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Hercules Mine, Mt Read, Williamsford, Rosebery district, West Coast municipality, Tasmania, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 41° 50' 24'' South , 145° 30' 59'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -41.8402208296, 145.516600589

A Pb-Zn-Cu-Ag-Au mine located atop Mt Read, 6 miles (10km) South of Rosebery. The ore is similar to Rosebery (massive, pyrite-rich sulphide ore), but is more metamorphosed and deformed. Mining was mostly between 1894-1986, but there has been some small scale mining at times since. Rehabilitation works began in 2004/2005, though there has been some localised mining since. There are small exposures of the sulphides and gossan in open cuts and adits at the summit.

Description A syn-volcanic, submarine, hydrothermal deposit; part replacement of footwall permeable strata
Host Rock Ages Cambrian Series 3
Mineralisation Ages Cambrian
Form Stratiform, Volcanic massive sulphide
Rock Type volcaniclastic-igneous-rock and tephra
Commodities Zinc, Lead
Gangue Carbonate, Chlorite, Pyrite, Sericite, Silica

Total Resource (Pre Mining) 31/12/2005
2570000 Tonnes
0.42% Cu
5.2% Pb
16.7% Zn
160g/t Ag
2.7g/t Au

Mineral List

27 valid minerals.

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- Dana, E.S. (1909) System of Mineralogy, 6th. Edition, New York. App. 2, by E.S. Dana and W.E. Ford: 112.
- Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 280.
- Rocks & Minerals: 22: 328.

Company Report - Onshore 84_2307: Read-Rosebery Leases Report for Year Ended 26th June, 1984
MRT Document GSB19: The zinc-lead sulphide deposits of the Read-Rosebery District, Part 1 - Mount Read Group
Company Report - Onshore 84_2307: Read-Rosebery Leases Report for Year Ended 26th June, 1984
MRT Document OS_163: Report on the mineral districts of Zeehan and neighbourhood
MRT Document OS_121: Report on the Zeehan-Dundas Mineral Fields in February 1896

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