Porphyry copper deposit in Qaraghandy oblysy, Kazakhstan

Names and other identifiers

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

Geographic location

Country Kazakhstan
State or province Qaraghandy oblysy
Geographic location 75.945271, 49.378612
Geologic map unit 75.945271, 49.378612
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 315Ma
Age determination method unknown
Age range 323–307 Ma
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals arsenopyrite, azurite/malachite, biotite, bismuthinite, bornite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, chrysocolla, enargite, epidote, galena, goethite, limonite, molybdenite, pyrite, sericite, sphalerite, tetrahedrite, tourmaline
Associated rocks granite porphyry, granodiorite porphyry, andesite, diabase porphyry, diorite, granodiorite, rhyolite, sandstone, siltstone, tuff
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Carboniferous

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Minor commodities Bi, Au, W, Pb, Zn
Tonnage (Mt) 194Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.36%
Mo grade (%) 0.005%
Au grade (g/t) 0.02g/t
Ag grade (g/t) 2.9g/t
Contained copper 700,000t
Gold-Moly ratio 4

Reference information

Comments 40% of the deposit area is covered by unlithified rocks. Location: very low relief; some roads evident on Google Earth (March 8, 2010); 6–7 km NW of Singer and others' (2008) location.
Study area name West Central Asia
References Kolesnikov and others (1986); Kudryavtsev (1996); Zhukov and others (1998); Singer and others (2008); Seltmann and others (2009)
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.]
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.
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.