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Mt Bonnie Mine, Grove Hill, Victoria-Daly Region, Northern Territory, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 13° 32' 38'' South , 131° 33' 8'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -13.54397,131.55221
GeoHash:G#: qvtdcw3ks
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Aw : Tropical savanna, wet

A small abandoned copper-lead-zinc-gold mine about 44km NW of Pine Creek.
It is a polymetallic massive sulphide deposits with mineralization including gold, silver, lead, zinc and copper. The deposits are developed within a folded Proterozoic sedimentary sequence. The mineralization occurs within lodes oriented in a north-south direction steeply dipping at approximately 70° to the east.

Located approximately 44 kms north-west of Pine Creek and 140 kms south-southeast from Darwin.

Mt Bonnie was first discovered in the early 1900s and was developed as an underground mine between 1912 and 1916. It was then dormant until 1973 when Geopeko drilled the property. Geopeko completed a historical resource estimate of 480,000 tonnes at a grade of 1.5 g/t gold, 186 g/t silver, 7.7% zinc, 1.8% lead and 0.4% copper.

NOTE: transparent "hedyphane" crystals from "Beltana" have been sold at mineral shows, but these crystals look like mimetite from the Mt. Bonnie mine (comm. Peter Elliott; see also discussion in http://www.mindat.org/mesg-106-373206.html).

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29 valid minerals.

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1600 - 2500 Ma

ID: 3190953
Paleoproterozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Proterozoic (1600 - 2500 Ma)

Comments: Mcarthur Basin

Lithology: Sedimentary rocks

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]

1800 - 2050 Ma

ID: 909442
Mount Bonnie Formation

Age: Orosirian (1800 - 2050 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Mount Bonnie Formation

Description: Interbedded carbonaceous sericitic and commonly pyritic or chloritic slate, phyllite, mudstone and siltstone; fine to coarse feldspathic metagreywacke; ferruginous phyllite (metasiltstone) with chert bands, lenses and nodules

Comments: metasedimentary siliciclastic; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Metasedimentary siliciclastic

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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England, B. M., & Robinson, N. (1988). Mimetite and duftite from the Mount Bonnie mine, Northern Territory. Mineralogical Record, 19, 441-50.

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