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U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1124

Spatial Databases of Geological, Geophysical, and Mineral Resource Data Relevant to Sandstone-Hosted Copper Deposits in Central Kazakhstan

By Boris Syusyura, Stephen E. Box, and John C. Wallis


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Central Kazakhstan is host to one of the world’s giant sandstone-hosted copper deposits, the Dzhezkazgan deposit, and several similar, smaller deposits. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is assessing the potential for other, undiscovered deposits of this type in the surrounding region of central Kazakhstan. As part of this effort, Syusyura compiled and partially translated an array of mostly unpublished geologic, geophysical, and mineral resource data for this region in digital format from the archives of the former Union of Soviet Socialists Republics (of which Kazakhstan was one of the member republics until its dissolution in 1991), as well as from later archives of the Republic of Kazakhstan or of the Kazakhstan consulting firm Mining Economic Consulting (MEC). These digital data are primarily map-based displays of information that were transmitted either in ESRI ArcGIS, georeferenced format, or non-georeferenced map image files. Box and Wallis reviewed all the data, translated Cyrillic text where necessary, inspected the maps for consistency, georeferenced the unprojected map images, and reorganized the data into the filename and folder structure of this publication.

  • Text PDF (189 kB)
  • Appendixes folder. The four appendixes are available here in several file formats (24 files, 852 kB total)
  • Readme .txt. General file that identifies and describes the digital files that comprise this report (4 kB)
  • Metadata .txt. FGDC-compliant metadata (18 kB)
  • Data folder. GIS data packages for each of the following: Kazakhstan Regional, Teniz-Basin, Chu-Sarysu-Entire, and Chu-Sarysu-Subareas (four .zip files; 414 MB total)
  • This report is available only on the Web.

For additional information:
Contact Information, Western Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center, Spokane Office
U.S. Geological Survey
904 W. Riverside Ave., Room 202
Spokane, WA 99201

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Suggested citation:

Syusyura, Boris, Box, Stephen E., and Wallis, John C., 2010, Spatial Databases of Geological, Geophysical, and Mineral Resource Data Relevant to Sandstone-Hosted Copper Deposits in Central Kazakhstan: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2010-1124, 4 p. and databases.



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four Appendixes

four GIS datasets

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