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Tincalayu mine (Boroquimica Mine), Salar del Hombre Muerto, Los Andes department, Salta, Argentina

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 25° 16' 7'' South , 67° 3' 27'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -25.26861,-67.05750


A borate mine in the Tincalayu borax deposit. Tincalayu open pit measures 1,500 meters wide, 500 meters long and 100 meters deep. Produces 130,000 tons/year.
Located exactly on the border of Salta and Catamrca province, in the northern part of Salar del Hombre Muerto.

The Boroquimica company used to extract the ore in Salar del Hombre Muerto (mainly Tincalayu mine) and to transport it to its Campo Quijano plant to be processed.
Ref.: Mining Annual Review(1985):337. A borax mine producing 34,000 tons during 1984.

Mineral List


21 valid minerals. 4 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

Regional Geology

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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Neoproterozoic
541 - 1000 Ma
Neoproterozoic intrusive and metamorphic terranes

Age: Neoproterozoic (541 - 1000 Ma)

Comments: Mixtures of metamorphic and intrusive or plutonic rocks, tracts known as crystalline, migmatitic terranes, moderately to highly metamorphosed rocks of unknown origin with or without intrusions. This classification is inherently prone to variable interpretation, as other compilers might distinguish some packages by their metamorphic or gneissic protoliths, and the associated age ranges may be more variable.

Lithology: Intrusive and metamorphic terranes

Reference: Geological Survey of Canada. Generalized geological map of the world and linked databases. doi:10.4095/195142. Open File 2915d. [18]

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References

Hurlbut, C.S. & Erd, R. C. (1974): Aristarainite, Na2O∙MgO∙6B2O3∙10H2O, a new Mineral from Salta, Argentina. American Mineralogist. 59: 647-651.

(in part): Mining Annual Review (1985): 128.

Mining Annual Review(1985):337

Alonso, R. N. (1999). On the origin of La Puna borates. Acta geológica hispánica, 34(2), 141-166.

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