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La Vendida Mine (Rio Tinto Mine), Sierra Gorda District, Antofagasta Province, Antofagasta Region, Chile

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 22° 53' 30'' South , 69° 20' 49'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -22.8916666667, -69.3472222222
Name(s) in local language(s):Mina La Vendida
Other regions containing this locality:Atacama Desert, Chile

Small copper and iron sulphate mine within the Sierra Gorda district, near Sierra Gorda town.

Located 3 km NW of Sierra Gorda village.

Recent investigations led to the following results (compilation by Maurizio Dini):

-Alunogen: Conf. meth.: XRD, Ref.: by Igor V. Pekov;
-Anhydrite: Conf. meth.: chemical tests, Ref.: by Gerhard Möhn;
-Blödite: Conf. meth.: XRD (by Joachim Lorenz), chemical tests (by Gerhard Möhn);
-Chalcophanite: Conf.meth.: XRD (by Joachim Lorenz), chemical tests (by Gerhard Möhn);
-Cuprocopiapite: Conf. meth.: EDX, Ref.: by Joy Desor and Gerhard Möhn;
Chemical test, Ref.: by Gerhard Möhn -positive: Cu2+, Fe3+, SO42-negative: Fe2+;
-Epidote: Conf. meth.: visually;
-Glauberite: Conf. meth.: visually (crystal shape) and chemical tests, Ref.: by Gerhard Möhn;
-Goethite: Conf. meth.: XRD, Ref.: by Joachim Lorenz;
-Gypsum: Conf. meth.: EDX (by Steffen Möckel), chemical tests (by Gerhard Möhn);
-Halite: Conf. meth.: chemical tests (->pure NaCl), Ref.: by Gerhard Möhn;
-Hematite: Conf.meth.: visually; streak: brown-red;
-Magnetite: black-metallic grains in rock, strongly ferromagnetic;

Mineral List

36 valid minerals. 3 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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Chukanov, N.V., Krivovichev, S.V., Chernyatieva, A.P., Mohn, G., Pekov, I.V., Belakovskiy, D.I., Van, K.V., Lorenz, J.A. (2013) Vendidaite, Al2(SO4)(OH)3Cl·6H2O, a new mineral from La Vendida copper mine, Antofagasta Region, Chile. Canadian Mineralogist. 51, 559-568.

Chukanov, N.V., Aksenov, S.M., Rastsvetaeva, R.K., Kampf, A.R., Möhn, G., Belakovskiy, D.I., Lorenz, J.A. (2016) Riotintoite, Al(SO4)(OH)·3H2O, a new mineral from La Vendida copper mine, Antofagasta Region, Chile. Canadian Mineralogist, 54, 1293-1305.

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