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S & K Mine (Monywa Mine), Monywa, Monywa District, Sagaing Region (Sagaing Division), Myanmar

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 22° 15' 0'' North , 95° 4' 59'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 22.25000,95.08333
Köppen climate type:Aw : Tropical savanna, wet
Other/historical region names associated with this locality:Burma

The 50 km2 Monywa copper district lies near the Chindwin River within the northward continuation of the Sunda-Andaman magmatic arc, and 110 km west of the city of Mandalay.

High-sulphidation epithermal copper deposit(s), hosted in a series of Cenozoic sedimentary clastic rocks and Late Miocenic felsic to intermediate volcanic rocks (andesite or dacite porphyry intrusions).
Most mineralization is structurally-controlled with digenite-chalcocite in breccia dykes, in steeply dipping NE-trending sheeted veins, and in stockwork and low-angle sulfide veins.

The deposits were discovered by drilling starting in 1959. The mine was started in 1984 (1983 according to Mitchell et al. 2011, as a small open pit at Sabetaung), is owned by No. 1 Mining Corp. (sic) and operated by a 50/50 joint venture of Ivanhoe Mining and the military regime.

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Pliocene - Miocene
2.588 - 23.03 Ma

ID: 1379582
Miocene-Pliocene sedimentary rocks

Age: Neogene (2.588 - 23.03 Ma)

Description: Central Burma Basin

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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Mining Annual Review (1985): 56 & 389.
Khin Zaw, Peters, S.G., Cromie, P., Burrett, C., and Zengqian Hou (2007): Nature, diversity of deposit types and metallogenic relations of South China. Ore Geology Reviews 31, 3-47.
Singer, D.A., Berger, V.I., and Moring, B.C. (2008): Porphyry copper deposits of the world: Database and grade and tonnage models, 2008. US Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1155.
Mitchell, A. H. G., Myint, W., Lynn, K., Htay, M. T., Oo, M., & Zaw, T. (2008). The Monywa copper deposits, Myanmar: Chalcocite-covellite veins and breccia dykes in a late Miocene epithermal system. In Proceedings of the International Symposia on Geoscience Resources and Environments of Asian Terranes (GREAT 2008), 4th IGCP526 and 5th APSEG, Bangkok, Thailand (pp. 219-222).
Mitchell, A. H. G., Win Myint, Kyi Lynn, Myint Thein Htay, Maw Oo, and Thein Zaw (2011): Geology of the High Sulfidation Copper Deposits, Monywa Mine, Monywa. Resour. Geol., 61, 1-29.

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