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Golden Cross Mine, Waihi, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand

Arsenopyrite
Golden Cross Mine, Waihi, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand

Photo: SMS 2006
Latitude: 37°19'48"S
Longitude: 175°46'53"E
The Golden Cross Mine site is situated eight kilometres northwest of Waihi in the Waitekauri Valley at the base of the Coromandel Peninsula. After producing 20.5 tonnes of gold and 52 tonnes of silver between 1991 and 1998 (worth $NZD430m at 2001 prices) the operation became the first modern mine in New Zealand to successfully move into planned closure and final rehabilitation.

It first operated as an underground gold mine from 1895 to 1920 and had produced two and half tons of gold in this time.

Mineral List

Acanthite
'Albite-Anorthite Series'
Alunite
Amphibole Supergroup
'Apatite'
Arsenopyrite
Augite
Baryte
Bornite
Calcite
Chalcanthite
Chalcopyrite
'Chlorite Group'
Corrensite
Cristobalite
Galena
Gold
var: Electrum
Gypsum
'Halloysite'
Hematite
'Hypersthene'
Jarosite
Kaolinite
'K Feldspar
var: Adularia'

'Leucoxene'
Magnetite
Marcasite
Montmorillonite
Muscovite
var: Illite

Natroalunite
Polybasite
Pyrargyrite
Pyrite
Pyrolusite
Pyrrhotite
Quartz
Rutile
Siderite
Silver
'Smectite Group'
Sphalerite
Sulphur
Tetrahedrite
Titanite
Zircon


46 entries listed. 36 valid minerals.

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References

- Simpson, Mauk, & Simmons (2001): Hydrothermal Alteration and Hydrologic Evolution of the Golden Cross Epithermal Au-Ag Deposit. Economic Geology 96, 773-796.
- Begbie M. J. et al. (2007): Economic Geology 102, 873-892.

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