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Emperor Mine, Vatukoula, Tavua Gold Field, Viti Levu, Fiji
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Latitude: 17°30'24"S
Longitude: 177°51'12"E
 
 
Gold (+silver) mine. Epithermal vein deposits within the Tavua Caldera. Opened 1933. Located at the northern tip of the main Island of Viti Levu, in the Nakaudavadra Mountains about 100Km NW of Suva and 8 km inland from the coast (Smith et al. 2008)

The mine has over the years has sparingly produced some exceptional specimens of various gold tellurides. The geology appears to be similar to that of Cripple Creek. When Rock Currier visited the mine in 1973, walking and sliding down through the stopes he saw a number of refrigerator size open pockets lined with pyramidal quartz crystals with no other obvious mineralization. He got some specimens from the mine office and had the distinct feeling that over the years that if someone had been looking for specimens, a great many would have been found.
[Rock Currier 2012]

Mineral List

Altaite
'Andorite'
Ankerite
Arsenopyrite
Baryte
Benleonardite
Bournonite
Calaverite
Calcite
Chalcopyrite
'Chlorite Group'
Cinnabar
Coloradoite
Dolomite
Empressite
Epidote
Galena
Gold
Hessite
Ilmenite
'K Feldspar
var: Adularia'

Kolbeckite
Krennerite
Magnetite
Marcasite
Melonite
Muscovite
var: Illite

var: Sericite
Nagyágite
Naumannite
Pearceite
Petzite
Polybasite
Proustite
Pyrargyrite
Pyrite
var: Arsenian Pyrite
Pyrolusite
Pyrrhotite
Quartz
Realgar
Roscoelite
Sphalerite
Stibnite
Stützite
Sylvanite
Tellurium
Tetrahedrite
Tremolite


49 entries listed. 43 valid minerals.

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References

Mineralogy and Petrology (2003) 79: 285–307 DOI 10.1007/s00710-003-0013-5.

Smith, B.; Smith, C. & Wilson, W. E. (2008): The Emperor Mine, Vatukoula, Viti Levu, Fiji. Mineralogical Record 39: 397-301.

Mining Annual Review 91985: 379, (in part).

Anthony, Bideaux, Bladh, Nichols: "Handbook of Mineralogy", Vol. 1, 1990.

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