Colloform high-purity platinum from the placer deposit of Koura River (Gornaya Shoriya, Russia)

G. V. Nesterenko, S. M. Zhmodik, E. V. Airiyants, D. K. Belyanin, V. V. Kolpakov, A. A. Bogush

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A microinclusion of colloform high-purity platinum in a grain of platinum-group minerals (PGM) from the alluvial gold-bearing placer deposit in the south of Western Siberia (Russia) was detected and characterized for the first time. It is different in composition, texture, and conditions of formation from high-purity platinum of other regions described in the literature. The main characteristics of investigated high-purity platinum are colloform-layered texture, admixture of Fe (0.37–0.78 wt%), and paragenesis of Cu-rich isoferroplatinum, hongshiite, and rhodarsenide. The PGM grain with high-purity platinum is multiphase and heterogeneous in texture. It is a product of intensive metasomatic transformation of Cu-rich isoferroplatinum (Pt3(Fe0.6Cu0.4)). The transformation was carried out in two stages: 1 – copper stage including three substages (Cu-rich isoferroplatinum, copper platinum and hongshiite); and 2 – arsenic (rhodarsenide). The formation of high-purity platinum was separated in time from the formation of isoferroplatinum and was carried out by precipitation from postmagmatic solutions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-245
Number of pages10
JournalOre Geology Reviews
Early online date12 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Alluvial placer
  • Cu-rich isoferroplatinum
  • Gornaya Shoriya
  • High-purity platinum
  • Hongshiite
  • Platinum-group elements (PGE)
  • Platinum-group minerals (PGM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Economic Geology


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