Tongchankou

Porphyry copper (Cu-Mo) deposit in Hubei, China

Names and other identifiers

GMRAP ID 672
Alternate names Tongshankou, Tongshanko
Tract name Coastal Pacific (142pCu8704)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country China
State or province Hubei
Geographic location 114.838996887, 29.998699189
Geologic map unit 114.838996887, 29.998699189
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Deposit subtype Cu-Mo
Age (Ma) 143.8Ma
Age determination method U-Pb zircon SHRIMP, Re-Os molybdenite, Ar-Ar
Age range 143.8 (U-Pb zircon SHRIMP); 143.8 ±2.6 Ma (Re-Os molybdenite); 143.8 ±0.8 Ma (Ar-Ar)
Age reference Li, Zhao and others (2008); Li, Li and others (2010); Xie and others (2006)
Minerals bornite, chalcopyrite, molybdenite, pyrite, tetrahedrite
Associated rocks granodiorite porphyry, diorite, quartz diorite
Tectonic setting postconvergence
Stratigraphic age Early Cretaceous

Commodity and development information

Development status Producer
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Tonnage (Mt) 45Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.94%
Mo grade (%) 0.04%
Contained copper 419,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Typical ""adakite"" composition, with Sr/Y > 50; substantial skarn and replacement ore included in resource. Grade of porphyry portion is 0.4 to 0.6% Cu and 0.02 to 0.07% Mo. Yangtze River Metallogenic Belt. Mining.
Study area name East Asia Mesozoic
References Huang and others (1990); Metal Mining Agency of Japan (1998); Pan and Dong (1999); Qui and others (1989); Wang and others (2004); Li, Zhao and others (2008); Singer and others (2008); Li, Li and others (2010); Xie and others (2006)
Site reference Ludington, Mihalasky, and others (2012)
Huang Enbang, Zhang Naitang, and Luo Zhaosheng, 1990, The genesis of the Chengmenshan and Wushan copper deposits: Mineral Deposits, v. 9, no. 4, p. 291–300. [In Chinese, English abstract.] (Abstract also available at http://en.cnki.com.cn/Article_en/CJFDTotal-KCDZ199004000.htm.)Li, Xian-Hua; Li, Wu-Xian; Wang, Xuan-Ce; Li, Qiu-Li; Liu, Yu; Tang, Guo-Qiang; Gao, Yu-Ya; and Wu, Fu-Yuan, 2010, SIMS U-Pb zircon geochronology of porphyry Cu-Au-(Mo) deposits in the Yangtze River metallogenic belt, eastern China—Magmatic response to early Cretaceous lithospheric extension: Lithos, v. 119, p. 427–438. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lithos.2010.07.018.)Li, Jian-Wei; Zhao, Xin-Fu; Zhou, Mei-Fu; Vasconcelos, Paulo; Ma, Chang-Qian; Deng, Xiao-Dong; Zorano, Sergio de Souza; Zhao, Yong-Xin; and Wu, Gang, 2008, Origin of the Tongshankou porphyry–skarn Cu–Mo deposit, eastern Yangtze craton, eastern China—Geochronological, geochemical, and Sr–Nd–Hf isotopic constraints: Mineralium Deposita, v. 43, p. 315–336. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00126-007-0161-3.)
Metal Mining Agency of Japan, 1998, Mineral Resources Map of Asia: Metal Mining Agency of Japan (MMAJ), 43 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:10,000,000.
Pan, Yuanming, and Dong, Ping, 1999, The Lower Changjiang (Yangzi/Yangtze River) metallogenic belt, east central China—Intrusion- and wall rock-hosted Cu-Fe-Au, Mo, Zn, Pb, Ag deposits: Ore Geology Reviews, v. 15, p. 177–242. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0169-1368(99)00022-0.)Qui Xiaoping, Pei Rongfu, Kejian Ji, and Wu Xueham, 1989, Geological characteristics of copper mineralization, Jiujiang-Ruichang Area, Jiangxi province, China: Chinese Journal of Geochemistry, v. 8, no. 3, p. 228–244. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF02840356.)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/.Wang, Qiang;, Zhao, Zhen-Hua; Bao, Zhi-Wei; Xu, Ji-Feng; Liu, Wei; Li, Chao-Feng; Bai, Zheng-Hua; and Xiong, Xiao-Lin, 2004, Geochemistry and petrogenesis of the Tongshankou and Yinzu adakitic intrusive rocks and the associated porphyry copper-molybdenum mineralization in southeast Hubei, east China: Resource Geology, v. 54, no. 2, p. 137–152. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-3928.2004.tb00195.x.)Xie GuiQing, Mao JingWen, Li RuiLing, Zhang ZuSong, Zhao WeiChao, Qu WenJun, Zhao CaiSheng, and Wei ShiKun, 2006, Metallogenic epoch and geodynamic framework of Cu-Au-Mo-(W) deposits in southeastern Hubei province—Constraints from Re-Os molybdenite ages: Mineral Deposits, v. 25, no. 1, p. 43–52. [In Chinese, English abstract.] (Abstract also available at http://en.cnki.com.cn/Article_en/CJFDTotal-KCDZ200601005.htm.)