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Mesoarchean BIF and iron ores of the Badampahar greenstone belt, Iron Ore Group, East Indian Shield

Mesoarchean BIF and iron ores of the Badampahar greenstone belt, Iron Ore Group, East Indian Shield
Banded iron formations (BIFs) are chemically precipitated sedimentary rock characterized by alternating Fe-rich and Si-rich bands. The origin of BIF has remained controversial despite years of diligent research. Most models proposed for the BIF origin are based on the observations of well-preserved Neoarchean to Paleoproterozoic BIFs. The present paper is focused on the origin of Mesoarchean BIFs present in the Badampahar greenstone belt (3.3–3.1 Ga), East Indian Shield. Here, BIF is interlayered with metavolcanic rocks, quartzite, phyllite and chert representing a typical greenstone sequence. Geochemical and sedimentological evidence suggest deposition of BIF below the wave base as part of a back-arc basin with insignificant detrital input. Interaction of seawater and volcanogenic high temperature hydrothermal fluids, generated from back-arc spreading centre, supplied metals for BIF deposition. Distinctly negative Ce anomalies in some lower BIF horizons indicate Fe2+ oxidation in an oxygenated hydrosphere and derivation of free oxygen from microbial photosynthesis. Subsequent stages of deformation, metamorphism, hydrothermal and supergene processes after deposition led to the formation of the iron ore bodies at present.

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DOI: S1367912017305473

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