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Aranga Quarry (Stone's Quarry; Hood Road Quarry), Aranga, Kaipara District, Northland Region, New Zealandi
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Aranga Quarry (Stone's Quarry; Hood Road Quarry)Quarry
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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
35° 44' 6'' South , 173° 34' 47'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
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Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Dargaville4,672 (2011)35.1km
Rawene486 (2014)37.6km


A quarry in miocenic Waipoua basalt. Located at Aranga near Hood Road, about 35 km north of Dargaville.

Site known for large cavities filled with zeolites, spectacular calcite crystals, and one of few sites in the world cavansite is found.

Calcite is found often as dog toothed crystals and pinacoid, and less commonly pseudo cubes and interpenetrating twins. Chabazite is common at the location, found in basement greenish rocks in fracture veins, sometimes with flecks of native copper within and under the crystals. Calcite lines vugs and cavities. Garronite associated with chabazite and mixed with gobbinsite. The crystals of both gobbinsite and garronite bladed, compact or loosely radiating. Levyne is greenish basalt vugs as colourless tabular crystals on edge. Thomsonite as white, colourless, blue-green botryoids, or brown bladed crystals, compact, helectitic on balls of thomsonite, or loosely radiating.

Regions containing this locality

Australian Plate (Australia Plate)Tectonic Plate
North Island, New ZealandIsland

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15 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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Detailed Mineral List:

'Albite-Anorthite Series'
Reference: Graham, I.T., Judd, K., Colchester, D.M., Hager, S., Greig, A., Lay, A. (2018) The cause of colour in thomsonite-Ca from Aranga quarry, Northland, New Zealand. Australian Journal of Mineralogy, 19:2, 7-13.
'Apophyllite'
Reference: Collection of RJ Martin
Aragonite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Railton, G.T., Watters, W.A. (1990) Minerals of New Zealand. New Zealand Geological Survey Bulletin 104, 89 pages.
Augite
Formula: (CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
Reference: Graham, I.T., Judd, K., Colchester, D.M., Hager, S., Greig, A., Lay, A. (2018) The cause of colour in thomsonite-Ca from Aranga quarry, Northland, New Zealand. Australian Journal of Mineralogy, 19:2, 7-13.
Calcite
Formula: CaCO3
Reference: Railton, G.T., Watters, W.A. (1990) Minerals of New Zealand. New Zealand Geological Survey Bulletin 104, 89 pages.
Cavansite
Formula: Ca(VO)Si4O10 · 4H2O
Reference: Lapis 29(9), 41-42 (2004). Graham, I.T., Judd, K., Colchester, D.M., Hager, S., Greig, A., Lay, A. (2018) The cause of colour in thomsonite-Ca from Aranga quarry, Northland, New Zealand. Australian Journal of Mineralogy, 19:2, 7-13.
Chabazite-Ca
Formula: (Ca,K2,Na2)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
Reference: J. Thornton, ed., Micro-Scope Sept. 1998
'Chlorite Group'
Reference: Collection of RJ Martin
Chrysocolla
Formula: Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Reference: Collection of RJ Martin
Copper
Formula: Cu
Reference: Railton, G.T., Watters, W.A. (1990) Minerals of New Zealand. New Zealand Geological Survey Bulletin 104, 89 pages.
Cowlesite
Formula: CaAl2Si3O10 · 6H2O
Reference: Railton, G.T., Watters, W.A. (1990) Minerals of New Zealand. New Zealand Geological Survey Bulletin 104, 89 pages.
Cuprite
Formula: Cu2O
Reference: Railton, G.T., Watters, W.A. (1990) Minerals of New Zealand. New Zealand Geological Survey Bulletin 104, 89 pages.
Cuprite var: Chalcotrichite
Formula: Cu2O
Reference: Judy Rowe Collection
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'
Reference: Graham, I.T., Judd, K., Colchester, D.M., Hager, S., Greig, A., Lay, A. (2018) The cause of colour in thomsonite-Ca from Aranga quarry, Northland, New Zealand. Australian Journal of Mineralogy, 19:2, 7-13.
'Gismondine'
Reference: Railton, G.T., Watters, W.A. (1990) Minerals of New Zealand. New Zealand Geological Survey Bulletin 104, 89 pages.
Gismondine-Ca
Formula: CaAl2Si2O8 · 4H2O
Reference: Rod Martin personal collection
Gobbinsite
Formula: Na5(Si11Al5)O32 · 11H2O
Reference: Zeolites of the World, R. Tschernich, 1992
Hematite
Formula: Fe2O3
Reference: Railton, G.T., Watters, W.A. (1990) Minerals of New Zealand. New Zealand Geological Survey Bulletin 104, 89 pages.
'Lévyne'
Reference: Railton, G.T., Watters, W.A. (1990) Minerals of New Zealand. New Zealand Geological Survey Bulletin 104, 89 pages.
Okenite
Formula: Ca10Si18O46 · 18H2O
Reference: Museum Victoria Mineralogy Collection
Pseudobrookite
Formula: Fe2TiO5
Reference: Essence of Microscope
Thomsonite-Ca
Formula: NaCa2[Al5Si5O20] · 6H2O
Habit: Colourless, blue-green,
Reference: Railton, G.T., Watters, W.A. (1990) Minerals of New Zealand. New Zealand Geological Survey Bulletin 104, 89 pages. Graham, I.T., Judd, K., Colchester, D.M., Hager, S., Greig, A., Lay, A. (2018) The cause of colour in thomsonite-Ca from Aranga quarry, Northland, New Zealand. Australian Journal of Mineralogy, 19:2, 7-13.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Copper1.AA.05Cu
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Cuprite4.AA.10Cu2O
var: Chalcotrichite4.AA.10Cu2O
Hematite4.CB.05Fe2O3
Pseudobrookite4.CB.15Fe2TiO5
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Aragonite5.AB.15CaCO3
Calcite5.AB.05CaCO3
Group 9 - Silicates
Augite9.DA.15(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
Cavansite9.EA.50Ca(VO)Si4O10 · 4H2O
Chabazite-Ca9.GD.10(Ca,K2,Na2)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
Chrysocolla9.ED.20Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Cowlesite9.GG.05CaAl2Si3O10 · 6H2O
'Gismondine'9..
Gismondine-Ca9.GC.05CaAl2Si2O8 · 4H2O
Gobbinsite9.GC.05Na5(Si11Al5)O32 · 11H2O
Okenite9.EA.40Ca10Si18O46 · 18H2O
Thomsonite-Ca9.GA.10NaCa2[Al5Si5O20] · 6H2O
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Albite-Anorthite Series'-
'Apophyllite'-
'Chlorite Group'-
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'-
'Lévyne'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Copper1.1.1.3Cu
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X
Cuprite4.1.1.1Cu2O
A2X3
Hematite4.3.1.2Fe2O3
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X5
Pseudobrookite7.7.1.1Fe2TiO5
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Calcite14.1.1.1CaCO3
Group 65 - INOSILICATES Single-Width,Unbranched Chains,(W=1)
Single-Width Unbranched Chains, W=1 with chains P=2
Augite65.1.3a.3(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
Group 72 - PHYLLOSILICATES Two-Dimensional Infinite Sheets with Other Than Six-Membered Rings
Two-Dimensional Infinite Sheets with Other Than Six-Membered Rings with 3-, 4-, or 5-membered rings and 8-membered rings
Okenite72.3.2.5Ca10Si18O46 · 18H2O
Group 74 - PHYLLOSILICATES Modulated Layers
Modulated Layers with joined strips
Cavansite74.3.7.1Ca(VO)Si4O10 · 4H2O
Chrysocolla74.3.2.1Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Group 77 - TECTOSILICATES Zeolites
Zeolite group - True zeolites
Chabazite-Ca77.1.2.1(Ca,K2,Na2)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
Cowlesite77.1.5.8CaAl2Si3O10 · 6H2O
'Gismondine'77.1.3.1
Gobbinsite77.1.3.4Na5(Si11Al5)O32 · 11H2O
'Lévyne'77.1.2.8
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
'Albite-Anorthite Series'-
'Apophyllite'-
Aragonite-CaCO3
'Chlorite Group'-
Cuprite
var: Chalcotrichite
-Cu2O
'Fayalite-Forsterite Series'-
Gismondine-Ca-CaAl2Si2O8 · 4H2O
Thomsonite-Ca-NaCa2[Al5Si5O20] · 6H2O

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H CowlesiteCaAl2Si3O10 · 6H2O
H Thomsonite-CaNaCa2[Al5Si5O20] · 6H2O
H Chabazite-Ca(Ca,K2,Na2)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
H OkeniteCa10Si18O46 · 18H2O
H CavansiteCa(VO)Si4O10 · 4H2O
H GobbinsiteNa5(Si11Al5)O32 · 11H2O
H Gismondine-CaCaAl2Si2O8 · 4H2O
H ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
CCarbon
C AragoniteCaCO3
C CalciteCaCO3
OOxygen
O AragoniteCaCO3
O CalciteCaCO3
O CowlesiteCaAl2Si3O10 · 6H2O
O CupriteCu2O
O HematiteFe2O3
O Thomsonite-CaNaCa2[Al5Si5O20] · 6H2O
O Chabazite-Ca(Ca,K2,Na2)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
O OkeniteCa10Si18O46 · 18H2O
O CavansiteCa(VO)Si4O10 · 4H2O
O GobbinsiteNa5(Si11Al5)O32 · 11H2O
O Gismondine-CaCaAl2Si2O8 · 4H2O
O Cuprite (var: Chalcotrichite)Cu2O
O PseudobrookiteFe2TiO5
O ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
O Augite(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
NaSodium
Na Thomsonite-CaNaCa2[Al5Si5O20] · 6H2O
Na Chabazite-Ca(Ca,K2,Na2)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
Na GobbinsiteNa5(Si11Al5)O32 · 11H2O
MgMagnesium
Mg Augite(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
AlAluminium
Al CowlesiteCaAl2Si3O10 · 6H2O
Al Thomsonite-CaNaCa2[Al5Si5O20] · 6H2O
Al Chabazite-Ca(Ca,K2,Na2)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
Al GobbinsiteNa5(Si11Al5)O32 · 11H2O
Al Gismondine-CaCaAl2Si2O8 · 4H2O
Al ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
SiSilicon
Si CowlesiteCaAl2Si3O10 · 6H2O
Si Thomsonite-CaNaCa2[Al5Si5O20] · 6H2O
Si Chabazite-Ca(Ca,K2,Na2)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
Si OkeniteCa10Si18O46 · 18H2O
Si CavansiteCa(VO)Si4O10 · 4H2O
Si GobbinsiteNa5(Si11Al5)O32 · 11H2O
Si Gismondine-CaCaAl2Si2O8 · 4H2O
Si ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Si Augite(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
KPotassium
K Chabazite-Ca(Ca,K2,Na2)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
CaCalcium
Ca AragoniteCaCO3
Ca CalciteCaCO3
Ca CowlesiteCaAl2Si3O10 · 6H2O
Ca Thomsonite-CaNaCa2[Al5Si5O20] · 6H2O
Ca Chabazite-Ca(Ca,K2,Na2)2[Al2Si4O12]2 · 12H2O
Ca OkeniteCa10Si18O46 · 18H2O
Ca CavansiteCa(VO)Si4O10 · 4H2O
Ca Gismondine-CaCaAl2Si2O8 · 4H2O
Ca Augite(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
TiTitanium
Ti PseudobrookiteFe2TiO5
VVanadium
V CavansiteCa(VO)Si4O10 · 4H2O
FeIron
Fe HematiteFe2O3
Fe PseudobrookiteFe2TiO5
Fe Augite(CaxMgyFez)(Mgy1Fez1)Si2O6
CuCopper
Cu CopperCu
Cu CupriteCu2O
Cu Cuprite (var: Chalcotrichite)Cu2O
Cu ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O

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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Quaternary
0 - 2.588 Ma



ID: 3186709
Cenozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Pleistocene (0 - 2.588 Ma)

Lithology: Gravel,sand

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]

Burdigalian
15.97 - 20.44 Ma



ID: 1331116
Waipoua Basalt of Waipoua Subgroup (Waitakere Group)

Age: Miocene (15.97 - 20.44 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Waipoua Basalt

Description: Basalt lava flows and thin interbedded tuff and lapilli.

Comments: Neogene igneous rocks. Age based on K-Ar

Lithology: Major:: {basalt},Minor:: {tuff, lapilli tuff, conglomerate}

Reference: Heron, D.W. . Geology Map of New Zealand 1:250 000. GNS Science Geological Map 1. [13]

Early Miocene
15.97 - 23.03 Ma



ID: 1308736
Waitakere Group basalt lava and related deposits

Age: Miocene (15.97 - 23.03 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Waitakere Group

Description: Basalt lava, tuff and lapilli.

Comments: Zealandia Megasequence Extrusive and Intrusive Rocks (Neogene)

Lithology: Basalt, tuffite, ash, lapilli tuff

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. [12]

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

References

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Von Blaramberg, K. (1987) Micro Minerals Field Trips, Symposium 1987.
Railton, G.T., Watters, W.A. (1990) Minerals of New Zealand. New Zealand Geological Survey Bulletin 104, 89 pages.
Frank, H. , Thornton, J. (2004) Cavansit: Neu aus Südbrasilien und Neuseeland. Lapis 29(9), 41-42.
Graham, I.T., Judd, K., Colchester, D.M., Hager, S., Greig, A., Lay, A. (2018) The cause of colour in thomsonite-Ca from Aranga quarry, Northland, New Zealand. Australian Journal of Mineralogy, 19:2, 7-13.


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