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Sarcheshmeh Copper Complex
كارخانجات مجتمع مس سرچشمه
Sarcheshmeh Copper Complex is located in Iran
Sarcheshmeh Copper Complex
Sarcheshmeh Copper Complex
Coordinates: 29°59′05″N 55°51′14″E / 29.98472°N 55.85389°E / 29.98472; 55.85389Coordinates: 29°59′05″N 55°51′14″E / 29.98472°N 55.85389°E / 29.98472; 55.85389
Country  Iran
Province Kerman
County Rafsanjan
Bakhsh Central
Rural District Sarcheshmeh
Population (2006)
 • Total 53
Time zone IRST (UTC+3:30)
 • Summer (DST) IRDT (UTC+4:30)
Sar Cheshmar copper mining geologic map
Sar Cheshmeh Copper concentrations
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Sarcheshmeh copper mine, 2008
Sarcheshmeh Copper Complex
Products Copper
Company IMIDRO
Year of acquisition 1972

Sarcheshmeh (سرچشمه) or Sarcheshmeh Copper Complex (Persian: كارخانجات مجتمع مس سرچشمه‎‎ – Kārkhāneh-ye Mojtame‘-e Mes-e Sar Cheshmeh) is a large open cast copper mine in the Kerman Province of Iran, considered to be the second largest copper deposit worldwide. Also containing substantial amounts of molybdenum, gold and other rare metals. It is also a settlement, enumerated at Iranian census.

The Sarcheshmeh Copper Complex is located 65 km southwest of Kerman and 50 km south of Rafsanjan. The region's altitude averages about 2600m, the highest spot of which approximates 3000m. Sarcheshmeh ore bodies, situated in the central part of Zagros ranges, consist of folded and faulted early tertiary volcano-sedimentary rocks.

Sar Cheshmeh mine was managed by the Anaconda Group until the 1979 revolution in Iran. Design and construction of the processing plant was done by Parsons-Jurden of the US.

Production units of Sarcheshmeh Copper Complex involve the mine itself, concentrator, smelter, refinery, foundries and leaching.

Administratively, the settlement is in the Sarcheshmeh Rural District, in the Central District of Rafsanjan County, Kerman Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 53, in 14 families.[1]

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