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Nakatatsu mine, Ono City, Fukui Prefecture, Chubu Region, Honshu Island, Japan

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 35° 52' 24'' North , 136° 34' 40'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 35.8736111111, 136.577777778
Name(s) in local language(s):中竜鉱山, 福井県 大野市
Other regions containing this locality:Asia

Copper-lead-zinc mine with minor silver and cadmium, now closed. Ore veins hosted in skarns within Paleozoic limestone. Five main ore deposits are known.
Started in 13th century as a silver Mine, and closed in 1987.
From 1987 to 2006, main inclined shaft was used for sightseeing.

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36 valid minerals.

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Mineralization age: Paleocene : 60.1 ± 2.4 Ma

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Geologic TimeRocks, Minerals and Events
ⓘ Muscovite60.1 ± 2.4 Ma

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Hori, Sumio; Horiuchi, Fumio (1942): Geology and ore deposits of the Nakatatsu Mine and its environment. Chishitsugaku Zasshi 49, 297-318.

Jitsutaro Takubo; Yasuo Ukai (1952) On the Contact Deposit of the Nakatatsu Mine, Fukui Prefecture. Mining Geology 2, 75-80.

Nakamura, Jinichi (1973): Mineral zoning and features of ore deposits at the Nakatatsu mine, Fukui Prefecture. Kozan Chishitsu 23(2), 111-118 (in Japanese).

Nishikawa, Yuji; Yamaguchi, Mitsuo (1982): Zonal distribution of silver-​bearing minerals in the skarn type deposits, Nakatatsu mine, central Japan and its application to ore exploration. Kozan Chishitsu 32(173), 203-214 (in Japanese).

Masaaki Shimizu and J. Toshimichi Iiyama (1982) Zinc-lead skarn deposits of the Nakatatsu Mine, central Japan. Economic Geology 77, 1000-1012.

Yoshihiro Tsuchiya; Yuji Nishikawa; Koji Tochimoto; Shoji Matsumoto (1986) On the exploration at the Nakatatsu mine, Fukui Prefecture, Japan. Mining Geology 36, 331-337.

Murao, Satoshi; Seki, Yoji; Nakajima, Terumasa (1988): Molybdenum mineralization of possible porphyry type at the Nakatatsu mine, Fukui Prefecture, southwestern Japan. Ganko 83(10), 418-29.

Kamitani, M., Okumura, K., Teraoka, Y., Miyano, S., and Watanabe, Y. (2007): Mineral Resources Map of East Asia. Geological Survey of Japan.

Ishihara, Shunso (2008): Geological and resource evaluation of the porphyry Mo deposit at Nakatatsu mine, central Japan. Shigen Chishitsu 58(3), 163-168.

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