Economic Geology of the Inguarán Mining District, Michoacán
The Inguarán Mine unit-owned by Zinc de México, S.A. (of Grupo Industrial Minera México, S.A. de C.V.)-is located in La Huacana Municipality, 100+ km north-northeast of the town of Morelia in east-central Michoacán State; geographic coordinates are 19°48′ to 19°58′N and 101°35′ to 101°45′W (Fig. 1).
From Morelia a four-hour drive on federal highways reaches La Huacana and from there a wide, 28-km-long dirt road leads to Inguarán. The mine area is at an elevation of 700 m; climate is subtropical, with abundant rainfall in summer and dry winters. Vegetation is typically subtropical.
The regional economy is based on seasonal agriculture and extensive cattle-raising; mining is practically restricted to the Inguarán Unit. La Huacana has telephone and telegraph facilities; a light-craft runway near the unit was kept in excellent condition during the period of its activity.
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This volume was developed, produced, and privately printed in Mexico, in Spanish, by the late Ing. G.P. Salas in 1988, as a Mexican contribution to the Geology of North America, with the understanding that it would be translated into English for inclusion in the set. The translation is by Dr. Cecily Petzall of Caracas, Venezuela, with considerable figure translation and redrafting provided by GSA. Salas worked on the volume until his death, with much valuable help from Ing. Hugo Cortez Guzmán. The result is a valuable English-language synthesis of the information available to Salas in the early to mid-1980s about the geothermal, coal, and metal-mining sectors (and some non-metallic resources) of the economic geology of Mexico.