Porphyry copper deposit in Kerman, Iran

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Aju
Tract name Kerman (142pCu9016)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Iran
State or province Kerman
Geographic location 54.9583, 30.5333
Geologic map unit 54.9583, 30.5333
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 9.2Ma
Age determination method U-Pb zircon
Age range 9.2 ±0.1 Ma
Age reference Shafiei and others (2009)
Minerals bornite, chalcopyrite, hematite, magnetite, molybdenite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, turquoise
Associated rocks porphyritic diorite, porphyritic quartz diorite
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age late Miocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Producer
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Trace commodities Pb
Tonnage (Mt) 74Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.31%
Contained copper 230,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Cu-Mo porphyry deposit; calc-alkaline; post-collisional; in production; expansion to be completed in 2015; deposit listed with older upper Eocene–upper Miocene Tract 142pCu9016, but more likely belongs with upper Miocene–Holocene Subtract 142pCu9017b.
Study area name Tethys
References Arian and others (2011); Förster (1978); Honarmand and others (2011); Iran Geological Survey (2012a); Iran Geological Survey (2012e); Mirnejad and others (2013); Mirnejad, Mathur and others (2010); National Iranian Copper Industries Co. (2012); Pour and others (2011); Shafiei (2010); Shafiei and others (2009); Shafiei and Shahabpour (2008); U.S. Geological Survey (2012)
Site reference Zürcher and others (in press)
Arian, Mehran; Alizadeh, Hasan; and Noroozpour, Hamideh, 2011, Satellite geometry of faults and fractures and its relationship with porphyry deposits in northern parts of Dahaj-Sardoiyeh belt, south of Iran: Indian Journal of Science and Technology, v. 4, no. 10, p. 1303–1306. (Also available at http://www.indjst.org/archive/vol.4.issue.10/19-oct11mehran.pdf.)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.)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, 2012e, Minerals information of Iran: Iran Geological and Mineral Exploration Survey Web page accessed June 25, 2012, at http://www.gsi.ir/General/Lang_en/Page_43/WebsiteId_17/Minerals.Distribution.html.Mirnejad, H., Mathur, R., Hassanzadeh, J., Shafie, B., and Nourali, S., 2013, Linking Cu mineralization to host porphyry emplacement—Re-Os ages of molybdenites versus U-Pb ages of zircons and sulfur isotope compositions of pyrite and chalcopyrite from the Iju and Sarkuh porphyry deposits in southeast Iran: Economic Geology, v. 108, p. 861–870. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2113/econgeo.108.4.861.)Mirnejad, H., Mathur, R., Einali, M., Dendas, M., and Alirezaei, S., 2010, A comparative copper isotope study of porphyry copper deposits in Iran: Geochemistry—Exploration, Environment, Analysis, v. 10, p. 413–418. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1144/1467-7873/09-229.)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.)Pour, A.B., Hashim, Mazlan, and Marghany, Maged, 2011, Using spectral mapping techniques on short wave infrared bands of ASTER remote sensing data for alteration mineral mapping in SE Iran: International Journal of the Physical Sciences, v. 6, p. 917–939. (Also available at http://www.academicjournals.org/IJPS/PDF/pdf2011/18Feb/Pour%20et%20al.pdf.)Shafiei, Behnam, 2010, Lead isotope signatures of the igneous rocks and porphyry copper deposits from the Kerman Cenozoic magmatic arc (SE Iran), and their magmatic-metallogenic implications: Ore Geology Reviews, v. 38, p. 27–36. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2010.05.004.)Shafiei, Behnam; Haschke, Michael; and Shahabpour, Jamshid, 2009, Recycling of orogenic arc crust triggers porphyry Cu mineralization in Kerman Cenozoic arc rocks, southeastern Iran: Mineralium Deposita, v. 44, p. 265–283. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00126-008-0216-0.)Shafiei, B., and Shahabpour, J., 2008, Gold distribution in porphyry copper deposits of Kerman region, southestern Iran: Iran, Journal of Sciences, v. 19, p. 247–260. (Also available at http://journals.ut.ac.ir/page/download-7AS0PN_X5TM.artdl.)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/.