DISTRIBUTION OF MINERALS UNITS AND FUTURE POTENTIAL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA REGION

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The Southeast Asia region consists of 11 countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, East Timor, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Due to its geologic age and frequent seismic activities, immense diversity of metals and minerals can be found within this region, including copper, gold and tin.

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DISTRIBUTION OF MINERALS UNITS AND FUTURE POTENTIAL IN SOUTHEAST ASIA REGIONThe Southeast Asia region consists of 11 countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, East Timor, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Due to its geologic age and frequent seismic activities, immense diversity of metals and minerals can be found within this region, including copper, gold and tin.Porphyry igneous bodies are the main deposits of copper in the Southeast Asia region. Porphyry copper mines are significant in Indonesia, which had an estimated amount of 1.06 million tonnes in 2005, thus resulted in the high ranking of Indonesia as the third largest producer of copper in the world (Brown, 2007). Grasberg deposit is the largest porphyry copper deposit in Indonesia, following by Batu Hijau mine and Beutong mine. Most of the porphyry mines in Southeast Asia region are Cenozoic in age, but there are also present in other time frame such as Mesozoic-age porphyry copper-gold mines in Burma, Thailand and Laos. Philippines is a rising star in the copper mining industry in Southeast Asia region. With an estimated deposit of 16 thousand tonnes in 2005 (Brown, 2007), studies show that there is still potential of large scale undiscovered deposits beneath this land. Tampakan mine which serves as the largest porphyry copper mine in Philippines and among the largest mines in the world once approval for operation, has an estimated 2.9 billion tonnes of res

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