Chinese geological workers have verified three major porphyry copper ore strips in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region.
With the verification, copper ore resource potential in Tibet is expected to account for one third of China's national total, said Lu Yan, deputy engineer-in-chief with the Tibet Autonomous Regional Bureau of Geology and Minerals Prospecting and Development.
The newly-discovered ore strips are Yulong, Gangdisi and Banggong Co-Nujiang River. Situated along the Jinsha River-Honghe River belt, Yulong, with the verified copper ore reserve being placed over 10 million tons, is considered the most important porphyry copper ore strip in China.
Gangdisi strip lies along the northern side of the joining section to Yarlung Zangbo River plate and is believed to have copper ore reserve of 10 million tons. The Banggong Co-Nujiang River strip extends along the western section of the Banggong Co-Nujiang River rift.
Much scientific research has shown the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau isat the juncture of the Indian Plate and Eurasian Plate. The collision of the two plates has not only led to the fast rising ofthe Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, but also a large-scale ore formation there, Lu explained.
According to Lu, Tibet is now proven to be home to 101 kinds of mineral ores.