Karatas Ore Field

Porphyry copper deposit in Qaraghandy oblysy, Kazakhstan

Names and other identifiers

Tract name Late Paleozoic Balkhash-Ili magmatic arc (west) (142pCu8003c)
Included sites Karatas I, Karatas II, Karatas III, Karatas IV, Northwestern Karatas
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Kazakhstan
State or province Qaraghandy oblysy
Geographic location 73.613477, 46.638797
Geologic map unit 73.613477, 46.638797
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age determination method Geologic inference
Age range mid-Carboniferous–Late Carboniferous
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals braunite, chalcopyrite, epidote, galena, hausmannite, hematite, magnetite, marcasite, molybdenite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, sphalerite
Associated rocks skarn, gabbro, syenite, amphibolite, dacite, dolomite, granite, granodiorite, limestone, plagiogranite, rhyolite, sandstone
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age mid-Carboniferous–Late Carboniferous

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu
Tonnage (Mt) 29Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.44%
Mo grade (%) 0.024%
Contained copper 130,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Reserve (mostly skarn): 29 Mt at 0.44% Cu and 0.024% Mo. Reserves also calculated for Ag, Se, Te, Re, In, and Co. Exposed. Location: location is open pit on mine on Google Earth (March 11, 2010) interpreted to be Karatas I based on Khotov and others(1998); according to Khotov and others (1998), the Karatas I, II, III, and IV are within a 4 square km area, a very different distribution than implied by locations included in Seltmann and others (2009).
Study area name West Central Asia
References Kudryavtsev (1996); Pavlova (1978); Plyushchev (1993); Zhukov and others (1998); Singer and others (2008); Khotov and others (1998); Seltmann and others (2009)
Site reference Berger and others (2014)
Kudryavtsev, Yu.K., 1996, The Cu-Mo deposits of central Kazakhstan, in Shatov, V., Seltmann, R., Kremenetsky, A., Lehmann, B., Propov, V., and Ermolov, P., eds., Granite-related ore deposits of central Kazakhstan and adjacent areas: St. Petersburg, Glagol Publishing House, International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits (IAGOD), Working Group on Tin and Tungsten Deposits (WGTT), INTAS-93-1783 Project ""Ore-bearing granites of Eurasia—Anatomy and magmatic-hydrothermal mechanisms of ore deposition"", p. 119–145.
Pavlova, I.G., 1978, [Porphyry copper deposits]: Leningrad, Nedra, 275 p. [In Russian.]
Plyushchev, E.V., 1993, Map of hydrothermal-metasomatic formations of Kazakhstan fold area: St. Petersburg, A.P. Karpinsky All-Russian Institute of Geological Research (VSEGEI), 4 sheets, scale 1:1,500,000.
Seltmann, R., Shatov, V., and Yakubchuk, A., 2009, Mineral deposits database and thematic maps of Central Asia: London, Natural History Museum, Centre for Russian and Central Eurasian Mineral Studies (CERCAMS), 143 p. and ArcGIS 9.2, ArcView 3.2 and MapInfo 6.0 (7.0) GIS packages, scale 1:1,500,000, CD-ROM.
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/.
Zhukov, N.M., Kolesnikov, V.V., Miroshnichenko, L.M., Egembaev, K.M., Pavlova, Z.N., and Bakarasov, E.V., comps., 1998, Copper deposits of Kazakhstan, in Abdulin, A.A., and others, eds., Mineral resources of Kazakhstan: Almaty, Kazakhstan Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, 136 p.