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Tuckabianna Goldfield, Cue Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 27° 30' 50'' South , 118° 7' 0'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -27.5138888889, 118.116666667

Located 26 km east south east of Cue. The goldfield is on the same greenstone belt as Mainland, The Island and Moyagee goldfields listed under The Island (Austin) Goldfield on Mindat. The Tuckabianna Goldfield stretches north-east of the Webbs Patch gold area (eastern part of Mainland) for some 20 kilometres.

Gold was discovered in the Tuckabianna area in 1913, and mined on a small scale and intermittently until 1988, producing 53 000oz of gold. Between 1988-1997, 500 000oz of gold came from 17 open pits, following the shear zone from north-east to south-west along a 10 kilometre length. The mines are presently operated by Silver Lake Resources.

Gold is mostly found in banded iron formations, and to a lesser extent in the margins of quartz-feldspar porphyry dykes, and in narrow isolated rafts of banded iron formation, within the greenstone belt. The banded iron formations are hosted in felsic volcanics, which have been structurally deformed by shear zones. Gold is associated with quartz-carbonate-pyrite-pyrrhotite stringers in these zones. The mines follow a regional shear zone of the Moyagee Shear, and sub-parallel Lena Shear to the east, and the Tuckabianna Shear.

The southern most deposit is the Venus open pit, with several open pits and underground mines stretching north-east to the Rapier open pit at its northern limit. Deposits are found both north and south of the Cue-Wondinong Road. A processing plant is located central to the deposits, constructed by Silver Lake Resources in 2013, and at the time of writing in care and maintenance.

Further north, Silver Lake Resources is exploring the Hollandaire prospect for gold, bismuth, molybdenum, silver and copper. Nearby on the Cullens Resources lease they are exploring for arsenic, lead-cadmium, and cobalt-manganese at Coloniel and Mt Eelya mines.

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Ferguson, K.M. (1999), Lead Zinc and Silver Deposits of Western Australia, Geological Survey of Western Australia, 1999

Vella, L. J. GOLD: Geophysical setting of BIF-hosted gold deposits at Tuckabianna, Western Australia. ASEG Extended Abstracts, 1994(1), 241-256.

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