Sar Cheshmeh

Producer in Kerman, Iran with commodities Copper, Gold, Molybdenum, Silver

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10256013
MAS/MILS ID 5070500005
Record type Site
Current site name Sar Cheshmeh
Alternate or previous names Sar Chesmeh, Sarcheshmeh, Sar-Cheshmeh

Geographic coordinates

Point of reference Ore Body
Geographic coordinates: 55.901, 29.94895 (WGS84)
Elevation 2600
Location accuracy 10(meters)
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Geographic areas

Country State
Iran Kerman

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Copper Primary
Gold Secondary
Molybdenum Secondary
Silver Secondary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Azurite Unknown
Biotite Unknown
Bornite Unknown
Calcite Unknown
Chalcanthite Unknown
Chalcocite Unknown
Chalcopyrite Unknown
Chrysocolla Unknown
Copper Unknown
Covellite Unknown
Cuprite Unknown
Feldspar Unknown
Hornblende Unknown
Malachite Unknown
Molybdenite Unknown
Plagioclase Unknown
Pyrite Unknown
Quartz Unknown
Azurite Unknown
Bornite Unknown
Chalcanthite Unknown
Chalcocite Unknown
Chalcopyrite Unknown
Chrysocolla Unknown
Copper Unknown
Covellite Unknown
Cuprite Unknown
Malachite Unknown
Molybdenite Unknown
Pyrite Unknown

Nearby scientific data

Ore Body (1) 55.901, 29.94895

Ore body information

  • Thickness 175M
    Width 900M
    Length 2000M
    Field Value
    MAS Matrix # 1
    MAS Column # 1
    Type of Orebody #1 DISSEMINATED
    Shape of Orebody #1 OTHER
    Type of Orebody #2 STOCKWORK
    Shape of Orebody #2 PIPELIKE
    Type of Orebody #3 BRECCIA FILL
    Shape of Orebody #3 TABULAR
    Primary mode of Origin HYDROTHERMAL
    Secondary mode of Origin OXIDATION
    Primary Ore Control IGNEOUS
    Secondary Ore Control FRACTURING
    Degree of Wallrock Alter. SLIGHT
    Type of Wallrock Alter. #1 INTERM ARGILLIC
    Type of Wallrock Alter. #2 SERICITIC
    Type of Wallrock Alter. #3 POTASSIC
    Minimum Depth to Top 0
    Min. Thick. Unconsol. Mat. 0
    Date of Last Modification 811111
  • Thickness 700M
    Width 1000M
    Length 2200M
    Area 180HA
    Field Value
    Type of Orebody #1 DISSEMINATED
    Shape of Orebody #1 PIPELIKE
    Type of Orebody #2 STOCKWORK
    Primary mode of Origin HYDROTHERMAL
    Secondary mode of Origin OXIDATION
    Primary Ore Control IGNEOUS
    Secondary Ore Control FRACTURING
    Minimum Depth to Top 0
    Min. Thick. Unconsol. Mat. 0
    Total Surface Area (HA) 180
    Date of Last Modification 811111

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Operation type Surface
Development status Producer
Commodity type Metallic
Significant Yes
Mining method Open Pit
Year of first production 1977
Milling method Flotation

Mining district

District name Kerman

Mineral rights holdings

Type of mineral rights Other

Ownership information

  • Type Owner
    Owner National Iranian Copper Industries Co.
    Interest 100
    Home office Iran
    Year 1990
  • Type Operator
    Owner Sar Cheshmeh Copper Mining Co.
    Home office Iran
    Year 1990

Comments on the production information

  • EXPANSION TO BE FINANCED BY EXPORTS TO CHINA.

Reserves and resources

  • Type In-situ
    Estimate year 1978
    Demonstrated 726,000,000mt ore
    Measured 726,000,000mt ore
    Total resources 726,000,000mt ore
    Commodity Subtype Grade units Group Importance Year
    Copper Cu 0.95 wt-pct Copper Major 1978
  • Type In-situ
    Estimate year 1978
    Demonstrated 430,000,000mt ore
    Measured 430,000,000mt ore
    Total resources 430,000,000mt ore
    Commodity Subtype Grade units Group Importance Year
    Copper Cu 1.1199 wt-pct Copper Major 1978
  • Type In-situ
    Estimate year 1978
    Demonstrated 92,348,000mt ore
    Indicated 92,348,000mt ore
    Total resources 92,348,000mt ore
    Commodity Subtype Grade units Group Importance Year
    Copper Cu 2 wt-pct Copper Major 1978
    Molybdenum Mo 18 wt-pct Molybdenum Minor 1978
  • Type In-situ
    Estimate year 1978
    Demonstrated 335,175,000mt ore
    Indicated 335,175,000mt ore
    Total resources 335,175,000mt ore
    Commodity Subtype Grade units Group Importance Year
    Copper Cu 0.9 wt-pct Copper Major 1978
    Molybdenum Mo 0.018 wt-pct Molybdenum Minor 1978
  • Type In-situ
    Estimate year 1978
    Demonstrated 427,523,000mt ore
    Indicated 427,523,000mt ore
    Total resources 427,523,000mt ore
    Commodity Subtype Grade units Group Importance Year
    Copper Cu 1.14 wt-pct Copper Major 1978
    Molybdenum Mo 0.018 wt-pct Molybdenum Minor 1978
  • Type In-situ
    Estimate year 1978
    Inferred 1,200,000,000mt ore
    Total resources 1,200,000,000mt ore
    Commodity Subtype Grade units Group Importance Year
    Copper Cu 0.7 wt-pct Copper Major 1978
  • Type In-situ
    Estimate year 1978
    Demonstrated 427,523,000mt ore
    Indicated 427,523,000mt ore
    Total resources 427,523,000mt ore
    Commodity Subtype Grade units Group Importance Year
    Copper Cu 1.14 wt-pct Copper Major 1978
    Molybdenum Mo 0.018 wt-pct Molybdenum Minor 1978
  • Type In-situ
    Estimate year 1990
    Demonstrated 1,200,000,000mt ore
    Indicated 1,200,000,000mt ore
    Total resources 1,200,000,000mt ore
    Commodity Subtype Grade units Group Importance Year
    Copper Cu 1.2 wt-pct Copper Major 1990
    Molybdenum Mo 0.03 wt-pct Molybdenum Minor 1990
    Gold Au 0.27 g/mt Gold Minor 1990
    Silver Ag 3.9 g/mt Silver Minor 1990
  • Type In-situ
    Estimate year 1993
    Demonstrated 430,000,000mt ore
    Indicated 430,000,000mt ore
    Total resources 430,000,000mt ore
    Commodity Subtype Grade units Group Importance Year
    Gold Au 0.3 g/mt Gold Minor 1993

Comments on the reserve resource information

  • RESERVES AS OF JAN. 1980 TO THE 2350M LEVEL(REF.:E/MJ,FEB,1978): SUPERGENE ORE: 92,348,000@ 2.00% CU AND 0.03% MO. HYPOGENE ORE: 335,175,000@ 0.90% CU AND 0.03% MO. TOTAL : 427,523,000@ 1.14% CU AND 0.03% MO. OXIDE RESOURCE EST - 14 MILLION MT @ 0.90 % CU. RES (1993) ESTIMATED AT 115 MMT @ 1.2% CU.
  • PRODUCTION AT 14MMT ORE TO RECOVER 60,000 TPY CU, 9000 KG/YR AG, 2800 KG/YR AU, AND 600 MT/YR MO. PLANS FOR EXPANSION TO 140,000 TPY CU CONC. ANNOUNCED IN 1994. IN 1993, OUTPUT NEAR 110,000 MT OD CU CONC.

Workings at the site

  • Type of workings Surface
    Area 200HA
    Field Value
    MAS Development Schedule # 1
    Mining Record # 1
    Status of Mining Method PROPOSED
    Mining Method BENCH (BERM)
    Percent Waste Rock 36
    Hardness of Ore M-HARD ROCKS
    Capacity 17140
    Capacity Units MT ORE/DAY
    Units of Production $/MT ORE
    Operating Days per Year 350
    Operating Shifts per Day 3
    Year of Information 1975
  • Type of workings Surface
    Area 200HA
    Field Value
    MAS Development Schedule # 1
    Mining Record # 2
    Status of Mining Method PROPOSED
    Mining Method BENCH (BERM)
    Percent Waste Rock 36
    Hardness of Ore M-HARD ROCKS
    Capacity 40000
    Capacity Units MT ORE/DAY
    Operating Days per Year 330
    Operating Shifts per Day 3
    Year of Information 1987

Comments on other economic factors

  • MINING SCHEDULE REPORTED TO BE 2 SH/D; 8 HR/SH. BLASTING PATTERN 9.5M X 7.5M.

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
U.S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Availability System MAS 5070500005

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    MINING JOURNAL RESEARCH SERVICE. OCT. 6, 1994. REPORT

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    COMPILED FOR LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LAB.

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    M.M. HEYDARI. MINERALS YEARBOOK 1992. CH. ON IRAN. USBM.

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    METALLGESELLSCHAFT AG. WORLD MINING MAP. 1985.

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    USGS MINERAL RESOURCES DATA SYSTEM (MRDS). 1994.

  • Deposit

    INTERNATIONAL COPPER STUDY GROUP. PERSONAL COMMUNICATION

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    WITH J. JOLLY. MAR. 1995.

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    BUNDESANSTALT FUR BODENFORSCHUNG. IRAN. 1974.

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    J. AMUZEGAR. IRAN: AN ECONOMIC PROFILE. THE MIDDLE EAST

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    INSTITUTE. (WASHINGTON, D.C.) 1977, PP. 8-9, 90-93.

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    J.P. FERRIER. CARAVAN JOURNEYS AND WANDERINGS. OXFORD

  • Deposit

    UNIVERSITY PRESS. 1976, PP. 74, 106-107, 116, 125.

  • Deposit

    COPPER DEPOSITS IN IRAN (ARABIC) SOURCE UNKNOWN. 1994.

  • Deposit

    METAL BULLETIN. JUNE 7, 1993, P. 73.

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    M.M. HEYDARI. THE MINERALS INDUSTRY OF IRAN. CH. IN

  • Deposit

    MINERALS YEARBOOK, USBM, 1994.

  • Reserve-Resource

    SISSELMAN, ROBERT. "COPPER: IRAN'S LATEST DESERT BONANZA,"

  • Reserve-Resource

    EM/J. FEB. 78, PP. 57-80.

  • Reserve-Resource

    QUARTERLY MINE ANALYSIS, P. 31 (JUNE 1993).

  • Reserve-Resource

    SKILLING'S P. 14 (MAY 28, 1977).

  • Reserve-Resource

    ENGINEERING & MINING JOURNAL (FEB. 1978).

  • Reserve-Resource

    MINING JOURNAL, P. 267 (APRIL 7, 1989).

  • Reserve-Resource

    MINING MAGAZINE, P. 192, 193, 195, 196 (OCT. 1991).

  • Deposit

    75 INT. GEOLOGICAL CONGRESS, REPORT OF 21ST SESSION, 1960, P

  • Deposit

    75 MINING JOURNAL, APRIL 9, 1971, P. 253-4.

  • Deposit

    75 MINING JOURNAL, APRIL 4, 1969, P. 275.

  • Deposit

    75 SWISS, M., MINING AND MINERALS ENGINEERING, JANUARY 1970,

  • Deposit

    75 WORLD MINING NEWSLETTER, WORLD MINING, DECEMBER 1969, P.

  • Deposit

    75 WHATS GOING ON IN WORLD MINING, WORLD MINING, NOV. 1972,

  • Deposit

    75 PROGRESS AT SAR CHESHMEH, MINING MAGAZINE, MARCH 1975, P.

  • Deposit

    75 MINING ANNUAL REVIEW, LONDON, JUNE 1975, P. 382.

  • Deposit

    75 MINING ANNUAL REVIEW, LONDON, JULY 20, 1973, P. 374.

  • Deposit

    75 BAZIN, D., GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF IRAN REPORT NO. 13, 1968,

  • Deposit

    75 MINERAL INDUSTRY OF IRAN, MINERALS YEARBOOK V. 4, USDI, 1

  • Deposit

    75 MINERAL TRADE NOTES, USBM, VOL. 69, NO. 3, MARCH 1972, P.

  • Deposit

    75 MINERAL TRADE NOTES, USBM, VOL. 69 NO. 5, MAY 1972, P. 9.

  • Deposit

    75 WATERMAN, G.C., ECONOMIC GEOLOGY, VOL. 70, 1975, PP. 568-

  • Deposit

    75 ENGINEERING AND MINING JOURNAL, JUNE 1975, P. 228.

  • Deposit

    1978 E/MJ INTERNATIONAL DIRECTORY OF MINING, P. 300.

  • Deposit

    PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE, MAY 24, 1978, NATIONAL IRANIAN

  • Deposit

    COPPER INDUSTRIES COMPANY, 5 ELIZABETH II BLVD. TEHRAN, IRAN

  • Deposit

    COPY ON FILE AT U. S. BUREAU OF MINES IN DENVER.

  • Deposit

    BAZIN, HUBNER. COPPER DEPOSITS OF IRAN. PP. 116-130.

  • Deposit

    WATERMAN, GLENN C. AND HAMILTON, R.L. "THE SAR CHESHMEH

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    PORPHRY COPPER DEPOSIT," ECONOMIC GEOLOGY. VOL. 70, 75,

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    PP. 568-576.

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    SKILLING'S, DAVID N., SAR CHESHMEH PORPHYRY - TYPE COPPER

  • Deposit

    PROJECTION IRAN, SKILLINGS MINING REVIEW, MAY 28, 1977

  • Deposit

    MINING JOURNAL, 4/7/89, P. 267.

  • Deposit

    INTERNATIONAL MINING, 5/90, P.66.

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit G-SOB, OTHER MEANS OVAL SHAPED. GEO-2, G-ADM; THE OREBODY WAS DEFINED ONLY TO A DEPTH OF 175 M. HOST ROCK IS ANDESITE.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 10-MAR-97 Porter, Kenneth E. U.S. Bureau of Mines