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Moctezuma Mine (Bambolla Mine), Moctezuma, Mun. de Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 29° 48' North , 109° 40' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 29.8, -109.666666667
Name(s) in local language(s):Mina la Bambolla, Moctezuma, Mun. de Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico
Other regions containing this locality:Sonoran Desert, North America

A gold-tellurium mine, famous for a wealth of secondary tellurium minerals.

Note: The nearby Bambollita mine ( is only approximately 1/2 mile lower down on the hill from the Moctezuma (Bambolla) mine.

Mineral List

80 valid minerals. 15 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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Switzer, G., Swanson, H.E. (1960) News and notes: paratellurite, a new mineral from Mexico. American Mineralogist: 45: 1272-1274.

Mandarino, J.A. (1962) Spiroffite, a new tellurite mineral from Mexico. American Mineralogist: 47: 196-196.

Mandarino, J.A., Williams, S.J., Mitchell, R.S. (1963) Denningite, a new tellurite mineral from Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico. Canadian Mineralogist: 7: 443-452.

Gaines, R.V. (1965) Moctezumite, a new lead uranyl tellurite. American Mineralogist: 50: 1158-1163.

Gaines, R.V. (1968) Poughite, a new tellurite mineral from Mexico and Honduras. American Mineralogist: 53: 1075-1080.

Gaines, R.V., Donnay, G., Hey, M.H. (1968) Sonoraite. American Mineralogist: 53: 1828-1832.

Gaines, R.V. (1971) Schmitterite—a new uranyl tellurite from Moctezuma, Sonora. American Mineralogist: 56: 411-415.

Harris, D.C., Nuffield, E.W. (1972) Bambollaite, a new copper telluro-selenide. Canadian Mineralogist: 11: 738–742.

Mandarino, J.A., Mitchell, R.S., Hancock, R.G.V. (1975) Mroseite, a calcium tellurite-carbonate from Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico. The Canadian Mineralogist: 13: 286-288.

Mandarino, J.A., Matzat, E., Williams, S.J. (1976) Zemannite, a zinc tellurite from Moctezuma, Sonora, Mexico. The Canadian Mineralogist: 14: 387-390.

Gaines, R.V., Leavens, P.B., Nelen, J.A. (1979) Burckhardtite, a new silicate-tellurite from Mexico. American Mineralogist: 64: 355-358.

Williams, S.A. (1982) Cuzticite and eztlite, two new tellurium minerals from Moctezuma, Mexico. Mineralogical Magazine: 46: 257-259.

Panczner (1987) 108, 125, 136, 149, 176, 179, 186, 190, 223, 244, 247, 256, 276, 280, 293, 301, 336, 338, 349, 357, 370 & 401.

H. Braith, Gröbner, J., Langer, G., Seitz, M. (2001) Moctezumas geheime Schätze: Bambolla, Bambollita und San Miguel. Lapis: 26(1): 11-23. (in German)

C. Rewitzer (2001) Bambollita, Bambolla, San Miguel und Candelaria: Untertagefunde und Typmineralien. Lapis: 26(1): 24-40. (in German).

Grundler, P.V., Brugger, J., Meisser, N., Ansermet, S., Borg, S., Etschmann, B., Testemale, D., Bolin, T. (2008) Xocolatlite, Ca2Mn4+2Te2O12·H2O, a new tellurate related to kuranakhite: Description and measurement of Te oxidation state by XANES spectroscopy. American Mineralogist: 93: 1911-1920.

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