Skouries

Porphyry copper (Cu-Au) deposit in Kentriki Makedonia, Greece

Names and other identifiers

GMRAP ID 385
Tract name Dinaride-Aegean Region (150pCu6002)
Group name Skouries Group
Included sites Group includes Skouries deposit and Katsoures and Tsikara prospects.
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Greece
State or province Kentriki Makedonia
Geographic location 23.703611, 40.472222
Geologic map unit 23.703611, 40.472222
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Deposit subtype Cu-Au
Age (Ma) 19Ma
Age determination method unknown
Age range 19 Ma
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals actinolite, albite, anhydrite, arsenopyrite, azurite/malachite, biotite, bornite, carbonate, chalcocite/digenite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, covellite, electrum, epidote, fluorite, galena, goethite, gold, hematite/specularite, kaolinite, magnetite, montmorillonite, muscovite/sericite, pyrite, sphalerite, tetrahedrite
Associated rocks diorite porphyry, monzonite porphyry, quartz diorite porphyry, syenite porphyry, trachyte dike, granite, granodiorite, marble, amphibolite, diorite porphyry, gneiss, schist
Tectonic setting postconvergence
Stratigraphic age Miocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu, Au
Tonnage (Mt) 568Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.35%
Au grade (g/t) 0.47g/t
Contained copper 2,000,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Reported 25 ppm Mo; in concentrate: 0.91 g/t Au, 0.01 g/t Pt, 0.076 ppb Pd. Skouries has 130 Mt reserves at 0.6% Cu, and 0.9 g/t Au. Chalkidiki.
Study area name Europe
References Anonymous (1997c); Eliopoulos and Economou-Eliopoulos (1991); Economou-Eliopoulos and others (2001); Economou-Eliopoulos and Eliopoulos (2005); Frei (1995); Gilg and Frei (1994); Kockel and others (1974); Koloceropoulus and others (1989); Kroll and others (2002); Tarkian and Stribrny (1999); Lips (2006); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Sutphin and others (2013)
Anonymous, 1997c, TVX Gold calculates new resource in Greece: The Northern Miner, April 28, p. 3.
Economou-Eliopoulus, Maria, and Eliopoulus, D.G., 2005, Mineralogical and geochemical characteristics of the Skouries porphyry-Cu-Au-Pd-Pt deposit (Greece)—Evidence for the precious metal, chap. 9-17 of Mao, Jingwen, and Bierlein, F.P., eds., Mineral deposits research—Meeting the global challenge: Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA) Biennial Meeting, 8th, Beijing, China, August 18–21, 2005 [Proceedings], v. 1, p. 935–938. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/3-540-27946-6_238.)
Economou-Eliopoulos, M., Eliopoulos, D.G., and Perantonis, G., 2001, Factors controlling the Pd and Pt potential of the Skouries porphyry-Cu deposit, Chalkidiki, N. Greece, in Piestrzy?ski, 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. 731–734.
Eliopoulos, D.G., and Economou-Eliopoulos, Maria., 1991, Platinum-group element and gold content in the Skouries porphyry copper deposit, Chalkidiki peninsula, northern Greece: Economic Geology, v. 86, no. 4, p. 740–749. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2113/gsecongeo.86.4.740.)Frei, Robert, 1995, Evolution of mineralizing fluid in the porphyry copper system of the Skouries deposit, northeast Chalkidiki (Greece)–Evidence from combined Pb-Sr and stable isotope data: Economic Geology, v. 90, p. 746–762. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2113/gsecongeo.90.4.746.)
Gilg, H.A., and Frei, R., 1994, Chronology of magmatism and mineralization in the Kassandra mining area, Greece—The potentials and limitations of dating hydrothermal illites: Geochimica and Cosmochimica Acta, v. 58, no. 9. p. 2107–2122.
Kockel, F., Mollat, H., and Gundlach, H., 1974, Hydrothermally altered and (copper) mineralized porphyritic intrusions in the Serbo-Macedonian massif (Greece), in Problems of ore deposition: IAGOD Symposium, 4th, Sofia, Bulgaria [Proceedings], v. 1, p. 247–255.
Koloceropoulus, S.I., Killas, S.P., Bitzios, D.C., Nicolaou, M., and Born, R.A., 1989, Genesis of the Olympias carbonate-hosted Pb–Zn(Au,Ag) sulfide ore deposit, eastern Chalkidiki peninsula, northern Greece: Economic Geology, v. 84, p. 1210–1234. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2113/gsecongeo.87.2.425.)Kroll, Tilo; Müller, Daniel; Seifert, Thomas; Herzig, P.M., and Schneider, Albrecht, 2002, Petrology and geochemistry of the shoshonite-hosted Skouries porphyry Cu-Au deposit, Chalkidiki, Greece: Mineralium Deposita, v. 37, no. 1, p. 137–144. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00126-001-0235-6.)Lips, A.L.W., Bouchot, V., Deschamps, Y., Leistel, J-M., Picot, J-C., and other BRGM colleagues, 2006, A review of non-ferrous mineral deposits of Europe—Finalized initial database on primary and secondary resources for biotechnological metal extraction: BRGM, BioMinE Integrated Project (FP6 IP 500239), Deliverable DI.3 - Final Report, BRGM/RP-54957-FR, 124 p. (Abstract also available at http://biomine.brgm.fr/Documents/4BioMinEProducts/Deliverable/DI3_WP1_Resource%20identification_v061031.pdf.)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 http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1155/.Tarkian, M., and Stribrny, B., 1999, Platinum-group elements in porphyry copper deposits—A reconnaissance study: Mineralogy and Petrology, v. 65, p. 161–183. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF01161959.)