Darreh Zar

Porphyry copper deposit in Kerman, Iran

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Darrehzar, Darrezar
Tract name Kerman (142pCu9016)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Iran
State or province Kerman
Geographic location 55.909, 29.8838
Geologic map unit 55.909, 29.8838
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 14.9Ma
Age determination method unknown
Age range 14.9 Ma
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals albite, biotite, carbonate, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, clay minerals, covellite, epidote, limonite, magnetite, molybdenite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, sericite, tourmaline
Associated rocks diorite, diorite porphyry, quartz diorite, andesite, granodiorite, sedimentary rocks, trachyandesite, volcaniclastics
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age early Miocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Producer
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Trace commodities Pb, Zn, As, Ag, Hg
Tonnage (Mt) 283Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.38%
Mo grade (%) 0.004%
Contained copper 1,100,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Cu-Mo-(Au) porphyry deposit; calc-alkaline; in production; open pit; expansion to be completed in 2015.
Study area name Tethys
References Aghazadeh and others (2012); Arian and others (2011); Derakhshani and Abdolzadeh (2009); Haschke and others (2010); InfoMine Inc. (2013i); Iran Geological Survey (2012a); Iran Geological Survey (2012e); Kirkham and Dunne (2000); Mirnejad, Mathur and others (2010); National Iranian Copper Industries Co. (2012); Pour and others (2011); Ranjbar and Honarmand (2004); Ranjbar and others (2005); Shafiei (2010); Shafiei and others (2009); Shafiei and Shahabpour (2008); Shahabpour (1999); Singer and others (2008); U.S. Geological Survey (2012)
Site reference Zürcher and others (in press)
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