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Uchucchacua Mine, Oyon Province, Lima Department, Peru

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 10° 37' 23'' South , 76° 41' 17'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -10.6230555556, -76.6883333333

Uchucchacua mine is very close to the Raura mine in Cajatambo province, leading to label confusion.

Complex vein mineralization related to a dacitic intrusion cutting through Cretaceous and Tertiary formations on West side of Occidental Cordillera of Central Andes.

Mine Type/Method: Cut and fill[1] serviced by 2 vertical shafts exceeding 1.0 km depth, and a 4.6 km drainage tunnel.

Geology: A hydrothermal epigenetic deposit of landfill fractures, which were also transportation channels and metasomatic emplacements of mineralization that finally formed the present ore bodies. The principal commercial mineralization consists of silver, but zinc and lead are also extracted as by-products. Gangue minerals include calcite, kutnohorite, rhodochrosite, and quartz. Mineralization is located in limestones of the early Cretaceous.

Stress redistribution as a result of mining is responsible for the activation of a complex structural system of faults resulting in rockbursts at mine depths over 1 km (as of 2008).

Mineral List

55 valid minerals. 8 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.

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Oudin, E., Picot, P., Pillard, F., Moëlo, Y., Burke, E. A. J., Zakrzewski, M. A. (1982): La bénavidésite, Pb4(Mn,Fe)Sb6S14, un nouveau minéral de la série de la jamesonite. Bulletin de Minéralogie 105, 166-169.

Bulletin de Minéralogie (1984): 107: 597-604.

Economic Geology (1990): 85(7) (November 1990): 1348-1383.

Mineralogical Record (1997): 28: 58-61.

Hyrsl & Rosales (2003), Mineralogical Record: 34: 241-254.

The Mineralogical Record (2004): 35(2): 153.

Lapis (2010): 35(12): 40.

Bonazzi, P., Bindi, L. and Keutsch, F.N. (2011), Manganoquadratite, IMA 2011-008. CNMNC Newsletter No. 10, October 2011, page 2550.

Jaroslav Hyrsl, Jack A.Crowley, Rock H.Currier, Terry Szenics.(2011): PERU - PARADISE OF MINERALS. 544 pp. [Uchucchacua Mine: p. 219}

Bindi, L., Keutsch, F.N., Bonazzi, P. (2012): Menchettiite, AgPb2.40Mn1.60Sb3As2S12, a new sulfosalt belonging to the lillianite series from the Uchucchacua polymetallic deposit, Lima Department, Peru. American Mineralogist, 97, 440-446.

Bonazzi, P., Bindi, L. and Keutsch, F.N. (2012): Manganoquadratite, AgMnAsS3, a new manganese-bearing sulfosalt from the Uchucchacua polymetallic deposit, Lima Department, Peru: Description and crystal structure. American Mineralogist, 97, 1199-1205.

Bindi, L., Keutsch, F.N. and Zaccarini, F. (2016) Spryite, IMA 2015-116. CNMNC newsletter No. 30, April 2016, page 412; Mineralogical Magazine, 80, 407–413.

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