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Potosí Mine, Barracanao (Baracoa), Moa-Baracoa District, Mayarí-Baracoa Belt, Holguín Province, Cubai
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Potosí MineMine
Barracanao (Baracoa)- not defined -
Moa-Baracoa DistrictDistrict
Mayarí-Baracoa BeltBelt
Holguín ProvinceProvince
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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
20° 33' 7'' North , 74° 45' 59'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
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Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Moa92,852 (2014)22.5km
Río Guayabal de Yateras25,753 (2006)33.2km
Baracoa48,362 (2016)36.2km
Sagua de Tánamo18,282 (2016)49.5km


Sulphide mineralizations, confined to narrow chromitite zones at the contact with dikes of pegmatitic olivine norites. Started production in 1889 and has produced 450,000 t of refractory-grade chromite.

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15 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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Detailed Mineral List:

'Apatite'
Formula: Ca5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
Reference: Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414
Baddeleyite
Formula: ZrO2
Reference: Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Mineralium Deposita (2001) 36:658-669; Lazarenkov, V.G., Tikhomirov, I.N., Zhidkov, A.Y., and Talovina, I.V. (2005): Lithology and Mineral Resources 40(6), 521-527.; Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414
Chamosite
Formula: (Fe2+,Mg,Al,Fe3+)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH,O)8
Reference: Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414
'Chlorite Group'
Reference: Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414
Chromite
Formula: Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Reference: J. Proenza, F. Gervilla, J. Melgarejo, O. Vera, P. Alfonso, A. Fallick (2001): Genesis of sulfide-rich chromite ores by the interaction between chromitite and pegmatitic olivine–norite dikes in the Potosí Mine (Moa-Baracoa ophiolitic massif, eastern Cuba). Mineralium Deposita 36, 658-669; Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414
Cubanite
Formula: CuFe2S3
Reference: J. Proenza, F. Gervilla, J. Melgarejo, O. Vera, P. Alfonso, A. Fallick (2001): Genesis of sulfide-rich chromite ores by the interaction between chromitite and pegmatitic olivine–norite dikes in the Potosí Mine (Moa-Baracoa ophiolitic massif, eastern Cuba). Mineralium Deposita 36, 658-669; Lazarenkov, V.G., Tikhomirov, I.N., Zhidkov, A.Y., and Talovina, I.V. (2005): Lithology and Mineral Resources 40(6), 521-527.; Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'
Reference: Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414
Ilmenite
Formula: Fe2+TiO3
Reference: Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414
Laurite
Formula: RuS2
Reference: Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414
'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'
Reference: Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414
Pentlandite
Formula: (FexNiy)Σ9S8
Reference: Mineralium Deposita (2001) 36:658-669; Lazarenkov, V.G., Tikhomirov, I.N., Zhidkov, A.Y., and Talovina, I.V. (2005): Lithology and Mineral Resources 40(6), 521-527.; Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414
Pyrrhotite
Formula: Fe7S8
Reference: Mineralium Deposita (2001) 36:658-669; Lazarenkov, V.G., Tikhomirov, I.N., Zhidkov, A.Y., and Talovina, I.V. (2005): Lithology and Mineral Resources 40(6), 521-527.; Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414
Rutile
Formula: TiO2
Reference: Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414
Sperrylite
Formula: PtAs2
Reference: Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414
Titanite
Formula: CaTi(SiO4)O
Reference: Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414
Valleriite
Formula: (Fe2+,Cu)4(Mg,Al)3S4(OH,O)6
Reference: Lazarenkov, V.G., Tikhomirov, I.N., Zhidkov, A.Y., and Talovina, I.V. (2005): Lithology and Mineral Resources 40(6), 521-527.
Zircon
Formula: Zr(SiO4)
Reference: Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414
Zirconolite
Formula: CaZrTi2O7
Reference: Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Cubanite2.CB.55aCuFe2S3
Laurite2.EB.05aRuS2
Pentlandite2.BB.15(FexNiy)Σ9S8
Pyrrhotite2.CC.10Fe7S8
Sperrylite2.EB.05aPtAs2
Valleriite2.FD.30(Fe2+,Cu)4(Mg,Al)3S4(OH,O)6
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Baddeleyite4.DE.35ZrO2
Chromite4.BB.05Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Ilmenite4.CB.05Fe2+TiO3
Rutile4.DB.05TiO2
Zirconolite4.DH.30CaZrTi2O7
Group 9 - Silicates
Chamosite9.EC.55(Fe2+,Mg,Al,Fe3+)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH,O)8
Titanite9.AG.15CaTi(SiO4)O
Zircon9.AD.30Zr(SiO4)
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Apatite'-Ca5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
'Chlorite Group'-
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'-
'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 9:8
Pentlandite2.7.1.1(FexNiy)Σ9S8
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Pyrrhotite2.8.10.1Fe7S8
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
Cubanite2.9.13.1CuFe2S3
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Laurite2.12.1.10RuS2
Sperrylite2.12.1.13PtAs2
Hydroxysulfides and Hydrated Sulfides
Valleriite2.14.1.1(Fe2+,Cu)4(Mg,Al)3S4(OH,O)6
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Ilmenite4.3.5.1Fe2+TiO3
AX2
Baddeleyite4.4.14.1ZrO2
Rutile4.4.1.1TiO2
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Chromite7.2.3.3Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Group 8 - MULTIPLE OXIDES CONTAINING NIOBIUM,TANTALUM OR TITANIUM
A2B2O6(O,OH,F)
Zirconolite8.2.5.5CaZrTi2O7
Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with cations in >[6] coordination
Zircon51.5.2.1Zr(SiO4)
Group 52 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups and O,OH,F,H2O
Insular SiO4 Groups and O, OH, F, and H2O with cations in [6] and/or >[6] coordination
Titanite52.4.3.1CaTi(SiO4)O
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings interlayered 1:1, 2:1, and octahedra
Chamosite71.4.1.7(Fe2+,Mg,Al,Fe3+)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH,O)8
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Apatite'-Ca5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
'Chlorite Group'-
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'-
'Orthopyroxene Subgroup'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H Valleriite(Fe2+,Cu)4(Mg,Al)3S4(OH,O)6
H ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
H Chamosite(Fe2+,Mg,Al,Fe3+)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH,O)8
OOxygen
O ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
O Valleriite(Fe2+,Cu)4(Mg,Al)3S4(OH,O)6
O ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
O BaddeleyiteZrO2
O Chamosite(Fe2+,Mg,Al,Fe3+)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH,O)8
O IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
O RutileTiO2
O TitaniteCaTi(SiO4)O
O ZirconZr(SiO4)
O ZirconoliteCaZrTi2O7
FFluorine
F ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
MgMagnesium
Mg Valleriite(Fe2+,Cu)4(Mg,Al)3S4(OH,O)6
Mg Chamosite(Fe2+,Mg,Al,Fe3+)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH,O)8
AlAluminium
Al Valleriite(Fe2+,Cu)4(Mg,Al)3S4(OH,O)6
Al Chamosite(Fe2+,Mg,Al,Fe3+)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH,O)8
SiSilicon
Si Chamosite(Fe2+,Mg,Al,Fe3+)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH,O)8
Si TitaniteCaTi(SiO4)O
Si ZirconZr(SiO4)
PPhosphorus
P ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
SSulfur
S PyrrhotiteFe7S8
S Pentlandite(FexNiy)Σ9S8
S CubaniteCuFe2S3
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S Valleriite(Fe2+,Cu)4(Mg,Al)3S4(OH,O)6
S LauriteRuS2
ClChlorine
Cl ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
CaCalcium
Ca ApatiteCa5(PO4)3(Cl/F/OH)
Ca TitaniteCaTi(SiO4)O
Ca ZirconoliteCaZrTi2O7
TiTitanium
Ti IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
Ti RutileTiO2
Ti TitaniteCaTi(SiO4)O
Ti ZirconoliteCaZrTi2O7
CrChromium
Cr ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
FeIron
Fe ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
Fe PyrrhotiteFe7S8
Fe Pentlandite(FexNiy)Σ9S8
Fe CubaniteCuFe2S3
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe Valleriite(Fe2+,Cu)4(Mg,Al)3S4(OH,O)6
Fe Chamosite(Fe2+,Mg,Al,Fe3+)6(Si,Al)4O10(OH,O)8
Fe IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
NiNickel
Ni Pentlandite(FexNiy)Σ9S8
CuCopper
Cu CubaniteCuFe2S3
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Cu Valleriite(Fe2+,Cu)4(Mg,Al)3S4(OH,O)6
AsArsenic
As SperrylitePtAs2
ZrZirconium
Zr BaddeleyiteZrO2
Zr ZirconZr(SiO4)
Zr ZirconoliteCaZrTi2O7
RuRuthenium
Ru LauriteRuS2
PtPlatinum
Pt SperrylitePtAs2

References

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J. Proenza, F. Gervilla, J. Melgarejo, O. Vera, P. Alfonso, A. Fallick (2001): Genesis of sulfide-rich chromite ores by the interaction between chromitite and pegmatitic olivine–norite dikes in the Potosí Mine (Moa-Baracoa ophiolitic massif, eastern Cuba). Mineralium Deposita 36, 658-669.
Lazarenkov, V.G., Tikhomirov, I.N., Zhidkov, A.Y., and Talovina, I.V. (2005): Platinum Group Metals and Gold in Supergene Nickel Ores of the Moa and Nikaro Deposits (Cuba). Lithology and Mineral Resources 40(6), 521-527.
Aiglsperger, T., Oliete, M. P., Proenza, J. A., Sola, N. P., Linares, F. G., Jiménez, J. M. G., & Saunders, J. E. PGE distribution in Fe-Ni-Cu sulfides from the Potosí mine (Eastern Cuban Ophiolites). Mineral Resources to Discover - 14th SGA Biennial Meeting 2017, Volume 2 pp 411-414


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