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Hardway Mine, Mary Kathleen district, Rosebud Station, Cloncurry Shire, Queensland, Australiai
Regional Level Types
Hardway MineMine
Mary Kathleen districtDistrict
Rosebud Station- not defined -
Cloncurry ShireShire

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 20° 45' 4'' South , 139° 53' 49'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -20.75111,139.89694
GeoHash:G#: rh73zqmu5
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BSh : Hot semi-arid (steppe) climate
Nearest Settlements:
Mount Isa22,785 (2013)41.6km

The HARDWAY mine was a silica flux mine for MT Isa mines. Some excellent examples of chrysocolla on chalcedony are seen from there, plus hyalite and pseudomalachite and malachite. There was an abundance of excellent microsized libethenite found a few years ago at the Hardway.

Regions containing this locality

Australian Plate (Australia Plate)Tectonic Plate
North Australian Element, AustraliaCraton
Mount Isa Orogen, Queensland, AustraliaOrogen
Mary Kathleen Domain, Mount Isa Orogen, Queensland, AustraliaDomain

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List

6 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Formula: Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Reference: Costas Constantinides collection
Formula: Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Reference: Crane, M.J., Sharpe, J.L., and Williams, P.A. (2001): Records of the Australian Museum 53, 49-56.
Formula: Cu2(PO4)(OH)
Reference: Crane, M.J., Sharpe, J.L., and Williams, P.A. (2001): Records of the Australian Museum 53, 49-56.
Formula: SiO2 · nH2O
Reference: Personal collection and shown on photo
Opal var: Opal-AN
Formula: SiO2 · nH2O
Reference: Personal collection and shown on photo
Formula: Cu5(PO4)2(OH)4
Reference: Crane, M.J., Sharpe, J.L., and Williams, P.A. (2001): Records of the Australian Museum 53, 49-56.
Formula: SiO2
Reference: Crane, M.J., Sharpe, J.L., and Williams, P.A. (2001): Records of the Australian Museum 53, 49-56.

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Opal4.DA.10SiO2 · nH2O
var: Opal-AN4.DA.10SiO2 · nH2O
Group 8 - Phosphates, Arsenates and Vanadates
Group 9 - Silicates
Chrysocolla9.ED.20Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 74 - PHYLLOSILICATES Modulated Layers
Modulated Layers with joined strips
Chrysocolla74.3.2.1Cu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with H2O and organics
Opal75.2.1.1SiO2 · nH2O
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
var: Opal-AN
-SiO2 · nH2O

List of minerals for each chemical element

H LibetheniteCu2(PO4)(OH)
H Opal (var: Opal-AN)SiO2 · nH2O
H PseudomalachiteCu5(PO4)2(OH)4
H KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
H OpalSiO2 · nH2O
H ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
O LibetheniteCu2(PO4)(OH)
O Opal (var: Opal-AN)SiO2 · nH2O
O PseudomalachiteCu5(PO4)2(OH)4
O QuartzSiO2
O KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
O OpalSiO2 · nH2O
O ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Al KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Al ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
Si Opal (var: Opal-AN)SiO2 · nH2O
Si QuartzSiO2
Si KaoliniteAl2(Si2O5)(OH)4
Si OpalSiO2 · nH2O
Si ChrysocollaCu2-xAlx(H2-xSi2O5)(OH)4 · nH2O
P LibetheniteCu2(PO4)(OH)
P PseudomalachiteCu5(PO4)2(OH)4
Cu LibetheniteCu2(PO4)(OH)
Cu PseudomalachiteCu5(PO4)2(OH)4
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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1600 - 1800 Ma

ID: 931684
Corella Formation

Age: Statherian (1600 - 1800 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Corella Formation

Description: Calcareous siltstone, limestone, calcareous scapolitic granofels, quartzite, amphibolite, shale.

Comments: metasedimentary carbonate; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Metasedimentary carbonate

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]

1600 - 2500 Ma

ID: 3186369
Paleoproterozoic volcanic and intrusive rocks

Age: Proterozoic (1600 - 2500 Ma)

Comments: Mount Isa Block

Lithology: Felsic volcanic rocks

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]

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- Crane, M.J., Sharpe, J.L., and Williams, P.A. (2001): Formation of Chrysocolla and Secondary Copper Phosphates in the Highly Weathered Supergene Zones of Some Australian Deposits. Records of the Australian Museum 53, 49-56.

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