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Western Tethyan Metallogeny Project, Phase 2

The second phase of the Western Tethyan Metallogeny Project is establishing a geologic and exploration framework that will improve Cu/Au/Zn discovery success rates in Eastern Europe and Western Asia. Geologic maps, geochronology/geochemistry databases and metallogenic frameworks are being delivered, directly impacting area selection. Eight major/mid-tier mining companies are benefiting from the pragmatic geoscience provided by the WT2 project in this highly-endowed, under-explored belt.

Project Information

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Location:
Romania, Serbia, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Macedonia, Turkey, Georgia
Project Status:
Researchers:
  • Alan Wainwright
  • Craig Hart
  • Robert Lee
  • Fabien Rabayrol

Students:
  • Eoin Cross

Start Date: 2017

This multinational project is providing a range of new data compilations, and field, analytical, integrative, and interpretive components that are focused on regions of the Carpathians, Balkans, Anatolia and the Caucasus, with a specific focus on Serbia and Turkey.  This project provides sponsoring companies with a stronger foundation to support informed exploration and acquisition decision-making to enhance their mineral exploration success.  The primary goal is to continue to build, re-establish and extract knowledge from the foundational magmatic and tectonic architecture that defines the space-time framework within which base and precious metal deposits formed in the western Tethyan region.

Project objectives  are divided into several interlinked modules, including:

  • Terrane, tectonic and structural frameworks
  • Magmatic frameworks and fertility
  • Provision of new geochronology data
  • Expanded regional data compilation for use in exploration
  • Focused regional-scale studies
  • Synthesis of regional metallogeny

View of the Hod Maden Au-Cu discovery, northeast Turkey.

Overview of the Bor Cu-Au workings, Eastern Serbia.

Major Field Modules:

  • Central Balkans:  Focus on porphyry/epithermal systems, skarns and carbonate-replacement deposits within the Central Balkans Polymetallic Belt of western Serbia, Kosovo and Macedonia.
  • Eastern Pontides:  Project emphasizes controlling features related to the formation of porphyry/epithermal and volcanogenic massive sulfide systems within the Pontide orogenic belt of eastern Turkey and Georgia.
  • Timok Magmatic Complex:  Evaluation of Upper Cretaceous volcanic stratigraphy and the relationship between host rock units and the superposed Cu-Au hydrothermal systems in Eastern Serbia.

Initial map and data compilation with follow-up field work to: A) constrain the timing, locations, and geochemistry of magmatic rocks associated with ore deposits; and B) evaluate the metallogenic prospectivity of the belts for copper, zinc and gold.  Tools to complete these field modules include U-Pb geochronology, lithogeochemistry, Pb-isotopic geochemistry and trace-element-in-zircon geochemistry.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Fabien Rabayrol conducting fieldwork in the Eastern Pontides.

MSc Student Eoin Cross evaluating mine-series magmatic rocks in the Central Balkans.

Research Associate Alan Wainwright examining alteration footprints in Eastern Kosovo.

Research Associate Robert Lee determining U-Pb zircon ages and trace element chemistry by Laser Ablation ICP MS.

Field trips (sponsors-only)

We have successfully completed WT2 sponsor field trips to Bor Serbia (2017), Deva Romania (2018), and Trabzon/Artvin (2019).  Technical presentations by MDRU and local experts were followed up with mine and deposit tours, showcasing the metal endowment of the region.

Sponsors and MDRU in Bor, Serbia.

Sponsors and MDRU at the Certej Au deposit, Romania.

Sponsors and MDRU at the Salinbas Au discovery, Turkey.

For more information on the Western Tethyan Metallogeny Project, Phase 2, email Project Leader, MDRU Research Associate Alan Wainwright.

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  • NEW: Field-Based Infrared Spectroscopy Results (NE Turkey and SW Georgia), December 2019
    Fonseca, A., Rabayrol, F. (2019) Field-Based Infrared Spectroscopy Results (NE Turkey and SW Georgia), December 2019. MDRU Western Tethyan Metallogeny Project 2 spreadsheet and GIS data files.
    *3.5-2019-12 – ZIP archive (374.51 KB)
  • NEW Geology Report, 14 Nov 2019
    Wainwright, A.J., Lee, R.G. and Hart, C.J.R. (2019) MDRU Regional Geology Report- Timok Complex: regional context of magmatic units from the Timok Complex in Serbia. MDRU Western Tethyan Metallogeny Project 2, Report 11 p.
    *4.1-2019.11 – PDF (787.31 KB)
  • NEW Geochron Report, 14 Nov 2019
    Rabayrol, F. and Lee, R.G. (2019) WT2 Geochronology and zircon geochemistry report, Artvin District, Eastern Pontides Turkey: New U-Pb geochronology and trace element-in zircon results. MDRU Western Tethyan Metallogeny Project 2, Report 10 p.
    *4.2-2019.11 – PDF (1.80 MB)
  • Quarterly Report, 2017 Q4
    Wainwright, A. and Hart, C. (2018) WT2 Quarterly Update, Jan 19 2018
    1.1-2017.Q4 – PDF (440.17 KB)
  • Quarterly Report, 2018 Q1
    Wainwright, A. and Hart, C. (2018) WT2 Quarterly Update, 09 Apr 2018
    1.1-2018.Q1 – PDF (272.92 KB)
  • Quarterly Report, 2018 Q2
    Wainwright, A. and Hart, C. (2018) WT2 Quarterly Update, 18 Jul 2018
    1.1-2018.Q2 – PDF (1.50 MB)
  • Quarterly Report, 2018 Q3
    Wainwright, A. (2018) WT2 Quarterly Update, 21 Oct 2018
    1.1-2018.Q3 – PDF (420.95 KB)
  • Quarterly Report, 2018 Q4
    Wainwright, A. and Hart, C. (2019) WT2 Quarterly Update, 11 Jan 2019
    1.1-2018.Q4 – PDF (812.92 KB)
  • Quarterly Report, 2019 Q1
    Wainwright, A. and Hart, C. (2019) WT2 Quarterly Update, 23 Apr 2019
    1.1-2019.Q1 – PDF (1.40 MB)
  • Quarterly Report, 2019 Q2
    Wainwright, A. (2019) WT2 Quarterly Update, 20 Jul 2019
    1.1-2019.Q2 – PDF (588.78 KB)
  • NEW Quarterly Report, 2019 Q3
    Wainwright, A. (2019) WT2 Quarterly Update, 21 Oct 2019
    1.1-2019.Q3 – PDF (2.36 MB)
  • Field Report 2018-01 – Central Bulgaria
    Wainwright, A. (2018) Field observations and sampling in the Panagyurishte trend, Central Bulgaria – 19 Jan 2018
    1.2-2018.01BG – PDF (4.43 MB)
  • Field Report 2018-01 – Romania
    Wainwright, A. (2018) Field observations and sampling in the Golden Quadrilateral and Banat areas, Romania – 19 Jan 2018
    1.2-2018.01RO – PDF (4.75 MB)
  • Field Report 2018-01 – Timok and Trepca, Serbia
    Wainwright, A. (2018) Field observations and sampling in the Timok District and Trepca trend, Serbia – 19 Jan 2018
    1.2-2018.01SB – PDF (9.00 MB)
  • Field Report 2018-01 – Pontides, Turkey
    Wainwright, A. (2018) Field observations and sampling in the Pontides/Zonguldak zone, north-central Turkey – 19 Jan 2019
    1.2-2018.01TU – PDF (587.34 KB)
  • Field Report 2018-12 – Kosovo 1
    Cross, E., Wainwright, A. (2018) Kosovo field report 1 – 05 Dec 2018
    1.2-2018.12KO1 – PDF (1.39 MB)
  • Field Report 2018-12 – Kosovo2
    Cross, E. (2018) Kosovo field report 2 and October follow-up trip – 05 Dec 2018
    1.2-2018.12KO2 – PDF (2.91 MB)
  • Field Report 2018-12 – Eastern Macedonia
    Cross, E., Wainwright, A. (2018) Eastern Macedonia Field Report – 05 Dec 2018
    1.2-2018.12MK – PDF (1.21 MB)
  • Field Report 2018-12 – Serbia
    Cross, E. (2018) Serbia field report – 05 Dec 2018
    1.2-2018.12SB – PDF (1.18 MB)
  • Field Report 2018-12 – Pontides, Turkey
    Rabayrol, F., Wainwright, A. (2018) Field observations and sampling in the Eastern Pontides (NE Turkey) – 05 Dec 2018
    1.2-2018.12TK – PDF (1.00 MB)
  • Field Report 2019-07 – North Macedonia
    Cross, E. (2019) North Macedonia field report – 02 Jul 2019
    1.2-2019.07MK – PDF (2.55 MB)
  • Field Report 2019-07 – Serbia 1
    Wainwright, A. (2019) Timok area (Serbia) field report – 07 Jul 2019
    1.2-2019.07SB1 – PDF (5.13 MB)
  • Field Report 2019-07 – Serbia 2
    Cross, E. (2019) Serbia field report: 07 July 2019
    1.2-2019.07SB2 – PDF (3.40 MB)
  • Field Report 2019-08 – Artvin District, Turkey
    Rabayrol, F. (2019) Phase 1 field observations and sampling in the Artvin district, Eastern Pontides (NE Turkey) – 02 Aug 2019
    1.2-2019.08TK – PDF (1.69 MB)
  • Field Report 2019-09 – Hod Corridor, Turkey
    Fonseca, A. (2019) Structural geology study of the Hod Corridor, E. Turkey – 02 Sept 2019, including:
    – Draft Summary Report
    – Appendix 1: Structural data and digital photographs
    1.2-2019.09TK – PDF (18.49 MB)
  • Field Report 2019-10
    Rabayrol, F. (2019) Field observations and rock sampling in the Adjara-Trialeti Belt (SW Georgia)
    1.2-2019.10 – PDF (2.68 MB)
  • WT2 Technical Meeting 2017 (Bor, Serbia)
    Technical presentations from the Nov. 2017 Technical Meeting in Bor, Serbia, including: – Wainwright, A.J. (2017) Overview of Upper Cretaceous copper-gold deposits in Bulgaria and Serbia – Zivanovic, J. (2017) Structural, stratigraphic and temporal constraints on Au mineralization in the Bigar Hill sediment-hosted gold deposit, Timok District, Eastern Serbia
    1.3-2017.11 – ZIP archive (8.15 MB)
  • WT2 Technical Meeting 2018 (Deva, Romania)
    Technical presentations from the Oct. 2018 Technical Meeting in Romania, including:
    – Wainwright, A.J. (2018) Geology and U-Pb geochronology of the Timok Magmatic Complex
    – Cross, E. (2018) Central Balkans field report, July/August 2018
    – Jenkins, S., Cross, E. (2018) GIS Data Release report: Central Balkans Geology, V1
    – Rabayrol, F. (2018) Stratigraphic controls on mineral deposits in the Artvin District (Turkey) and SW Georgia
    – Lee, R.G., Amini, M., Wainwright A.J., Hart, C.J.R. (2018) Zircon analysis by Laser Ablation ICP-MS
    1.3-2018.10 – ZIP archive (12.47 MB)
  • WT2 Meeting 2019 (PDAC, Toronto)
    Wainwright, A.J., Hart, C.J.R. (2019) Project Update, 03 Mar 2019
    1.3-2019.03 – PDF (2.85 MB)
  • WT2 Technical Meeting 2019 (Trabzon, Turkey)
    Technical presentations from the Sept. 2019 Technical Meeting in Trabzon, Turkey, including:
    – Fonseca, A. (2019) Structural Evolution Model for the Hod Corridor, Eastern Turkey
    – Rabayrol, F. (2019) Metallogeny of the Artvin District, Eastern Pontide Belt, Turkey
    – Cross, E. (2019) Serbo-Macedonian Metallogenic Belt: Time-Space Evolution of Magmatism and Metallogeny
    – Lee, R., Cross, E., Rabayrol, F., Wainwright, A.J., Hart, C.J.R. (2019) Zircon Trace Element Review
    – Wainwright, A.J., Lee, R.G., Hart, C.J.R. (2019) Magmatic Rocks of the Timok Complex, Eastern Serbia
    1.3-2019.09 – ZIP archive (21.38 MB)
  • Geologic Map of Serbia, 2017
    Jenkins, S., Wainwright, A., Hart, C.J.R. (2017) Geology of Serbia, Updated for Mineral Exploration, MDRU WT2 Map, scale 1:600,000.
    4.1-171119.a – PDF (8.37 MB)
  • DATA FILE: Updated Geology of Serbia, 2017 (deprecated)
    Jenkins, S., Wainwright, A., Hart, C.J.R. (2017) Geology of Serbia, Updated for Mineral Exploration.
    regionally significant geologic trends relevant to mineral exploration in Serbia, including:
    – ESRI .shp file of geology
    – Accompanying ReadMe report, 13 p.
    4.1-171119.b – ZIP archive (28.81 MB)
  • Geologic Map of Serbia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and northern Greece, 2018
    Jenkins, S., Cross, E., Wainwright, A., and Hart, C.J.R. (2018): Geologic Map of Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and northern Greece, updated to highlight magmatism and regional geologic trends; Western Tethyan Metallogeny Project (Phase 2), MDRU Map 21-2018, scale 1:800 000.
    4.1-2018.10.a – PDF (50.06 MB)
  • DATA FILE: Updated Geology of northern Greece, 2018
    Geology of Northern Greece, Part 3 of a seamless Balkan geology coverage – ESRI .shp format
    4.1-2018.10GR – ZIP archive (16.50 MB)
  • DATA FILE: Updated Geology of North Macedonia, 2018
    Geology of North Macedonia, Part 2 of a seamless Balkan geology coverage – ESRI .shp format
    4.1-2018.10MK – ZIP archive (7.58 MB)
  • DATA FILE: Updated Geology of Serbia and Kosovo, 2018
    Geology of Serbia and Kosovo, Part 1 of a seamless Balkan geology coverage – ESRI .shp format
    4.1-2018.10SB – ZIP archive (29.12 MB)
  • Geologic Map of Artvin District, E. Pontides, Turkey, 2019
    Rabayrol, F., Jenkins, S., Wainwright, A. (2019) Geology of the Artvin Distict, Eastern Pontides, northeastern Turkey: compilation and preliminary interpretation and digital data. MDRU Map M22-2019, scale 1:100,000.
    4.1-2019.07.a – PDF (6.29 MB)
  • DATA FILE: Updated Geology of Artvin District, E. Pontides, Turkey, 2019
    Rabayrol, F., Jenkins, S., Wainwright, A. (2019) Geology of the Artvin Distict, Eastern Pontides, northeastern Turkey: compilation and preliminary interpretation and digital data.
    Initial compilation and reinterpretation of the bedrock geology, structure, and magmatic-hydrothermal mineral occurrences, including
    – ESRI .shp files: geology, structural features, mineral occurrences
    – Accompanying ReadMe report, 9 p.
    – Stratigraphic key data file .xlsx
    4.1-2019.07.b – ZIP archive (1.68 MB)
  • DATA FILE: Updated Geology of Bulgaria, 2019
    Jenkins, S., Cross, E., Wainwright, A., Hart, C.J.R. (2019) Geology of Bulgaria, Updated for Mineral Exploration.
    Geology of Bulgaria, reintrepreted by MDRU to emphasize regionally significant geologic trends relevant to mineral exploration. Use together with the 2018 Balkan geology datasets to generate continuous geologic coverage. Scale 1:100,000. Files include:
    – ESRI .shp file of geology
    – Accompanying ReadMe data description and metadata report, 18 p.
    4.1-2019.10 – ZIP archive (16.33 MB)
  • Geochronology Report 2018-04
    Wainwright, A., Lee, R.G., Hart, C.J.R. (2018) U-Pb results from Romania, Serbia and Bulgaria. Report 11 Apr 2018, 11 p.
    4.2-2018.04 – PDF (2.53 MB)
  • Geochronology Report 2018-05
    Wainwright, A.J., Lee, R.G., Hart, C.J.R. (2018) U-Pb geochronology results from northwestern Turkey. Report 29 May 2018, 6 p.
    4.2-2018.05 – PDF (1.16 MB)
  • DATA FILE: Geochronology Compilation 2019
    Wainwright, A.J., Lee, R.G., Hart, C.J.R. (2018) Compiled geochronology for the WT2 project area. File updated updated Nov 2019, .xlsx
    4.2-2018.11 – Excel .xlsx file (81.21 KB)
  • Geochronology Report 2019-03
    Wainwright, A.J., Lee, R.G., Hart, C.J.R. (2019) New U-Pb geochronology and trace element-in-zircon results from Romania and Greece. Report 19 Mar 2019, 13 p.
    4.2-2019.03 – PDF (2.04 MB)
  • Geochronology Report 2019-05
    Rabayrol, F., Lee, R.G., Wainwright, A.J., Hart, C.J.R. (2019) New U-Pb geochronology and trace element-in zircon results, Artvin Distict, Eastern Pontides, Turkey. Report 15 May 2019, 11 p.
    4.2-2019.05 – PDF (1.69 MB)
  • Geochronology Report 2019-08
    Lee, R.G., Wainwright, A.J., Hart, C.J.R. (2019) New U-Pb geochronology and zircon trace element data for Serbia, Kosovo and North Macedonia. Report 19 Aug 2019, 20 p.
    4.2-2019.08 – PDF (3.65 MB)
  • Geochronology Report 2019-10a
    Lee, R.G., Wainwright, A.J., Hart, C.J.R. (2019) U-Pb geochronology and trace element-in zircon results from the Timok Complex (Serbia). Report 01 Oct 2019, 18 p.
    4.2-2019.10a – PDF (2.17 MB)
  • Geochronology Report 2019-10b
    Lee, R.G., Wainwright, A.J., Hart, C.J.R. (2019) New U-Pb geochronology and zircon trace element data for Serbia and North Macedonia. Report 20 Oct 2019, 15 p.
    4.2-2019.10b – PDF (2.61 MB)
  • DATA FILE: Zircon Chemistry 2018
    Wainwright, A.J. (2019) Zircon chemistry in the WT2 Project Area. File version 02 Oct 2018, .xlsx file
    4.3-2018.10 – Excel .xlsx file (1.25 MB)
  • DATA FILE: Compiled Geochemistry 2019
    Wainwright, A.J. (2019) Geochemistry of the WT2 Project Area. File version 07 May 2019, .xlsx file
    4.3-2019.05 – Excel .xlsx file (560.18 KB)
  • DATA FILE: Fathom Geophysics Filtered Data 2017
    Fathom Geophysics: Magnetic data filtering for Serbia and Macedonia, including:
    – Buckingham, A.J., Wainwright, A., Jenkins, S. (2017) Enhancement filtering, structure detection and radial symmetry analysis of magnetic data, Serbia and Macedonia. Report, 30 p.
    – DATASET (2017) Proprietary filters applied to magnetic data to enhance contrast and source edges, including extraction of potential faults and intrusions: grids, images, and vector files.
    4.4-2017.11 – ZIP archive (183.57 MB)
  • Field Trip Guide 2017 (Bor, Serbia)
    Western Tethyan Metallogeny Project 2 (2017) Bor Meeting and field trip E-booklet. 21 Nov 2017, 56 p.
    8-2017.11 – PDF (3.76 MB)
  • Field Trip Guide 2018 (Romania)
    Western Tethyan Metallogeny Project 2 (2018) UBB-MDRU technical meeting and field trip guide. 10-13 Oct 2018, 42 p.
    8-2018.10 – PDF (5.54 MB)
  • Field Trip Guide 2019 (Trabzon-Artvin, Turkey)
    Western Tethyan Metallogeny Project 2 (2019):
    – Technical meeting and field trip guide, Trabzon and Artvin, northeast Turkey. 09-12 Sep 2019, 60 p.
    – Driving route and itinerary, kmz file
    8-2019.09 – ZIP archive (5.10 MB)
  • LIBRARY: Field Images and related data (2017-2018)
    Collection of field photos from the 2017 and 2018 fieldwork seasons, including images recorded by A. Wainwright, E. Cross, and F. Rabayrol. Images are geotagged. Archive includes a ReadMe, shapefile, and kmz of their locations for reference.
    9-2018.10 – ZIP archive (1.30 GB)