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Dabaoshan Mine, Qujiang District, Shaoguan Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 24° 31' 37'' North , 113° 42' 49'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 24.52694,113.71361
Köppen climate type:Cfa : Humid subtropical climate
Name(s) in local language(s):大宝山多金属矿, 曲江区, 韶关市, 广东省, 中国

Polymetallic deposit (Mo-W, Cu-Pb-Zn, Fe) with porphyry, stratabound, vein-type, skarn and greisen-style mineralization, hosted in Devonian and Carboniferous sedimentary rocks that are intruded by the Dabaoshan granodiorite porphyry stock and dykes of various lithologies (dacite porphyry, granodiorite porphyry, diabase, lamprophyre, quartz diorite, dolerite).

The deposit is mined for iron and copper (ore reserves: 75 million tonnes).

Mineral List

42 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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Cretaceous - Jurassic
66 - 201.3 Ma

ID: 3192904
Mesozoic intrusive rocks

Age: Mesozoic (66 - 201.3 Ma)

Lithology: Intrusive igneous rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

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Fengmao Wu (1980): Characteristics of geochemical anomalies and prospecting marks of the Dabaoshan porphyry molybdenum deposit. Geology and Prospecting 16(3), 53-58 (in Chinese).
Mingzheng Zhuang (1980): Wall rock alteration characteristics of the Dabaoshan porphyry molybdenum-(tungsten) deposit. Geology and Prospecting 16(7), 28-35 (in Chinese).
Mingzheng Zhuang (1983): Deposit types and mineralization styles in the Dabaoshan polymetallic orefield. Geology and Prospecting 19(8), 9-16 (in Chinese).
Juyun Gu, Qiongying Wu, and Xueping Hou (1984): Preliminary study on the relationship of subvolcanic-volcanic activity in mainland China with the genesis of the Dabaoshan deposit. Geology and Prospecting 20(3), 1-8 (in Chinese).
Lianjie Liu and Juyun Gu (1985): Metallogenic characteristics and evaluation of prospecting marks of molybdenum deposits in Guangdong Province. Geology and Prospecting 21(9), 1-9, 31.
Liu, X.S. and Zhou, S.Z. (1985): On the Occurrence of Middle Devonian volcanics and analysis of ore-forming mechanism of siderite polymetallic ore deposit from Dabaoshan, Qujiang County, Guandong Province. Journal of Nanjing University (Natural Sciences Edition) 21, 348-360 (in Chinese with English abstract).
Mingzheng Zhuang (1986): Metallogenic conditions and genesis of the Dabaoshan polymetallic deposit. Geology and Prospecting 22(5), 27-31.
Shujun Huang, Yongchao Zeng, Guoxiang Jia, and Yuanrong Chen (1987): On the genesis of Dabaoshan polymetallic deposit in Guangdong province, China. Geochemistry 6(4), 322-330.
Hongchang Li, Guangli Tang, Xieming Li, Shunquan Yang, and Jinchang Deng (1987): Types and main features of Pb-Zn deposits in Nanling and its neighbouring districts. Geology and Prospecting 23(11), 6-15.
Lianxing Gu, Wenxuan Hu, Jinxiang He, Pei Ni, and Keqin Xu (2000): Regional variations in ore composition and fluid features of massive sulphide deposits in South China: Implications for genetic modelling. Episodes 23(2), 110-118.
Gu, L.X., Hu, W.X., and Ni, P. (2003): Peculiar Geochemistry of Massive Sulphide Deposits in the Nanling Area, South China. Goldschmidt Conference Abstracts 2003, A126.
Lianxing Gu, Khin Zaw, Wenxuan Hu, Kaijun Zhang, Pei Ni, Jinxiang He, Yaotong Xu, Jianjun Lu, and Chunming Li (2007): Distinctive features of Late Paleozoic massive sulphide deposits in South China. Ore Geology Reviews 31(1-4), 107-138.
Yanjing Chen, Huayong Chen, Khin Zaw, Pirajno, F., and Zengjie Zhang (2007): Geodynamic settings and tectonic model of skarn gold deposits in China: An overview. Ore Geology Reviews 31, 139-169.
Hongying Qu, Maohong Chen, Fuchu Yang, Zhihui Gao, Yaowu Wang, Haijie Zhao, and Zhangfa Yu (2014): Metallogenic chronology of the stratiform Cu orebody in the Dabaoshan Cu polymetallic deposit, northern Guangdong Province and its geological significance. Acta Petrologica Sinica 30(1), 152-162 (in Chinese with English abstract).

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