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The Pulang Porphyry Copper Deposit and Associated Felsic Intrusions in Yunnan Province, Southwest China


Li, W and Zeng, P and Hou, Z and White, N, The Pulang Porphyry Copper Deposit and Associated Felsic Intrusions in Yunnan Province, Southwest China, Economic Geology and The Bulletin of The Society of Economic Geologists, 106, (1) pp. 79-92. ISSN 0361-0128 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.2113/econgeo.106.1.79


The Pulang porphyry copper deposit recently discovered in northwestern Yunnan province, China, is located at the south end of the Triassic Yidun island arc. To date, 15 mineralized porphyry deposits have been defined in the Pulang area and the copper resource is estimated to exceed 10 Mt. The Pulang deposit, as currently defined, is made up of five ore-bearing porphyry deposits, covering an area of approximately 9 km2. Intermediate acidic porphyritic intrusions composed of quartz-diorite, monzodiorite, quartz-monzonite, and granodiorite are widespread in the Pulang area. The alteration zones identified with the porphyry deposits include silicic, potassium silicate, quartz-sericite, and propylitic zones. The porphyry deposits have hornfels at the contact with slate, sandstone, and andesite. Re-Os ages of molybdenite, and Ar/Ar and K-Ar dating of biotite indicate that the Pulang porphyry copper deposit formed during the Indosinian tectonic episode, with the main ore formation taking place from 216 to 213 Ma (Late Triassic, Norian); however, the whole process of hydrothermal activity, including overprinting, may have extended from 235 to 182.5 Ma.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:porphyry Cu deposit Pulang China Yunnan
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Resource geoscience
Objective Division:Mineral Resources (Excl. Energy Resources)
Objective Group:Mineral exploration
Objective Field:Copper ore exploration
UTAS Author:White, N (Professor Noel White)
ID Code:74828
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:126
Deposited By:Centre for Ore Deposit Research - CODES CoE
Deposited On:2011-12-14
Last Modified:2014-04-30

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