Porphyry copper prospect in Hunedoara, Romania

Names and other identifiers

Tract name Apuseni Mountains (150pCu6003)
Group name Voia Group
Included sites Group includes Draica and Voia prospects.
Site status prospect

Geographic location

Country Romania
State or province Hunedoara
Geographic location 22.966667, 46.061111
Geologic map unit 22.966667, 46.061111
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 12.4Ma
Age determination method unknown
Age range 12.4–10.27 Ma
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals anhydrite, biotite, bornite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, epidote, gold, hematite, kaolinite, magnetite, pyrite, pyrophyllite, sericite
Associated rocks andesite porphyry, diorite porphyry, conglomerate, gravelstone, limestone, mudstone, sandstone, andesite, dacite tuff, rhyodacite
Tectonic setting postconvergence
Stratigraphic age Miocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments During the 1970s and 1980s, the Voia deposit was the target of exploration activities. In the early 2000s, European Goldfields did geologic mapping and soil geochemical surveys on the Voia porphyry system. According to European Goldfields in the early 2000s, the Voia project did not have proven or probable reserves as its proposed programs were an exploratory search for those resources. The Voia porphyry copper deposit is hosted in a Neogene andesitic plug. Metalliferi Mountains.
Study area name Europe
References Berbeleac, Iliescu and others (1995); Berbeleac, Popa and others (1995); Berbeleac (2003); Berbeleac and others (2005); Drew and Berger (2001); Ianovici and others (1977); European Goldfields Ltd. (2004); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Sutphin and others (2013)
Berbeleac, I., 2003, Some features of Neogene volcanic structures and metallogenic products from Voia area, Metaliferi Mountains, Romania (abs.), in Fehér, Béla, and Szakáll, Sándor, Mineral Sciences in the Carpathians International Conference, 2d, Miskolc, Hungary, March 6–7, 2003, Proceedings: Szeged, Acta Mineralogica-Petrographica Abstract Series 1, p. 12, accessed September 13, 2013, at http://www.mineral.hermuz.hu/act_03/pdf/012.pdf.Berbeleac, Ion, Zugravescu, D., Radulescu, V., and Chitea, F., 2005, The Voia Neogene deep volcanic structure, Metaliferi Mountains, Romania: European Geoscience Union, Geophysical Research Abstracts, v. 7, 04028, 4 p. (Also available at http://meetings.copernicus.org/www.cosis.net/abstracts/EGU05/04028/EGU05-J-04028.pdf.)
Berbeleac, Ion; Iliescu, Dan; Andrei, Justin; Ciuculescu, Ovidiu; and Ciuculescu, Rodica, 1995, Relationships between alterations, porphyry copper-gold and base metal-gold hydrothermal vein mineralizations in Tertiary intrusions, Talagiu area, Zarand Mountains: Romanian Journal of Mineral Deposits, v. 76, p. 31–39.
Berbeleac, Ion, Popa, T., Marian, I., Iliescu, D., and Costea, C., 1995b, Neogene porphyry copper-gold and gold-bearing epithermal deposits in South Apuseni Mountains, Romania, in Congress of the Carpatho-Balkan Geological Association, 15th, Athens, Greece, September 17–20, 1995, Proceedings: Athens, Geological Society of Greece Special Publication 4, p. 665–670.
Drew, L. J., and Berger, B.R., 2001, Model of the porphyry copper/polymetallic vein kin-deposit system—Application in the Metaliferi Mountains, Romania, in Piestrzy?ski, Adam, and others, eds., Mineral deposits at the beginning of the 21st century: Lisse, The Netherlands, A.A. Balkema Publishers, Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA) Biennial Meeting, 6th, Krakow, Poland, August 26–29, 2001 [Proceedings], p. 519–522.
European Goldfields Ltd., 2004, Annual report 2003: European Goldfields Ltd., 40 p.
Ianovici, V., Vlad, ?., Borco?, M., and Bo?tinescu, S., 1977, Alpine porphyry copper mineralization of West Romania: Mineralium Deposita, v. 12, p. 307–317. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00206169.)Singer, D.A., Berger, V.I., and Moring, B.C., 2008, Porphyry copper deposits of the world—Database and grade and tonnage models, 2008: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1155, [45] p. and digital data, accessed December 31, 2013, at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1155/.