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Atlas of Ore Minerals: Focus on Epithermal Deposits of Argentina

Special Publication Volume 11

By Werner H. Paar, Milka K. de Brodtkorb, Hubert Putz, Robert F. Martin

In this Atlas of Ore Minerals, we focus on the mineral species encountered in ore deposits of the Republic of Argentina, many of them of epithermal type.

The book includes a DVD of all mineral photos as a resource for teachers, students, and researchers.

Hardcover. 408 pages. 2016.

MAC Member Price: $112 CAD/USD

Publication Price $140.00 CAD/USD
ID: SP-11
ISBN: 978-0-921294-56-6


We describe 210 ore minerals, illustrate their associations, both with macro photos and in reflected light, and document their chemical composition. Enlightened interpretations of textural features hold the key to the establishment of paragenetic sequences.

We include an account of the tectonic evolution of Argentina and describe the more unusual mineral deposits, like Pirquitas, Famatina, Capillitas, Quevar and Tumiñico, all characterized by very complex assemblages, including selenides in some cases.

“Ore deposits are among the most complex inorganic features of our planet. They are the products of a complex genesis followed by complex re-equilibration; textures are the tool we use to try to see through it all… The interpretation of textures is simultaneously one of the most difficult and important aspects of the study of rocks and ores, and there are few areas of scientific endeavour that are more subject to misinterpretation.”

– Paul B. Barton, JR. (1991)

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