Warintza

Porphyry copper deposit in Zamora-Chinchipe, Ecuador

Names and other identifiers

GMRAP ID 233
Tract name Colombia-Ecuador-Peru Jurassic San Carlos (005pCu1003)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Ecuador
State or province Zamora-Chinchipe
Geographic location -78.6, -3.783333333
Geologic map unit -78.6, -3.783333333
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age determination method Geologic inference
Age range Jurassic
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals biotite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, epidote, magnetite, molybdenite, pyrite, sericite
Associated rocks breccia, diorite porphyry, granodiorite porphyry, quartz diorite porphyry, diorite, quartz monzonite, sedimentary rocks, volcanic rocks
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Jurassic

Commodity and development information

Development status Occurrence
Major commodities Cu, Au, Mo
Tonnage (Mt) 85Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.9%
Contained copper 760,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Intersection 252 m: 0.85% Cu, 0.13 g/t Au, 0.03% Mo.
Study area name Andes
References Anonymous (2001f); Corrinte Resources Inc. (2001); Lowell and Quevedo (2001); Lowell and Quevedo (2002); Quevedo and Lowell (2001); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Cunningham and others (2008)
Anonymous, 2001f, Warintza expanded: Mining Journal, October 5, 2001, p. 261.
Corriente Resources Inc., 2001, Warintza drilling expands copper-molybdenum mineralization: Corriente Resources Inc. press release, September 26, 2001, accessed 2008, at http://www.corriente.com/nr/20010926.html. [Web page no longer available.]
Lowell, J.D., and Quevedo, L., 2001, Exploring Jurassic porphyry copper in the Amazon Jungle of Ecuador [abs.], in WAAIME Annual Meeting, 86th, Phoenix, Arizona, February 25–27, 2002: WAAIME Program and Abstracts,p. 44.
Lowell, J.D., and Quevedo, L., 2002, Exploring Jurassic porphyry coppers in the Amazon jungle of Ecuador: 2002 SME Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Ariz., February 25–27, 2002, Preprint 02-116. (Also available at http://www.onemine.org/search/summary.cfm/Exploring-Jurassic-Porphyry-Coppers-In-The-Amazon-Jungle-Of-Ecuador?d=152918F0959DEC0235BDCDE295150E1933C95871760CE9A99021CA563123D07E38141.)
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 http://www.proexplo.com.pe/encont/opcion/e2001.htm. [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 http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1155/.