Now Chun

Porphyry copper deposit in Kerman, Iran

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Nochon
Tract name Kerman (142pCu9016)
Group name Sar Cheshmeh Group
Included sites Group includes Now Chun, Sar Chesmeh, Sar Kuh deposits and Seridune prospect.
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Iran
State or province Kerman
Geographic location 55.85, 29.9333
Geologic map unit 55.85, 29.9333
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age determination method Geologic inference
Age range Oligocene–Miocene or late Miocene(?)
Age reference Inferred to be same age as nearby Sar Cheshmeh deposit.
Minerals chalcopyrite, galena, hematite, magnetite, molybdenite, pyrite, sphalerite
Associated rocks rhyodacite-hornfels andesite-tuff
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Oligocene–Miocene or late Miocene(?)

Commodity and development information

Development status Producer
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Trace commodities Pb, Zn, Ag, Hg
Tonnage (Mt) 527Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.26%
Contained copper 1,400,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Cu-Mo porphyry deposit; calc-alkaline; in production; expansion to be completed in 2015.
Study area name Tethys
References Abedi and Norouzi (2012); Arian and others (2011); Haschke and others (2010); Iran Geological Survey (2012a); Iran Geological Survey (2012b); Iran Geological Survey (2012e); National Iranian Copper Industries Co. (2012); Pour and others (2011); Ranjbar and Honarmand (2004); Ranjbar and others (2005); Saein and others (2012); Shafiei (2010); Shafiei and others (2009); Shafiei and Shahabpour (2008)
Site reference Zürcher and others (in press)
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