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Santo Tomas

Sinaloa, Mexico

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The Santo Tomás porphyry copper deposit is developed within the western margin of the Sierra Madre Occidental in Sinaloa, western Mexico (#Location: 26° 43' 0"N, 108° 13' 59"W).

Mineralisation is associated with a Paleocene (60 Ma) quartz-monzonite (adamellite) porphyry sill intruding a larger, probably genetically related phaneritic pluton of granodioritic composition and lower Cretaceous lutite and limestone.

Mineralisation is associated with an alteration pattern comprising a core K-silicate assemblage of quartz, K-feldspar, biotite, pyrite, chalcopyrite and epidote, fringed by a propylitic zone with chlorite, epidote and pyrite, but lacking an intervening phyllic zone. Calc-silicate alteration within the adjacent limestone is also reported. Mineralisation is present both as a stockwork and as disseminations.

Supergene oxidation with goethite, malachite and chrysocolla is reported, with only minor supergene enrichment below. Exotic copper mineralisation is present as talus cemented by malachite, chrysocolla and 'wad'. The deposit is overlain by younger rhyolite tuffs and lavas and red fanglomerates (Sillitoe, 1976).

Published reserves include:
>80 Mt @ 0.55% Cu (Res., 1975, Sillitoe, 1976).

The most recent source geological information used to prepare this summary was dated: 1976.    
This description is a summary from published sources, the chief of which are listed below.
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  References & Additional Information
   Selected References:
Valencia-Moreno, M., Ochoa-Landin, L., Noguez-Alcantara, B., Ruiz, J., and Perez-Segura, E.,  2007 - Geological and metallogenetic characteristics of the porphyry copper deposits of Mexico and their situation in the world context: in Alaniz-Alvarez, S.A. and Nieto-Samaniego, A.F., (Eds.), 2007 Geology of Mexico: Cele brating the Centenary of the Geological Society of Mexico: Geological Society of America,   Special Paper 422, pp. 433-458.


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