Cerro de Pasco


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Cerro de Pasco

(sĕr`rō thā päs`kō), city (1991 pop. 30,000), capital of Pasco dept., central Peru. At an altitude of 13,973 ft (4,259 m), it is one of the highest cities in the world. Cerro de Pasco is noted for its silver mines, which, according to tradition, were discovered in 1630. When silver deposits declined late in the 19th cent., the exploitation of other metals, chiefly copper, again made Cerro de Pasco Peru's leading mining center. Its products include bismuth, zinc, lead, and gold. From the nearby Minasraga mines comes about 80% of the world's supply of vanadium.

Cerro de Pasco

 

a city in central Peru, at an elevation of 4,200 m. Capital of Pasco Department. Population, 21,400 (1961). An important transportation junction, Cerro de Pasco is linked by highway and railroad with Lima. The city was founded in the 17th century near a large deposit of silver. In the 17th and 18th centuries it was one of the world’s major silver mining centers. In the early 20th century it was primarily a center of copper, zinc, and lead mining, and since 1963 of lead and zinc mining. Cerro de Pasco has an ore-dressing plant; metals are smelted at a metallurgical combine in La Oroya.

Cerro de Pasco

a town in central Peru, in the Andes: one of the highest towns in the world, 4400 m (14 436 ft.) above sea level; mining centre. Pop.: 62 749 (1993)
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As a young boy, he had made frequent trips with his uncle through the Peruvian mountains, going to and from school in Lima to his home in Cerro de Pasco, a mining town at the height of the Andes.
Guided by their oral mentality, on that occasion the peasants of Rancas use hundreds of pigs as their only weapons to infect the sheep pastures that the Cerro de Pasco Mining Corporation has taken away from them.
The Company's Peruvian geological staff indicate that this type of gossan is similar to those found in and around some of the deposits of the famous Cerro de Pasco mining camp located to the southeast.
The La Promesa property, also located in the Cerro de Pasco region, is a new Solitario discovery.
He also spent 18 years with Cerro de Pasco Corporation in Peru and New York, and two years as Mine Manager at Texada Mines in Australia.
The La Oroya smelter has been in operation since 1922 and was managed initially by the Cerro de Pasco Copper Corporation, followed later by the state-run Centromin Peru.
The first phase of drilling was designed to test the down dip continuity of the mineralization outlined by historical underground work done by Cerro de Pasco in the 1930's on the Protectora vein.
In the 1930's, Cerro de Pasco Corporation did some lateral underground development and sank a 40-meter deep shaft on the Protectoro Vein.
However, the assay data compiled by Cerro de Pasco and Banco Minero de Peru indicated that where high silver values are encountered the ratio of silver to gold is approximately 100- 150 to 1.
The Tunnel was constructed in the mid-1930's by Cerro de Pasco Corporation to drain mine workings.
The Tunnel was constructed in the mid-1930's by Cerro de Pasco Corporation specifically to drain mine workings and it crosses beneath mining concessions in the Morococha mining district to collect acid water.