Porphyry copper deposit in Kerman, Iran

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Miduk, Shahre Babak, Shareh Babak, Meyduk, Meduk
Tract name Kerman (142pCu9016)
Group name Meiduk Group
Included sites Group includes Chah-Firuzeh and Meiduk deposits and Chah Messi, Darbiduye, Darbiduye silcat v., Dare Tangle, E-Meiduk station, Hemashk, Kahtokarha, Lachah, Latela, N-Kamkoiye, NW-Bandovan, NW-Meiduk, Sara, SE-Chah Messi and other prospects.
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Iran
State or province Kerman
Geographic location 55.174, 30.4256
Geologic map unit 55.174, 30.4256
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 12.5Ma
Age determination method U-Pb zircon
Age range 12.5 ±0.1 Ma
Age reference McInnes and others (2005)
Minerals azurite/malachite, barite, biotite, bornite, carbonate, chalcanthite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, chrysocolla, chrystobalite, covellite, epidote, galena, hematite, limonite, magnetite, malachite, molybdenite, pyrite, rutile, sericite, sphalerite, tetrahedrite, turquoise, zeolite
Associated rocks basalt dike, diorite porphyry, quartz diorite porphyry, clastics, volcanics, andesite, andesite porphyry, dacite, rhyodacite, granodiorite, quartz diorite, diorite
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age late Miocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Producer
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Minor commodities Au
Tonnage (Mt) 176Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.61%
Mo grade (%) 0.007%
Ag grade (g/t) 1.8g/t
Contained copper 1,100,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Cu-Mo-(Au-Ag) porphyry deposit; calc-alkaline; in production; open pit; expansion to be completed in 2015; includes Lachah, Latela, NW-Meiduk, and S-Silicate vein porphyry prospects located less than 4 km from deposit.
Study area name Tethys
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Site reference Zürcher and others (in press)
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