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Large porphyry copper deposit discovered in Kolyma

Large porphyry copper deposit discovered in Kolyma
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In the Magadan Region, scientists from the Ural State Mining University (USMU) have confirmed the promising reserves of a porphyry copper deposit. According to their estimates, there may be up to 9,8 million tons of copper.

According to TASS, drilling works were carried out on the Priokhotskaya prospective area. All materials were collected in the summer of 2020. Exploration has shown that there is an ore body over 600 meters long. As the rector of the university Aleksey Dushin noted, the search for copper-porphyry minerals is most promising for replenishing the raw material base of precious and non-ferrous metal ores.

The exploration work was attended by, among other things, USMU students. Previously, the reserves of the Priokhotskaya area were estimated at 8,9 million tons. The entire expedition took about one and a half months. 

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