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Kintyre (Tracy; Yandagooge), Rudall River District, East Pilbara Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 22° 19' 19'' South , 122° 4' 9'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -22.32222,122.06944
GeoHash:G#: qsnc1b278
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

Located 1.5 km north north west of Kintyre.

Located 60 kms south of the Telfer gold mine and 260 kms north-east of Newman at the western edge of the Great Sandy Desert in the East Pilbara Region.

Uranium was discovered in the Kintyre area in 1985 by CRA Exploration Pty Ltd, now Rio Tinto. Due to depressed uranium prices, they placed the project in care and maintenance in 1998. The camp was dismantled and the site rehabilitated in 2002. The deposit was initially in the Rudall River National Park, but the area enclosing the deposit was excised from the park in 1994.

The Kintyre property was acquired in 2008 by a joint venture between Cameco Corporation and Mitsubishi Development Pty Ltd.

Kintyre is considered the sixth largest uranium deposit in Australia with a resource of 36 000 tonnes of uranium. The region contains a number of small uranium prospects, with Kintyre by far the largest.

The Kintyre ore zone is hosted by chlorite-quartz schists, chlorite-carbonate-quartz schists, and variably chlorite and garnetiferous quartzite (metachert) associated with carbonates. This is contained in the axial zone of a recumbent, gently east north-east plunging antiform. The dominant mineral is uraninite narrow veins 1-10 metres thick separated by barren host schist. The main orebody containing the veins is 400 metres long, 100-200 metres wide and up to 70 metres thick dipping 20 to 50 degrees north. Chlorite, dolomite, ankerite, and calcite are the dominant gangue minerals in the veins. Dolomite and/or chlorite is dominant. Within the uraninite ore is minor bismuth, busmuthinite, chalcopyrite, bornite, galena, and gold.

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541 - 1000 Ma

ID: 3186673
Neoproterozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Neoproterozoic (541 - 1000 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Savory Group

Comments: Savory Basin

Lithology: Shale,sandstone,glacial deposits,conglomerate

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Mesoproterozoic - Paleoproterozoic
1000 - 2500 Ma

ID: 856326
Yandagooge Formation

Age: Proterozoic (1000 - 2500 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Yandagooge Formation

Description: Pelitic to semi-pelitic quartz-mica schist, hematite-biotite schist, muscovite quartzite, quartzite, with local psammitic gneiss, pyritic graphite schist, chert, and metamorphosed banded iron formation

Comments: metasedimentary siliciclastic; sedimentary non-carbonate chemical or biochemical; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Metasedimentary siliciclastic; sedimentary non-carbonate chemical or biochemical

Reference: Raymond, O.L., Liu, S., Gallagher, R., Zhang, W., Highet, L.M. Surface Geology of Australia 1:1 million scale dataset 2012 edition. Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia). [5]

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Ferguson, K.M. (1999) Lead, Zinc and Silver Deposits of Western Australia. Geological Survey of Western Australia, Mineral Resources Bulletin 15, 314p.
Czarnota, K., Gerner, E., Maidment, D.W., Meixner, A.J., Bagas, L.(2009): Paterson Area 1:250 000 Scale Solid Geology Interpretation and Depth to Basement Model-explanatory notes, Geoscience Australia (2009):16.

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