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 93.0235, 42.164
Geologic map unit 93.0235, 42.164
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 322Ma
Age determination method U-Pb
Age range 322 Ma
Age reference Wu and others (2006)
Minerals bornite, chalcopyrite, chalcocite, molybdenite, pyrite
Associated rocks diorite, diorite porphyry, plagiogranite porphyry
Tectonic setting island arc
Stratigraphic age Carboniferous

Commodity and development information

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

Reference information

Comments Small deposit with grades of 0.4% Cu, 0.03% Mo.
Study area name Central Asian Orogenic Belt
References Han and Zhao (2003); Qin and others (2002); Zhang, Li and others (2010); Wu and others (2006); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Mihalasky, Ludington, Hammarstrom, and others (2015)
Han, Chuming, and Zhao, Guochun, 2003, Major types and characteristics of Late Paleozoic ore deposits, east Tianshan, northwest China: International Geology Review, v. 45, p. 798–813. (Also available at, Kezhang; Sun, Shu; Li, Jiliang; Fang, Tonghui; Wang, Shulai; and Liu, Wei, 2002, Paleozoic epithermal Au and porphyry Cu deposits in north Xinjiang, China—Epochs, features, tectonic linkage and exploration significance: Resource Geology, v. 52, no. 4, p. 291–300. (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 FuYuan, Yang JinHui, Zhang YanBin, and Liu XiaoMing, 2006, Emplacement ages of the Mesozoic granites in southeastern part of the western Liaoning province: Acta Petrologica Sinica, v. 22, no. 2, p. 315–325. [In Chinese, English abstract.] (Also available at, C.L., Li, Z.X., Li, X.H., Xu, Y.G., Zhou, G., and Ye, H.M., 2010, A Permian large igneous province in Tarim and Central Asian orogenic belt, NW China—Results of a ca. 275 Ma mantle plume?: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 122, p. 2020–2040. (Also available at