San José Mine, Caldera, Copiapó Province, Atacama Region, Chile
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||27° 9' 36'' South , 70° 29' 48'' West|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-27.16000,-70.49667|
|Köppen climate type:||BWk : Cold desert climate|
|Name(s) in local language(s):||Mina San José|
The San José copper and gold mine, located 45km NW of Copiapó, was started in the early 19th century to work two groups of NW-trending copper-bearing veins. It was owned between 1957 and 2010 by the San Esteban Mining Company (Compañía Minera San Esteban), which is now facing bankrupcy after the mine accident of 2010.
The San José mine became famous in 2010 for the mine collapse and subsequent rescue of 33 miners who were trapped 700 meters underground for 69 days.
8 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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|Tertiary - Jurassic|
2.588 - 201.3 Ma
|Mesozoic-Cenozoic intrusive rocks|
Age: Phanerozoic (2.588 - 201.3 Ma)
Lithology: Intrusive igneous rocks
Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529.