Porphyry copper prospect in Yazd, Iran

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Khut
Tract name Kerman (142pCu9016)
Site status prospect

Geographic location

Country Iran
State or province Yazd
Geographic location 53.7083, 31.8833
Geologic map unit 53.7083, 31.8833
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age determination method Geologic inference
Age range Oligocene–Miocene
Age reference Somarin and others (2005)
Minerals bornite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, cuprite, epidote, galena, garnet, malachite, pyrite, pyroxene, sphalerite, wollastonite
Associated rocks granite, granodiorite, diorite porphyry, limestone, shale
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Oligocene–Miocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Past Producer
Major commodities Cu
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Cu porphyry-related skarn prospect; past producer; 120,000 t; workings visible in satellite imagery.
Study area name Tethys
References Bazin and Hübner (1969a); Somarin and others (2005); 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.
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.
U.S. Geological Survey, 2012, Mineral resource data system (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey database, accessed October 19, 2012, at