Porphyry copper deposit in Qaraghandy oblysy, Kazakhstan

Names and other identifiers

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

Geographic location

Country Kazakhstan
State or province Qaraghandy oblysy
Geographic location 75.291307, 47.258119
Geologic map unit 75.291307, 47.258119
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 309Ma
Age determination method K-Ar
Age range 309 ±16 Ma
Age reference Kostitsyn (1996)
Minerals carbonate, chalcopyrite, chlorite, galena, hematite, magnetite, molybdenite, muscovite/sericite, pyrite, sphalerite, zeolite
Associated rocks breccia, diabase dike, diorite porphyry dike, granite porphyry, granodiorite porphyry, diorite, granite, granodiorite, schist
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Early Carboniferous–Early Permian

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Minor commodities W, Sn
Tonnage (Mt) 24Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.34%
Mo grade (%) 0.017%
Contained copper 81,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Less than or equal to 1.8 g/t Ag. Exposed. Location: faintly visible grid road pattern on Google Earth (March 10, 2010); about 15 km SSE of Singer and others' (2008) location; near Seltmann and others' (2009) location.
Study area name West Central Asia
References Kolesnikov and others (1986); Krivtsov and others (1986); Kudryavtsev (1996); Plyushchev (1993); Zhukov and others (1998); Kostitsyn (1996); Seltmann and others (2009); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Berger and others (2014)
Kolesnikov, V.V., Zhukov, N.M., Solodilova, V.V., and Filimonova, L.E., 1986, Porphyry copper deposits of the Balkhash region: Alma Ata, Nauka Press, 199 p. [In Russian.]
Kostitsyn, Yu. A., 1996, K-Ar dates for the Kazakhstan granites—An overview, in Shatov, V., Seltmann, R. Kremenetsky, A., Lehmann, B., Popov, V., and Ermolov, P., eds., Granite-related ore deposits of central Kazakhstan and adjacent areas: St. Petersburg, GLAGOL Publishing House, p. 287–299.
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.
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
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.