Sediment-hosted gold-(palladium-platinum) deposit. The deposit was intermittently mined from several open pits (including the Serra Pelada, Banana and Marlon mines) since 1980. It produced 35.3 metric tons of gold between 1980 and 1985.
41 valid minerals.
This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality
is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys.
This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.
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Mining Annual Review (1985): 41.
Minerals Today (Jan 1990): 30.
Villas, R.N., and Dias Santos, M. (2001): Gold deposits of the Carajás mineral province: deposit types and metallogenesis. Mineralium Deposita 36, 300-331. DOI 10.1007/s001260100178
Cabral AR, Lehmann B, Kwitko R, Cravo Costa CH (2002): The Serra Pelada Au-Pd-Pt deposit, Carajás mineral province, northern Brazil: reconnaissance mineralogy and chemistry of very high grade palladian gold mineralization. Economic Geology 97, 1127-1138.
Cabral, A.R., Lehmann, B., Kwitko-Ribeiro, R., and Cravo Costa, C.H. (2002) Palladium and platinum minerals from the Serra Pelada Au-Pd-Pt deposit, Carajás mineral province, northern Brazil. Canadian Mineralogist 40, 1451-1463.
Grainger, C.J., Groves, D.I., Tallarico, F.H.B., and Fletcher, I.R. (2008): Metallogenesis of the Carajás Mineral Province, Southern Amazon Craton, Brazil: Varying styles of Archean through Paleoproterozoic to Neoproterozoic base- and precious-metal mineralisation. Ore Geology Reviews 33, 451-489.
Tallarico, F. H. B., Coimbra, C. R., & Costa, C. H. C. (2008): The Serra Leste sediment-hosted Au-(Pd-Pt) mineralization, Carajás Province. Brazilian Journal of Geology, 30(2), 226-229.
Cabral, A. R., Burgess, R., & Lehmann, B. (2011): Late Cretaceous Bonanza-Style Metal Enrichment in the Serra Pelada Au-Pd-Pt Deposit, Pará, Brazil. Economic Geology, 106(1), 119-125.
Berni GV (2014): The Serra Pelada Au–Pd–Pt deposit (Carajás, Amazon craton, Brazil): geology, mineralogy and hydrothermal geochemistry of ore formation. Unpublished DSc dissertation, ETH Zürich, 111 pp.