Paramillos Norte

Porphyry copper deposit in Mendoza, Argentina

Names and other identifiers

Tract name Argentina Miocene Paramillos (005pCu1014a)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Argentina
State or province Mendoza
Geographic location -69.083333333, -32.416666667
Geologic map unit -69.083333333, -32.416666667
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 14Ma
Age determination method unknown
Age range 19–8.5 Ma
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals biotite, bornite, calcite, chalcopyrite, cuprite, delafossite, epidote, hematite/specularite, ilmenite, mackinawite, magnetite, molybdenite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, sericite
Associated rocks andesite porphyry, hornfels, latite porphyry, breccia, trachyte, agglomerate, metasedimentary rocks, andesite, monzodiorite
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Miocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu
Tonnage (Mt) 186Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.58%
Contained copper 1,100,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Some drill hole values 0.031 to 0.054% Mo, locally 0.6 g/t Au. Exposed.
Study area name Andes
References Carrasquero (1999); Lavandaio and Fusari (1999); Sillitoe (1977); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Cunningham and others (2008)
Carrasquero, S.I., 1999, Porphyry-type and epithermal ore deposits in the Paramillos de Uspallata district, Mendoza, Argentina, in Stanley, C.J., and others, eds., Mineral deposits—Processes to processing: Rotterdam, Balkema, Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits (SGA) Biennial Meeting, 5th, London, U.K., 1999 [Proceedings], v. 2, p. 487–490.
Lavandaio, E., and Fusari, C., 1999, Distrito polimetalico Mendoza Norte, Mendoza, in Zappettini, E.O., ed., Recursos minerales de la Republica Argentina: Buenos Aires, Instituto de Geología y Recursos Minerales (SEGEMAR), Anales 35, p. 1705–1716.
Sillitoe, R.H., 1977, Permo-Carboniferous, upper Cretaceous, and Miocene porphyry copper-type mineralization in the Argentinean Andes: Economic Geology, v. 72, p. 99–109. (Also available at, 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