Porphyry copper deposit in Qaraghandy oblysy, Kazakhstan

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Konyrat, Qonyrat
Tract name Late Paleozoic Balkhash-Ili magmatic arc (north) (142pCu8003b)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Kazakhstan
State or province Qaraghandy oblysy
Geographic location 74.987293, 46.990514
Geologic map unit 74.987293, 46.990514
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 330Ma
Age determination method unknown
Age range 335–324 Ma
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals altaite, alunite, andalusite, arsenopyrite, azurite/malachite, bornite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, chrysocolla, copper, corundum, cubanite, diaspore, enargite/luzonite/famatinite, galena, gold, hematite/specularite, jarosite, kaolinite/illite/dickite, luzonite, magnetite, marcasite, molybdenite, muscovite/sericite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, silver, sphalerite/wurtzite, stibioluzonite, tetrahedrite/fahlore/tennantite/freibergite, valleriite
Associated rocks breccia, diabase dikes, diorite porphyry, granodiorite, granodiorite porphyry, quartz diorite porphyry, trondhjemite, conglomerate, sandstone, siltstone, andesite, andesite porphyry, andesitic basalt, dacite, diabase flow, granite, ignimbrite, rhyolite, rhyolite welded tuff
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Early Carboniferous

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu
Tonnage (Mt) 637Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.589%
Mo grade (%) 0.011%
Au grade (g/t) 0.19g/t
Ag grade (g/t) 6.28g/t
Contained copper 3,750,000t
Gold-Moly ratio 17

Reference information

Comments Exposed. Mined out 417 Mt ore at 0.72% Cu, 0.014 Mo, 0.28 g/t Au, 9.26 g/t Ag; remaining reserve of 1996, 220 Mt at 0.34% Cu and 0.005% Mo (Kudryavtsev, 1996; Zhukov and others, 1998). Location: near center of pit as seen on Google Earth (March 10, 2010).
Study area name West Central Asia
References Krivtsov and others (1986); Kudryavtsev (1996); Metal Mining Agency of Japan (1997); Pavlova (1978); Plyushchev (1993); Seltmann and Porter (2005); Sokolov (1998); Yudin (1969); Zhukov and others (1998); Zvezdov and others (1993); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Berger and others (2014)
Krivtsov, A.I., Migachev, I.F., and Popov, V.S., 1986, Porphyry copper deposits of the world: Moscow, Nedra, 236 p. [In Russian.]
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.
Metal Mining Agency of Japan, 1997, Non-ferrous metal deposits of C.I.S. countries and Mongolia: Metal Mining Agency of Japan (MMAJ), 20 p.
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., and Porter, T.M., 2005, The porphyry Cu-Au/Mo deposits of central Eurasia—1. Tectonic, geologic and metallogenic setting, and significant deposits, in Porter, T.M., ed., Super porphyry copper and gold deposits—A global perspective: Adelaide, PGC Publishing, v. 2, p. 467–512. (Abstract also available at http://www.portergeo.com.au/publishing/superporphyry/superpstart.html.)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/.Sokolov, A.L., 1998, The regional and local controls on gold and copper mineralization in central Asia and Kazakhstan, in Porter, T.M., ed., Porphyry and hydrothermal copper and gold deposits—A global perspective: Adelaide, PGC Publishing, Australian Mineral Foundation International Conference, Perth, Western Australia, November 30–December 1, 1998 [Proceedings], p. 197–206. (Abstract also available at http://www.portergeo.com.au/publishing/porphyry98/porphyry98startpl.html.)
Yudin, I.M., 1969, [The Kounrad copper deposit]: Moscow, Moscow University Publishing Co., 150 p. [In Russian.]
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.
Zvezdov, V.S., Migachev, I.F., and Girfanov, M.M., 1993, Porphyry copper deposits of the CIS and the models of their formation: Ore Geology Reviews, v. 7, p. 511–549. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0169-1368(93)90013-O.)