Porphyry copper prospect in Syunik', Armenia

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Shikakhokh
Tract name Cimmeride Lesser Caucasus (142pCu9001)
Site status prospect

Geographic location

Country Armenia
State or province Syunik'
Geographic location 46.4728, 39.0962
Geologic map unit 46.4728, 39.0962
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 143.5Ma
Age determination method unknown
Age range 143.5 Ma
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals anhydrite/gypsum, bornite, biotite, carbonate, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, cubanite, digenite, galena, goethite, hematite, magnetite, molybdenite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, rutile, sericite, sphalerite, tennantite
Associated rocks aplite, diabase dike, granite porphyry, granodiorite porphyry, pegmatite, quartz diorite porphyry, andesite, andesite porphyry, andesitic basalt porphyry, dacite porphyry, diorite, gabbro, gabbro-diorite, granodiorite, granite
Tectonic setting mixed
Stratigraphic age Early Cretaceous

Commodity and development information

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

Reference information

Comments Cu-Mo porphyry prospect.
Study area name Tethys
References Gulyan and others (1986); Kekelia and Kekelia (2001); Singer and others (2008); Zvezdov and others (1993)
Site reference Zürcher and others (in press)
Gulyan, E.K., Karamyan, K.A., Bartikyan, P.M., and Tayan, R.N., 1986, Phases of copper–molybdenum mineralization of the Lesser Caucasus: Proceedings of Academy of Sciences of Armenia Socialist Republic, Earth Sciences, v. 29, no. 4, p. 17–23. [In Russian.]
Kekelia, Sergo, and Kekelia, Maren, 2001, Metallogenic map of the Caucasus, Arcview 3.2 format, in Moon, C., ed., Elaboration and quantification of metallogenic evolution of Alpine fold system—The Pontides-Lesser Caucasus sector of the Tethyan Eurasian metallogienic belt: International Association for the Promotion of Cooperation with Scientists of the Former Soviet Union (INTAS) Project 97-1416, CD-ROM.
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, V.S., Migachev, I.F., and Girfanov, M.M., 1993, Porphyry copper deposits of the CIS and the models of their formation: Ore Geology Reviews, v. 7, p. 511–549. (Also available at