Porphyry copper deposit in Syunik, Armenia

Names and other identifiers

Tract name Anatolide-Tauride—Eastern Turkey-Caucasus (142pCu9005c)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Armenia
State or province Syunik
Geographic location 46.1882, 38.9219
Geologic map unit 46.1882, 38.9219
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 44Ma
Age determination method Re-Os
Age range 40–44 Ma
Age reference Moritz and others (2012)
Minerals arsenopyrite, azurite/malachite, biotite, bismuthinite, bornite, carbonate, chalcopyrite, emplectite, enargite, galena, gold, hematite, kaolinite, luzonite, magnetite, molybdenite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, sericite, silver, sphalerite, tetrahedrite/tennantite, wittichenite
Associated rocks breccia, granodiorite porphyry, granite porphyry, diorite porphyry, granosyenite, monzonite, quartz monzonite, diorite, gabbro, medium-to high-K calc-alkaline granodiorite
Tectonic setting mixed
Stratigraphic age early Eocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Producer
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Minor commodities Au
Trace commodities Ag, Re, Se, Te, Bi
Tonnage (Mt) 125Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.56%
Mo grade (%) 0.025%
Au grade (g/t) 0.6g/t
Contained copper 700,000t
Gold-Moly ratio 20

Reference information

Comments Cu-Mo-Au porphyry deposit; calc-alkaline to alkaline; open pit; in production.
Study area name Tethys
References GeoProMining (2012); Global Metals Ltd. (2013); Gugushvili and others (2010); InfoMine Inc. (2013a); Jamali and others (2010); Kekelia and Kekelia (2001); Kirkham and Dunne (2000); Mining Journal (2005); Moritz and others (2012); Norwest Mineral Sector Investment Focus (2003); Rundkvist (2001); Singer and others (2008); U.S. Geological Survey (2012); Zvezdov and others (1993)
Site reference Zürcher and others (in press)
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