Chah Messi

Porphyry copper prospect in Kerman, Iran

Names and other identifiers

GMRAP ID 9282
Alternate names Chah Mesy, Chahmessi-Meduk, Chahmessi
Tract name Kerman (142pCu9016)
Group name Meiduk Group
Included sites Group includes Chah-Firuzeh and Meiduk deposits and Chah Messi, Darbiduye, Darbiduye silcat v., Dare Tangle, E-Meiduk station, Hemashk, Kahtokarha, Lachah, Latela, N-Kamkoiye, NW-Bandovan, NW-Meiduk, Sara, SE-Chah Messi and other prospects.
Site status prospect

Geographic location

Country Iran
State or province Kerman
Geographic location 55.1429, 30.4049
Geologic map unit 55.1429, 30.4049
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age determination method Geologic inference
Age range late Miocene(?)
Age reference geologic inference
Minerals chalcocite, chalcopyrite, galena, marcasite, pyrite, sphalerite, tetrahedrite
Associated rocks porphyritic diorite, volcanic rocks, sedimentary rocks
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age late Miocene(?)

Commodity and development information

Development status Producer
Major commodities Cu
Minor commodities Pb, Zn
Trace commodities Ag, Au, Hg
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Cu-Pb-Zn-(Ag-Au) porphyry-related polymetallic vein deposit; reserves: 0.89 Mt at 1.65% Cu and 0.15% Cu cutoff (15,000 t of contained Cu); active; considered as porphyry-related prospect; includes SE-Chah Messi prospect; mine located 3.8 km SW of Meiduk (Shahre Babak) deposit.
Study area name Tethys
References Bazin and Hübner (1969a); Bazin and Hübner (1969b); Derakhshani and Mehrabi (2009); Honarmand and others (2011); Iran Geological Survey (2012a); Iran Geological Survey (2012b); Iran Geological Survey (2012c); National Iranian Copper Industries Co. (2012); Tangestani and Moore (2002a); Tangestani and Moore (2002b); U.S. Geological Survey (2012)
Site reference Zürcher and others (in press)
Bazin, D., and Hübner H., 1969a, Copper deposits in Iran: Iran Geological Survey Report 13, 232 p.
Bazin, Dominique, and Hübner, Helmuth, 1969b, La région cuprifère à gisements porphyriques de Kerman (Iran): Mineralium Deposita, v. 4, p. 200–212. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00208052.)Derakhshani, R., and Mehrabi, A., 2009, Geologically constrained fuzzy mapping of porphyry copper mineralization potential, Meiduk district, Iran: Trends in Applied Sciences Research, v. 4, p. 229–240. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.3923/tasr.2009.229.240.)Honarmand, M., Ranjbar, H., and Shahabpour, J., 2011, Application of spectral analysis in mapping hydrothermal alteration of the northwestern part of the Kerman Cenozoic magmatic arc, Iran: Iran, Journal of Sciences, v. 22, p. 221–238. (Also available at http://jsciences.ut.ac.ir/?_action=showPDF&article=23586&_ob=2dbb5096ae586843d76e3d3994396e14&fileName=full_text.pdf.)Iran Geological Survey, 2012a, Distribution of mineral deposits and occurences of copper: Iran Geological and Mineral Exploration Survey database, accessed June 25, 2012, at http://www.gsi.ir/Images/WEBMINE/cu/prj_cu.htm.Iran Geological Survey, 2012b, Distribution of mineral deposits and occurences of gold: Iran Geological and Mineral Exploration Survey database, accessed June 25, 2012, at http://www.gsi.ir/Images/WEBMINE/au/au-vein/prj_au_v.htm.Iran Geological Survey, 2012c, Distribution of mineral deposits and occurences of lead and zinc: Iran Geological and Mineral Exploration Survey database, accessed June 25, 2012, at http://www.gsi.ir/Images/WEBMINE/pb,zn/PRJ_pb,zn.htm.National Iranian Copper Industries Co., 2012, National Iranian Copper Industries Company: International Copper Study Group (ICSG) Meeting, 20th, Lisbon, April 25–27, 2012, 16 p., accessed October 11, 2012, at http://www.icsg.org/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=344&Itemid=62. (Now available at http://www.icsg.org/index.php/meetings-and-presentations-2/finish/157-2012-04-icsg-39th-regular-meeting-and-joint-study-groups-seminar-lisbon-portugal/848-iran-copper-industry-nicico.)Tangestani, M.H., and Moore, F., 2002a, Porphyry copper alteration mapping at the Meiduk area, Iran: International Journal of Remote Sensing, v. 23, p. 4815–4825. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431160110115564.)Tangestani, M.H., and Moore, Farid, 2002b, The use of Dempster–Shafer model and GIS in integration of geoscientific data for porphyry copper potential mapping, north of Shahr-e-Babak, Iran: International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, v. 4, p. 65–74. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0303-2434(02)00008-9.)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/.