Porphyry copper prospect in Qaraghandy oblysy, Kazakhstan

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Besshoki South
Tract name Late Paleozoic Balkhash-Ili magmatic arc (north) (142pCu8003b)
Site status prospect

Geographic location

Country Kazakhstan
State or province Qaraghandy oblysy
Geographic location 76.250087, 48.346141
Geologic map unit 76.250087, 48.346141
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 alunite, andalusite, azurite/malachite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, chrysocolla, diaspore, enargite, epidote, famatinite, ferberite, ferrimolybdite, jarosite, limonite, kaolinite, molybdenite, pyrite, sericite
Associated rocks granodiorite porphyry, quartz diorite porphyry, rhyolite, andesite, andesitic dacite, granodiorite, dacite, sandstone, siltstone, tuff
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age mid-Carboniferous–Late Carboniferous

Commodity and development information

Development status Occurrence
Major commodities Cu
Minor commodities Mo, W
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Resource: 138 Mt at 0.52% Cu and 0.002% Mo. Exposed. Location: altered appearing area on Google Earth (March 5, 2010); some cuts/trenches on hill; topography fits geologic map (cf. Zhukov and others, 1998), but location should be considered approximate.
Study area name West Central Asia
References Kolesnikov and others (1986); Kudryavtsev (1996); Pavlova (1978); Zhukov and others (1998); 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.]
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.]
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.