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Serranía Mutun, Chiquitos Province, Santa Cruz Department, Bolivia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 19° 10' South , 57° 54' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -19.1666666667, -57.9


The world's largest iron ore deposit, not yet worked on a significant scale because of its remoteness from industrial centers. Serrania Mutun is a range of hills up to 845m elevation, rising 600m out of a swampy plain, composed of silica-rich Fe oxides, a typical banded iron formation (BIF). The deposit extends across the border into Brazil, where it is called the Serrania de Jacadigo.

Ref.:
Ahlfeld, F. and Schneider-Scherbina, A. (1964) Los Yacimientos Minerales y de Hidrocarburos de Bolivia, pages 43-49 (Ministerio de Minas y Petroleo, La Paz)

Mineral List


9 valid minerals.

Major Regional Geological Units

This 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 geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

Quaternary
0 - 2.588 Ma
Quaternary sedimentary rocks

References for regional geology:

Data provided by Macrostrat.org

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



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