Waitahuna River Cu prospect, Clutha District, Otago Region, South Island, New Zealand
|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||45° 55' 58'' South , 169° 49' 2'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-45.93303,169.81731|
|Köppen climate type:||Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate|
Described as on the banks of the Waitahuna River, 15 kilometres north of Waitahuna, 1.8 kilometres west of Waitahuna-Waipori Road and 5 kilometres south of Lake Mahinerangi.
Mindat co-ordinates are approximate.
The prospect is a small vein of fine grained sulphides, 0.6 metres thick, exposed along the river bank. Pyrite and chalcopyrite dominate.
Across 1880 to 1883, the Waitahuna Copper Lode Company sank a shaft to a depth of 21 metres, and drove two cross-cuts, driving on the extension of a limonitic gossan, 60 metres north-east of the now flooded shaft.
The lode is hosted by greenish schist, microscopically consisting of albite, chlorite, epidote, clinozoisite, muscovite, quartz, fine grained graphite, minor titanite, rare grains of blue tourmaline.
The ore is fine grained grey to yellowish ore from mostly sulphide to disseminated. The study (Lowery, 1979) was an examination of ore specimens from the spoil heap at the microscopic level, so some species listed may not be readily apparent in hand specimens.
The dominant species is pyrite and chalcopyrite, with more minor marcasite, pyrrhotite, sphalerite, and minute amounts of covellite. Veinlets of limonite cut the ore. Gange includes albite, quartz, siderite, muscovite, and small amounts of epidote, chlorite, and titanite.
14 valid minerals.
Rock Types Recorded
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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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|Triassic - Permian|
201.3 - 298.9 Ma
|Paleozoic-Mesozoic crystalline metamorphic rocks|
Age: Phanerozoic (201.3 - 298.9 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Haast Schist
Comments: Caples Terrane
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. 
201.3 - 252.17 Ma
|Caples Group TZIII schist|
Age: Triassic (201.3 - 252.17 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Caples Group
Comments: Eastern Province (Caples Terrane) Rocks
Reference: Edbrooke, S.W., Heron, D.W., Forsyth, P.J., Jongens, R. (compilers). Geology Map of New Zealand 1:1 000 000. GNS Science Geological Map 2. 
|Norian - Kungurian|
208.5 - 279.3 Ma
|Undifferentiated Caples Terrane TZIII schist|
Age: Phanerozoic (208.5 - 279.3 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Caples Group
Comments: Basement (Eastern Province) metamorphic rocks. Age based on stratigraphic correlation, K-Ar dating
Reference: Heron, D.W. . Geology Map of New Zealand 1:250 000. GNS Science Geological Map 1.