The Calasuya Granite: a postcollisional alkalifeldspar intrusive in the Sierra Norte-Ambargasta batholith, Córdoba province

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Javier Elortegui Palacios
Raúl Lira
Fernanda Poklepovic
Michael J. Dorais


The central-western portion of the extended Sierra Norte-Ambargasta batholith, in the easternmost block of the eastern Sierras Pampeanas, is largely characterized by pre-collisional I-type magmatic arc granitoids (granodiorites, monzogranites, dacite and rhyolite porphyries named La Isla - Cerro de los Burros series), and by smaller sized postcollisional felsic intrusives of higher evolved chemistry (named Puesto de los Caminos and Cerro Baritina units), all of which crystallized along the Late Proterozoic -Lower Cambrian time span. New geological and geochemical data from the central and oriental areas of the batholith allowed to identify an intrusive body of alkalifeldspar composition (the Calasuya granite), the first of its type in the batholith. Its distinctive mineralogy is highlighted by the albitic composition of magmatic plagioclase (molar An < 6 %), the high #Fe (0.97) of accessory biotite, the presence of accessory late magmatic fluorite, and the conspicuous postmagmatic albitization process. Its highly fractionated nature is shown by high SiO2 and low CaO, MgO, TiO2, MnO and Fe2O3(t) contents, also evidenced by Rb, Y and Th enrichment, and Sr, Ba and Zr depletion. The total REE content is low, showing asymmetric spider-type diagrams with predominance of LREE over HREE; positive Ce/Ce* anomalies as well as deep negative Eu/Eu* are also remarkable characteristics of this pluton. The Zr+Nb+Ce+Y versus Ga/Al ratio unequivocally displays its I-type highly fractionated signature. According to some field and geochemical patterns, the Calasuya granite gathers similarities with granites of the Puesto de los Caminos unit, which groups highly evolved postcollisional epizonal granitoids. Notwithstanding, despite these evidences, REE patterns and its accessory mineralogy reveal more affinity with the Cerro Baritina unit which is represented by Lower Cambrian syenogranitic aplites, interpreted together with other highly evolved granitoids as indicators of the Pampean orogeny closure.

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Elortegui Palacios, J., Lira, R., Poklepovic, F., & Dorais, M. J. (2008). The Calasuya Granite: a postcollisional alkalifeldspar intrusive in the Sierra Norte-Ambargasta batholith, Córdoba province. Revista De La Asociación Geológica Argentina, 63(3), 299-309. Retrieved from

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