Porphyry copper deposit in Atacama, Chile

Names and other identifiers

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

Geographic location

Country Chile
State or province Atacama
Geographic location -70.3, -28.5
Geologic map unit -70.3, -28.5
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 64Ma
Age determination method unknown
Age range 64 ±2 Ma
Age reference Singer and others (2008)
Minerals atacamite, biotite, bornite, chalcopyrite, chlorite, chrysocolla, cuprite, epidote, hematite, jarosite, limonite, magnetite, malachite, molybdenite, pyrite, sericite
Associated rocks breccia, dacite porphyry, rhyodacite porphyry, rhyolite porphyry, andesite, granodiorite, rhyolite
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Late Cretaceous–Paleocene

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu, Mo
Tonnage (Mt) 581Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.43%
Mo grade (%) 0.018%
Contained copper 2,500,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Exposed. 0.2% Cu cut-off grade.
Study area name Andes
References Cinits and Boivin (2003); Maksaev (2001); Singer and others (2008)
Site reference Cunningham and others (2008)
Cinits, R., Boivin, D., 2003, Technical report on the Relincho property, Region III, Chile: Lumina Copper Corp., 434 p., accessed 2008, at [Web page no longer available.]
Maksaev, V.J., 2001, Reseña metalogenica de Chile y de los procesos que determinan la metalogenesis Andina: 63 p, accessed 2008, at [Web page no longer available.]
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