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El Guanaco Mine, Guanaco (Huanaco), Santa Catalina, Antofagasta Province, Antofagasta Region, Chile

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Name(s) in local language(s):Mina Guanaco

Located around 93 km east of Taltal, near Santa Catalina, and 230 km southeast of Antofagasta.

Note on the mineral list: for "coeruleolactite" see references and information given for Planerite-Turquoise Series.

During 2010 to date, Dr. Jochen Schlüter has been working on several other phases, some of them still under investigation. A few more species must be added thanks to Dr. Schlüter's investigations:
Enargite (AED), cornubite (SEM-EDS), cornwallite (PDF), native silver with Cu traces (SEM), wax-green chenevixite (SEM and PDF), antlerite (PDF), talmessite (SEM-EDS-PDF), clinoatacamite (SEM), chalcocite and sphalerite (SEM-EDS).

Further analyses led to the following minerals:
- Azurite: Identification method: Chemical tests (ref.: Gerhard Möhn - positive tests for: Cu2+, CO32-)
- Copper: grains in cuprite, tenacity: malleable
- Cuprite: Identification method: visually
- Gypsum: Identification method: visually
- Pyrite: Identification method: visually

Mineral List

Mineral list contains entries from the region specified including sub-localities

43 valid minerals. 2 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

Localities in this Region


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Färber, G., Witzke, T., Neumeier, G. and Weiß, S. (1998): Die besten Stufen des seltenen Kupferarsenates Arhbarit – ein sensationeller Neufund aus Chile. Lapis: 23(10): 49-51 (in German).

Krause, W., H.-J. Bernhardt, H. Effenberger, U. Kolitsch and C. Lengauer (2003): Redefinition of arhbarite, Cu2Mg(AsO4)(OH)3. Mineralogical Magazine: 67: 1099-1107.

Ondruš, P., Veselovský, F, Sejkora, J., Skála, R., Pažout, R., Frýda, J., Gabašová, A., Vajdak, J. (2005): Lemanskiite, NaCaCu5(AsO4)4Cl•5H2O, a new mineral species from the Abundancia mine, Chile. Canadian Mineralogist: 44: 523-531.

Witzke, T., U. Kolitsch, W. Krause, A. Wiechowski, O. Medenbach, A. R. Kampf, I. M. Steele and G. Favreau (2006): Guanacoite, Cu2Mg2(Mg0.5Cu0.5)(OH)4(H2O)4(AsO4)2, a new arsenate mineral species from the El Guanaco Mine, near Taltal, Chile: Description and crystal structure. European Journal of Mineralogy.

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