Porphyry copper (Cu-Mo) 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 46.0148, 39.3914
Geologic map unit 46.0148, 39.3914
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Deposit subtype Cu-Mo
Age (Ma) 44Ma
Age determination method Re-Os
Age range 40–44 Ma
Age reference Moritz and others (2012)
Minerals alabandite, albite, azurite/malachite, bismuthinite, bismutite, bornite, carbonate, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, chrysocolla, copper, covellite, cuprite, emplectite, enargite/tenorite, epidote, galena, germanite, gold, goethite, gypsum, hematite, jarosite, luzonite, magnetite, molybdenite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, renierite, rhodochrosite, sericite, sphalerite, tetrahedrite/tennantite, wittichenite
Associated rocks diabase porphyry, diorite porphyry, lamprophyre, pegmatite, andesite, gabbro-diorite, granodiorite, hornfels, quartz diorite
Tectonic setting mixed
Stratigraphic age early Eocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Past Producer
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Minor commodities Au
Trace commodities Ag, Re, Se, Te, Bi
Tonnage (Mt) 33Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.62%
Mo grade (%) 0.047%
Contained copper 200,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Cu-Mo-(Au) porphyry deposit; calc-alkaline to alkaline; past producer; drilling pads evident in satellite imagery.
Study area name Tethys
References Förster (1978); Global Metals Ltd. (2013); Kekelia and Kekelia (2001); Kirkham and Dunne (2000); Mining Journal (2005); Moritz and others (2012); Rundkvist (2001); Singer and others (2008); U.S. Geological Survey (2012); Zvezdov and others (1993)
Site reference Zürcher and others (in press)
Förster, H., 1978, Mesozoic–Cenozoic metallogenesis in Iran: London, Journal of the Geological Society, v. 135, p. 443–455. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1144/gsjgs.135.4.0443.)Global Metals Ltd., 2013, Molibdeny Ashkharh LLC, Dastakert copper-molybdenum deposit: Global Metals Ltd. Web page accessed July 5, 2013, at http://www.globalmetals.am/en/projects/molibdeny_ashkharh/.
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.
Kirkham, R.V., and Dunne, K.P.E., comps., 2000, World distribution of porphyry, porphyry-associated skarn, and bulk-tonnage epithermal deposits and occurrences: Canada Geological Survey Open File 3792a, 26 p. and 1 diskette. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.4095/211229.)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.)
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/.U.S. Geological Survey, 2012, Mineral resource data system (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey database, accessed October 19, 2012, at http://mrdata.usgs.gov/mrds/.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.)