Ventana Mining Company was founded
in 2001 as a mineral exploration and development company. Ventana, (window, Span.)
derived its name from a landmark feature in the Sierra de las Minas mountain
range of eastern Guatemala known as "La Ventana" (shown at right).
In 1998, Hurricane Mitch produced floods that exposed boulders of a variety of
types of jadeite in an unexplored area in the upper reaches of the Rio Jalapa
south of the Motagua Valley of Guatemala. Following this discovery, Ventana was
awarded mining concessions by the Guatemalan Ministry of Mines.
To date, we have outlined wide zones of jadeite jade mineralization through sampling
and extensive mapping programs. To our knowledge, there are no undeveloped jadeite
jade deposits that exist in the world that are of comparable size.
Now, Ventana is a transitional phase from a mineral exploration and development
company to a junior production concern.
us if you would like additional information about the company.
WEBSITE CITATIONS & ADDITIONAL REFERENCES
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Jade: Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, v. 135, n. 5., 60 pp.
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A. (2002) Discovery of Jadeite-jade in Guatemala confirmed by non-destructive
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view. Gems and Gemology 26, 134-141.
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rocks from the Motagua Fault Zone, Guatemala. Journal of Metamorphic Geology
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and metasomatic origin. The Australian Gemmologist 21, 7-10.
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 127 pp.
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- Lange, F.W., editor, 1993, Precolombian Jade – New
Geological and Cultural Interpretaions: University of Utah Press, 378 pp.
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Institute of America, 270 pp.
- Markel, Stephen, editor, 1992, The World of Jade: Marg
Publications, Bombay, 124 pp.
- Proskouriakoff, Tatiana, 1974, Jades from the Cenote of
Sacrifice, Chichen Itza, Yucatan: Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology,
Harvard University, Cambridge, 217 pp.
- Seitz, R., Harlow, G.E., Sisson, V.B., and Taube, K.A.
(2001) Formative jades and expanded jade sources in Guatemala. Antiquity 87,