Copper Creek

Porphyry copper deposit in Arizona, United States

Names and other identifiers

Tract name Western Sierra Madre Occidental and Laramide Central (003pCu3007x)
Included sites Childs-Altwilckle pipe
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country United States
State or province Arizona
Geographic location -110.48, 32.75
Geologic map unit -110.48, 32.75
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 58Ma
Age determination method unknown
Age range 59–57 Ma
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals anhydrite/gypsum, apatite, azurite/malachite, biotite, bornite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, covellite, cuprite, enargite, epidote, ferrimolybdite, galena, hematite/specularite, kaolinite/illite, limonite, magnetite, molybdenite, montmorillonite, pyrite, sericite, sphalerite, tennantite, tourmaline
Associated rocks breccia, dacite porphyry, diorite porphyry, conglomerate, limestone, quartzite, sandstone, shale, andesite, andesite breccia, andesite tuff, granodiorite
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Paleocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Occurrence
Major commodities Cu
Tonnage (Mt) 75Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.75%
Mo grade (%) 0.0046%
Contained copper 560,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Exposed.
Study area name United States
References Guthrie and Moor (1978); Kuhn (1941); Kuhn (1951); McCandless and Ruiz (1993); Titley (1993); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference U.S. Geological Survey National Mineral Resource Assessment Team (2002)
Guthrie, J.O., and Moor, D.G., 1978, The geology of the Copper Creek area, Bunker Hill mining district, Galiuro Mountains, Arizona, in Jenney, J.P and Hauck, H.R., eds., Porphyry Copper Symposium, Tucson, Ariz., March 18–20, 1976, Proceedings: Arizona Geological Society Digest 11, p. 25–31. (Also available at and at, T.H., 1941, Pipe deposits of the Copper Creek area, Arizona: Economic Geology, v. 36, p. 512–538. (Also available at, T.H., 1951, Bunker Hill district, chap. 7 of Wilson, E.D., and others, Arizona zinc and lead deposits, part 2: Tucson, University of Arizona Bulletin, v. 22, no. 3 and Arizona Bureau of Mines, Geological Series 19, Bulletin 158, p. 56–65. (Also available at, T.E., and Ruiz, J., 1993, Rhenium-osmium evidence for regional mineralization in southwestern North America: Science, v. 261, p. 1282–1286. (Also available at, 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
Titley, S.R., 1993, Characteristics of porphyry copper occurrence in the American Southwest, in Kirkham, R.V., Sinclair, W.D., Thorpe, R.I., and Duke, J.M., eds., Mineral deposit modeling: Geological Association of Canada Special Paper 40, p. 433–464.