Chahar Gonbad

Porphyry copper prospect in Kerman, Iran

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Chahar Gombad, Chahargonbad, Chahar Gonbad1
Tract name Kerman (142pCu9016)
Site status prospect

Geographic location

Country Iran
State or province Kerman
Geographic location 56.1833, 29.5917
Geologic map unit 56.1833, 29.5917
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age determination method Geologic inference
Age range Oligocene
Age reference geologic inference
Minerals chalcopyrite, marcasite, native gold, pyrite, tetrahedrite
Associated rocks porphyritic quartz diorite, andesitic tuff
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Oligocene

Commodity and development information

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

Reference information

Comments Cu-Zn-Pb-Ag porphyry-related skarn prospect; calc-alkaline; underground operation; resource (not thoroughly characterized): less than 3 Mt at 1.7% Cu; reserve: 80,000 t at 1.5% Cu; active(?).
Study area name Tethys
References Aliani and others (2009); Bazin and Hübner (1969a); Bazin and Hübner (1969b); Iran Geological Survey (2012a); Iran Geological Survey (2012b); Mehrabi and Derkhshani (2010); Samani (1998); U.S. Geological Survey (2012)
Site reference Zürcher and others (in press)
Aliani, F., Alirezaei, A., Moradian, A., and Abbasloo, Z., 2009, Geochemistry and petrography of the Meiduk porphyry copper deposit, Kerman, Iran: Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, v. 3, p. 3786–3800. (Also available at
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 Geological Survey, 2012a, Distribution of mineral deposits and occurences of copper: Iran Geological and Mineral Exploration Survey database, accessed June 25, 2012, at Geological Survey, 2012b, Distribution of mineral deposits and occurences of gold: Iran Geological and Mineral Exploration Survey database, accessed June 25, 2012, at, A., and Derkhshani, R., 2010, Generation of integrated geochemical-geological predictive model of porphyry-Cu potential, Chahargonbad District, Iran [abs.], in Goldschmidt Conference, 20th, Knoxville, Tenn., June 13–18, 2010, Proceedings: Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, v. 74, no. 11, p. A694. (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