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Western Tethyan Metallogeny Project

MDRU has initiated a three-year, industry-sponsored research project to provide participating companies with new knowledge to more effectively explore in the geologically diverse Western Tethyan region. This project has so far attracted several industry participants who will comprise a consortium that will focus the project's objectives. Throughout the project, these companies will be provided with an improved foundation of knowledge with which to make informed exploration and acquisition decisions. This project would be beneficial for any exploration or mining company working in the region who recognize the competitive advantages of exploring smarter.

Geologic map

Geodynamic-metallogenic map of the Western Tethyan orogenic belt.

Why Western Tethys?
The diversity of mineral exploration opportunities and geological settings in the Tethyan region is vast. Although the metal endowment of this region is well-recognized, the geological controls for much of it are poorly understood. Much of the geological framework for this important region has not been well-established, specifically the magmatic, structural and metallogenic controls on mineralization have not been determined. This uncertainty provides opportunities for those explorers with new geological data and a better understanding of the metallogenic constraints.

We will assess the controls on distribution and siting of large-tonnage porphyry Cu (±Au-Mo) and epithermal Au-Ag deposits, but with consideration for carbonate-replacement, VMS and skarn-related deposit types

The project will focus on the Turkish Antolides and Pontides by building upon MDRU's past expertise that in the region. Efforts will also be directed towards adjacent northeastern Greece, and the relatively unexplored regions and the better-known Timok and Banat districts of Serbia and Romania. To the east, the southeastern Anatolian thrust belt, adjacent west-central Iran, and potentially portions of the Caucasus will be considered. The final areas of focused study will be determined by the corporate sponsors.

Key Objectives
a) Establishing a geochronological framework of igneous activity and ore deposit formation;
b) Characterisation of igneous suites by lithology and geochemistry, as well as assessing geochemical fertility indicators, such as isotope fingerprinting;
c) Establishing distributions and extensions of metallogenic belts along- and across-strike by interrogating geological data with variations in metal associations;
d) Regional structural analysis through mapping and interpretation of geophysical datasets;
e) Assessing the uplift/erosion/preservation potential of upper crustal ore systems throughout the region by constrained geological reconstructions;
f) Deposit scale characterisation through focused studies on various mineralized systems;
g) Generation of derivative and interpretive geological products with an emphasis on predictive district-scale exploration models.

Initial GIS compilations of existing geological, structural, magmatic, geochronologic, geochemical and metallogenic data will be followed up with fieldwork, mapping and sampling on deposits and districts. Emphasis will be on characterisation of the deposits, districts and exploration targets of interest to the sponsors. The field component will be supplemented by new analytical data that will include >100 age dates and hundreds of geochemical analyses. An assembled project team of experienced industry-focused researchers will collaborate with industry partners, regional universities and geological surveys to ensure the success of this project.

Left to right: Derekoy stockworks, Turkey; Drilling at Valja Strz, Serbia; Kisladag Mine, Turkey.

Left to right: Derekoy stockworks, Turkey; Drilling at Valja Strz, Serbia; Kisladag Mine, Turkey.

• Newly compiled GIS databases of geology, mineral resources, geochemistry and geochronology
• Annual technical meetings with presentations, reports and field trips
• Semi-annual project updates, technical reports and interpretable media
• Geochronological and geochemical datasets
• Password-protected project website for global access to deliverables
• Training and professional development opportunities through workshops and short-courses


Aleksandar Mišković Project Manager MDRU / UBC
Craig Hart Principal Investigator MDRU / UBC
Richard (Dick) Tosdal Senior Researcher MDRU / UBC Adjunct Professor
Ilkay Kuşcu Professor of Geological Sciences Muğla University, Turkey
Farhad Bouzari Research Associate MDRU / UBC
Matias Sanchez Post Doctoral Fellow MDRU / UBC
Richard Spikings Lecturer University of Geneva, Switzerland
Vasilios Melfos Lecturer Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Panagiotis Voudouris Assistant Professor University of Athens., Greece



Alamos Gold Logo
AngloAmerican Logo
AngloGold Ashanti Logo
Avala Resources Ltd. logo
Centerra Gold Inc. logo
Dunav Resources Ltd. logo
Dundee Precious Metals Inc. logo
ECAN logo
Eldorado Gold Corp. logo
First Quantum Minerals Ltd. logo
Kinross Logo
National Iranian Copper Industries Company logo
Pilot Gold Ltd. logo
Silver Standard Resources Inc. logo
Teck Resources Ltd. logo

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A project update will be presented to the WTM sponsors at the PDAC Meeting in Toronto. A short lecture on the regional geodynamics and metallogeny will follow. (read more)


The WTMP students present 6 posters at the Cordilleran Roundup meeting in Vancouver. A regional exploration review of the Tethyan Belt is delivered by the project manager A. Miskovic.



Anglo American joins the project as the 15th corporate sponsor. WTM now is MDRU's largest research initiative exclusively funded by corporate sponsors.


2013 Technical Meeting in Izmir, Turkey, includes Kisladag Mine Tour.


1st project short course on thermochronology of ore deposits held in Belgrade, Serbia;
Visit to the world-class Majdanpek porphyry Cu-Au deposit, Serbia


Conceptualized 6 MSc and 3 PhD studies to cover the entire metallogenic belt (see sponsor page for details);
Recruitment of graduates candidates MDRU signs a cooperative agreement with the University of Stip, Macedonia


Fieldwork in Iran (central Urumieh-Dokthar arc)
Visit to the Dalli porphyry Cu-Au deposit, Iran



Fieldwork in Iran (Kerman belt)


Dundee Precious Metals joins the WTM project as the 13th WTMP sponsor Work commences on a unified ArcGIS metallogenic map of the Western Tethyan belt


An additional sponsor joins the project for a total of 12 corporate partners


A week-long follow-up field work in Serbia focusing on Raska porphyry cluster and Timok Magmatic Complex.
MDRU signs a cooperative agreement with the University of Belgrade, Serbia


Month-long field work in Turkey focuses on Eastern Pontides and the western Anatolia.
The 1st Technical Meeting took place in Canakkale, Turkey.
Two additional sponsors join the project bringing the total to 11 mineral exploration companies.


Ninth corporate sponsor signs up for the project, Alamos Gold Inc.
Eighth corporate sponsor signs up for the project.
The first project technical meeting announced.


Field work commenced in Serbia.
Project website is launched.
First technical meeting date set.


Aleksandar Miskovic accepts the position of Project Manager.
Field work preparations begin.
Seventh industry partner signs up for the project extending its geographical coverage from Serbia to Iran.
Participation at a regional metallogenic workshop in Macedonia.


Confirmation of support from three additional corporate sponsors.


Project proposal distributed worldwide to companies operating in Western Tethyan Belt.
Project Manager position advertised.


Continued interest expressed during the Cordillera Roundup meeting in Vancouver, BC.
Confirmation of participation from two corporate sponsors.



Initial expressions of interests sought from industry.
Several companies respond positively to the project advertisement.


Project conceptualization.
Synthesis of the Western Tethyan Metallogenic database begins.