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Adelaide Mine (Adelaide Pty Mine; Adelaide Proprietary Mine), Dundas mineral field, Zeehan District, West Coast municipality, Tasmania, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 41° 53' 7'' South , 145° 25' 44'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -41.88528,145.42889
GeoHash:G#: r0x3tr40d
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

An underground silver-lead mine, now operated as a crocoite specimen mine, and probably the prime source of crocoite in the world.

The host Cambrian ultramafics have been highly altered to serpentinites and galena and dolomite-rich rocks that have been deeply weathered forming crocoite-bearing gossans.

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25 valid minerals. 1 (TL) - type locality of valid minerals.

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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443.8 - 485.4 Ma

ID: 3186041
Paleozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Ordovician (443.8 - 485.4 Ma)

Lithology: Limestone,sandstone,slate,quartzite,conglomerate

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]

Furongian - Series 3
485.4 - 509 Ma

ID: 707155
sediments 37519

Age: Cambrian (485.4 - 509 Ma)

Description: Marine sedimentary sequences, minor volcanics in places

Comments: sedimentary siliciclastic; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Sedimentary siliciclastic

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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Dana 7: II: 648.
Chapman, A.H. (1972) On a spectacular find of crocoite in the Adelaide mine, Dundas, Tasmania. The Mineralogical Record: 3:3, 111-114.
Lancaster, K. (1977) Crocoite and its increasing scarcity. The Mineralogical Record: 8: 24-26.
Bottrill, R.S., Williams, P., Dohnt, S., Sorrell, S., and Kemp, N.R. (2006) Crocoite and associated minerals from Dundas and other locations in Tasmania. Australian Journal of Mineralogy. 12, 59-90.
Praszkier, T. and Wright, A. (2011) Ein neuer Krokoit-Sensationsfund in der Adelaide Mine/Tasmanien. Mineralien-Welt. 22 (2): 70-79.
Bottrill, R.S. and Baker, W.E. (2008) A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. Geological Survey Tasmania Bulletin 73, 254 pages.
Moore, T.P. and Wilson, W.E. (2012) Major Crocoite Discoveries at the Adelaide Mine Tasmania. The Mineralogical Record, 43, pp. 651-673.
Cooper, M.P. (1994) Letter from Europe: the Munich Show. Mineralogical Record, 25(2), 137–141.
Haupt, J. (1988) Minerals of Western Tasmania. Mineralogical Record, 19(6), 381–388.
Kissling, A. (1996) Letter: crocoite find. Mineralogical Record, 27(1), 67–68.
Praszkier, T. and Wright, A. (2010) Great new find: Adelaide Mine 2010. Minerals: Newspaper for Collectors, 1, 8–11.

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www.treasuremountainmining.com. [Greene, E. (2012) Crocoite: the most beautiful mineral on the planet? ]

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