Porphyry copper deposit in Morona-Santiago, Ecuador

Names and other identifiers

Tract name Colombia-Ecuador-Peru Jurassic San Carlos (005pCu1003)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Ecuador
State or province Morona-Santiago
Geographic location -78.5, -3.6
Geologic map unit -78.5, -3.6
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age determination method Geologic inference
Age range Jurassic
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chrysocolla, clay minerals, copper, covellite, limonite, malachite, neotocite, pyrite, sericite, sphalerite
Associated rocks andesite dike, dacite dike, granite porphyry, monzogranite porphyry, granite, monzodiorite, quartz monzonite
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Jurassic

Commodity and development information

Development status Occurrence
Major commodities Cu
Tonnage (Mt) 463Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.66%
Contained copper 3,100,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Study area name Andes
References Corrinte Resources Inc. (2007); Gendall and others (2000); PRODEMINCA (2000a); Quevedo and Lowell (2001); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Cunningham and others (2008)
Corriente Resources Inc., 2007, Copper growth story: Corriente Resources Inc. presentation, 16 p. (Also available at, I.R., Quevedo, L.A., Sillitoe, R.H., Spencer, R.M., Puente, C.O., León, J.P., and Romulo, R.P., 2000, Discovery of a Jurassic porphyry copper belt, Pangui area, southern Ecuador: Society of Economic Geologists SEG Newsletter, no. 43, p. 1–15. (Also available at
PRODEMINCA, 2000a, Evaluacion distritos mineros del Ecuador—Depositos porfidicos y epi-mesotermales relacionados con intrusiones de las Cordilleras Occidental y Real: Ministerio de Energia y Minas, Subsecretaria de Minas, Direccion Nacional de Geologia, Proyecto de Desarrolo Minero y Control Ambiental (PRODEMINCA), v. 5, 223 p.
Quevedo, L., and Lowell, J.D., 2001, Cinturón de pórfidos de cobre de Zamora, Ecuador: II Congress of Prospectors and Explorers, ProExplo 2001, Lima, Peru, 20 p., accessed 2008, at [Web page no longer available.]
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