La Azulita

Porphyry copper prospect in Sinaloa, Mexico

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names La Noria exploration concession (Azulitas, Las Minas, Cerro Colorado, La Verde, N Azulitas)
Tract name Western Sierra Madre Occidental and Laramide Central (003pCu3007x)
Site status prospect

Geographic location

Country Mexico
State or province Sinaloa
Geographic location -106.100466184, 23.600438964
Geologic map unit -106.100466184, 23.600438964
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 59.5Ma
Age determination method K-Ar biotite
Age range 59.5 Ma
Age reference unknown
Associated rocks granodiorite, quartz monzodiorite, quartz diorite
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Paleocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Occurrence
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Valencia-Moreno and others (2007) report 0.5 Mt at 1.2% Cu, 0.01% Mo. Hydrothermal breccias (possible porphyry Mo-Cu?) associated with Cretaceous granodiorite and monzonite. La Noria concession has 5 prospective areas (166.5 square km area): Azulitas, N Azulitas, Las Minas, Cerro Colorado, La Verde. Inferred resources announced for polymetallic breccias/fracture zones open at depth: 5.63 Mt of 0.54% Cu, 12.2 g/t Ag, 0.08 g/t Au,and 0.04% Mo. Alteration: quartz-sericite, tourmaline.
Study area name Mexico
References Salas (1975); Torres-Escamilla and others (1999); SRK Consulting (2006); University of Arizona (1999); Geoinformatics Exploration Inc. (2008); Valencia-Moreno and others (2007)
Site reference Hammarstrom and others (2010)
Geoinformatics Exploration Inc., 2008, News release: Geoinformatics Exploration Inc. Web page accessed May 15, 2009, at [Web page no longer available.]
Salas, G.P., 1975, Carta y provincias metalogeneticas de la Republica Mexicana: Consejo de Recursos Minerales, publicación 21E, 242 p.
SRK Consulting, 2006, Technical report on the La Noria exploration concession, Sinaloa, Mexico: Report prepared for GeoInformatics Exploration Inc., 110 p.
Torres-Escamilla, Tonatiuh, Bataz-Manríquez, Gabriel, Moreno-López, and M.H. Fernando, 1999, Carta geológico-minera, Mazatlán F13-1, Sinaloa [Mexico]: Pachuca, Hidalgo, Servicio Geológico Mexicano, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.
University of Arizona-Industry-USGS Mexico Consortium, 1999, March 1999 release notes: University of Arizona-Industry-USGS Mexico Consortium (unpub. report).
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