Agua Rica

Porphyry copper deposit in Catamarca, Argentina

Names and other identifiers

GMRAP ID 323
Alternate names Mi Vida
Tract name Argentina Miocene–Pliocene Bajo de la Alumbrera (005pCu1014c)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Argentina
State or province Catamarca
Geographic location -66.28, -27.370833333
Geologic map unit -66.28, -27.370833333
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 6Ma
Age determination method unknown
Age range 6–5 Ma
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals actinolite, alunite, andalusite, anhydrite/gypsum, barite, biotite, bornite, carbonate, chalcocite/digenite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, corundum, covellite, enargite, galena, jarosite, kaolinite/illite/dickite, magnetite, marcasite, molybdenite, pyrite, pyrophyllite, rhodochrosite, rutile, smectite, sericite, sphalerite, sulfur, tetrahedrite/tennantite, tourmaline, zunyite
Associated rocks breccia, dacite porphyry, quartz feldspar porphyry, rhyolite porphyry,basalt, conglomerate, granite, migmatite, syenodiorite,andesite, monzodiorite, schist
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Miocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu, Mo, Au, Ag
Tonnage (Mt) 1,761Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.42%
Mo grade (%) 0.033%
Au grade (g/t) 0.18g/t
Ag grade (g/t) 3.2g/t
Contained copper 7,400,000t
Gold-Moly ratio 5.5

Reference information

Comments 0.2% Cu cut-off grade. Exposed. Superposition of multistage mineralized breccia. Farallon Negro volcanic region.
Study area name Andes
References Bargmann (2000); Koukharsky and Mirré (1976); Landtwing and others (2002); Northern Orion Resources Inc. (2007); Perelló and others (1998); Roco and Koukharsky (1999); Rojas and others (1998); Sasso and Clark (1998); Singer and others (2008); Singer and others (2005)
Site reference Cunningham and others (2008)
Bargmann, C.J., 2000, Agua Rica prospect, Catamarca Province, Argentina—An example of deposit evaluation based on net smelter return: Institution of Mining and Metallurgy Transactions, v. 109, p. 126–132.
Koukharsky, Magdalena, and Mirré, J.C., 1976, Mi Vida prospect—A porphyry copper-type deposit in northwestern Argentina: Economic Geology, v. 71, p. 849–863. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2113/gsecongeo.71.5.849.)Landtwing, M.R., Dillenbeck, E.D., Leake, M.L., and Heinrich, C.A., 2002, Evolution of the breccia-hosted Cu-Mo-Au deposit at Agua Rica, Argentina—Progressive unroofing of a magmatic hydrothermal system: Economic Geology, v. 97, p. 1273–1292. (Also available at http://dx.doi.org/10.2113/gsecongeo.97.6.1273.)
Northern Orion Resources Inc., 2007, Development projects, Agua Rica: Northern Orion Resources Inc. Web page, 9 p., accessed 2008, at http://www.northernorion.com/s/AguaRica.asp. [Web page no longer available.]
Perelló, J., Rojas, N., Devaux, C., Fava, L., Etchart, E., and Harman, P., 1998, Discovery of the Agua Rica Porphyry Cu-Mo-Au deposit, Catamarca Province, northwestern Argentina; Part 2—Geology, in Porter, T.M., ed., Porphyry and hydrothermal copper and gold deposits—A global perspective, Conference Proceedings: Glenside, South Australia, Australian Mineral Foundation, p. 119–134.
Roco, R., and Koukharsky, M., 1999, El porfiro cupro-molibdenifero Agua Rica y las manifestationes epitermales asociadas, Catamarca, in Zappettini, E.O., ed., Recursos minerales de la Republica Argentina: Buenos Aires, Instituto de Geologia y Recursos Minerales (SEGEMAR), Anales 35, p. 1479–1492.
Rojas, N., Perelló, J., Harman, P., Cabello, J., Devaux, C., Fava, L., and Etchart, E., 1998, Discovery of the Agua Rica Porphyry Cu-Mo-Au deposit, Catamarca Province, northwestern Argentina; Part 1. Exploration and discovery, in Porter, T.M., ed., Porphyry and hydrothermal copper and gold deposits—A global perspective, Conference Proceedings: Adelaide, PGC Publishing, Australian Mineral Foundation International Conference, Perth, Western Australia, November 30–December 1, 1998 [Proceedings], p. 111–119. (Abstract also available at http://www.portergeo.com.au/publishing/porphyry98/porphyry98start.html.)Sasso, A.M., and Clark, A.H., 1998, The Farallón Negro Group, northwest Argentina—Magmatic, hydrothermal and tectonic evolution and implications for Cu-Au metallogeny in the Andean back-arc: Society of Economic Geologists SEG Newsletter, no. 34, p. 1, 8–18. (Also available at http://www.segweb.org/pdf/publications/newsletters/1998/SEG-Newsletter-34-1998-July.pdf.)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/.