Highland Valley Copper

Porphyry copper (Cu-Mo) deposit in British Columbia, Canada

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Valley Copper, HVC
Tract name Intermontane Island-Arc (003pCu2001x)
Group name Highland Valley Group
Included sites Bethsaida, Lake; Group includes Ann, Bethlehem, Getty South, Highland Valley Copper, Highmont, IDE-AM, JA, Krain,and Lornex deposits and BX, Getty West, Highmont West, Jericho, MER, Rateria, Victor, Wiz, and Yubet prospects.
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Canada
State or province British Columbia
Geographic location -121.048315441, 50.485605907
Geologic map unit -121.048315441, 50.485605907
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Deposit subtype Cu-Mo
Age (Ma) 210Ma
Age determination method U-Pb zircon
Age range 210 Ma (U-Pb zircon); 206 Ma (Re-Os)
Age reference unknown
Minerals bornite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, covellite, digenite, galena, molybdenite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, sphalerite, scheelite-powellite
Associated rocks porphyritic quartz monzonite, porphyritic granodiorite, porphyry dikes
Tectonic setting island arc
Stratigraphic age Late Triassic

Commodity and development information

Development status Past Producer
Major commodities Cu, Mo, Ag
Minor commodities Au, Pb, Zn
Tonnage (Mt) 1,356Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.37%
Mo grade (%) 0.006%
Au grade (g/t) 0.006g/t
Ag grade (g/t) 0.976g/t
Contained copper 5,000,000t
Gold-Moly ratio 1

Reference information

Comments 1982–1993, open-pit production; open below pits?
Study area name British Columbia and Yukon Territory
References MINFILE BC (2009); Sutherland Brown (1976); Schroeter (1995); Schroeter and others (2006); Schroeter and others (2007); Sinclair (2007); Singer and others (2008); James Logan (written commun., 2008)
Site reference Mihalasky and others (2011, revised 2013)
MINFILE BC, 2009, MINFILE Mineral inventory: British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, MINFILE database, total records 12,523, accessed December 2009, at http://minfile.gov.bc.ca/.
Schroeter, T.G., ed., 1995, Porphyry deposits of the northwestern Cordillera of North America: Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Special Volume 46, 888 p.
Schroeter, Tom; Cathro, Michael; Grieve, David; Lane, Robert; Pardy, Jamie; and Wojdak, Paul, 2006, British Columbia mining and mineral exploration overview 2005: British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Information Circular 2006-1, 20 p.
Schroeter, Tom; Grieve, David; Lane, Robert; Madu, Bruce; Northcote, Bruce; and Wojdak, Paul, 2007, British Columbia mining and mineral exploration overview 2006: British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources Information Circular 2007-1, 28 p.
Sinclair, W.D., 2007, Porphyry Deposits, in Goodfellow, W.D., ed., Mineral deposits of Canada—A synthesis of major deposit-types, district metallogeny, the evolution of geological provinces, and exploration methods: Geological Association of Canada, Mineral Deposits Division, Special Publication no. 5, p. 223–243.
Singer, D.A., Berger, V.I., and Moring, B.C., 2008, Porphyry copper deposits of the world—Database and grade and tonnage models, 2008: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1155, [45] p. and digital data, accessed December 31, 2013, at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1155/.
Sutherland Brown, A., 1976, ed., Porphyry deposits of the Canadian Cordillera: The Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Special Volume 15, the Charles S. Ney Volume, 510 p., 2 pl., scale 1:250,000,000.