Porphyry copper prospect in Xinjiang, China

Names and other identifiers

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

Geographic location

Country China
State or province Xinjiang
Geographic location 92.8107, 42.1297
Geologic map unit 92.8107, 42.1297
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age determination method Geologic inference
Age range ~290 Ma (Variscan orogeny)
Age reference geologic inference
Minerals chalcopyrite, molybdenite, pyrite
Associated rocks diorite porphyry
Tectonic setting island arc
Stratigraphic age Early Permian

Commodity and development information

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

Reference information

Comments Eastern Tianshan porphyry copper-gold belt. Medium deposit.
Study area name Central Asian Orogenic Belt
References Han and others (2003); Han and others (2006); Zhang and others (2004); Zhang, Xiao and others (2006); Rui, Wang, Wang and Liu (2002); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Mihalasky, Ludington, Hammarstrom, and others (2015)
Han, C., Rui, Z., Mao, J., Yang, J., Wang, Z., and Yuan, W., 2003, Geologic characteristics of the Tuwu copper deposit, Hami, Xinjiang, in Mao, J., Goldfarb, R.J., Seltmann, R., Wang, D., Xiao, W., and Hart, C., eds., Tectonic evolution and metallogeny of the Chinese Altay and Tianshan: London, Natural History Museum, CERCAMS, International Symposium of the IGCP-473 Project, Urumqi and Xinjiang, China, August 9–21, 2003, IAGOD Guidebook Series, v. 10, p. 249–260.
Han, Chunming; Xiao, Wenjiao; Zhao, Guochun; Mao, Jingwen; Yang, Jianmin; Wang, Zhiliang; Yan, Zhen; and Mao, Qigui, 2006, Geological characteristics and genesis of the Tuwu porphyry copper deposit, Hami, Zinjiang, Central Asia: Ore Geology Reviews,v. 29, p. 77–94. (Also available at Zongyao, Wang Longsheng, Wang Yitian, and Liu Yulin, 2002, Discussion on metallogenic epoch of Tuwu and Yandong porphyry copper deposits in eastern Tianshan Mountains, Xinjiang: Mineral Deposits, v. 21, no. 1, p. 16–22. [In Chinese, English abstract.] (Abstract also available at, 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 LianChang, Qin KeZhang, Ying JiFeng, Xia Bin, and Shu JianSheng, 2004, The relationship between ore-forming processes and adakitic rock in Tuwu-Yandong porphyry copper metallogenic belt, eastern Tianshan mountains: Acta Petrologica Sinica, v. 20, no. 2, p. 259–268. [In Chinese, English abstract.] (Abstract also available at, Lianchang; Xiao, Wenjiao; Qin, Kezhang; and Zhang, Qi, 2006, The adakite connection of the Tuwu-Yandong copper porphyry belt, eastern Tianshan, NW China—Trace element and Sr-Nd-Pb isotope geochemistry: Mineralium Deposita, v. 41, p. 188–200. (Also available at