Help mindat.org|Log In|Register|
Home PageMindat NewsThe Mindat ManualHistory of MindatCopyright StatusManagement TeamContact UsAdvertise on Mindat
Donate to MindatSponsor a PageSponsored PagesTop Available PagesMindat AdvertisersAdvertise on MindatThe Mindat Store
Minerals by PropertiesMinerals by ChemistryRandom MineralSearch by minIDLocalities Near MeSearch ArticlesSearch GlossaryMore Search Options
Search For:
Mineral Name:
Locality Name:
Keyword(s):
 
The Mindat ManualAdd a New PhotoRate PhotosLocality Edit ReportCoordinate Completion ReportAdd Glossary Item
StatisticsThe ElementsMember ListBooks & MagazinesMineral Shows & EventsThe Mindat DirectoryHow to Link to MindatDevice Settings
Photo SearchPhoto GalleriesNew Photos TodayNew Photos YesterdayMembers' Photo GalleriesPast Photo of the Day Gallery

Great Australia Mine, Cloncurry, Cloncurry Shire, Queensland, Australia

This page is currently not sponsored. Click here to sponsor this page.
 
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 20° 43' 10'' South , 140° 30' 38'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -20.7195375299, 140.510681958


An operating copper-gold mine located 2 kms south of Cloncurry.

The Great Australian Mine was discovered by the explorer Ernest Henry in the 1867, and Cloncurry was settled to service this mine and others nearby which were developed subsequently. The mine was operated spasmodically till 1919, due to its isolation, but reopened in about 1995. It now operated by CopperChem and is still being open cut mined today. Ore is currently mined in three open pits at a rate of approximately 700,000 tonnes per year. In 2009 indicated and inferred reserves were shown as 2.2Mt @0.14g/t Au and 1.55%Cu.

The ores were fault-related veins in early Proterozoic dolostone, metadolerite and metatuff. There was an extensive supergene zone rich in native coper, cuprite and chalcocite; the primary ore was chalcopyrite rich.

Mineral List


39 valid minerals. 2 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

The above list contains all mineral locality references listed on mindat.org. This does not claim to be a complete list. If you know of more minerals from this site, please register so you can add to our database. This locality information is for reference purposes only. You should never attempt to visit any sites listed in mindat.org without first ensuring that you have the permission of the land and/or mineral rights holders for access and that you are aware of all safety precautions necessary.

References

Wallace, M. E. & Pring, A. (1990): Gerhardtite, a copper hydroxy-nitrate from the Great Australia mine, Cloncurry, Queensland. Australian Mineral. 5, 51-54.

Day, B. E. and Beyer, B. (1995) - Some mines of the Mt Isa District - Part 1: The Great Australia mine, Australian Journal of Mineralogy, 1 (1), 23-28.

Crane, M.J., Sharpe, J.L., and Williams, P.A. (2001): Formation of Chrysocolla and Secondary Copper Phosphates in the Highly Weathered Supergene Zones of Some Australian Deposits. Records of the Australian Museum 53, 49-56.

Elliott, P., Cooper, M.A. & Pring, A. (2014): Barlowite, Cu4FBr(OH)6, a new mineral isotructural with claringbullite: description and crystal structure. Mineralogical Magazine, 78,1755-1762.

External Links


Mineral and/or Locality  
Mindat.org is an outreach project of the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
Copyright © mindat.org and the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy 1993-2017, except where stated. Mindat.org relies on the contributions of thousands of members and supporters.
Privacy Policy - Terms & Conditions - Contact Us Current server date and time: March 22, 2017 22:02:24 Page generated: February 2, 2017 10:03:17
Go to top of page