Damiana, Quebrada M


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Damiana & Quebrada M are large exotic secondary copper deposits developed to the west and north respectively of the Cerro Indio Muerto, where the El Salvador porphyry copper deposit is located.

Damiana forms a gently west inclined layer covering a surface area of some 3.4x2.2 km. It has an average thickness of 23 m and overburden of 20 m.   It is primarily hosted by andesitic volcaniclastics of the early Cretaceous Llanta Formation, with lesser mineralisation in the overlying rhyolitic ash flow tuffs of the Palaeocene to Eocene Indio Muerto Dome and gravel cutting the Miocene pediplain.

The predominant copper minerals are chrysocolla and lesser copper wad, while close to El Salvador thin chalcocite films coats pyrite and turquoise is associated with kaolinitic lenses.

Damiana is reported to contain between 1.2 and 3.5 Mt of contained Cu

At Quebrada M, lateral flow was controlled by a fault zone.   Mineralisation is present as an exotic chalcocite deposit where chalcocite films coat a pyrite breccia.

Reserves at Quebrada M in 1991 were 41 Mt @ 0.62% Cu

For more information consult the references below.

The most recent source geological information used to prepare this summary was dated: 1998.    
This description is a summary from published sources, the chief of which are listed below.
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  References & Additional Information
   Selected References:
Mote T I, Becker T A, Renne P, Brimhall G H  2001 - Chronology of exotic mineralization at El Salvador, Chile, by 40Ar/39Ar dating of Copper Wad and supergene Alunite: in    Econ. Geol.   v96 pp 351-366
Munchmeyer C  1996 - Exotic deposits - products of lateral migration of supergene solutions from copper deposits: in Camus F, Sillitoe R H, Petersen R (Eds),  Andean Copper Deposits: New Discoveries, Mineralisation, Styles and Metallogeny Soc. Econ. Geologists   Spec. Publ. No. 5 pp 43-58

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