Porphyry copper deposit in Lory, Armenia

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Tekhut
Tract name Cimmeride Lesser Caucasus (142pCu9001)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Armenia
State or province Lory
Geographic location 44.8457, 41.118
Geologic map unit 44.8457, 41.118
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 145.9Ma
Age determination method Re-Os molybdenite
Age range 145.9 Ma
Age reference Moritz and others (2012)
Minerals anhydrite/gypsum, arsenopyrite, azurite/malachite, bismuthinite, carbonate, chalcopyrite, chlorite, enargite, epidote, galena, goethite/limonite, hematite, kaolinite, magnetite, molybdenite, pyrite, sericite, sphalerite, tetrahedrite, zeolite
Associated rocks aplite, diabase dike, diorite porphyry, granite porphyry, granodiorite porphyry, lamprophyre, pegmatite, rhyodacite porphyry, andesite porphyry, basalt porphyry, diorite, gabbro, diorite, granodiorite, quartz diorite, tuff, hornfels, skarn
Tectonic setting mixed
Stratigraphic age Late Jurassic

Commodity and development information

Development status Past Producer
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Minor commodities Au
Trace commodities Ag, Re
Tonnage (Mt) 460Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.35%
Mo grade (%) 0.02%
Contained copper 1,600,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Cu-Mo-(Au) porphyry deposit; calc-alkaline; past producer; in development.
Study area name Tethys
References Gugushvili and others (2010); Kekelia and Kekelia (2001); Levine (2011a); Mining Journal (2005); Moritz and others (2012); Norwest Mineral Sector Investment Focus (2003); Rundkvist (2001); Singer and others (2008); Thalenhorst (2005); Thalenhorst (2007); Vallex Group (2013); Zvezdov and others (1993)
Site reference Zürcher and others (in press)
Gugushvili, V., Popkhadze, N., Beridze, T., and Khutsishvili, S., 2010, Sources of base, precious and rare metals during the Tethyan Phanerozoic evolution of the Caucasus and Pontides, in Carpathian Balkan Geological Association Congress, 19th, Thessaloniki, Greece, September 23–26, 2010, Proceedings: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Geology Scientific Annals, v. 100, p. 333–341. (Also available at http://geolib.geo.auth.gr/digeo/index.php/sasg/article/viewFile/7712/7468.)
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.
Levine, R.M., 2011a, The mineral industry of Armenia [Advance release], in Area reports—International—Europe: U.S. Geological Survey Minerals Yearbook 2009, v. III, p. 3.1-3.6, accessed online October 26, 2012, at http://minerals.usgs.gov/minerals/pubs/country/2009/myb3-2009-am.pdf.Mining Journal, 2005, Armenia - 2005: Mining Journal Web page accessed June 6, 2012, at http://www.mining-journal.com/armenia--2005. (Also available at http://www.mining-journal.com/reports/armenia---2005?SQ_DESIGN_NAME=print_friendly.)Moritz, R., Selby, D., Ovtcharova, M., Mederer, J., Melkonyan, R., Hovakimyan, S., Tayan, R., Popkhadze, N., Gugushvili, V., and Ramazanov, V., 2012, Diversity of geodynamic settings during Cu, Au and Mo ore formation in the Lesser Caucasus—New age constraints [abs.], in European Mineralogical Conference, 1st, Frankfurt, Germany, September 2–6, 2012, Proceedings: European Mineralogical Conference, v. 1, abstract EMC2012-745, 1 p. (Also available at http://meetingorganizer.copernicus.org/EMC2012/EMC2012-745.pdf.)Norwest Mineral Sector Investment Focus, 2003, Armenia—Positive outlook for mineral sector growth: Norwest Corporation Ltd., 8 p. (Also available at http://www.globalgoldcorp.com/docs/20030901JICAnwMiningReport.pdf.)
Rundkvist, D.V., ed., 2001 [2002], Mineragenic map of Russian Federation and adjacent states (with the boundaries of former USSR): Russian Federation Ministry of Natural Resources, State Research and Development Enterprise (Aerogeologica), 49 p., Excel workbook, and 1 map on 18 sheets, scale 1:2,500,000, 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 http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1155/.Thalenhorst, H., 2005, Report on the Teghout copper-molybdenum project: Strathcona Mineral Services Ltd. technical report prepared for Armenian Copper Programme, 11 p. and appendixes. (Also available at http://www.teghout.am/images/interim_report.pdf.)Thalenhorst, Henrik, 2007, Update report on the Teghout copper-molybdenum project, Lori, Armenia: Strathcona Mineral Services Ltd. technical report prepared for Armenian Copper Programme, 32 p. and appendixes. (Also available at http://www.teghout.am/images/update_review.pdf.)Vallex Group, 2013, Teghout—News: Vallex Group Web page accessed November 20, 2013, at http://www.teghout.am/en/news.htm.Zvezdov, 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 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0169-1368(93)90013-O.)