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Milagro Mine, Cerro Pichao, Tafí del Valle Department, Tucumán, Argentina
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Latitude: 26°21'16"S
Longitude: 66°3'15"W
 
Name(s) in local language(s): Mina Milagro
 
Pegmatite worked for muscovite during the 1960s and 1970s.

Pegmatitic Body:
Between the veins of the region pegmatitics stands located on the right bank of the Pichao River in its upper 500 metres water down the Milagro mine. It is discordant with the schistosity of the metamorphic rock and presents a course North 15 degrees East, which is in general of all the pegmatites of the area. It's a body of irregular 4 meters of power in its part wider, with a visible a couple of meters extension, losing in the metamorphic rock.
The rock box is a shale injected with a high content of Biotite, not presenting alteration strong in contact, which is on the other hand sharp.
It's a zoned pegmatite with more or less coarse texture whose exterior area is dominated by the feldspar, in addition to abundant black tourmaline(Var: Schorl) levels of fracturing of the feldspar are stuffed with pinched in the form of fine aggregate. Towards the interior of the body decreases the plagioclase, appearing an aggregate consisting of quartz with packages of Muscovite constituting veins of filling of the feldspars.
Below middle of grain more bulk than the previous, still pink feldspar microcline its main component. There were veins of quartz of the kernel replace the feldspar of very frequently.
The presence of minerals like Beryl, tourmaline and uranium, as well as mica which constituted the commercially exploitable area of this body were sporadically observed in this area contact with the kernel.
The Uraninite is presented in the form of dark nodules and vacuoles within the feldspar, accompanied by Uranophane and Kasolite.
The Kaolinite only appears as the vacuoles of feldspar Microcline alteration in the vicinity of the Uraninite.
The Chalcosite is presented as veins of few centimeters included in feldspar(Albite-Anorthite Series), altered to Malachite in some sectors.
The Spodumene found in small quantities, partially altered, and bearer of micro crystals of Red Garnet and Emerald variety Beryl, dendrites of manganese in part of its surface.

Mineral List

'Albite-Anorthite Series'
Almandine
Beryl
var: Aquamarine
var: Emerald
'Biotite'
Chalcocite
'Chlorite Group'
'Garnet'
'Gummite'
Kaolinite
Kasolite
Malachite
'Manganese Oxides'
'var: Manganese Dendrites'
Microcline
Muscovite
Quartz
Quartz
var: Citrine

Schorl
Spodumene
'Tourmaline'
Uraninite
Uranophane


24 entries listed. 13 valid minerals.

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References

Angelelli, Víctor (1961), El Berilo en la República Argentina. Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica. Informe Nº 60. Buenos Aires.

Porto, Juan C. (1961), Informe sobre una inspección a las pegmatitas de Alto Cazadero y Cueva Bazán, Sierras de Quilmes. Tucumán. Dirección Prov. de Minas. Inédito. Tucumán.

Peña, Hugo A. (1965), Las Pegmatitas Micacíferas del Cerro Pichao, Colalao del Valle, Dpto. Tafí. Informe inédito de la Dirección Prov. de Minas, Tucumán.

Peña, Hugo A. (1965), Las pegmatitas micacíferas de las sierras de Quilmes o El Cajón, Dpto. de Tafí (Tucumán).

Kihien, Alfredo (1968), Estudio geológico y petrográfico del cuerpo granítico de Loma Colorada, Colalao del Valle, Dpto. de Tafí (Tucumán). Dpto. de Geología del Instituto Miguel Lillo. Trabajo de Seminario. Tucumán (inédito).

Peña, Hugo A. (1970), La presencia de minerales de Uranio en una pegmatita de la sierra de Quilmes o El Cajón, Provincia de Tucumán.

Tauber Larry, R. J. (1973). Visita a la pegmatita de Mina "Milagro", Cerro Pichao, Departamento Tafí del Valle", Provincia de Tucumán. Informe personal.

Tauber Larry, Raúl J. (2008). Visita a la pegmatita de Mina "Milagro", Cerro Pichao, Departamento Tafí del Valle", Provincia de Tucumán. Informe personal.

Acta Geológica Lilloana volume (tomo) XI:5. Fundación e Instituto Miguel Lillo, Universidad Nacional de Tucumán.

Tauber Larry, R. J. (2013). Visit to the area in November 2013.

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