Porphyry copper deposit in Shyghys Qazaqstan oblysy, Kazakhstan

Names and other identifiers

Tract name Kazakh-Tarim (142pCu8505)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Kazakhstan
State or province Shyghys Qazaqstan oblysy
Geographic location 84.3305, 47.5504
Geologic map unit 84.3305, 47.5504
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age determination method Geologic inference
Age range mid-Carboniferous–Late Carboniferous
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals albite, atacamite, azurite/malachite, biotite, carbonate, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, covellite, epidote, gypsum, hematite, iron oxides, malachite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, scheelite, sericite
Associated rocks hornfels, andesite porphyry, diorite porphyry, granodiorite porphyry, sandstone, siltstone, andesite, granite, granodiorite, sandstone, tuffaceous conglomerate, tuffaceous sandstone, tuff
Tectonic setting island arc
Stratigraphic age mid-Carboniferous–Late Carboniferous

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Tonnage (Mt) 542Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.3%
Mo grade (%) 0.005%
Contained copper 1,600,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments 3,894,000 oz Au.
Study area name Central Asian Orogenic Belt
References Pavlova (1978); Shevchenko (1973); Zhukov and others (1998); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Mihalasky, Ludington, Hammarstrom, and others (2015)
Pavlova, I.G., 1978, [Porphyry copper deposits]: Leningrad, Nedra, 275 p. [In Russian.]
Shevchenko, N.Y., 1973, Porphyry copper mineralization in eastern Kazakhstan: Razvedka i Okhrana Nedr [Exploration and Protection of Mineral Resources], no. 8, p. 7–10. [In Russian.]
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
Zhukov, N.M., Kolesnikov, V.V., Miroshnichenko, L.M., Egembaev, K.M., Pavlova, Z.N., and Bakarasov, E.V., comps., 1998, Copper deposits of Kazakhstan, in Abdulin, A.A., and others, eds., Mineral resources of Kazakhstan: Almaty, Kazakhstan Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, 136 p.