Porphyry copper deposit in Lambayeque, Peru

Names and other identifiers

Tract name Peru-Ecuador middle–late Miocene La Granja (005pCu1006)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Peru
State or province Lambayeque
Geographic location -79.283333333, -6.083333333
Geologic map unit -79.283333333, -6.083333333
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 15Ma
Age determination method unknown
Age range 15 Ma
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals albite, alunite, ankerite, biotite, bornite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, covellite, cubanite, digenite, enargite, epidote, galena, goethite, gold, hedenbergite, hematite, illite, jarosite, magnetite, malachite, molybdenite, muscovite/sericite, pyrite, sphalerite, tetrahedrite/tennantite, tourmaline, tremolite, zeolite
Associated rocks breccia, andesite porphyry, quartz porphyry, tonalite porphyry, conglomerate, gneiss, limestone, mudstone, phyllite, quartzite, sandstone, andesite, dacite, diabase, pyroclastics
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Miocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu
Tonnage (Mt) 820Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.45%
Contained copper 3,700,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Resource as of March, 2007, at 0.3% Cu cut-off grade. Exposed.
Study area name Andes
References Cabello (2002); Candente Resource Corp. (2007); Flores and others (1975); Hollister (1978); Noble and McKee (1999); Petersen and Vidal (1996); Stakiw (2007a); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Cunningham and others (2008)
Cabello, J., 2002, Copper exploration in the central Andes—A review: Chile, BHP Billiton, 7 p., accessed 2008, at [Web page no longer available.]
Candente Resource Corp., 2007, Third drill mobilized to test southern extension to Canariaco Norte copper deposit: Candente Resource Corp. press release, October 25, 2007, 1 p., accessed 2008, at
Flores, G., Zelaya, A., and Mamani, F., 1975, Geologia de Cañariaco: Boletin de la Sociedad Geologica del Peru, v. 46, p. 87–102.
Hollister, V.F., 1978, Geology of the porphyry copper deposits of the western hemisphere: New York, American Institute of Mining and Metallurgical Engineers, 219 p.
Noble, D.C., and McKee, E.H., 1999, The Miocene metallogenic belt of central and northern Peru, in Skinner, B.J., ed., Geology and ore deposits of the central Andes: Society of Economic Geologists Special Publication 7, p. 155–193.
Petersen, U., and Vidal, C.E., 1996, Magmatic and tectonic controls on the nature and distribution ofcopper deposits in Peru, in Camus, F., Sillitoe, R.H., and Petersen, R., eds., Andean copper deposits—New discoveries, mineralization, styles and metallogeny: Society of Economic Geologists Special Publication, no. 5, p. 1–18.
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
Stakiw, S., 2007a, Candente moves Cañariaco to feasibility: The Northern Miner, June 18–24, p. B8.