Porphyry copper deposit in Jiangxi, China

Names and other identifiers

Tract name Coastal Pacific (142pCu8704)
Included sites Tongchang, Fujiawu, and Zhushahong
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country China
State or province Jiangxi
Geographic location 117.730003357, 29.018899918
Geologic map unit 117.730003357, 29.018899918
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 171Ma
Age determination method U-Pb zircon SHRIMP
Age range 171 ±3 Ma
Age reference Wang and others (2006)
Minerals arsenopyrite, azurite/malachite, bismuthinite, bornite, calaverite, cassiterite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, cubanite
Associated rocks diabase porphyry, diorite porphyry, feldspar porphyry, granodiorite porphyry, gabbro, pyroxenite
Tectonic setting postconvergence
Stratigraphic age Middle Jurassic

Commodity and development information

Development status Producer
Major commodities Cu, Mo, Au
Tonnage (Mt) 1,825Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.459%
Mo grade (%) 0.016%
Au grade (g/t) 0.12g/t
Ag grade (g/t) 1.9g/t
Contained copper 8,380,000t
Gold-Moly ratio 7.5

Reference information

Comments Porphyry is related to Middle Jurassic Shi-Han intracontinental rift (Wang and others, 2006); compositions of plutons are ""adakitic"". Complex contains more than 10 Mt of Cu (Wang and others, 2006). Mining.
Study area name East Asia Mesozoic
References Argall (1981); Chen and Li (1990); Fan (1984); Ge and others (1990); He and others (1999); Li and Sasake (2007); Rui, Wang and Wang (2002b); Rui, Wang, Wu and others (2005); Yu (1981); Zhai and others (1997); Zhang and others (1993); Wang and others (2006); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Ludington, Mihalasky, and others (2012)
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Zhang, Hongtao; Pei, Rongfu; and Wu, Liangshi, 1993, Evolution of the porphyry copper deposits from Proterozoic to Cenozoic Era in China, in International Geological Congress, 29th, Kyoto, Japan, August 24–September 3, 1992, Proceedings: Tokyo, Society of Resource Geology, Resource Geology Special Issue, no. 15, Mineral Resources Symposia Volume A, p. 55–65.