Paramillos Sur

Porphyry copper deposit in Mendoza, Argentina

Names and other identifiers

GMRAP ID 335
Tract name Argentina Miocene Paramillos (005pCu1014a)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Argentina
State or province Mendoza
Geographic location -69.1, -32.483333333
Geologic map unit -69.1, -32.483333333
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, chalcopyrite, chlorite, cubanite, galena, gold, hematite, ilmenite, jarosite, kaolinite/illite, limonite, mackinawite, magnetite, malachite, marcasite, molybdenite, montmorillonite, pyrite, pyrrhotite, scheelite, sericite, sphalerite, sulfosalt
Associated rocks andesite porphyry, monzodiorite porphyry, diorite porphyry, andesite, calcareous shale, conglomerate, graywacke, rhyolite porphyry, sandstone, tuff
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Miocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Tonnage (Mt) 187Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.53%
Mo grade (%) 0.01%
Contained copper 990,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Grades and tonnages early estimates. 50% of the deposit area is covered by Quaternary sediments.
Study area name Andes
References Carrasquero (1999); Lavandaio and Fusari (1999); Long (1995); Romani (1999); 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.
Long, K.R., 1995, Production and reserves of Cordilleran (Alaska to Chile) porphyry copper deposits, in Pierce, F.W., and Bolm, J.G., eds., Porphyry copper deposits of the American Cordillera: Tucson, Arizona Geological Society Digest 20, p. 35–68.
Romani, R.R., 1999, El porfiro cuprifero Paramillos Sur, Mendoza, in Zappettini, E.O., ed., Recursos minerales de la Republica Argentina: Buenos Aires, Instituto de Geología y Recursos Minerales (SEGEMAR), Anales 35, p. 1513–1523.
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/.