Origin of the Copper Ores at Corocoro, Bolivia

  • W. Avila-Salinas
Part of the Special Publication No. 8 of the Society for Geology Applied to Mineral Deposits book series (MINERAL DEPOS., volume 8)

Abstract

The metallogenetic role played by the Corocoro copper mine (La Paz Department, Bolivia), formerly considered to be the most important producer of copper in Bolivia, has been emphasized by several authors in their detailed studies. This important role explains in part, why the genesis of these cupriferous ores has, in the past, led to strongly controversial discussions. Lincoln (1917), Singewaldt and Berry (1922), Brüggen (1934), Berton (1937), and more recently, Ahlfeld and Schneider-Scherbina (1964) envisaged an epigenetic origin for the copper-rich structures displayed through the mined sites. On the other hand, a syngenetic affiliation of the chalcocite-rich ores of Corocoro was invoked by, among others, Entwistle and Gouin (1955), Pelissonier (1964), Ljunggren and Meyer (1964).

Keywords

Arsenate Montmorillonite Miocene Hematite Mudstone 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Avila-Salinas
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  1. 1.Academia Nacional de Ciencias de Bolivia-CasillaLa PazBolivia

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