National mineral assessment tract PC10 (Massive sulfide, Cyprus)

Tract PC10
Geographic region Pacific Coast
Tract area 16,000sq km
Deposit type Massive sulfide, Cyprus
Deposit age Jurassic

Deposit model

Model code 24a
Model type descriptive
Title Descriptive model of Cyprus massive sulfide
Authors Donald A. Singer


Confidence Number of
90% 0
50% 3
10% 4
5% 5
1% 6

Estimators: Diggles, DCox, Albino, Church, Ashley, Kleinkopf


Explained by Dennis P. Cox, Steve Ludington, and Michael F. Diggles
On the choice of deposit models
Cyprus massive-sulfide deposits are associated with basaltic submarine volcanic rocks in ophiolite sequences. Ophiolites are widespread in the Klamath Mountains and one Cyprus-type deposit, and several prospects are known (Koski and Derkey, 1981).
On the delineation of permissive tracts
Submarine basalts and associated ultramafic rocks ranging in age from Permian through Jurassic are widespread in the Klamath terrane. All sedimentary and volcanic rocks of these ages as well as the eastern part of the Josephine Peridotite were delineated as permissive for Cyprus-type deposits.
Important examples of this type of deposit
The Turner Albright deposit contains three million metric tons of massive sulfide ore averaging 1.46 percent copper, 3.33 percent zinc, 15 grams per metric ton silver, and 3.7 grams per metric ton gold (Kuhns and Baitis, 1987).
On the numerical estimates made
Because of the presence of one known deposit, and 2 significant prospects, the estimators decided that there is an even chance of an equal number of undiscovered deposits (3), and that belief guided our estimate. For the 90th, 50th, 10th, 5th, and 1st percentiles, the team estimated 0, 3, 4, 5, and 6 or more undiscovered deposits consistent with the grade and tonnage model of Singer and Mosier (1986).
Koski, R.A., and Derkey, R.E., 1981, Massive sulfide deposits in ocean-crust and island-arc terranes in southwestern Oregon: Oregon Geology, v. 43, no. 9, p. 119-125.
Kuhns, R.J., and Baitis, H.W., 1987, Preliminary study of the Turner Albright Zn-Cu-Ag-Au-Co massive sulfide deposit, Josephine County, Oregon: Economic Geology, v. 82, no. 5, p. 1362-1376.
Singer, D.A., and Mosier, D.L., 1986, Grade-tonnage model of Cyprus massive sulfide, in Cox, D.P., and Singer, D.A., eds., Mineral deposit models: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1693, p. 131-135.

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