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Yarvicoya mine (Stella Maris mine), Cercado Province, Oruro, Boliviai
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Yarvicoya mine (Stella Maris mine)Mine
Cercado ProvinceProvince
OruroDepartment
BoliviaCountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
17° South , 67° West (est.)
Estimate based on other nearby localities or region boundaries.
Margin of Error:
~2km
Locality type:


In Quechua, "Yarvi" means copper, "Coya" means mine, so this isn't a very imaginative name for a copper mine. The rich cementation zone has been completely worked out. Located 50km NNE of Oruro. (NOT the same mine as the Salvadora antimony mine in Yarvicoya!)

An old gallery opened up again several decades after the mine had closed was found to contain large massive growths of post-mining chalcanthite.

Regions containing this locality

South AmericaContinent
Altiplano PlateTectonic Plate
Andean tin province, South America

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


13 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Azurite
Formula: Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Reference: Alfredo Petrov collection
Chalcanthite
Formula: CuSO4 · 5H2O
Reference: Alfredo Petrov collection
Chalcocite
Formula: Cu2S
Reference: Ahlfeld, F. (1955): Las Especies Minerales de Bolivia
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Alfredo Petrov collection
Copper
Formula: Cu
Reference: Ahlfeld, F. (1955): Las Especies Minerales de Bolivia
Covellite
Formula: CuS
Reference: Ahlfeld, F. (1955): Las Especies Minerales de Bolivia
Cuprite
Formula: Cu2O
Reference: Alfredo Petrov collection
Malachite
Formula: Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Reference: Alfredo Petrov collection
'Odontolite'
Reference: Alfredo Petrov field collected specimen.
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Alfredo Petrov collection
Siderite
Formula: FeCO3
Reference: Dr. Fritz Berndt, unpublished analyses
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: Dr. Fritz Berndt, unpublished analyses
'Stibiconite'
Formula: Sb3+Sb5+2O6(OH)
Reference: Salomon Rivas & Federico Ahlfeld (1998) Los Minerales de Bolivia y sus Parajes. (Santa Cruz)
Stibnite
Formula: Sb2S3
Reference: Alfredo Petrov collection
Tetrahedrite ?
Formula: Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Description: (chalcostibite?)
Reference: Dr. Fritz Berndt, unpublished analyses

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Copper1.AA.05Cu
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Chalcocite2.BA.05Cu2S
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Covellite2.CA.05aCuS
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Stibnite2.DB.05Sb2S3
Tetrahedrite ?2.GB.05Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Cuprite4.AA.10Cu2O
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
'Stibiconite'4.DH.20Sb3+Sb5+2O6(OH)
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Azurite5.BA.05Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Malachite5.BA.10Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Siderite5.AB.05FeCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Chalcanthite7.CB.20CuSO4 · 5H2O
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Odontolite'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Copper1.1.1.3Cu
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:1
Chalcocite2.4.7.1Cu2S
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Covellite2.8.12.1CuS
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:3
Stibnite2.11.2.1Sb2S3
Group 3 - SULFOSALTS
3 <ø < 4
Tetrahedrite ?3.3.6.1Cu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X
Cuprite4.1.1.1Cu2O
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Siderite14.1.1.3FeCO3
Group 16a - ANHYDROUS CARBONATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
Azurite16a.2.1.1Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Malachite16a.3.1.1Cu2(CO3)(OH)2
Group 29 - HYDRATED ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4·xH2O
Chalcanthite29.6.7.1CuSO4 · 5H2O
Group 44 - ANTIMONATES
A2X2O6(O,OH,F)
'Stibiconite'44.1.1.1Sb3+Sb5+2O6(OH)
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Odontolite'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
H MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
H ChalcanthiteCuSO4 · 5H2O
H StibiconiteSb3+Sb25+O6(OH)
CCarbon
C AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
C MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
C SideriteFeCO3
OOxygen
O QuartzSiO2
O CupriteCu2O
O AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
O MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
O ChalcanthiteCuSO4 · 5H2O
O SideriteFeCO3
O StibiconiteSb3+Sb25+O6(OH)
SiSilicon
Si QuartzSiO2
SSulfur
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S StibniteSb2S3
S ChalcanthiteCuSO4 · 5H2O
S ChalcociteCu2S
S CovelliteCuS
S SphaleriteZnS
S TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
FeIron
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe SideriteFeCO3
Fe TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
CuCopper
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Cu CupriteCu2O
Cu AzuriteCu3(CO3)2(OH)2
Cu MalachiteCu2(CO3)(OH)2
Cu ChalcanthiteCuSO4 · 5H2O
Cu CopperCu
Cu ChalcociteCu2S
Cu CovelliteCuS
Cu TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
Zn TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13
SbAntimony
Sb StibniteSb2S3
Sb StibiconiteSb3+Sb25+O6(OH)
Sb TetrahedriteCu6[Cu4(Fe,Zn)2]Sb4S13

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