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Puntas district (Atacama region):
Tres Puntas is probably the second best-known historical mining district after Chañarcillo (in this case). Located about 80 kilometers away from Copiapó, actually in the desert. A large number of abandoned mines can still be seen with the remains of plants and buildings. Some walls and foundations remained of the mythical village.
Between 1848 and 1922, the production reached between 20 and 70 tons of fine silver annually. According to historical descriptions, Tres Puntas could be a western film model (see: life in Tres Puntas).
But on the other side of the coin, there was a highly technical mining operation in this era. In particular, English printing companies' mines achieved impressive production quantities (see: Esperanza mine). Unfortunately, the vein - deposits did not continue into very high depths. The deeper parts generally show lower ore - grades, and the mineralization changed.
But the boom period in this district was not as short as has generally been thought: almost 30 years after the discovery, fine silver production reached nearly 27 tonnes.
Nowadays, in 2020 we should note that in those days (between 1895 and 1910), silver as a metal entered a global crisis. Silver metal prices fell to a historic low and should not recover in the next few years either. Many mines lost their profitability forever.
The cemetery of Tres Puntas in the middle of the Atacama Desert
Location: Tres Puntas
Diego de Almagro Communa, Atacama Region
UTM Location: E404.238 / N70.28.231
Altitude: 2013 m
Location: 14 km to SW (straight line) of Inca de Oro.
Road: 96 kms from Copiapó
Mineralization: Ag (silver) in veins
List of all the mines and owners..
A listing of all historic mines with historical production information and owners . .
Treutler - the village of Tres Puntas
Treutler - dancing bar in Tres Puntas
Treutler - Interior de La Salvadora
Treutler - the miners of Tres Puntas
Treutler: Mining at Tres Puntas
Terremoto en Tres Puntas (Treutler)
Treutler accidente en Tres Puntas
San Román: Geology of Tres Puntas
Carta de un minero de Cornwall
Philippi at Tres Puntas
Philippi: History of Tres Puntas
Philippi: Description of Tres Puntas
Content Mining Atacama
List of mining districts Atacama
Mining from 1830 to 1920
Cerro Blanco district
Lomas Bayas district
Inca de Oro district
Puquios - Carrera Pinto
Cachiyuyo de Llampos district
Checo de Cobre
More mining districts ...
Railroad history of Atacama
History of Atacama
Mining history of Atacama
Animals of the Atacama Desert
Climate of the Atacama Region
Beaches of Atacama
The Andes mountains
Rutas de Atacama
Aeródromos en Atacama
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