

Revista : Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology
Volumen : 161
Número : 3
Páginas : 451–464
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación


The Late-Cretaceous Catalão I contains stockworks of thin dykes of phoscorite-series rocks, which can be subdivided into P1 (olivine-bearing, phoscorites) and P2/P3 (olivine-lacking, nelsonites). Dolomite carbonatites (DC) are intimately associated with nelsonites, as pockets and dykes. The P2 apatite nelsonite, the P3 magnetite nelsonite, and, to a lesser extent DC, host the Catalão I niobium mineralization. C–O isotopes signatures in carbonates reveal several distinct magmatic and post-magmatic processes. Limpid carbonates with stable isotopic mantle-like composition show Rayleigh fractionation and are interpreted as primary, while those with brittle-turbid aspect, and higher oxygen isotope composition, probably underwent recrystallization by interaction with H2O-rich fluids. A group of samples shows higher oxygen compositions and lower carbon values, which could be explained by degassing of carbonatite magma during cooling. A degassing pattern, parallel to magmatic degassing but at higher oxygen and lower carbon compositions, observed in carbonate veins, may indicate degassing of fracture filling fluids. Furthermore, C–O isotopes of carbonate from monazite-bearing carbonatite have a positive correlation, indicating a distinct, late-stage carbo-hydrothermal event. Though the Catalão I nelsonites and phoscorites are of igneous origin, they underwent several post-magmatic events, which sometimes overprinted partially or entirely the magmatic isotope signature.