Occurrence & Ores of Copper



Occurrence & Ores of Copper 

Copper is the second anciently known metal, after gold.

OCCURRENCE

Copper mostly occurs in the combined state. It may occur in the free state which is regarded only a minor source:

SULPHIDE ORES

i-Copper pyrites or chalcopyrite: Cu2S. Fe2S3 or Cu Fe S2

ii-Copper glance or chalcocite: Cu2 S

iii-Bornite or Peacock ore: 3 Cu2S. Fe2 S3

OXIDE ORES

i-        Cuprite Cu2O

ii-      Melaconite: CuO

3. CARBONATE ORES

i-Malachite CuCO3 Cu(OH)2

ii-  Azurite            2 CuCO3Cu(OH)2

COPPER ORES IN PAKISTAN

In Pakistan copper ores are found in North Waziristan Agency, Chitral State, Dir State, Gilgit Agency, Hazara District and Chaghi District. Saindak Metals Private Limited has implemented Saindak Copper Gold Project in Chaghi but the project stands closed since January 1996 due to lack of working capital.

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