Sukmandaru Prihatmoko
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Some Key Features and Possible Origin of the Metamorphic Rock-Hosted Gold Mineralization in Buru Island, Indonesia Idrus, Arifudin; Prihatmoko, Sukmandaru; Hartono, Hill. Gendoet; Idrus, Fadlin; Ernowo, Ernowo; Franklin, Franklin; Moetamar, Moetamar; Setiawan, Iwan
Indonesian Journal on Geoscience Vol 1, No 1 (2014)
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DOI: 10.17014/ijog.v1i1.172This paper discusses characteristics of some key features of the primary Buru gold deposit as a tool for a better understanding of the deposit genesis. Currently, about 105,000 artisanal and small-scale gold miners (ASGM) are operating in two main localities, i.e. Gogorea and Gunung Botak by digging pits/shafts following gold-bearing quartz vein orientation. The gold extraction uses mercury (amalgamation) and cyanide processing. The field study identifies two types/generations of quartz veins namely (1) Early quartz veins which are segmented, sigmoidal, dis­continous, and parallel to the foliation of host rock. The quartz vein is lack of sulfides, weak mineralized, crystalline, relatively clear, and maybe poor in gold, and (2) Quartz veins occurred within a ‘mineralized zone’ of about 100 m in width and ~1,000 m in length. The gold mineralization is strongly overprinted by an argillic alteration zone. The mineralization-alteration zone is probably parallel to the mica schist foliation and strongly controlled by N-S or NE-SW-trending structures. The gold-bearing quartz veins are characterized by banded texture particularly colloform following host rock foliation and sulphide banding, brecciated, and rare bladed-like texture. The alteration types consist of propylitic (chlorite, calcite, sericite), argillic, and carbonation represented by graphite banding and carbon flakes. The ore mineralization is characterized by pyrite, native gold, pyrrhotite, and arsenopyrite. Cinnabar, stibnite, chalcopyrite, galena, and sphalerite are rare or maybe absent. In general, sulphide minerals are rare (<3%). Fifteen rock samples were collected in Wamsaid area for geochemical assaying for Au, Ag, As, Sb, Hg, Cu, Pb, and Zn. Eleven of fifteen samples yielded more than 1.00 g/t Au, in which six of them are in excess of 3.00 g/t Au. It can be noted that all high-grade samples are originally or containing limonitic materials, that suggest the role of supergene enrichment. Interestingly, most of the high-grade samples contain also high grade As (up to 991ppm), Sb (up to 885 ppm), and Hg (up to 75 ppm). Fluid inclusions in both quartz vein types consist of four phases including L-rich, V-rich, L-V-rich, and L1-L2-V (CO2)-rich phases. Mineralizing hydrothermal fluid is typified by CO2-rich fluid, moderate temperature of 300 - 400 ºC and a typical low salinity (0.36 to 0.54 wt.% NaCl eq). Based on those key features, gold mineraliza­tion in Buru Island meets the characteristics of LS epithermal or orogenic gold deposit types; however, it tends to be fitter with orogenic gold deposit rather than another type.  
THE METAMORPHIC ROCK-HOSTED GOLD MINERALIZATION AT BOMBANA, SOUTHEAST SULAWESI: A NEW EXPLORATION TARGET IN INDONESIA Idrus, Arifudin; Fadlin, Fadlin; Prihatmoko, Sukmandaru; Warmada, I Wayan; Nur, Irzal; Meyer, Franz Michael
Jurnal Geologi dan Sumberdaya Mineral Vol 22, No 1 (2012): Jurnal Sumber Daya Geologi
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Placer gold has been discovered in Bombana, SE-Sulawesi, Indonesia. The placer gold is not associated with volcanic rock-related gold deposits. This paper discusses the primary gold mineralization as the source of the placer gold. The placer gold is possibly derived from gold-bearing quartz veins hosted by Pompangeo Metamorphic Complex (PMC). Pyrite, chalcopyrite, cinnabar, stibnite and tripuhyite are present. Sheared, segmented vein varies in thickness from 2 cm to 2 m. The veins contain erratic gold in various grades from below detection limit (0.005 g/t) to 134 g/t. At least three generations of veins are identified. The first is parallel to the foliations, the second crosscuts the first generation of veins/foliations, and the third is of laminated deformed quartz+calcite veins at the late stage. The first veins are mostly massive to crystalline, occasionally brecciated and sigmoidal, whereas the second veins are narrower than the first and relatively brecciated. Gold grades in the second and third veins are relatively higher than that in first veins. Fluid inclusion study of quartz veins indicates abundant H2O-NaCl and a small amount of H2O-NaCl-CO2 inclusions. Temperature of homogenization (Th) and salinity of the first vein vary from 184.7 to 245.3 ºC and 5.26 to 9.08 wt.% NaCl eq., respectively. The second generation vein was originated at Th of 132.1-283.4 ºC and salinity of 3.55-5.86 wt.%NaCl eq., whereas the third generation vein formed at lowest Th varying from 114 to 176ºC and less saline fluid at salinity range between 0.35 and 4.03 wt.% NaCl eq. Gold is mainly identified in the form of 'free gold' among silicate minerals. Mineralogically, gold is closely related to cinnabar, stibnite, tripuhyite and possibly minor arsenopyrite. Metamorphogenic gold deposits would be the new target of gold exploration in Indonesia.Keyword: Gold mineralization, orogenic-type, Bombana, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia
Some Key Features and Possible Origin of the Metamorphic Rock-Hosted Gold Mineralization in Buru Island, Indonesia Idrus, Arifudin; Prihatmoko, Sukmandaru; Hartono, Hill. Gendoet; Idrus, Fadlin; Ernowo, Ernowo; Franklin, Franklin; Moetamar, Moetamar; Setiawan, Iwan
Indonesian Journal on Geoscience Vol 1, No 1 (2014)
Publisher : Geological Agency

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DOI: 10.17014/ijog.v1i1.172This paper discusses characteristics of some key features of the primary Buru gold deposit as a tool for a better understanding of the deposit genesis. Currently, about 105,000 artisanal and small-scale gold miners (ASGM) are operating in two main localities, i.e. Gogorea and Gunung Botak by digging pits/shafts following gold-bearing quartz vein orientation. The gold extraction uses mercury (amalgamation) and cyanide processing. The field study identifies two types/generations of quartz veins namely (1) Early quartz veins which are segmented, sigmoidal, dis­continous, and parallel to the foliation of host rock. The quartz vein is lack of sulfides, weak mineralized, crystalline, relatively clear, and maybe poor in gold, and (2) Quartz veins occurred within a ‘mineralized zone’ of about 100 m in width and ~1,000 m in length. The gold mineralization is strongly overprinted by an argillic alteration zone. The mineralization-alteration zone is probably parallel to the mica schist foliation and strongly controlled by N-S or NE-SW-trending structures. The gold-bearing quartz veins are characterized by banded texture particularly colloform following host rock foliation and sulphide banding, brecciated, and rare bladed-like texture. The alteration types consist of propylitic (chlorite, calcite, sericite), argillic, and carbonation represented by graphite banding and carbon flakes. The ore mineralization is characterized by pyrite, native gold, pyrrhotite, and arsenopyrite. Cinnabar, stibnite, chalcopyrite, galena, and sphalerite are rare or maybe absent. In general, sulphide minerals are rare (<3%). Fifteen rock samples were collected in Wamsaid area for geochemical assaying for Au, Ag, As, Sb, Hg, Cu, Pb, and Zn. Eleven of fifteen samples yielded more than 1.00 g/t Au, in which six of them are in excess of 3.00 g/t Au. It can be noted that all high-grade samples are originally or containing limonitic materials, that suggest the role of supergene enrichment. Interestingly, most of the high-grade samples contain also high grade As (up to 991ppm), Sb (up to 885 ppm), and Hg (up to 75 ppm). Fluid inclusions in both quartz vein types consist of four phases including L-rich, V-rich, L-V-rich, and L1-L2-V (CO2)-rich phases. Mineralizing hydrothermal fluid is typified by CO2-rich fluid, moderate temperature of 300 - 400 ºC and a typical low salinity (0.36 to 0.54 wt.% NaCl eq). Based on those key features, gold mineraliza­tion in Buru Island meets the characteristics of LS epithermal or orogenic gold deposit types; however, it tends to be fitter with orogenic gold deposit rather than another type.