Buckingham-Copper Basin

Porphyry copper (Cu-Mo) deposit in Nevada, United States

Names and other identifiers

Tract name Sierran Arc (003pCu9007)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country United States
State or province Nevada
Geographic location -117.05173177, 40.611758318
Geologic map unit -117.05173177, 40.611758318
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Deposit subtype Cu-Mo
Age (Ma) 88Ma
Age determination method K-Ar
Age range 88 Ma
Age reference Keeler (2010)
Tectonic setting mixed
Stratigraphic age Late Cretaceous

Commodity and development information

Development status Occurrence
Major commodities Cu
Tonnage (Mt) 962Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.05%
Mo grade (%) 0.06%
Contained copper 500,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Study area name United States
References Theodore and others (1992); Keeler (2010)
Site reference U.S. Geological Survey National Mineral Resource Assessment Team (2002)
Keeler, D.A., 2010, Structural reconstruction of the Copper Basin area, Battle Mountain district, Nevada: Tucson, University of Arizona Master's thesis, 92 p. (Also available at http://www.geo.arizona.edu/Antevs/Theses/Keeler_Thesis_100514.pdf.)
Theodore, T.G., Blake, D.W., and Kretschmer, E.L., 1982, Geology and mineralization of the Copper Canyon deposits, Lander County, Nevada, in Titley, S.R., ed., Advances in geology of the porphyry copper deposits, southwestern North America: Tucson, University of Arizona Press, p. 543–550.