Porphyry copper prospect in Azarbayjan-e-Sharqi, Iran

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Gowdoul, Godal, Gowdal, Gudul
Tract name Azerbaijan—Caucasus-Iran (142pCu9014c)
Site status prospect

Geographic location

Country Iran
State or province Azarbayjan-e-Sharqi
Geographic location 47.1332, 38.6004
Geologic map unit 47.1332, 38.6004
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 25.1Ma
Age determination method U-Pb zircon
Age range 23.3 ±0.5 to 25.1 ±0.9 Ma
Age reference Aghazadeh and others (2011)
Minerals bornite, chalcopyrite, garnet, magnetite, pyrite, pyroxene
Associated rocks monzodiorite, monzonite, granite, aplite, sedimentary rocks
Tectonic setting postconvergence
Stratigraphic age late Oligocene–early Miocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Producer
Major commodities Cu
Minor commodities Mo, Au, Fe
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Cu-(Mo-Fe-Au) porphyry-skarn prospect; underground operation; resource (not thoroughly characterized): 10,000 t at 1.0–1.5% Cu; active?.
Study area name Tethys
References Bazin and Hübner (1969a); Jamali and others (2010); Mollai and others (2009); Samani (1998); Somarin and Moayyed (2002); Somarin and others (2005); U.S. Geological Survey (2012); Aghazadeh and others (2011)
Site reference Zürcher and others (in press)
Aghazadeh, Mehraj; Castro, Antonio; Badrzadeh, Zahra; and Vogt, Katharina, 2011, Post-collisional polycyclic plutonism from the Zagros hinterland—The Shaivar Dagh plutonic complex, Alborz belt, Iran: Geological Magazine, v. 148, p. 980–1008. (Also available at
Bazin, D., and Hübner H., 1969a, Copper deposits in Iran: Iran Geological Survey Report 13, 232 p.
Jamali, Hemayat; Dilek, Yildirim; Daliran, Farahnaz; Yaghubpur, Abdolmajid; and Mehrabi, Behzad, 2010, Metallogeny and tectonic evolution of the Cenozoic Ahar-Arasbaran volcanic belt, northern Iran: International Geology Review, v. 52, p. 608–630. (Also available at, Habib; Sharma, Rajesh; and Pe-Piper, Georgia, 2009, Copper mineralization around the Ahar batholith, north of Ahar (NW Iran)—Evidence for fluid evolution and the origin of the skarn ore deposit: Ore Geology Reviews, v. 35, p. 401–414. (Also available at
Samani, Bahram, 1998, Distribution, setting and metallogenesis of copper deposits in Iran, in Porter, T.M., ed., Porphyry and hydrothermal copper and gold deposits—A global perspective, Australian Mineral Foundation Conference, Perth, November 30–December 1, 1998, Proceedings: Adelaide, PGC Publishing, p. 151–174.
Somarin, A.K., and Moayyed, M., 2002, Granite- and gabbrodiorite-associated skarn deposits of NW Iran: Ore Geology Reviews, v. 20, p. 127–138. (Also available at
Somarin, A.K., Liaghat, S., Hosseini, A., and Zarasvandi, M., 2005, World skarn deposits—Skarns of Iran, in Meinert, L.D., Dipple, G.M., and Nicolescu, Stefan, World skarn deposits, in Hedenquist, J.W., Thompson, J.F.H., Goldfarb, R.J., and Richards,J.P., eds., Economic Geology One Hundredth Anniversary Volume, 1905–2005: Society of Economic Geologists, CD-ROM, 2 p. and data (table 10.1) in appendix.
U.S. Geological Survey, 2012, Mineral resource data system (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey database, accessed October 19, 2012, at