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Great South Comet mine, Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast municipality, Tasmania, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 41° 53' 14'' South , 145° 26' 52'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -41.88727,145.44780
GeoHash:G#: r0x3twxug
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate


An old, abandoned underground mine on the Comet-Maestries line of lode. Reopened breifly by open cut in the mid 1980's, when some good specimens were recovered. These include reasonable crystals of sphalerite and galena on dolomite and siderite, and some are still available on the remaining dumps and open cuts. Since its closure the mine gate has been locked, requiring a steep 2km return walk unless you can find a key.

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


10 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

'Bindheimite'
Formula: Pb2Sb2O6O
Reference: Ray Keating collection
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Australian Journal of Mineralogy (2006) 12: 59-90
Dolomite
Formula: CaMg(CO3)2
Reference: Bottrill & Baker (in prep) Catalogue of minerals of Tasmania
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Bottrill & Baker (in prep) Catalogue of minerals of Tasmania
Goethite
Formula: α-Fe3+O(OH)
Reference: R Bottrill collection
Greenockite
Formula: CdS
Reference: Bottrill & Baker (in prep) Catalogue of minerals of Tasmania
Gypsum
Formula: CaSO4 · 2H2O
Reference: R Bottrill collection
Jamesonite
Formula: Pb4FeSb6S14
Reference: Australian Journal of Mineralogy (2006) 12: 59-90
Pyrite
Formula: FeS2
Reference: Bottrill & Baker (in prep) Catalogue of minerals of Tasmania
Siderite
Formula: FeCO3
Reference: Bottrill & Baker (in prep) Catalogue of minerals of Tasmania
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: Bottrill & Baker (in prep) Catalogue of minerals of Tasmania

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
'Chalcopyrite'2.CB.10aCuFeS2
'Galena'2.CD.10PbS
'Greenockite'2.CB.45CdS
'Jamesonite'2.HB.15Pb4FeSb6S14
'Pyrite'2.EB.05aFeS2
'Sphalerite'2.CB.05aZnS
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
'Bindheimite'4.DH.20Pb2Sb2O6O
'Goethite'4.00.α-Fe3+O(OH)
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
'Dolomite'5.AB.10CaMg(CO3)2
'Siderite'5.AB.05FeCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
'Gypsum'7.CD.40CaSO4 · 2H2O

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Greenockite2.8.7.2CdS
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:2
Pyrite2.12.1.1FeS2
Group 3 - SULFOSALTS
2 < ø < 2.49
Jamesonite3.6.7.1Pb4FeSb6S14
Group 6 - HYDROXIDES AND OXIDES CONTAINING HYDROXYL
XO(OH)
Goethite6.1.1.2α-Fe3+O(OH)
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Siderite14.1.1.3FeCO3
AB(XO3)2
Dolomite14.2.1.1CaMg(CO3)2
Group 29 - HYDRATED ACID AND NORMAL SULFATES
AXO4·xH2O
Gypsum29.6.3.1CaSO4 · 2H2O
Group 44 - ANTIMONATES
A2X2O6(O,OH,F)
'Bindheimite'44.1.1.2Pb2Sb2O6O

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
H GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
CCarbon
C DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
C SideriteFeCO3
OOxygen
O BindheimitePb2Sb2O6O
O DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
O Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
O GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
O SideriteFeCO3
MgMagnesium
Mg DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
SSulfur
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S GalenaPbS
S GreenockiteCdS
S GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
S JamesonitePb4FeSb6S14
S PyriteFeS2
S SphaleriteZnS
CaCalcium
Ca DolomiteCaMg(CO3)2
Ca GypsumCaSO4 · 2H2O
FeIron
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
Fe JamesonitePb4FeSb6S14
Fe PyriteFeS2
Fe SideriteFeCO3
CuCopper
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
CdCadmium
Cd GreenockiteCdS
SbAntimony
Sb BindheimitePb2Sb2O6O
Sb JamesonitePb4FeSb6S14
PbLead
Pb BindheimitePb2Sb2O6O
Pb GalenaPbS
Pb JamesonitePb4FeSb6S14

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Ordovician
443.8 - 485.4 Ma



ID: 3186041
Paleozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Ordovician (443.8 - 485.4 Ma)

Lithology: Limestone,sandstone,slate,quartzite,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]

Furongian - Miaolingian
485.4 - 509 Ma



ID: 707155
sediments 37519

Age: Cambrian (485.4 - 509 Ma)

Description: Marine sedimentary sequences, minor volcanics in places

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]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

References

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Bottrill, R.S., Williams, P., Dohnt, S., Sorrell, S. and Kemp, N.R. (2006). Crocoite and associated minerals from Dundas and other locations in Tasmania. Australian Journal of Mineralogy. 12, 59-90


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