Sar Kuh

Porphyry copper deposit in Kerman, Iran

Names and other identifiers

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 55.817, 29.935
Geologic map unit 55.817, 29.935
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 15.1Ma
Age determination method Re-Os molybdenite
Age range 15.14 ±0.08 Ma
Age reference Mirnejad and others (2013)
Minerals chalcopyrite, galena, hematite, magnetite, molybdenite, pyrite, sphalerite
Associated rocks porphyritic granodiorite intrusion-volcanic
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age early Miocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Minor commodities Ag, Au
Trace commodities Zn, Pb, Sb, Hg
Tonnage (Mt) 16Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.46%
Contained copper 74,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Cu-Mo-(Au) porphyry deposit; calc-alkaline; exploration.
Study area name Tethys
References Arian and others (2011); Iran Geological Survey (2012a); Iran Geological Survey (2012b); Iran Geological Survey (2012e); Mirnejad and others (2013); National Iranian Copper Industries Co. (2012); Pour and others (2011); Ranjbar and others (2005); Shafiei (2010); Shafiei and others (2008); Shafiei and others (2009); Shafiei and Shahabpour (2008)
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 Geological Survey, 2012a, Distribution of mineral deposits and occurences of copper: Iran Geological and Mineral Exploration Survey database, accessed June 25, 2012, at Geological Survey, 2012b, Distribution of mineral deposits and occurences of gold: Iran Geological and Mineral Exploration Survey database, accessed June 25, 2012, at Geological Survey, 2012e, Minerals information of Iran: Iran Geological and Mineral Exploration Survey Web page accessed June 25, 2012, at, 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 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 (Now available at, 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, Hojjatollah; Shahriari, Hadi; and Honarmand, Mehdi, 2005, Integration of ASTER and airbourne geophysical data for exploration of copper mineralization—A case study of Sar Cheshmeh area: International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS) Congress, 20th, Istanbul, July 12–23, 2004 [Proceedings], v. 35, pt. B4, 6 p. (Also available at, 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, B., Shahabpour, J., and Haschke, M., 2008, Transition from Paleogene normal calc-alkaline to Neogene adakitic-like plutonism and Cu-metallogeny in the Kerman porphyry copper belt—Response to Neogene crustal thickening: Iran, Journal of Sciences, v. 19, p. 67–84. (Also available at, 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, 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