Buckingham-Copper Basin

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

Names and other identifiers

GMRAP ID 3318
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.