Porphyry copper deposit in Yazd, Iran

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Darreh-Zereshk, Darrehzereshg
Tract name Kerman (142pCu9016)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Iran
State or province Yazd
Geographic location 53.828, 31.562
Geologic map unit 53.828, 31.562
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 16.1Ma
Age determination method Ar-Ar biotite
Age range 16.1 ±1.3 Ma; 15.8 ±0.3 Ma; 15.8 ±0.8 Ma; 15.8 ±0.4 Ma; 16.1 ±0.4 Ma
Age reference Zarasvandi and others (2007)
Minerals azurite, bornite, carbonate, chalcopyrite, chlorite, covellite, hematite, limonite, magnetite, malachite, pyrite, pyroxene, vesuvianite
Associated rocks granite porphyry, quartz diorite, quartz monzodiorite, conglomerate, sandstone, andesite, dacite, granite, limestone, shale, tonalite, tuff, granitoid
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age early Miocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Producer
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Minor commodities Ag, Au
Tonnage (Mt) 23Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.9%
Mo grade (%) 0.004%
Ag grade (g/t) 1g/t
Contained copper 200,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Cu-Mo-(Ag) porphyry-skarn deposit; calc-alkaline; in production; open pit; Taft project expansion to be completed in 2015.
Study area name Tethys
References Aghazadeh and others (2012); Förster (1978); Hassanzadeh (1993); Hosseini and others (2010); InfoMine Inc. (2013j); Leaman and Staude (2002); National Iranian Copper Industries Co. (2012); Samani (1998); Shahabpour and Kramers (1987); Singer and others (2008); Somarin and others (2005); Zarasvandi and others (2005); Zarasvandi and others (2007)
Site reference Zürcher and others (in press)
Aghazadeh, Mehraj; Hou, Zengqian; and Badrzadeh, Zahra, 2012, Porphyry copper mineralization in Iran—Main metallogenic belts and ore-forming episodes [abs.]: International Geological Congress, 34th, Brisbane, Australia, August 5–10, 2012 [Proceedings], Abstract 247. (Also available at http://www.academia.edu/1899516/Porphyry_copper_mineralization_in_Iran_main_metallogenic_belts_and_ore_-forming_episodes.)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.)
Hassanzadeh, Jamshid, 1993, Metallogenic and tectono-magmatic events in the SE sector of the Cenozoic active continental margin of Iran (Shahr e Babak area, Kerman Province): Los Angeles, University of California, Ph.D. dissertation, 204 p.
Hosseini, Mahboobeh; Zarasvandi, Alireza; and Liaghat, Sassan, 2010, Tectonic setting and petrogenesis of Darreh-Zereshk granitoids (SW Yazd, Iran) and comparison with some world skarn granitoids: International Applied Geological Congress, 1st, Mashad, Iran, April 26–28, 2010 [Proceedings], p. 78–83. (Also available at http://conference.khuisf.ac.ir/DorsaPax/userfiles/file/pazhohesh/zamin%20mashad/13.pdf.)InfoMine Inc., 2013j, Mining company and property/mine database: InfoMine, Inc. database, accessed March 11, 2013, at http://www.infomine.com/index/properties/ALIABAD_DAREH_ZERESHK.html.Leaman, Peter, and Staude, John-Mark, 2002, Metallogenic evolution of the western Tethys of Turkey and Iran, in Sugiuchi, N., ed., Mineral potential of Asia—A forum on Asian metallogeny and ore deposits, exploration and development potential, regulatory and investment climate, and management practicalities, Vancouver, Canada, January 21, 2002, Proceedings: Metal Mining Agency of Japan, p. 15–16, accessed September 13, 2012, at http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download;jsessionid=B237BEFF620F81E2D5278DBD486EBBF7?doi= 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.)
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.
Shahabpour, J., and Kramers, J.D., 1987, Lead isotope data from the Sar-Cheshmeh porphyry copper deposit, Iran: Mineralium Deposita, v. 22, p. 278–281. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF00204520.)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/.
Somarin, A.K., Liaghat, S., Hosseini, A., and Zarasvandi, M., 2005, World skarn deposits—Skarns of Iran, in Meinert, L.D., Dipple, G.M., and Nicolescu, Stefan, World skarn deposits, in Hedenquist, J.W., Thompson, J.F.H., Goldfarb, R.J., and Richards,J.P., eds., Economic Geology One Hundredth Anniversary Volume, 1905–2005: Society of Economic Geologists, CD-ROM, 2 p. and data (table 10.1) in appendix.
Zarasvandi, A., Liaghat, S., and Zentilli, M., 2005, Geology of the Darreh-Zerreshk and Ali-Abad porphyry copper deposits, central Iran: International Geology Review, v. 47, p. 620–646. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2747/0020-6814.47.6.620.)Zarasvandi, A., Liaghat, S., Zentilli, M., and Reynolds, P.H., 2007, 40Ar/39Ar geochronology of alteration and petrogenesis of porphyry copper-related granitoids in the Darreh-Zerreshk and Ali-Abad area, central Iran: Exploration and Mining Geology, v. 16, p. 11–24. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2113/gsemg.16.1-2.11.)