Laguna Catalcito

Occurrence in Potosi, Bolivia with commodities Bromine, Boron-Borates, Lithium, Nickel

Geologic information

Identification information

Deposit ID 10005843
MRDS ID BL00068
Record type Site
Current site name Laguna Catalcito

Geographic coordinates

Geographic coordinates: -67.2328, -22.58086 (WGS84)
Elevation 4545
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Geographic areas

Country State
Bolivia Potosi

Comments on the location information

  • DRAINAGE BASIN AREA IS 170 SQ KM; SALAR AREA IS 2.1 SQ KM, AND WATER SURFACE AREA IS 2.1 SQ KM WITH A MEAN DEPTH OF 1 M.

Commodities

Commodity Importance
Bromine Primary
Boron-Borates Primary
Lithium Primary
Nickel Primary

Materials information

Materials Type of material
Brine Ore

Analytical data

Result A SINGLE ANALYSIS OF WATER IN 1990 RAN 70 PPB NI, 3170 PPB LI, 6600 PPB B, 32 PPM K, 5.8 PPM MG, 307 PPM NA, 30.5 PPM SI, 390 PPB SR, 31.3 PPM CA. THE PH WAS 5.5. RISACHER AND FRITZ REPORT SURFACE LAKE WATERS HAVE A PH OF 9.10 AT A TEMPERATURE OF 4 DEG C AND CONTAIN 136 MILLIMOLES CL/L, 7.5 MILLIMOLES SO4/L, 4.9 MILLIMOLES B/L, 1.56 MILLIMOLES S/L, 144 MILLIMOLES NA/L, 8.06 MILLIMOLES K/L, 4.47 MILLIMOLES LI/L, 1.43 MILLIMOLES CU/L, AND 0.35 MILLIMOLES MG/L.

Host and associated rocks

  • Host or associated Associated
    Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic) > Felsic Volcanic Rock > Dacite
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Holocene
    Stratigraphic age (youngest) Holocene
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Unconsolidated Deposit > Gravel
  • Host or associated Host
    Rock type Volcanic Rock (Aphanitic)

Nearby scientific data

(1) -67.2328, -22.58086

Economic information

Economic information about the deposit and operations

Development status Occurrence
Commodity type Both metallic and non-metallic
Deposit size Small
Significant No

Reference information

Links to other databases

Agency Database name Acronym Record ID Notes
USGS Mineral Resources Data System MRDS BL00068

Bibliographic references

  • Deposit

    RISACHER, FRANCOIS, AND FRITZ, BERTRAND, 1991, GEOCHEMISTRY OF BOLIVIAN SALARS, LIPEZ, SOUTHERN ALTIPLANO: ORIGIN OF SOLUTES AND BRINE EVOLUTION: GEOCHIMICA ET COSMOCHIMICA ACTA, V. 55, P. 687-705

  • Deposit

    SHORT SITE VISIT BY S. ASHER-BOLINDER (USGS) AND J.E. SORIA E. (GEOBOL) IN AUGUST, 1990

  • Other Database

    CIMRI

General comments

Subject category Comment text
Deposit LAKE IS VERY SMALL AND ONLY SLIGHTLY SALINE. RISACHER AND FRITZ CLASSIFY THIS SITE AS A LAKE WITH A NA-CL-(CO3) BRINE. LAGUNA CATALCITO HAS A GRAVELLY MARGIN WITHOUT EVAPORITIC PRECIPITATES. HOWEVER, THE CURRENT LAKE LEVEL (4555 M BY ALTIMETER UNCORRECTED FOR BAROMETRIC PRESSURE) IS APPROXIMATELY 5 M BELOW THE HIGHEST ASSOICATED TERRACE (4560 M) AND 1 M BELOW AN INTERMEDIATE TERRACE. THE LAKE IS FED BY RIO NOVILLITO, WHICH IN TURN IS FED BY A CHAIN OF VERY SMALL LAKES THAT DESCEND FROM A SPRING ISSUING FROM LAVA ON THE SIDE OF CERRO TOTORAL.

Reporter information

Type Date Name Affiliation Comment
Reporter 01-NOV-1990 Orris, Greta J. (Asher-Bolinder, Sigrid) U.S. Geological Survey
Updater 03-MAY-1994 Orris, Greta J. U.S. Geological Survey