09 May, 2008

Weekend Field Foto - drilling in the mountains

Today you can see another shot from my time in Peru. On this foto you can see the installation of a drill ready for action. The location is about 2 hours by car from the Mina Arcata at an altitude of around 5.000 m asl. A pretty exhausting altitude. If you compare this foto with previous contributions you may recognise the veins and dikes in the background. The crew here is exploring for low/high sulphidation epithermal Au-Ag veins in the volcanics of Central/Southern Peru. I really should be reading up more on the local geology of the place. Unfortunately I only spent 8 days at this location. Due to severe form of altitude sickness I had to return to Lima and never got the chance to really know the geology. The local geologist mailed me this foto after my departure.

Perhaps I get the chance to see more of the local geology of the high Andes at the XIV Congreso Peruano de Geologia even if my current interest is more focused on other kinds of deposits.


Silver Fox said...

Is that a core - skid rig, or was it brought in by helicopter? Well, probably not, at that altitude. It looks a bit unusual (not just the bright shiny clean yellow paint!)

Lost Geologist said...

I most admit, I don't know. It was brought in after I had to leave due to my altitude sickness. But I know they wanted to get cores for the entire depth to determine the extend of the mineralisation, etc.