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Cuprita Mine, Turco, Carangas Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia

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Copper mine with the ore hosted in conglomerates. (These conglomerates interestingly yield clasts of tourmaline-bearing pegmatite, a rock type that does not outcrop anywhere in this region of Bolivia.) This deposit was the source of the unusual greenish to bluish grey chalcedony impregnated with innumerable specks of native copper, used for lapidary purposes by the pre-Colombian civilizations, and still utilized by local artisans today.
Ref: Federico Ahlfeld and Alejandro Schneider-Scherbina (1964) Los Yacimientos Minerales y de Hidrocarburos de Bolivia. Boletin No. 5 (Especial), 246-247 (Ministerio de Minas y Petroleo, La Paz).
Federico Ahlfeld (1946) Una mina preincaica de piedras semipreciosas en Turco. Mineria Boliviana 3, # 29.

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