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Background Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan is a mountainous country in central Asia. It is independent, politically and economically stable, and a member of the World Trade Organisation. The country has a wide variety of mineral occurrences and has been encouraging external investment in mineral exploration and mining over resent years. Interest by foreign investors has focused chiefly on Tien Shan gold deposits, one of the main examples being the development of the Kumtor deposit by Centerra Gold Inc.

Kyrgyzstan has considerable potential for the following types of gold and platinum group metal deposits:

Placer deposits: formed by the concentration of heavy minerals, such as gold and PGMs, by water action in riverbed sands and gravels. Such deposits are often preserved in alluvial terraces related to ancient drainage systems. These deposits are near surface and mined by open-pit or dredging methods.

Orogenic gold deposits: associated with gold-bearing quartz veins of hydrothermal origin formed during major mountain building episodes in the earth’s history. They are often high grade and amenable to both open-pit and underground mining.

Porphyry copper-gold deposits: formed during hydrothermal alteration of porphyritic granitic intrusions (so called because they contain large crystals in a finely crystalline matrix) associated with the margins of continental plates. These are generally fairly low grade, large tonnage, bulk mineable deposits.

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