Porphyry copper prospect in Yazd, Iran

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Gazour
Tract name Lut Cretaceous (142pCu9006)
Site status prospect

Geographic location

Country Iran
State or province Yazd
Geographic location 57.3583, 33.1667
Geologic map unit 57.3583, 33.1667
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 75.2Ma
Age determination method K-Ar
Age range 75.2 Ma
Age reference Karimpour, Stern and others (2011)
Minerals chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chrysocolla, magnetite, malachite, turquoise
Associated rocks porphyritic granodiorite, dolerite, sandstone, shale
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Late Cretaceous

Commodity and development information

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

Reference information

Comments Cu-Mo-(Au) porphyry prospect; calc-alkaline to alkaline; assays: 0.4–2% Cu, 5–12 ppm Mo, 2.4 g/t Au; exploration, geology, alteration, geochemistry; more than 100 old workings in 0.5 sq. km.
Study area name Tethys
References Arjmandzadeh and others (2011b); Bazin and Hübner (1969a); Darbani and others (2005); Iran Geological Survey (2012e); Karimpour and Stern (2011); Karimpour, Stern and others (2011); Samani (1998); U.S. Geological Survey (2012); Ziaii and others (2007)
Site reference Zürcher and others (in press)
Arjmandzadeh, R., Karimpour, M.H., Mazaheri, S.A., Santos, J.F., Medina, J.M., and Homan, S.M., 2011b, Two-sided asymmetric subduction—Implications for tectonomagmatic and metallogenic evolution of the Lut block, eastern Iran: Iran, Journal of Economic Geology, v. 3, p. 93. (Also available at
Bazin, D., and Hübner H., 1969a, Copper deposits in Iran: Iran Geological Survey Report 13, 232 p.
Darbani, M.H., Karimpour, M.H., Malekzadeh Shafaroudi, A.M., and Mazloumi Bajestani, A., 2005, Geology, alteration, mineralization and geochemistry of Gazu prospect area, southeast of Tabas [abs.]: Ferdowsi University of Mashhad Web page accessed November 20, 2012, at Geological Survey, 2012e, Minerals information of Iran: Iran Geological and Mineral Exploration Survey Web page accessed June 25, 2012, at, M.H., and Stern, C.R., 2011, Mineral deposits of the Lut block, eastern Iran, in Barra, Fernando; Reich, M.; Campos, E.; and Tornos, F., eds, Let's talk ore deposits: Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA) Biennial Meeting,11th, Antofagasta, Chile, September 26–29, 2011 [Proceedings], 3 p. (Also available at[showUid]=1724&tx_commerce_pi1[catUid]=45&cHash=85c3b9bc96.)Karimpour, M.H., Stern, C.R., Farmer, G.L., Saadat, S., and Malekezadeh Shafaroudi, A., 2011, Review of age, Rb-Sr geochemistry and petrogenesis of Jurassic to Quaternary igneous rocks in Lut block, eastern Iran: Geopersia, v. 1, p. 19–36. (Also available at
Samani, Bahram, 1998, Distribution, setting and metallogenesis of copper deposits in Iran, in Porter, T.M., ed., Porphyry and hydrothermal copper and gold deposits—A global perspective, Australian Mineral Foundation Conference, Perth, November 30–December 1, 1998, Proceedings: Adelaide, PGC Publishing, p. 151–174.
U.S. Geological Survey, 2012, Mineral resource data system (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey database, accessed October 19, 2012, at, Man., Abedi, A., and Ziaii, Mah., 2007, Prediction of hidden ore bodies by new integrated computational model in marginal Lut region in east of Iran, in Milkereit, Bernd, ed., Proceedings of Exploration 07: International Conference on Mineral Exploration Decennial, 5th, Toronto, September 9–12, 2007 [Proceedings], p. 957–961. (Also available at