This product comes in the form of folded cards and a booklet.
The second edition of the Metallogenic Map of South America was published in 2005 by the Geological and Mining Service of Argentina (SEGEMAR) under the aegis of the CGMC and the Ibero-American Association of Geological and Mining Services (ASGMI). It covers an area of about 18 million km² and presents the main characteristics (identification, morphology, resources, mineralogy, genesis, legal status, etc.) of 1500 metal deposits by placing them in their tectonostratigraphic context. The mapping was based on the GIS of the Geological Map of South America (2001), whose geological formations were updated and grouped to allow the definition of metallogenic and tectonostratigraphic units.
The classification of the metalliferous deposits has followed the rules established in the recent international metallogenic maps. This document presents the most updated view of metallogenic knowledge in South America and is therefore a scientific and economic guidance document of primary importance.
This publication is accompanied by an explanatory booklet of almost 150 pages in three languages: Spanish, Portuguese and English. The GIS generated by this compilation work is available on the SEGEMAR web page www.segemar.gov.ar. Its digital format and the availability of the map data online facilitate the updating of the information and access by users.
This map is the result of close cooperation between the South American countries and was coordinated by Dr. Eduardo O. Zappettini of SEGEMAR.