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The Zambian Copperbelt accounts for approximately 46 percent of the production and reserves of the Cen tral African Copperbelt, the largest and highest grade sediment-hosted stratiform copper province known on Earth. Deposits in the Zambian Copperbelt are hosted by the Neoproterozoic Katangan Supergroup, a rela tively thin (~5 km) basinal succession of predominantly marginal marine and terrestrial metasedimentary rocks that lacks significant volumes of igneous rocks. The stratigraphic architecture of the Katangan Supergroup in the Zambian Copperbelt is comparable to that of Phanerozoic rift systems. The basal portion of the sequence (Lower Roan Group) contains continental sandstones and conglomerates...

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