Cerro Colorado (Batopilas)

Porphyry copper prospect in Chihuahua, Mexico

Names and other identifiers

GMRAP ID 190
Alternate names Batopilas, Batapilas Mining District
Tract name Western Sierra Madre Occidental and Laramide Central (003pCu3007x)
Site status prospect

Geographic location

Country Mexico
State or province Chihuahua
Geographic location -107.710582103, 27.110374151
Geologic map unit -107.710582103, 27.110374151
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 51.6Ma
Age determination method K-Ar biotite
Age range 51.6 ±1.1 Ma
Age reference Singer and others (2008); Wilkerson and others (1988)
Minerals actinolite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, galena, gold, pyrite, sericite, sphalerite, tetrahedrite/tennantite, zeolite
Associated rocks diorite, quartz monzonite
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Eocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Occurrence
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Cerro Colorado area is part of Exmin Resources Inc. 43,000-hectare Batopilas 2006 to 2007 exploration project. Resource estimate (without drilling) from Barton and others (1995): >3 Mt, 0.3% Cu, 0.4 g/t Au. Location is for the Cerro Colorado Au prospect (Sanjuanito 1:250,000 map) which is located ~ 2 km east of a north-south trending mapped alteration zone.
Study area name Mexico
References Barton and others (1995); Damon, Shafiqullah and Clark (1983); Goodell (1995); Maldano-Lee and others (2000); Singer and others (2008); Valencia-Moreno and others (2006); Wilkerson and others (1988); EXMIN Resources Inc. (2008); Valencia-Moreno and others (2007); Wilkerson and others (1988)
Site reference Hammarstrom and others (2010)
Barton, M.D., Staude, J.-M.G., Zürcher, L., and Megaw, P.K.M., 1995, Porphyry copper and other intrusion-related mineralization in Mexico, in Pierce, F.W., and Bolm, J.G., eds., Porphyry copper deposits of the American Cordillera: Tucson, Arizona Geological Society Digest, v.20, p.487–524.
Damon, P.E., Shafiqullah, Muhammad, and Clark, K.F., 1983, Geochronology of the porphyry copper deposits and related mineralization of Mexico: Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 20 p. 1052–1071. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/e83-095.)
EXMIN Resources Inc., 2008: EXMIN Resources Inc. home page accessed May 15, 2009, at http://www.exmin.com/. [Web page no longer available.]
Goodell, P.C., 1995, Porphyry deposits along the Batopilas lineament, Chihuahua, in Pierce, F.W., and Bolm, J.G., eds., Porphyry copper deposits of the American Cordillera: Tucson, Arizona Geological Society Digest 20, p. 544.
Maldano-Lee, J.M., García-Palacios, Raúl, Larrañaga-Obregón, Gerardo, Sánchez-Bermeo, Gilberto, Aguilar-Carrizales, Alfredo, and Pierre-Prian, Jean, 2000, Carta geológico-minera, San Juanito G13-1, Chihuahua [Mexico]: Pachuca, Hidalgo, Servicio Geológico Mexicano, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.
Singer, D.A., Berger, V.I., and Moring, B.C., 2008, Porphyry copper deposits of the world—Database and grade and tonnage models, 2008: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1155, [45] p. and digital data, accessed December 31, 2013, at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1155/.
Valencia-Moreno, M., Ochoa-Landìn, L., Noguez-Alcantara, B., Ruìz, J., Pèrez-Segura, E., 2006, Características metalogenéticas de los depósitos de tipo pórfido cuprífero en México y su situación en el contexto mundial: Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana, Vol. Conmemorativo del Centenarìo, v. 58, no.1, p. 1–26.
Valencia-Moreno, M., Ochoa-Landín, Lucas, Noguez-Alcántara, Benito, Ruiz, Joaquin, Pérez-Segura, Efrén, 2007, Geological and metallogenetic characteristics of the porphyry copper deposits of México and their situation in the world context, in Alaniz-Álvarez, S.A., and Nieto-Samaniego, Á.F., eds., Geology of México—Celebrating the centenary of the Geological Society of México: Geological Society of America Special Paper 422, p. 433–458. (Also available at http://specialpapers.gsapubs.org/content/422/433/F8.expansion.html.)Wilkerson, Gregg; Deng, Quingping; Llavona, Ramon; and Goodell, P.C., 1988, Batopilas mining district, Mexico: Economic Geology, v. 83, p. 1721–1736. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2113/gsecongeo.83.8.1721.)Wilkerson, Gregg; Deng, Quingping; Llavona, Ramon; and Goodell, P.C., 1988, Batopilas mining district, Mexico: Economic Geology, v. 83, p. 1721–1736. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2113/gsecongeo.83.8.1721.)