Cretaceous-Eocene oceanic arc associated with subduction along the northern Caribbean Plate boundary, corresponding to the modern Greater Antilles Arc
Tract ID 003pCu4001
Country Cuba-Dominican Republic-Haiti-Jamaica-Puerto Rico-Virgin Islands
Commodity Cu
Study area name Central America and Caribbean Basin
Tectonic setting island arc
Deposit type porphyry copper
Grade-tonnage model Porphyry copper, Cu-Au subtype (Singer and others, 2008)
Geologic age
Geologic feature age Early Cretaceous through Eocene
Generalized age Mesozoic
Oldest rocks age 145.5Ma
Youngest rocks age 33.9Ma
Age range 111.6Ma
Identified Cu resources 3,600,000metric tons
Known prospects 15
Mean Cu (t/sq km) 457t/sq km
Map scales used 250K, 500K

Results of the assessment

Assessment date 2010
Estimators Floyd Gray, Steve Ludington, Carl Nelson, and Lukas Zurcher
Assessment depth 1km
Quantitative assessment Yes

Estimated number of deposits

Number of deposits Confidence level
4 90%
11 50%
22 10%
22 5%
22 1%
Mean estimated deposits 11.93 ±6.49 (0.54%)
Probability of mean 0.39
Probability of no copper 0.02

Estimated deposit density

(sq km)
Deposit density
per 100,000 sq km
4 15.93 78,780 20

Mean estimated tonnage

Copper 36,000,000
Molybdenum 210,000
Gold 2,700
Silver 12,000
Ore 7,400

Undiscovered copper resource

Confidence level 95% 90% 50% 10% 5%
Tonnage 1,500,000 4,100,000 27,000,000 82,000,000 100,000,000

Economic analysis

Fraser country Domincan Republic*
Fraser type 0.44%
Fraser high 0.56%
Typical cost 0.27%
High cost 0.73%
Infrastructure setting Mixed
Expected depth distribution
0 - 250m 0.25
250m - 500m 0.25
500m - 1km 0.5
Economically recoverable resources
Copper 19,000,000t
Molybdenum 83,000t
Gold 1,000t
Silver 6,100t
Probability no econ recoverable 0.18
Econ NPV 4,600x $1M
Exp dollars 51.09x $1M/100,000 sq km
Exp value class High

Bibliographic references

General Gray and others (2014)
Economic Robinson and Menzie (2012)

Deposits and prospects associated with this tract

Name Type State Country Development Details
Gaspar prospect Ciego de Ávila Cuba Unknown Details
Elección prospect Guantánamo Cuba Prospect Details
Fortuna-Causalidad prospect Sancti Spíritus Cuba Unknown Details
Casseus-Meme prospect Artibonite Haiti Prospect Details
Connors prospect Clarendon Jamaica Prospect Details
Arimao deposit Cienfuegos Cuba Unknown Details
Asientos de Tamarindo prospect Las Tunas Cuba Unknown Details
Blondin-Douvray deposit Nord-Est Haiti Prospect Details
Cerro Dorado prospect Monseñor Nouel Dominican Republic Prospect Details
Grand Bois prospect Nord Haiti Prospect Details
La Guaimaro prospect Camagüey Cuba Unknown Details
Macagua prospect Villa Clara Cuba Unknown Details
Majagual prospect San Cristóbal Dominican Republic Prospect Details
Piletas prospect Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Prospect Details
Platanos prospect Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Prospect Details
Río Viví deposit Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Prospect Details
Tanamá deposit Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Prospect Details
Treuil prospect Nord-Ouest Haiti Prospect Details