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Iran is a resource-rich country, with large deposits of iron, copper, zinc, and gold, as well as industrial minerals and oil and gas. Most of these resources were formed in response to complex and protracted contractional deformation events related to the subduction and eventual closure of the Neotethys ocean in the late Mesozoic and Cenozoic. Here we focus on porphyry Cu ± Mo ± Au and related epithermal Au deposits, which were once thought to be synonymous with subduction, but are now recognized to also form during collisional and other postsubduction tectonic processes. Recent advances in tectonic and paleogeographic...

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