Porphyry copper prospect in Qaraghandy oblysy, Kazakhstan

Names and other identifiers

Tract name Late Paleozoic Balkhash-Ili magmatic arc (west) (142pCu8003c)
Site status prospect

Geographic location

Country Kazakhstan
State or province Qaraghandy oblysy
Geographic location 73.990841, 46.413198
Geologic map unit 73.990841, 46.413198
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, azurite/malachite, bornite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chrysocolla, covellite, cuprite, dickite, enargite, gold, molybdenite, pyrite, sericite, tetrahedrite
Associated rocks eruptive breccia, granite porphyry, felsite porphyry, andesite, conglomerate, limestone, sandstone, mudstone, granite, granosyenite, syenodiorite, tuff
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age mid-Carboniferous–Late Carboniferous

Commodity and development information

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

Reference information

Comments Small deposit with reported average grades 0.66% Cu and 0.005% Mo; and 0.1–10 g/t Au. Exposed. Location: located in middle of road grid pattern; west of vein mines(?).
Study area name West Central Asia
References Zhukov and others (1998); Singer and others (2008); Khotov and others (1998)
Site reference Berger and others (2014)
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.