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La Farola Mine, Cerro Pintado, Las Pintadas district, Tierra Amarilla, Copiapó Province, Atacama Region, Chile

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 27° 35' 25'' South , 70° 21' 0'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -27.59028,-70.35000
Köppen climate type:BWk : Cold desert climate
Name(s) in local language(s):Mina La Farola

Recently a few more minerals were identified:

Brochantite: Conf. meth.: visually, chemical tests, Ref.: by Gerhard Möhn
Chem. test:
positive: Cu2+, SO42-
negative: CO32-

Dolomite: Conf. meth.: chemical and physical tests, Ref.: by Gerhard Möhn
Chem. test:
positive: Mg2+, Ca2+, CO32-

Epidote: Conf. meth.: visually

Fluorapatite: Conf.meth.: visually, chemical tests, Ref.: by Gerhard Möhn
Chem. test:
positive: F-, PO43-

Gold: Conf. meth.: visually, Tenacity: malleable

Opal: as Hyalite-crusts covering matrix and Chrysocolla
Hardness: 6, loses water when heated

Mineral List

25 valid minerals. 2 erroneous literature entries.

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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66 - 252.17 Ma

ID: 1376476
Mesozoic plutonic rocks

Age: Mesozoic (66 - 252.17 Ma)

Comments: Deep-seated to high-level intrusions are included. Many charnockites, anorthosites, and large ophiolites, classified as plutons, are distinguished in the database using the SIGNIF item. Ophiolites were classified as plutons, even where remnants may be extrusive and/or sedimentary.

Lithology: Plutonic rocks

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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Lieber, W. and Schnorrer, G. (1993) Idiomorphe Pseudomalachit-Kristalle aus der Mina La Farola bei Copiapo, Chile. Der Aufschluss: 44: 301-307.
Marschik, R., Singer, B.S., Munizaga, F., Tassinari, C., Moritz, R., and Fontboté, L. (1997) Age of Cu-(Fe)-Au mineralization and thermal evolution of the Punta del Cobre district, Chile. Mineralium Deposita: 32: 531-546.

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