Porphyry copper prospect in Caras-Severin, Romania

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Banat Mountains
Tract name Transylvania-Balkan Mountains (150pCu6001)
Group name Oravita Group
Included sites Oravita, Ciclova
Site status prospect

Geographic location

Country Romania
State or province Caras-Severin
Geographic location 21.742553, 45.043316
Geologic map unit 21.742553, 45.043316
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 65Ma
Age determination method unknown
Age range 65 Ma (Laramian)
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals actinolite, arsenopyrite, bismuthinite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, cobaltite, cubanite, epidote, galena, glaucodot, l÷llingite, molybdenite, pyrite, scheelite, sericite, sphalerite, tetrahedrite
Associated rocks hornfels, marble, migmatite, quartz diorite porphyry, skarn,n.d.,clastic sedimentary rocks, limestone, marl, quartz monzodiorite
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Late Cretaceous–Paleocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Occurrence
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Cu skarn with porphyry features. Host rock is quartz-diorite porphyry that penetrates carbonatic, marly rock. The setting was subvolcanic. Cu, (Mo, W, Co, Au) are reported metals.
Study area name Europe
References Cioflica and Vlad (1980); Ianovici and Borcos (1982); Ianovici and others (1977); Ilinca (1992); Karamata and others (1997); Ciobanu and others (2002); Carpathian Gold Inc. (2010a); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Sutphin and others (2013)
Carpathian Gold Inc., 2010a, A near-term gold producer with two significant gold development projects: Carpathian Gold Inc., accessed December 19, 2013, at, C.L., Cook, N.J., and Stein, Holly, 2002, Regional setting and geochronology of the Late Cretaceous Banatitic magmatic and metallogenetic belt: Mineralium Deposita, v. 37, p. 541–567. (Also available at
Cioflica, G., and Vlad, S., 1980, Copper sulfide deposits related to Laramian magmatism in Romania, in Jancovi?, S., and Sillitoe, R.H., eds., European copper deposits: Belgrade, Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA), UNESCO-IGCP International Symposium, Bor, Yugoslavia, September 18–22, 1979 [Proceedings], p. 67–72.
Ianovici, V., and Borcos, M., 1982, Romania, in Dunning, F. W., Mykura, W., and Slater, D., eds., Mineral deposits of Europe, Volume 2—Southeast Europe: London, Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, p. 55–142.
Ianovici, V., Vlad, ?., Borco?, M., and Bo?tinescu, S., 1977, Alpine porphyry copper mineralization of West Romania: Mineralium Deposita, v. 12, p. 307–317. (Also available at
Ilinca, G., 1992, Bismuth sulphosalt assemblages in copper ore deposits at Oravita-Ciclova, south-western Banat: Romanian Journal of Mineralogy, v.75, supplement 1, p.19–20.
Karamata, S., Kneževi?, V., Pécskay, Z., and Djordjevi?, M., 1997, Magmatism and metallogeny of the Ridanj-Krepoljin belt (eastern Serbia) and their correlation with northern and eastern analogues: Mineralium Deposita, v. 32, p. 452–458. (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