Use of drainage trends as a prospecting tool in the central Iranian porphyry copper belt

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 89, No. 1003, 1996

J. Shahabpour, Kerman, Iran

Many porphyry copper deposits of the Kerman copper province in central Iran are associated with a consistent structurally controlled main drainage pattern, which is shown in this paper to be a useful regional prospecting tool in the search for new deposits. The main drainage trends also generally allow the distiction of high-grade (>0.2% Cu) from lowgrade (<0.2% Cu) deposits. Topographic maps 1:50 000 or geologic maps 1:100 000 have been found suitable for identification of promising drainages.
Keywords: Geology, Exploration, Iran, Prospecting.