Porphyry copper prospect in Qaraghandy oblysy, Kazakhstan

Names and other identifiers

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

Geographic location

Country Kazakhstan
State or province Qaraghandy oblysy
Geographic location 75.67703, 49.218768
Geologic map unit 75.67703, 49.218768
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 arsenopyrite, azurite/malachite, biotite, bornite, carbonate, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, chrysocolla, cubanite, cuprite, fahlore, galena, gold, hematite, limonite, magnetite, molybdenite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, sericite, sphalerite, tourmaline
Associated rocks conglomerate, dacite, diabase, diorite porphyry, felsite porphyry, granite porphyry, granodiorite porphyry, sandstone, siltstone, syenite porphyry, rhyolite, tuff
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age mid-Carboniferous–Late Carboniferous

Commodity and development information

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

Reference information

Comments Small deposit with average grades: 0.43–0.53% Cu and 0.004–0.007% Mo; 946–980 g/t Re in molybdenite from concentrate. Location: pits, trenches, open cuts, and mine dumps evident on Google Earth (March 8, 2010); 8.5 km NE of Singer and others' (2008) location.
Study area name West Central Asia
References Kolesnikov and others (1986); 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.]
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.