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Yuinmery prospects, Youanmi, Sandstone Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 28° 32' 15'' South , 119° 6' 23'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -28.53759,119.10665
GeoHash:G#: qdutwkfu6
Locality type:Group of Prospects
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

Located 8 km east north east of the former Youanmi township are a series of copper, gold, nickel and zinc prospects. Located 80 kilometres south-west of Sandstone and 5 kilometres north-east of the Youanmi mine.

Located in the Youanmi Greenstone Belt, a synclinal sequence of chloritised felsic tuffaceous rocks, sulphide bearing chert, gabbros, basalt and ultramafics.

The copper-gold is found in the felsic volcanics and platinum group elements- nickel in large layers of the mafic/ultramafic intrusive complex. Marston states hosted by chert, banded iron formation, felsic pyroclastic rocks, overlying metabasalt in a major synformal structure, with intruding metagabbro and granophyre. It contains widespread low grade pyrite-pyrrhotite-magnetite-chalcopyrite, disseminated and thin massive zones.

The Just Desserts prospect contains an estimated resource of over 1 million tonnes at 1.82% copper and 0.78 g/t gold. Other prospects include YC5, YC11, YC14, Augustus and A Zone. YC14 and A Zone show massive sulphide Cu-Au. A Zone which is 1.3 kilometres north of Just Desserts also contains zinc in the upper levels and copper-gold in the lower levels of the horizon. Large widths of low grade platinum-palladium has been discovered at the Constantine prospect at 0.49 g/t Pt and Pd, and 0.22% nickel. This is associated with massive sulphides in at least two horizons of a major layered mafic/ultamafic intrusive complex with a 13 kilometre strike length.

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0 - 66 Ma

ID: 816553
calcrete 38497

Age: Cenozoic (0 - 66 Ma)

Description: Calcrete, travertine; calcareous cementing of bedrock and transported materials; pisolitic to nodular or massive; as low mounds, in playa lakes, valley calcrete, or in subsurface; may contain intercalated chalcedony; locally dissected and karstified

Comments: regolith; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Regolith

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]

Neoarchean - Mesoarchean
2500 - 3200 Ma

ID: 3187503
Archean intrusive rocks

Age: Archean (2500 - 3200 Ma)

Comments: Yilgarn Craton

Lithology: Intrusive igneous 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]

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Marston, R.J. (1979) Copper Mineralization in Western Australia. Mineral Resources Bulletin 13, Geological Survey of Western Australia, 208p. 

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