Cerro Colorado

Porphyry copper deposit in Tacna, Peru

Names and other identifiers

Tract name Chile-Peru Paleocene–Eocene Toquepala (005pCu1008)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Peru
State or province Tacna
Geographic location -69.900833333, -17.681666667
Geologic map unit -69.900833333, -17.681666667
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age determination method Geologic inference
Age range Paleocene
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals chalcopyrite, chlorite, clay minerals, covellite, pyrite, sericite
Associated rocks dacite porphyry, andesite, granodiorite
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Paleocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Tonnage (Mt) 220Mt
Cu grade (%) 1.01%
Mo grade (%) 0.015%
Contained copper 2,200,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments 0.5% Cu cutoff; supergene enrichment as much as 200 m thick.
Study area name Andes
References Chávez (1999); Sillitoe (1989a); Zappettini and others (2001); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Cunningham and others (2008)
Chávez, W.X., Jr., 1999, Exploration review—Perú: Society of Economic Geologists SEG Newsletter, no. 37, p. 30. (Also available at http://www.segweb.org/pdf/publications/newsletters/1999/SEG-Newsletter-37-1999-April.pdf.)
Sillitoe, R.H., 1989a, Copper deposits and Andean evolution, in Ericksen, G.E., Cañas Pinochet, M.T., and Reinemund, J.A., eds., Geology of the Andes and its relation to hydrocarbon and mineral resources: Houston, Circum Pacific Council for Energy and Mineral Resources Earth Science Series, v. 11, p. 285–311.
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/.
Zappettini, Eduardo; Miranda-Angles, Vitaliano; Rodriguez S., Carolina; Palacios, Oscar; Cocking,Robert; Godeas, Marta; Uribe-Zeballos, Hernán; Vivallo S., Waldo; Paz, M.M.; Seggiaro, Raúl; Heuschmidt, Bertand; Gardeweg P., Moyra; Boulangger Rondoy, Elmere; Korzeniewski, Lidia I.; Mpodozis M., Constantino; Carpio R., Mario; and Rubiolo, Daniel, 2001, Mapa metalogénico de laregión fronteriza entre Argentina, Bolivia, Chile y Perú (14ºS–28ºS): Santiago, Chile, Servicio Nacional de Geología y Minería, Publicacion Geológica Multinacional No. 2, 222 p., 1 map, scale 1:1,000,000.