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Kundip, Ravensthorpe Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 33° 40' 46'' South , 120° 11' 27'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -33.67954,120.19103
GeoHash:G#: qdj2rhb6m
Köppen climate type:Csb : Warm-summer Mediterranean climate

Palache, C., Berman, H., & Frondel, C. (1951), The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, 7th edition, revised and enlarged, 1124 pp.: 564.

The Ravensthorpe-Kundip copper-gold belt starts with mines just north of Ravensthorpe. With the exception of the Floater Mine these contained more copper than gold. The belt stretches 20 kilometres south passing the Mt Chester, Mt Desmond and Elverdton Mines before finishing at Kundip at the southern end. The Kundip mines generally held more gold than copper. All but one mine (Mozaic) are found on the western side of the Ravensthorpe Range.

Kundip refers to the general area at the southern end of the belt rather than an individual mine. The area was mined initially just after the turn of the Twentieth Century. A few of the larger ones sprang to life again in the early 1930's to World War Two, then all fell silent. All were small operations ranging from an individual to a party of four men at each mine.

To reach the site requires hiking east of the Ravensthorpe-Hopetoun Road, about one kilometre, to the defunct railway line. Just beyond this is the remains of the Kundip battery. Just beyond this a broad east-west arc of shallow diggings for gold, and shafts for gold and copper sweep about three kilometres to the range. The number of shafts are beyond count occurring almost every few metres. Most are unfenced and surrounded by soft loamy unstable soil making them dangerous to the uncareful. Thick scrub has grown back across the area, as the mines have been defunct for over one hundred years. With the maze of tracks in the area, getting lost is easy without local knowledge.

Several small batteries were established in the area, a now dismantled town of Kundip, and numerous minor examples of rusting mine machinery still lay about to be discovered in the scrub.

It can also refer to the Kundip Project, a more recent exploration by Tectonic Resources, then Silver Lake Resources. Drilling was done on a small section of the historic mines on the range section, but hasn't progressed beyond this.

The reference listed at the beginning was by another writer for the species natrojarosite. The name of the mine this is found at in the Kundip area is needed.

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1000 - 1600 Ma

ID: 3186846
Mesoproterozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Mesoproterozoic (1000 - 1600 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Mount Barren Formation

Comments: Albany-Fraser Orogen

Lithology: Shale,sandstone

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]

2500 - 4000 Ma

ID: 776732
andesite 74245

Age: Archean (2500 - 4000 Ma)

Description: Meta-andesite, locally porphyritic; mafic to intermediate tuff, agglomerate, and volcaniclastic rocks, dacite

Comments: igneous intermediate volcanic; igneous volcanic; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Igneous intermediate volcanic; igneous volcanic

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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