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Pascua Lama project, Atacama Region, Chile

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 29° 19' 23'' South , 70° 1' 24'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -29.323056, -70.023333
Open-pit gold-silver-copper project owned (as of 2007) by Barrick Gold Corp. Mineralization, both disseminated and of stockwork type, is hosted in late Paleozoic and mid-Tertiary intrusive and volcanic rocks, extending across the border into Argentina too ( Located at around 4,600 meters elevation. Estimated 225 million tonnes of ore with an average grade of 1.98 g/t Au and 66 g/t Ag.

The project is controversial because of its economic and environmental consequences.

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C. L. Deyell et al (2005) Alunite in the Pascua-Lama High-Sulfidation Deposit: Constraints on Alteration and Ore Deposition Using Stable Isotope Geochemistry. Economic Geology; January 2005; v. 100; no. 1; p. 131-148

Chouinard, A., Paquette, J., & Williams-Jones, A. E. (2005). Crystallographic controls on trace-element incorporation in auriferous pyrite from the Pascua epithermal high-sulfidation deposit, Chile–Argentina. The Canadian Mineralogist, 43(3), 951-963.

Chouinard, A., Williams-Jones, A.E., Leonardson, R.W., Hodgson, C.J., Silva, P., Téllez, C, Vega, J., and Rojas, F. (2005): Geology and genesis of the multistage high-sulfidation epithermal Pascua Au-Ag-Cu deposit, Chile and Argentina. Econonic Geology, 100, 463–490.

Maksaev, V., Townley, B., Palacios, C., and Camus, F. (2007): Metallic ore deposits. In: Moreno, T., and Gibbons, W. (editors): The Geology of Chile. The Geological Society (London), pp. 414.

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