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Tairua, Thames-Coromandel District, Waikato Region, North Island, New Zealandi
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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 36° 59' 32'' South , 175° 51' 30'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -36.99237,175.85861
GeoHash:G#: rcmj9c8rf
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Pauanui749 (2011)2.8km
Tairua1,588 (2011)2.8km
Whitianga3,367 (2011)22.6km
Whangamata4,253 (2011)23.1km
Thames7,136 (2014)32.6km


The Tairua township and coastal area contain a number of altered, and sometimes silicified, outcrops of andesite and rhyolite. Of note is Paku Hill which has bands of spherulitic rhyolite.

Note that the well known mordenite locality is in the Hikuai area.

Regions containing this locality

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Australian Plate (Australia Plate)Tectonic Plate

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9 valid minerals.

Rock Types Recorded

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Detailed Mineral List:

Diaspore
Formula: AlO(OH)
Reference: Railton, G.T., Watters, W.A. (1990) Minerals of New Zealand. New Zealand Geological Survey Bulletin 104, 89 pages.
Dickite
Formula: Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Reference: Railton, G.T., Watters, W.A. (1990) Minerals of New Zealand. New Zealand Geological Survey Bulletin 104, 89 pages.
Kaolinite
Formula: Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Reference: L. D. Swindale & I. R. Hughes (1968) Hydrothermal association of pyrophyllite, kaolinite, diaspore, dickite, and quartz in the Coromandel Area, New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 11:5, 1163-1183,
Lepidocrocite
Formula: γ-Fe3+O(OH)
Reference: L. D. Swindale & I. R. Hughes (1968) Hydrothermal association of pyrophyllite, kaolinite, diaspore, dickite, and quartz in the Coromandel Area, New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 11:5, 1163-1183,
'Manganese Oxides'
Reference: Collection of RJ Martin
Montmorillonite
Formula: (Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
Reference: New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics pg 342 Vol 22 1979
Opal
Formula: SiO2 · nH2O
Reference: L. D. Swindale & I. R. Hughes (1968) Hydrothermal association of pyrophyllite, kaolinite, diaspore, dickite, and quartz in the Coromandel Area, New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 11:5, 1163-1183,
Opal var: Common Opal
Formula: SiO2 · nH2O
Reference: Collection of RJ Martin
Opal var: Precious Opal
Formula: SiO2 · nH2O
Reference: Collection of RJ Martin
Pyrophyllite
Formula: Al2Si4O10(OH)2
Reference: L. D. Swindale & I. R. Hughes (1968) Hydrothermal association of pyrophyllite, kaolinite, diaspore, dickite, and quartz in the Coromandel Area, New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 11:5, 1163-1183,
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: L. D. Swindale & I. R. Hughes (1968) Hydrothermal association of pyrophyllite, kaolinite, diaspore, dickite, and quartz in the Coromandel Area, New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 11:5, 1163-1183,
Zircon
Formula: Zr(SiO4)
Reference: L. D. Swindale & I. R. Hughes (1968) Hydrothermal association of pyrophyllite, kaolinite, diaspore, dickite, and quartz in the Coromandel Area, New Zealand, New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 11:5, 1163-1183,

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Diaspore4.FD.10AlO(OH)
Lepidocrocite4.FE.15γ-Fe3+O(OH)
Opal4.DA.10SiO2 · nH2O
var: Common Opal4.DA.10SiO2 · nH2O
var: Precious Opal4.DA.10SiO2 · nH2O
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
Group 9 - Silicates
Dickite9.ED.05Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Kaolinite9.ED.05Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Montmorillonite9.EC.40(Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
Pyrophyllite9.EC.10Al2Si4O10(OH)2
Zircon9.AD.30Zr(SiO4)
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Manganese Oxides'-

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 6 - HYDROXIDES AND OXIDES CONTAINING HYDROXYL
XO(OH)
Diaspore6.1.1.1AlO(OH)
Lepidocrocite6.1.2.2γ-Fe3+O(OH)
Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with cations in >[6] coordination
Zircon51.5.2.1Zr(SiO4)
Group 71 - PHYLLOSILICATES Sheets of Six-Membered Rings
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 1:1 layers
Dickite71.1.1.1Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 layers
Pyrophyllite71.2.1.1Al2Si4O10(OH)2
Sheets of 6-membered rings with 2:1 clays
Montmorillonite71.3.1a.2(Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with H2O and organics
Opal75.2.1.1SiO2 · nH2O
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Kaolinite-Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
'Manganese Oxides'-
Opal
var: Common Opal
-SiO2 · nH2O
var: Precious Opal-SiO2 · nH2O

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H DiasporeAlO(OH)
H DickiteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
H Montmorillonite(Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
H Lepidocrociteγ-Fe3+O(OH)
H OpalSiO2 · nH2O
H KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
H PyrophylliteAl2Si4O10(OH)2
H Opal (var: Precious Opal)SiO2 · nH2O
H Opal (var: Common Opal)SiO2 · nH2O
OOxygen
O DiasporeAlO(OH)
O DickiteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
O Montmorillonite(Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
O Lepidocrociteγ-Fe3+O(OH)
O QuartzSiO2
O OpalSiO2 · nH2O
O KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
O ZirconZr(SiO4)
O PyrophylliteAl2Si4O10(OH)2
O Opal (var: Precious Opal)SiO2 · nH2O
O Opal (var: Common Opal)SiO2 · nH2O
NaSodium
Na Montmorillonite(Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
MgMagnesium
Mg Montmorillonite(Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
AlAluminium
Al DiasporeAlO(OH)
Al DickiteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Al Montmorillonite(Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
Al KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Al PyrophylliteAl2Si4O10(OH)2
SiSilicon
Si DickiteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Si Montmorillonite(Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
Si QuartzSiO2
Si OpalSiO2 · nH2O
Si KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Si ZirconZr(SiO4)
Si PyrophylliteAl2Si4O10(OH)2
Si Opal (var: Precious Opal)SiO2 · nH2O
Si Opal (var: Common Opal)SiO2 · nH2O
CaCalcium
Ca Montmorillonite(Na,Ca)0.33(Al,Mg)2(Si4O10)(OH)2 · nH2O
FeIron
Fe Lepidocrociteγ-Fe3+O(OH)
ZrZirconium
Zr ZirconZr(SiO4)

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: 1308961
Late Quaternary alluvium and colluvium

Age: Pleistocene (0 - 2.588 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Pakihi Supergroup

Description: Unconsolidated to poorly consolidated mud, sand, gravel and peat.

Comments: Zealandia Megasequence Terrestrial and Shallow Marine Sedimentary Rocks (Neogene)

Lithology: Mud, sand, gravel, peat

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]

Holocene - Late Pleistocene
0 - 0.126 Ma



ID: 1348637
OIS1 (Holocene) ocean beach deposits

Age: Pleistocene (0 - 0.126 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Karioitahi Group

Description: Unconsolidated, sandy to muddy, pebbly and shelly beach ridges.

Comments: Holocene shoreline deposits. Age based on absolute age calculated from stratigraphic age range

Lithology: Major:: {gravel},Minor:: {shellbeds, sand, mud}

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

Quaternary
0 - 2.588 Ma



ID: 3187411
Cenozoic volcanic rocks

Age: Pleistocene (0 - 2.588 Ma)

Lithology: Ignimbrite(s); felsic volcanic rocks; rhyolite

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]

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

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Ref.: Railton, G.L. & Watters, W.A., Minerals of New Zealand, New Zealand Geological Survey Bull. #104 (1990).
L. D. Swindale & I. R. Hughes (1968) Hydrothermal association of pyrophyllite,
kaolinite, diaspore, dickite, and quartz in the Coromandel Area, New Zealand, New Zealand Journal
of Geology and Geophysics, 11:5, 1163-1183,

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