Emperor Mine, Vatukoula, Tavua Gold Field, Viti Levu, Fiji
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||17° 30' 24'' South , 177° 51' 11'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-17.50667,177.85333|
Au(-Ag) 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 8km inland from the coast (Smith et al. 2008).
The mine has over the years, 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 if someone had been looking for specimens, a great many would have been found. [Rock Currier 2012]
46 valid minerals.
This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.
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0 - 66 Ma
|Cenozoic volcanic rocks|
Ahmad, M., Solomon, M., and Walshe, J.L (1987) Mineralogical and geochemical studies of the Emperor gold telluride deposit, Fiji. Economic Geology 82, 345-370.
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Pals, D.W., and Spry, P.G. (2003) Telluride mineralogy of the low-sulfidation epithermal Emperor gold deposit, Vatukoula, Fiji. Mineralogy and Petrology, 79(3-4), 285-307. DOI 10.1007/s00710-003-0013-5
Pals, D.W., Spry, P.G., and Stephen Chryssoulis (2003) Invisible Gold and Tellurium in Arsenic-Rich Pyrite from the Emperor Gold Deposit, Fiji: Implications for Gold Distribution and Deposition. Economic Geology 98, 479-493.
Smith, B., Smith, C., and Wilson, W.E. (2008) The Emperor Mine, Vatukoula, Viti Levu, Fiji. Mineralogical Record 39: 397-301.
Birch, W.D. (2015) A note on kolbeckite from the Emperor mine, Viti Levu, Fiji. Australian Journal of Mineralogy, 17, 91-93.