Porphyry copper deposit in Almaty oblysy, Kazakhstan

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Kaskyrmys, Vostok
Tract name Late Paleozoic Balkhash-Ili magmatic arc (northwest) (142pCu8003d)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Kazakhstan
State or province Almaty oblysy
Geographic location 74.157652, 45.383407
Geologic map unit 74.157652, 45.383407
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age determination method Geologic inference
Age range Middle Devonian–Late Devonian(?)
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals alunite, biotite, bornite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, enargite, galena, gold, molybdenite, magnetite, marcasite, pyrite, sphalerite, tennantite
Associated rocks breccia, granite porphyry, granodiorite porphyry, granosyenite, andesite, dacite, diabase, diorite, diorite porphyry, granite, gritstone, sandstone, shale, trachyandesite, trachyrhyodacite, tuff
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Middle Devonian–Late Devonian(?)

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu
Tonnage (Mt) 375Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.41%
Mo grade (%) 0.007%
Au grade (g/t) 0.059g/t
Ag grade (g/t) 0.79g/t
Contained copper 1,500,000t
Gold-Moly ratio 8

Reference information

Comments 100% of the deposit area is covered by thick Tertiary clay. Location: road grid; consistent with Zhukov and others (1998); probable location of deposit.
Study area name West Central Asia
References Dennis P. Cox (USGS, written commun., 2001); Zhukov and others (1998); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Berger and others (2014)
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.