Metallic and non-metallic mineral resources in SE Anatolia

Burkut Y., Gultekin A., Orgun Y., Celenli A., Kumral M.

5th Biennial Meeting of the Society-for-Geology-Applied-to-Mineral-Deposits / 10th Quadrennial Symposium of the International-Association-on-the-Genesis-of-Ore-Deposits, London, Canada, 22 - 25 August 1999, pp.1081-1084 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: London
  • Country: Canada
  • Page Numbers: pp.1081-1084
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


The southeastern part of Anatolia, as a whole, is one of the most productive mining districts of Turkey, especially for Cr, Cu, Pb, Zn and Fe mineralizations. The known deposits are scattered to a large area of various rocks in the interior of the Eastern Taurus fold belt. The metallic ore deposits of the region nearly always seem to be associated with the evolution of the Eastern Taurus fold belt, part of the Alpine tectonic system. This belt is dominated by upper Cretaceous-Oligocene eugeosynclinal lithologies and much ophiolite and blueschist, especially at its central part. The ultrabasic and basic members of the ophiolite suite contain the large chromite deposits and Cyprus-type massive sulphide deposits. The Pb-Zn deposits form other productive metallic deposits of the region and occur as vein fillings, cavity fillings in breccias, and stockworks in the pneumatolysis-hydrothermal stage of the intermediate and acidic magmas. The productive sedimentary deposits known in the region are phospate deposits and asphaltite beds. The economic importance of metamorphic massifs is essentially restricted to some apatite - rich iron deposits.