Tinggong

Porphyry copper prospect in Xizang, China

Names and other identifiers

GMRAP ID 582
Alternate names part of Nimu project, Tingong
Tract name Gangdese (142pCu8712)
Site status prospect

Geographic location

Country China
State or province Xizang
Geographic location 90.047994, 29.593934
Geologic map unit 90.047994, 29.593934
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 15.5Ma
Age determination method Re-Os molybdenite
Age range 16.3 ±0.3 to 15.5 ±0.3 Ma (Re-Os molybdenite); 15.13 ±0.24 Ma and 14.96 ±0.25 Ma (Re-Os molybdenite)
Age reference Li, Liu and others (2005); Li, Qu and others (2004)
Minerals azurite/malachite, biotite, bornite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, covellite, magnetite, molybdenite, molybdite, pyrite, sericite, sphalerite
Associated rocks andesite porphyry, dacite porphyry, monzogranite, granite, quartz monzonite
Tectonic setting postconvergence
Stratigraphic age Miocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Tibet. Gangdese porphyry copper belt. Numerous interecepts of tens of meters with copper grades up to 0.34% and Mo grades up to 0.02%. Adjacent oxide copper orebody being exploited (2008). Five drill holes through 2007. A resource of >1 Mt of Cu at a grade of 0.5% also reported. Exploration.
Study area name Tibetan Plateau
References Central China Goldfields (2007); Hou, Mo and others (2003); Li, Liu and others (2005); Qu and others (2001); Qu and others (2007); Rui, Wang and Wang (2002b); Yang, Xie and others (2005); Singer and others (2008); Central China Goldfields (2008); Li, Qu and others (2004)
Site reference Ludington, Hammarstrom, and others (2012)
Central China Goldfields, 2007, Annual report and accounts 2007: accessed March 30, 2011, at http://www.gggresources.com/annual-report-2007. [Web page no longer available.]
Central China Goldfields, 2008, Annual report and accounts 2008: accessed March 30, 2011, at http://www.gggresources.com/annual-report-2008. [Web page no longer available.]
Hou ZengQian, Mo XuanXue, Gao YongFeng, QuXiaoMing, and Meng XiangJin, 2003, Adakite, a possible host rock for porphyry copper deposits—Case studies of porphyry copper belts in Tibetan Plateau and in northern Chile: Mineral Deposits, v. 22, no. 1, p. 1–12. [In Chinese, English abstract.] (Abstract also available at http://en.cnki.com.cn/Article_en/CJFDTOTAL-KCDZ200301000.htm.)Li Guangming, Liu Bo, Qu Wenjun, Lin Fangcheng, She Hongquan, and Feng Chengyou, 2005, The porphyry-skarn ore-forming system in Gangdese metallogenic belt, southern Xizang—Evidence from molybdenite Re-Os age of porphyry-type copper deposits and skarn-type copper polymetallic deposits: Geotectonica et Metallogenia, v. 29, no.4, p. 482–490. [In Chinese, English abstract.] (Abstract also available at http://en.cnki.com.cn/Article_en/CJFDTOTAL-DGYK200504008.htm.)Li, Shengrong; Qu, Wenjun; Yuan, Wanming; Deng, Jun; Hou, Zhengqian; and Du, Andao, 2004, Re-Os dating of the porphyry copper deposits in southern Gangdese metallogenic belt, Tibet, in Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet Workshop, 19th, Niseko, Japan, 2004, Proceedings: Himalayan Journal of Sciences, v. 2, no. 4 (special issue), p. 192–193. (Also available at http://www.nepjol.info/index.php/HJS/article/viewFile/871/886.)Qu Xiaoming, Hou Zengqian, and Huang Wei, 2001, Is Gangdese porphyry copper belt the second “Yulong” copper belt?: Mineral Deposits, v. 20, no. 4, p. 353–366. [In Chinese, English abstract.] (Abstract also available at http://en.cnki.com.cn/Article_en/CJFDTotal-KCDZ200104009.htm.)Qu, Xiaoming; Hou, Zengqian; Zaw, Khin; and Li, Youguo, 2007, Characteristics and genesis of Gangdese porphyry copper deposits in the southern Tibetan Plateau—Preliminary geochemical and geochronological results: Ore Geology Reviews, v. 31, p. 205–223. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2005.03.012.)
Rui, Z., Wang, L., and Wang, Y., 2002b, Porphyry copper deposit models in China, in Workshop on Assessing Undiscovered Mineral Resources, Beijing, June 24–28, Proceedings: China Geological Survey and U.S. Geological Survey, p. 42–52.
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/.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/.Yang Zhiming, Xie Yuling, Li Guangming, Xu Jiuhua, and Wang Baohua, 2005, Study of fluid inclusions from Tinggong porphyry copper deposit in Gangdese belt, Tibet: Mineral Deposits, v. 24, p. 584–594. [In Chinese, English abstract.] (Abstract also available at http://www.geology.com.cn/Geology-Journals/article-28052.html.)