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El Dragón mine, Antonio Quijarro Province, Potosí Department, Bolivia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 19° 49' 15'' South , 65° 55' 0'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -19.8208333333, -65.9166666667

Small hydrothermal veins (to 4 cm thick) cutting Paleozoic sedimentary rocks. Selenides dominate over sulfides. Total production of ore was only a few hundred kilograms.
Known for a larger number of rare secondary selenium oxysalts.

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52 valid minerals. 6 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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Grundmann, G., Lehrberger, G. and Schnorrer-Köhler, G. (1990): The El Dragon mine, Potosi, Bolivia. Mineralogical Record, 21, 133-150.

Werner, H.P., Coopper, M.K., Moelo, Y., Stanley, C. J., Putz, H. & Topa, D. (2012): Eldragonite, Cu6BiSe4(Se-2), A new mineral species from the El Dragon Mine, Potosi, Bolivia, and its crystal structure. Canadian Mineralogist: 50, 282-294.

Förster, H.-J., Bindi, L., Stanley, C.J. (2016): Grundmannite, CuBiSe2, the Se-analogue of emplectite, a new mineral from the El Dragon mine, Potosi, Bolivia. European Journal of Mineralogy, 28, 467-477.

Kampf, A.R., Mills, S.J., Nash, B.P., Thorne, B., Favreau, G. (2016): Alfredopetrovite, a new selenite mineral from the El Dragón mine, Bolivia. European Journal of Mineralogy, 28, 479-484.

Förster, H.-J-, Bindi, L., Grundmann, G. and Stanley, C. J. (2016) Quijarroite, Cu6HgPb2Bi4Se12, a New Selenide from the El Dragόn Mine, Bolivia. Minerals: 6(4), 123; doi:10.3390/min6040123

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