El Salado

Porphyry copper prospect in San Juan, Argentina

Names and other identifiers

Tract name Argentina Permian San Jorge (005pCu1016ab)
Site status prospect

Geographic location

Country Argentina
State or province San Juan
Geographic location -69.633333333, -30.933333333
Geologic map unit -69.633333333, -30.933333333
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age determination method Geologic inference
Age range Permian or younger
Age reference geologic inference
Minerals chalcopyrite, chlorite, epidote, pyrite, sericite
Associated rocks rhyodacite, rhyolite porphyry, agglomerate, conglomerate, granodiorite, limestone, tonalite
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Permian or younger

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu, Au
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Classic zoned porphyry copper deposit: 0.3–0.8% Cu, 0.1–0.2 g/t Au.
Study area name Andes
References Cardo (1999); Climax Mining Ltd. (2007); Little (1995b); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Cunningham and others (2008)
Cardó, R., 1999, Distrito polimetálico Castaño Viejo, San Juan, in Zappettini, E.O., ed., Recursos minerales de la Republica Argentina: Buenos Aires, Instituto de Geología y Recursos Minerales (SEGEMAR), Anales 35, p. 857–863.
Climax Mining Ltd., 1996, Argentina Exploration; Upsallat graben project: 1996 Annual Report, accessed 2008, at http://www.climaxmining.com.au/annual_96/html/argentina.html. [Web page no longer available.]
Little, M.L., 1995b, Exploration review—South America—Argentina: Society of Economic Geologists SEG Newsletter, no. 23, p. 29–30. (Also available at http://www.segweb.org/pdf/publications/newsletters/1995/SEG-Newsletter-23-1995-October.pdf.)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/.