Porphyry copper (Cu-Au) deposit in Artvin, Turkey

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Ardala, Ardala-Salinbaş
Tract name Pontide (Asia)—NE Turkey sub-tract (142pCu9004b)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Turkey
State or province Artvin
Geographic location 41.9562, 41.1315
Geologic map unit 41.9562, 41.1315
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Deposit subtype Cu-Au
Age (Ma) 52.5Ma
Age determination method unknown
Age range 52.5 Ma
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals albite, amphibole, anhydrite/gypsum, azurite/malachite, biotite, bornite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, covellite, copper, enargite, epidote, Fe-oxide, galena, hematite, illite, magnetite, marcasite, Mn-oxide, molybdenite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, sericite, sphalerite, tennantite/tetrahedrite
Associated rocks granodiorite porphyry, andesite, granite, metabasalt, greenschist, phyllite, quartzite, volcanoclastics, andesite porphyry, dacite porphyry, diorite, limestone, marl
Tectonic setting mixed
Stratigraphic age early Eocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Minor commodities Au
Tonnage (Mt) 80Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.5%
Au grade (g/t) 0.2g/t
Contained copper 400,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Acid-sulfate Au-Ag and Cu-Mo porphyry deposit; calc-alkaline; 2013 combined Ardala-Salinba? project resource estimate stands at 26.87 Mt at 1.26 g/t Au, 4.78 g/t Ag, including 4.66 Mt at 0.22% Cu and 18 Mt at 0.0136% Mo; advanced exploration.
Study area name Tethys
References Akçay and Gündüz (2004); Ariana Resources PLC (2013); Arslan and Aliyazicioglu (2001); Eng?n and others (2000); Grima (2008); InfoMine Inc. (2012a); InfoMine Inc. (2013p); KEFI Minerals (2012); Kirkham and Dunne (2000); Leaman and Staude (2002); Mining Journal (2010); Moon and others (2001); Singer and others (2008); Soylu (1999); Yigit (2006); Yigit (2009)
Site reference Zürcher and others (in press)
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