Online Spatial Data
Global assessment of undiscovred copper resources
Porphyry copper prospect in
Names and other identifiers
Age determination method
Hou and others (2004)
biotite, bornite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, covellite, malachite, molybdenite, molybdite, pyrite, sericite, sphalerite
granite porphyry, granite, limestone, sandstone
Commodity and development information
Tibet. Gangdese porphyry copper belt. Limited information. Exploration.
Study area name
Gao and others (2003); Hou, Mo and others (2003); Qu and others (2001); Qu and others (2007); Rui, Wang and Wang (2002b); Singer and others (2008); Hou and others (2004)
Ludington, Hammarstrom, and others (2012)
Gao Yongfeng, Hou Zengqian, Wei Ruihua, and Zhao Rongsheng, 2003, Post-collisional adakitic porphyries in TibetGeochemical and Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic constraints on partial melting of oceanic lithosphere and crust-mantle interaction: Acta Geologica Sinica (English edition), v. 77, p. 194203. [In Chinese, English abstract.] (Abstract also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1755-6724.2003.tb00562.x.) Hou Zengqian, Qu Xiaoming, Wang Shuxian, Du Andao, Gao Yongfeng, and Huang Wei, 2004, Re-Os age for molybdenite from the Gangdese porphyry copper belt on Tibetan plateauImplication for geodynamic setting and duration of the Cu mineralization: Science in China Series DEarth Sciences, v. 47, no. 3, p. 221231. (Also available at http://earth.scichina.com:8080/sciDe/CN/10.1360/02yd0487#.) Hou ZengQian, Mo XuanXue, Gao YongFeng, QuXiaoMing, and Meng XiangJin, 2003, Adakite, a possible host rock for porphyry copper depositsCase studies of porphyry copper belts in Tibetan Plateau and in northern Chile: Mineral Deposits, v. 22, no. 1, p. 112. [In Chinese, English abstract.] (Abstract also available at http://en.cnki.com.cn/Article_en/CJFDTOTAL-KCDZ200301000.htm.) Qu Xiaoming, Hou Zengqian, and Huang Wei, 2001, Is Gangdese porphyry copper belt the second Yulong copper belt?: Mineral Deposits, v. 20, no. 4, p. 353366. [In Chinese, English abstract.] (Abstract also available at http://en.cnki.com.cn/Article_en/CJFDTotal-KCDZ200104009.htm.) Qu, Xiaoming; Hou, Zengqian; Zaw, Khin; and Li, Youguo, 2007, Characteristics and genesis of Gangdese porphyry copper deposits in the southern Tibetan PlateauPreliminary geochemical and geochronological results: Ore Geology Reviews, v. 31, p. 205223. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2005.03.012.)
Rui, Z., Wang, L., and Wang, Y., 2002b, Porphyry copper deposit models in China, in Workshop on Assessing Undiscovered Mineral Resources, Beijing, June 2428, Proceedings: China Geological Survey and U.S. Geological Survey, p. 4252.
Singer, D.A., Berger, V.I., and Moring, B.C., 2008, Porphyry copper deposits of the worldDatabase and grade and tonnage models, 2008: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1155,  p. and digital data, accessed December 31, 2013, at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1155/.