Relationship between porphyry copper occurrences, crustal preservation levels, and amount of exploration in magmatic belts of the Central Tethys region

Acta Geologica Sinica
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Abstract

A probabilistic assessment of undiscovered resources in porphyry copper deposits in the Central Tethys region of Turkey, the Caucasus, Iran, western Pakistan, and southern Afghanistan was conducted as part of a U.S.G.S. global mineral resource assessment. The purpose was to delineate areas as permissive tracts for the occurrence of porphyry Cu-Mo and Cu-Au deposits, and to provide estimates of amounts of Cu, Mo, and Au likely to be contained in undiscovered porphyry deposits (Zürcher et al., 2013; Zürcher et al., in review). Tectonic, geologic, geochemical, geochronologic, and ore deposits data compiled and analyzed for this assessment show that magmatism in the region can be rationalized in terms of fundamental plate tectonic principles, including mantle-involved post-subduction processes. However, uplift, erosion, subsidence, and burial of porphyry copper deposits also played an important role in shaping the observed metallogenic patterns.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Relationship between porphyry copper occurrences, crustal preservation levels, and amount of exploration in magmatic belts of the Central Tethys region
Series title Acta Geologica Sinica
DOI 10.1111/1755-6724.12374_35
Volume 88
Issue s2
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Geological Society of China
Contributing office(s) Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center, Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
Description 2 p.
Larger Work Title Special Issue: Meeting Abstracts: The 14 Quadrennial International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits Symposium. August 19–22, 2014, Kunming, China
First page 572
Last page 573
Conference Title The 14 Quadrennial International Association on the Genesis of Ore Deposits Symposium
Conference Location Kunming, China
Conference Date August 19–22, 2014
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