GEOCHEMISTRY OF SMS AS THE ASSESSED CRITERION FOR THEIR MINERAL RESOURCES POTENTIAL
|Geochemical type of SMS||Average||content||of||metals||Inferred||resources|
|Total inferred resources of dry ore mass||(TIR)||92 Mt|
The analysis has demonstrated that copper content is the main factor in the ore quality. According to predominant geochemical type and content of Cu and Au, all SMS sites may be attributed to the four groups (see table).
The first two groups of SMS are may be regarded as the 1-st turn perspective objects due to its maximum content and resources of copper (see table). Group I consists Ashadze-1, Pui de Folles. Ashadze-2, Semenov-2, Logatchev-1, Logatchev-2 were combined into group II. Similar to the sulfide deposits on the land by the scale of their gold resources may be compared to average and small deposits (in tons): Ashadze-2 (27.5), Logatchev-1 (22.2), Logatchev-2 (10.8), Semenov-2 (7.1). Formally, group III could be regarded as unique (TIR > 22 Mt). SMS sites of group III have, though, low copper mineral potential and their other parameters need additional studying. As for the main metals, group IV is not of much practical interest at the moment.