Kalatage

Porphyry copper prospect in Xinjiang, China

Names and other identifiers

GMRAP ID 598
Alternate names Meiling
Tract name Kazakh-Tarim (142pCu8505)
Site status prospect

Geographic location

Country China
State or province Xinjiang
Geographic location 91.8175, 42.6579
Geologic map unit 91.8175, 42.6579
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age determination method Geologic inference
Age range ~290 Ma (Variscan orogeny)
Age reference Miao and others (2007)
Minerals bornite, chalcanthite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, covellite, electrum, gold, pyrite
Associated rocks quartz porphyry, rhyolite porphyry, granite porphyry
Tectonic setting island arc
Stratigraphic age Early Permian

Commodity and development information

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

Reference information

Comments Intersection 40–110 m: 0.81% Cu, 0.7–9.0 g/t Au; chip samples average 0.88 g/t Au; approximate reserve estimate 8.6 Mt ore. Miao and others (2007) says epithermal, like Zijinshan.
Study area name Central Asian Orogenic Belt
References Miao and others (2007); Gao and others (2006); Qin and others (2002); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Mihalasky, Ludington, Hammarstrom, and others (2015)
Gao Zhenquan; Fang Weixuan; Hu Ruizhong; and Liu Jishun, 2006, The metallogenic environment of Kalatage porphyry copper (gold) deposit and its prospecting perspective, Xinjiang, China: Acta Geologica Sinica, v. 80, no. 1, p. 90-100. [In Chinese, English abstract.] (Abstract also available at http://en.cnki.com.cn/Article_en/CJFDTotal-DZXE200601011.htm.)Miao Yu, Qin KeZhang, Xu YingXia, Fang TongHui, Ding KuiShou, and Xu XingWang, 2007, Geological and fluid inclusion characteristics of Meiling Cu-Au deposit in Kalatage ore belt, eastern Xinjiang, in comparison with typical Zijinshan-style HS-epithermal deposit: Mineral Deposits, v. 26, no. 1, p. 79–89. [In Chinese, English abstract.] (Abstract also available at http://en.cnki.com.cn/Article_en/CJFDTOTAL-KCDZ200701006.htm.)Qin, Kezhang; Sun, Shu; Li, Jiliang; Fang, Tonghui; Wang, Shulai; and Liu, Wei, 2002, Paleozoic epithermal Au and porphyry Cu deposits in north Xinjiang, China—Epochs, features, tectonic linkage and exploration significance: Resource Geology, v. 52, no. 4, p. 291–300. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-3928.2002.tb00140.x.)Qin, Kezhang; Sun, Shu; Li, Jiliang; Fang, Tonghui; Wang, Shulai; and Liu, Wei, 2002, Paleozoic epithermal Au and porphyry Cu deposits in north Xinjiang, China—Epochs, features, tectonic linkage and exploration significance: Resource Geology, v. 52, no. 4, p. 291–300. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-3928.2002.tb00140.x.)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/.