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Moctezuma Mine (Bambolla Mine), Moctezuma, Mun. de Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 29° 48' North , 109° 40' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 29.8, -109.666666667
Name(s) in local language(s):Mina la Bambolla, Moctezuma, Mun. de Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico
Other regions containing this locality:Sonoran Desert, North America

A gold-tellurium mine.
Famous for a wealth of secondary tellurium minerals.

Note: The nearby Bambollita mine ( is only approximately 1/2 mile lower down on the hill from the Moctezuma (Bambolla) mine.

Mineral List

Regional Geology

Neogene2.588 - 23.03 MaNeogene sedimentary


Tertiary2.588 - 66 Ma


Paleogene23.03 - 66 MaPaleogene volcanic rocks

Volcanic rocks

May include hypabyssal intrusions.

References for regional geology:

Data provided by

Garrity, C.P., and Soller, D.R.,. Database of the Geologic Map of North America: adapted from the map by J.C. Reed, Jr. and others (2005). U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 424 .

Geological Survey of Canada. Generalized geological map of the world and linked databases. doi:10.4095/195142. Open File 2915d.

Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informática. Conjunto de Datos Vectoriales Geológicos. Continuo Nacional. Escala 1:1’000,000.

79 valid minerals. 14 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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- Panczner (1987): 108, 125, 136, 149, 176, 179, 186, 190, 223, 244, 247, 256, 276, 280, 293, 301, 336, 338, 349, 357, 370 & 401.
- H. Braith, J. Gröbner, G. Langer & M. Seitz (2001): Moctezumas geheime Schätze: Bambolla, Bambollita und San Miguel. Lapis, 26(1), 11-23. (in German)
- C. Rewitzer (2001): Bambollita, Bambolla, San Migeul und Candelaria: Untertagefunde und Typmineralien. Lapis, 26(1), 24-40. (in German)

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