Porphyry copper prospect in Xinjiang, China

Names and other identifiers

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

Geographic location

Country China
State or province Xinjiang
Geographic location 81.4257, 44.7436
Geologic map unit 81.4257, 44.7436
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 301Ma
Age determination method Re-Os
Age range 301 ±20 Ma
Age reference Zhang, Mao and others (2006); Tang and others (2010)
Minerals chalcopyrite, molybdenite
Associated rocks rhyolite porphyry, granite porphyry, dacite
Tectonic setting island arc
Stratigraphic age Carboniferous–Early Permian

Commodity and development information

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

Reference information

Comments Cu-rich zone overlies Mo-rich zone; dacites are calc-alkaline; granite porphyry is A-type. Some drilling, active exploration.
Study area name Central Asian Orogenic Belt
References Zhang, Mao and others (2006); Zhang, Li and others (2010); Tang, Wang, Wyman and others (2010); Wang (2008); Nokleberg and others (1999); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Mihalasky, Ludington, Hammarstrom, and others (2015)
Nokleberg, W.J., Naumova, V.V., Kuzmin, M.I., and Bounaeva, T.V., eds., 1999, Preliminary publications book 1 from project on mineral resources, metallogenesis, and tectonics of northeast Asia: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-165, 6 p. and digital data, CD-ROM. (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, Gong-Jian; Wang, Qiang; Wyman, D.A.; Sun, Min; Li, Zheng-Xiang; Zhao, Zhen-Hua; Sun, Wei-Dong; Jia, Xiao-Hui; and Jiang, Zi-Qi, 2010, Geochronology and geochemistry of Late Paleozoic magmatic rocks in the Lamasu-Dabate area, northwestern Tianshan (west China)—Evidence for a tectonic transition from arc to post-collisional setting: Lithos, v. 119, p. 393–411. (Also available at Yu-shui, 2008, Geological characteristics and genesis discussion of the Beidabate porphyry Cu-Mo deposit in Wenquan County, Xinjiang: Mineral Resources and Geology, v. 22, no. 1, p. 10–15. [In Chinese, English abstract.] (Abstract also availableat, 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 Zuoheng, Mao Jingwen, Wang Zhiliang, Du Andao, Zuo Guochao, Wang Longsheng, Wang Jianwei, and Qu Wenjun, 2006, Geology and metallogenetic epoch of the Dabate porphyry copper deposit in West Tianshan Mountains, Xinjiang: Geological Review, v. 52, no. 5, p. 683–689. [In Chinese, English abstract.] (Abstract also available at