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Fenix Nickel Project (Eximbal Mine; El Estor Mine), El Estor Municipality, Izabal Department, Guatemalai
Regional Level Types
Fenix Nickel Project (Eximbal Mine; El Estor Mine)Project
El Estor MunicipalityMunicipality
Izabal DepartmentDepartment
GuatemalaCountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 15° 31' 34'' North , 89° 23' 23'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 15.52628,-89.38973
GeoHash:G#: d4b2mfkrh
Owned/operated by:Solway Group
Locality type:Project
Köppen climate type:Am : Tropical monsoon climate
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
El Estor15,842 (2015)4.3km
Panzós25,569 (2015)32.8km
Chahal Guatemala7,465 (2014)37.4km
Los Amates3,417 (2014)43.4km
Gualán19,354 (2014)45.3km


Inactive nickel mine operated by a Canadian company in the 1960s and 1970s, but then closed and occupied by the local Maya Indians. The deposit was discovered in the 1950s. Nickel-bearing laterite on serpentine country rock.

Regions containing this locality

North America PlateTectonic Plate
Central AmericaRegion

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.


Mineral List


9 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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Alphabetical List Tree Diagram

Detailed Mineral List:

Chromite
Formula: Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Reference: Tavchandjian, O., P. Golightly (2010) Technical Report on an Update to the Fenix Project, Izabal, Guatemala. Report Number: 09-1117-6013
Forsterite
Formula: Mg2SiO4
Reference: Tavchandjian, O., P. Golightly (2010) Technical Report on an Update to the Fenix Project, Izabal, Guatemala. Report Number: 09-1117-6013
Gibbsite
Formula: Al(OH)3
Reference: Tavchandjian, O., P. Golightly (2010) Technical Report on an Update to the Fenix Project, Izabal, Guatemala. Report Number: 09-1117-6013
Goethite
Formula: α-Fe3+O(OH)
Reference: Tavchandjian, O., P. Golightly (2010) Technical Report on an Update to the Fenix Project, Izabal, Guatemala. Report Number: 09-1117-6013
Kaolinite
Formula: Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Reference: Tavchandjian, O., P. Golightly (2010) Technical Report on an Update to the Fenix Project, Izabal, Guatemala. Report Number: 09-1117-6013
'Limonite'
Formula: (Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Reference: Tavchandjian, O., P. Golightly (2010) Technical Report on an Update to the Fenix Project, Izabal, Guatemala. Report Number: 09-1117-6013
Magnetite
Formula: Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Reference: Tavchandjian, O., P. Golightly (2010) Technical Report on an Update to the Fenix Project, Izabal, Guatemala. Report Number: 09-1117-6013
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Tavchandjian, O., P. Golightly (2010) Technical Report on an Update to the Fenix Project, Izabal, Guatemala. Report Number: 09-1117-6013
'Serpentine Subgroup'
Formula: D3[Si2O5](OH)4 D= Mg, Fe, Ni, Mn, Al, Zn
Reference: Tavchandjian, O., P. Golightly (2010) Technical Report on an Update to the Fenix Project, Izabal, Guatemala. Report Number: 09-1117-6013
Talc
Formula: Mg3Si4O10(OH)2
Reference: Tavchandjian, O., P. Golightly (2010) Technical Report on an Update to the Fenix Project, Izabal, Guatemala. Report Number: 09-1117-6013
'Xenotime'
Reference: Tavchandjian, O., P. Golightly (2010) Technical Report on an Update to the Fenix Project, Izabal, Guatemala. Report Number: 09-1117-6013
Zircon
Formula: Zr(SiO4)
Reference: Tavchandjian, O., P. Golightly (2010) Technical Report on an Update to the Fenix Project, Izabal, Guatemala. Report Number: 09-1117-6013

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Chromite4.BB.05Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Gibbsite4.FE.10Al(OH)3
Goethite4.00.α-Fe3+O(OH)
Magnetite4.BB.05Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 9 - Silicates
Forsterite9.AC.05Mg2SiO4
Kaolinite9.ED.05Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Talc9.EC.05Mg3Si4O10(OH)2
Zircon9.AD.30Zr(SiO4)
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
'Serpentine Subgroup'-D3[Si2O5](OH)4 D= Mg, Fe, Ni, Mn, Al, Zn
'Xenotime'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 6 - HYDROXIDES AND OXIDES CONTAINING HYDROXYL
XO(OH)
Goethite6.1.1.2α-Fe3+O(OH)
X(OH)3
Gibbsite6.3.1.1Al(OH)3
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Chromite7.2.3.3Fe2+Cr3+2O4
Magnetite7.2.2.3Fe2+Fe3+2O4
Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with all cations in octahedral [6] coordination
Forsterite51.3.1.2Mg2SiO4
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with cations in >[6] coordination
Zircon51.5.2.1Zr(SiO4)
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Talc71.2.1.3Mg3Si4O10(OH)2
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Kaolinite-Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
'Serpentine Subgroup'-D3[Si2O5](OH)4 D= Mg, Fe, Ni, Mn, Al, Zn
'Xenotime'-

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H Serpentine SubgroupD3[Si2O5](OH)4 D= Mg, Fe, Ni, Mn, Al, Zn
H KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
H GibbsiteAl(OH)3
H Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
H Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
H TalcMg3Si4O10(OH)2
OOxygen
O Serpentine SubgroupD3[Si2O5](OH)4 D= Mg, Fe, Ni, Mn, Al, Zn
O KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
O MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
O GibbsiteAl(OH)3
O Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
O Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
O ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
O QuartzSiO2
O ZirconZr(SiO4)
O TalcMg3Si4O10(OH)2
O ForsteriteMg2SiO4
MgMagnesium
Mg Serpentine SubgroupD3[Si2O5](OH)4 D= Mg, Fe, Ni, Mn, Al, Zn
Mg TalcMg3Si4O10(OH)2
Mg ForsteriteMg2SiO4
AlAluminium
Al Serpentine SubgroupD3[Si2O5](OH)4 D= Mg, Fe, Ni, Mn, Al, Zn
Al KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Al GibbsiteAl(OH)3
SiSilicon
Si Serpentine SubgroupD3[Si2O5](OH)4 D= Mg, Fe, Ni, Mn, Al, Zn
Si KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Si QuartzSiO2
Si ZirconZr(SiO4)
Si TalcMg3Si4O10(OH)2
Si ForsteriteMg2SiO4
CrChromium
Cr ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
MnManganese
Mn Serpentine SubgroupD3[Si2O5](OH)4 D= Mg, Fe, Ni, Mn, Al, Zn
FeIron
Fe Serpentine SubgroupD3[Si2O5](OH)4 D= Mg, Fe, Ni, Mn, Al, Zn
Fe MagnetiteFe2+Fe23+O4
Fe Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
Fe Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Fe ChromiteFe2+Cr23+O4
NiNickel
Ni Serpentine SubgroupD3[Si2O5](OH)4 D= Mg, Fe, Ni, Mn, Al, Zn
ZnZinc
Zn Serpentine SubgroupD3[Si2O5](OH)4 D= Mg, Fe, Ni, Mn, Al, Zn
ZrZirconium
Zr ZirconZr(SiO4)

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Quaternary
0 - 2.588 Ma



ID: 3188263
Cenozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Pleistocene (0 - 2.588 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

References

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Tavchandjian, O. and Golightly, P. (2010) Technical Report on an Update to the Fenix Project, Izabal, Guatemala. Report Number: 09-1117-6013.


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