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Cerro Verde Mine, Uchumayo District, Arequipa Province, Arequipa Department, Peru

Latitude: 16°32'7"S
Longitude: 71°35'30"W
A copper mine with Phelps Dodge being the major shareholder. The mine consists of two large open pits, the Cerro Verde pit and the Santa Rosa pit, located at 2,700 m elevation, 34 km south of Arequipa city, from which its 480 employees are bused to work.
Ore is disseminated in igneous intrusion ("porphyry copper") and averages 0.52% Cu, currently working oxidized ore, but preparing to switch to primary sulphide-bearing ore. Mine moves 190,000 tons of rock per day, which is treated by one of the world's most modern heap leaching (hydrometallurgical) plants. Production in 2001 was almost 170 million lb Cu. (NB: This type of large-scale modern mining rarely results in any specimen-grade material being saved.)

Mineral List

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Alunite
Anhydrite
Antlerite
Atacamite
'Biotite'
Bornite
Brochantite
Celadonite
Chalcocite
Chalcopyrite
Chrysocolla
Covellite
Cubanite
Dumortierite
Enargite
Ferberite
Galena
Goethite
Hematite
Ilmenite
Kaolinite
Luzonite
Mackinawite
Magnetite
Malachite
Molybdenite
Muscovite
var: Sericite

Pyrite
Pyrrhotite
Rhodochrosite
Sphalerite
Tennantite
'Tourmaline'


33 entries listed. 30 valid minerals.

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Peru

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References

- Singer, D.A., Berger, V.I., and Moring, B.C. (2008): Porphyry copper deposits of the world: Database and grade and tonnage models, 2008. US Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1155.

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