Hydrocarbon-metal associations in the Western Cordillera, central Peru

T Haggan, J Parnell

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There are a large number of solid bitumen veins in Central Peru which are known to be ubiquitously enriched in vanadium. The bitumen was emplaced as a viscous fluid under pressure, directly influenced by the igneous and tectonic activity in the Western Cordillera. The close association of the bitumen veins with the bituminous Pariatambo Formation suggests that a genetic relationship exists, i.e. the bitumen was sourced from the shale. Organic geochemical and elemental data from bitumen samples are characteristic of a fairly high maturity oil. Preliminary investigations suggest that the vanadium presence within the bitumen may be attributed to syn-sedimentary vanadium accumulation and subsequent transport within the migrating bitumen (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-234
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Geochemical Exploration
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • bitumen
  • Minas Ragra
  • Pariatambo formation
  • patronite
  • Peru
  • quisqueite
  • vanadium


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