El Batamote

Porphyry copper deposit in Sonora, Mexico

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Batamote
Tract name Western Sierra Madre Occidental and Laramide Central (003pCu3007x)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Mexico
State or province Sonora
Geographic location -109.7713834, 30.449581096
Geologic map unit -109.7713834, 30.449581096
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 56.8Ma
Age determination method K-Ar biotite
Age range 56.8 ±1.2 Ma
Age reference Damon, Shafiqullah and Clark (1983)
Minerals biotite, calcite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, epidote, goethite, hematite, jarosite, malachite, magnetite, molybdenite, pyrite, sericite, tourmaline
Associated rocks andesite dikes, breccia, quartz monzonite porphyry, andesite, pillow andesitic basalt, quartz diorite, quartz porphyry, quartz diorite porphyry
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Paleocene–Eocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Past Producer
Major commodities Cu, Au
Tonnage (Mt) 4Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.36%
Contained copper 16,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Location: El Batamote Au, Cu prospect on 250K map. Note that there Au-Cu prospects and alteration to the north (El Batamote Norte, El Vasiti, La Casita) and within 5 km in Tertiary volcanics (ToIg-TR); La Purica prospect in Laramide intrusives (KsTpaGr-Gd) is about 4 km to the NE. Property acquired for evaluation by Tumi Resources Ltd. In 2006; subsequently held by General Minerals Corp. in 2007.
Study area name Mexico
References Singer and others (2008); Damon, Shafiqullah and Clark (1983); Palafox-Reyes and others (1998); Valencia-Moreno and others (2007); U.S. Geological Survey (2007); Singer and others (2005); Damon, Shafiqullah, Roldán-Quintan and Cochemé (1983); General Minerals Corp. (2007)
Site reference Hammarstrom and others (2010)
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.)
Damon, P.E., Shafiqullah, M., Roldán-Quintana, J., and Cochemé, J.J., 1983, El batolito Laramide (90–40 Ma) de Sonora, in Memorias de la XV Convención Nacional de la AIMMGM, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Proceedings: Asociación de Ingenieros de Minas, Metalurgistas y Geólogos de México (AIMMGM), p. 63–95.
Palafox-Reyes, J.J., Minjarez-Sosa, Ismael, Saavedra-Monreal, Rogelio, Alamazán-Vázquez, Emelio, Morales-Montaño, Mariano, Ochoa-Landin-L.H., Rodríguez-Torres, Rafael, Rivera-Enriquez, Braulio, Castro-Escarrega, J.J., and Zamora-Tovar, R.E., 1998, Carta geológico-minera, Nacozari H12-6, Sonora [Mexico]: Pachuca, Hidalgo, Servicio Geológico Mexicano, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.
Singer, D.A., Berger, V.I., and Moring, B.C., 2005, Porphyry copper deposits of the world—Database, map, and grade and tonnage models: U.S. Geological Survey Open-file Report 2005-1060, [9] p. and digital data, accessed December 31, 2013, at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1060/.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/.U.S. Geological Survey, 2007, Mineral Resources Data System (MRDS): U.S. Geological Survey database, accessed December 15, 2007, at http://tin.er.usgs.gov/mrds/.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.)