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Pteropus Breccia Pipe, Oombulgurri Community, Wyndham-East Kimberley Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 14° 37' 59'' South , 127° 27' 44'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -14.63333,127.46250
GeoHash:G#: qv6su2p6e
Locality type:Pipe
Köppen climate type:Aw : Tropical savanna, wet

Within the Oombulgarri Aboriginal Reserve, approximately 70 kilometres north north-west of the former Oombulgarri Aboriginal Community (Forrest River Mission), in the Collison Range, and west of the junction between the Berkeley and De Lancourt Rivers. The only feasible way to access the site is by helicopter.

A diamond was initially discovered in the creek by the Kalumburu Joint Venture. This consisted of a company called AO, Belgian diamond company Sibeka, Jennings Mining and Northern Mining. When money ran short, CRA was brought in, and the joint venture renamed Ashton. In 1976 the diamond bearing pipe at Pteropus Creek was discovered. The creek was named by the joint venture.

Only a small amount of diamonds have been found at this location. It is a vertical pipe covering 2 Ha, consisting of a breccia of siltstone and sandstone angular fragments in a tuffaceous matrix. 25 diamonds have been recovered from the pipe and nearby creek.

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Statherian - Paleoproterozoic
1600 - 2500 Ma

ID: 3184928
Paleoproterozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Proterozoic (1600 - 2500 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Kimberley Group

Comments: Kimberley Basin

Lithology: Sandstone,siltstone

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]

1600 - 2500 Ma

ID: 693813
Pentecost Sandstone

Age: Proterozoic (1600 - 2500 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Pentecost Sandstone

Description: Blocky medium-grained quartz sandstone, minor fine- to medium-grained feldspathic sandstone; micaceous and glauconitic sandstone, shale pellet conglomerate

Comments: sedimentary siliciclastic; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Sedimentary 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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Jaques A.L., Lewis, J.D., Smith, C.B. (1986) The Kimberlites and Lamproites of Western Australia, Geological Survey of Western Australia.
Fetherston, J.M., Stocklmayer, S.M., Stocklmayer, V.C. (2013) Gemstones of Western Australia. Geological Survey of Western Australia, Mineral Resources Bulletin 25, 306p.
Tyler, E. (2016) Mines and Tribulations: Searching for Aussie Diamond Mines, Jeweller, 23/08/2016.

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