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Dzhezkazgan mining district (Dzhezkazgan deposit; "Dzhezkazgan Mine"; "Zhezqazghan Mine"), Dzhezkazgan (Zhezqazghan), Chu-Sarysu basin, Karagandy Province (Qaragandy Oblysy; Karaganda Oblast'), Kazakhstan

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 47° 47' 59'' North , 67° 23' 59'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 47.80000,67.40000
Other regions containing this locality:Soviet Union (1922-1991)
Köppen climate type:BSk : Cold semi-arid (steppe) climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Джезказган

This mining district (not a mine, as erroneously reported in some sources) has produced wonderful specimens from various levels of four shafts: #31, #46, #55, #57.
Production is from sedimentary rocks of Permian age over an area of approximately 10 x 10 km.
One of the mines is a Late Bronze age copper mine.

"The Dzhezkazgan sandstone copper deposit consists of 10 ore-bearing sandstone members, numbered 1 to 10 from stratigraphically lowest to highest, within a 600 m Pennsylvanian stratigraphic section (fig. 4). Two to four ore-bearing sandstone beds occur within each ore-bearing sandstone member, and these beds and their incorporated ore bodies (“Mineralization” in fig. 5) are given the sandstone member numeral and a Roman numeral increasing from lowest to highest. Ore bodies extend over an 80 km2 area, with distinctly different distributions for each ore horizon (fig. 5). Ore bodies occur within the dipping ore-bearing section over about a 550-m vertical range from 400 m above to 150 m below sea level (Daukeev and others, 2004). Arcuate (concave to east-northeast) ore bodies 2-I, 4-I and 6-I (fig. 5) occur at progressively higher stratigraphic levels down the plunge of the Kingir Anticline to the west-southwest but at roughly similar (±100 m) elevations (fig. 6). Stratigraphically higher ore bodies (8-I and 9-I in fig. 5) have elongate, northeast-trending shapes along and parallel to the sharp, south-southeast-dipping limb of the Kingir Anticline." U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5090–E

Known for richly crystallized betekhtinite specimens.

Mineral List

45 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Permian - Carboniferous
252.17 - 358.9 Ma

ID: 1379223
Carboniferous-Permian sedimentary rocks

Age: Paleozoic (252.17 - 358.9 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Geological Survey of Canada. Generalized geological map of the world and linked databases. doi:10.4095/195142. Open File 2915d. [18]

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Palache, Charles, Harry Berman & Clifford Frondel (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged, 1124 pp.: 24.
Voloshin, A. V., Pakhomovskiy, Ya. A., Stepanov, V. I., Bulgak, L. V. and Men-shikov, Yu. P. (1988): Gerhardtite, likasite, and spertiniite from the oxidation zone of Dzhezkazgan chalcosite ores; first finds in the USSR. Novye Dannye o Mineralakh SSSR, 35, 40-47. (in Russian)
Box, S.E., Syusyura, Boris, Hayes, T.S., Taylor, C.D., Zientek, M.L., Hitzman, M.W., Seltmann, Reimer, Chechetkin, Vladimir, Dolgopolova, Alla, Cossette, P.M., and Wallis, J.C., (2012) Sandstone copper assessment of the Chu-Sarysu Basin, Central Kazakhstan: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2010–5090–E, 63 p.
Box, S.E., Syusyura, B., Seltmann, R., Creaser, R.A., Dolgopolova, A. and Zientek, M.L. (2012): Dzhezkazgan and Associated Sandstone Copper Deposits of the Chu-Sarysu Basin, Central Kazakhstan. Society of Economic Geologist Special Publication 16, Chapter 13, 303-328.

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