Sawuer

Porphyry copper prospect in Xinjiang, China

Names and other identifiers

GMRAP ID 8041
Tract name Kazakh-Tarim (142pCu8505)
Included sites Hanzheganeng, Taketakuolasi, Xiyakesitao
Site status prospect

Geographic location

Country China
State or province Xinjiang
Geographic location 85.9564, 47.2459
Geologic map unit 85.9564, 47.2459
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 335Ma
Age determination method U-Pb
Age range 336.4 ±7.5 to 334.9 ±7.3 Ma
Age reference Guo, Li and others (2010)
Minerals chalcopyrite, malachite, pyrite, pyrrhotite
Associated rocks diorite, andesite porphyry, granodiorite porphyry, monzonite porphyry
Tectonic setting island arc
Stratigraphic age Early Carboniferous

Commodity and development information

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

Reference information

Comments Hanzheganeng occurrence Initial exploration, including limited drilling, indicates grades of 0.1–4.5% Cu, however Liu, Yang and others (2010) believe Hanzheganeng is an epithermal deposit. Sr and Nd isotopes suggest island arc setting for the Hanzheganeng occurrence. Liu, Yang and others (2010) indicate that Sawuer is a region and that three deposits are included in this region (Hanzheganeng, Taketakuolasi, Xiyakesitao). The Sawuer region has many syngenetic and epigenetic metallic ore deposits, including porphyry Cu, epithermal and orogenic Au.
Study area name Central Asian Orogenic Belt
References Liu, Yang and others (2010); Guo, Li and others (2010); Shen and others (2007)
Site reference Mihalasky, Ludington, Hammarstrom, and others (2015)