Porphyry copper deposit in Utah, United States

Names and other identifiers

Tract name Great Basin Tertiary (003pCu9013)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country United States
State or province Utah
Geographic location -112.153888889, 40.529166667
Geologic map unit -112.153888889, 40.529166667
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 37Ma
Age determination method Re-Os
Age range 37.0 ±0.27 Ma
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals actinolite, apatite, arsenopyrite, biotite, bornite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, copper, covellite, digenite, diopside, enargite, epidote, garnet, gold, gypsum, hematite/specularite, illite/smectite, jarosite, kaolinite, magnetite, marcasite, molybdenite, montmorillonite, pyrite, realgar/orpiment, sericite, siderite, talnakhite, tetrahedrite/tennantite, wollastonite
Associated rocks latite porphyry, minette, monzonite, quartz latite porphyry, quartz monzonite porphyry, breccia, skarn, andesite, conglomerate, dolomite, latite, limestone, quartzite, sandstone, shale, volcaniclastic sedimentary rocks
Tectonic setting postconvergence
Stratigraphic age Eocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Producer
Major commodities Cu
Tonnage (Mt) 3,230Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.882%
Mo grade (%) 0.053%
Au grade (g/t) 0.38g/t
Ag grade (g/t) 3.3g/t
Contained copper 28,500,000t
Gold-Moly ratio 7.2

Reference information

Study area name United States
References Albino (1995); Babcock and others (1995); Ballantyne and others (1996); Borrok and others (1999); Core and others (2006); Einaudi (1982); Maughan and others (2002); Peters and others (1966); Phillips and others (2005); Redmond and others (2001); Singer and others (2008); Waite and others (1998)
Site reference U.S. Geological Survey National Mineral Resource Assessment Team (2002)
Albino, G.V., 1995, Porphyry copper deposits of the Great Basin—Nevada, Utah, and adjacent California, in Pierce, F.W., and Bolm, J.G., eds, Porphyry copper deposits of the American Cordillera: Tucson, Arizona Geological Society Digest 20, p. 267–296.
Babcock, R.C., Jr., Ballantyne, G.H., and Phillips, C.H., 1995, Summary of the geology of the Bingham district, Utah, in Pierce, F.W., and Bolm, J.G., eds., Porphyry copper deposits of the American Cordillera: Tucson, Arizona Geological Society Digest 20, p. 316–335.
Ballantyne, G.C., Maughan, J., and Smith, T., 1996, The Bingham copper-gold-molybdenum deposit, Utah—Why Bingham is a “super-giant”, in Clark, A.H., ed., Giant ore deposits II [Proceedings]: Kingston, Ontario, Queen’s University, Department of Geological Sciences, p. 335–349.
Borrok, David, Kesler, S.E., and Vogel, T.A., 1999, Sulfide minerals in intrusive and volcanic rocks of the Bingham-Park City belt, Utah: Economic Geology, v. 94, p. 1213–1230. (Also available at, D.P., Kesler, S.E., and Essene, E.J., 2006, Unusually Cu-rich magmas associated with giant porphyry copper deposits—Evidence from Bingham, Utah: Geology, v. 34, p. 41–44. (Also available at
Einaudi, M.T., 1982, Description of skarns associated with porphyry copper plutons, southwestern North America, in Titley, S.R., ed., Advances in geology of the porphyry copper deposits, southwestern North America: Tucson, University of Arizona Press, p. 139–183.
Maughan, D.T.; Keith, J.D.; Christiansen, E.H.; Pulsipher, Tamalyn; Hattori, Keiko; and Evans, N.J., 2002, Contributions from mafic alkaline magmas to the Bingham porphyry Cu-Au-Mo deposit, Utah, USA: Mineralium Deposita, v. 37, p. 14–37. (Also available at
Peters, W.C., James, A.H., and Field, C.W., 1966, Geology of the Bingham Canyon porphyry copper deposit, Utah, in Titley, S.R., and Hicks, C.L., eds., Geology of the porphyry copper deposits, southwestern North America: Tucson, University of Arizona Press, p. 165–175.
Phillips, C.H., Harrison, E.D., and Smith T.W., 2005, Geology of the Bingham mining district, Salt Lake County, Utah, in Porter, T.M., ed., Super porphyry copper and gold deposits—A global perspective: Adelaide, PGC Publishing, v. 1, p. 243–257. (Abstract also available at
Redmond, P.B., Landtwing, M.R., and Einaudi, M.T., 2001, Cycles of porphyry dike emplacement, veining, alteration and mineralization in the Bingham porphyry Cu-Au-M0 deposit, Utah, in Piestrzynski, Adam, and others, eds., Mineral deposits at the beginning of the 21st century: Lisse, The Netherlands, A.A. Balkema Publishers, Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA) Biennial Meeting, 6th, Krakow, Poland, August 26–29, 2001 [Proceedings], p. 473–476.
Singer, 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
Waite, K.A., Keith, J.D., Christiansen, E.H., Whitney, J.A., Hatori, K., Tingey, D.G., and Hook, C.J., 1998, Petrogenesis of the volcanic and intrusive rocks associated with the Bingham Canyon porphyry Cu-Au-Mo deposit, Utah, in John, D.A., and Ballantyne, G.H., eds., Geology and ore deposits of the Oquirrh and Wasatch Mountains, Utah (2d ed.): Society of Economic Geologists Guidebook Series, v. 29, p. 69–90.