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Renison Bell Mine (Renison Mine), North Dundas, Zeehan district, West Coast municipality, Tasmania, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 41° 47' 41'' South , 145° 26' 30'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -41.79496,145.44176
GeoHash:G#: r0x6jx7qw
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

A large underground tin mine, one of the largest in the world. Operated nearly continuously since 1890; since 2004 owned by Metals X Ltd.

The Renison tin lode, 12 km NE of Zeehan, was discovered in 1890 by George Renison Bell. With a total resource of over 40 Mt of about 1% Sn, this turned out to be one of the world’s largest known primary tin deposits. In its early years it was an alluvial field, hard rock mining began about 1900, but large scale production at Renison did not commence until about 1965 when the price of tin increased sharply and the operation was taken over by Consolidated Goldfields Ltd. In 1996, the $34 million Rendeep project was implemented to access deeper ore reserves. The mine was purchased by Murchison United in 1998 and by Bluestone Mines Tasmania Pty Ltd in 2004. Low tin prices closed the mine in 2005, but it was re-opened by Metals X Ltd in July 2008. In its 1965-2005 heyday the Renison mine was the largest underground tin mine in southern hemisphere, yielding over 2 million tonnes of ore to date(?).

The ore deposits are mostly pyrrhotite rich replacement deposits hosted in Late Proterozoic dolostone, with some rich fault-zone mineralisation, local skarns and vein deposits. The mineralisation was formed by hydrothermal fluids derived from underlying Late Devonian granites. Most of the cassiterite is microscopic, included within massive pyrrhotite. Many good mineral specimens occur in late stage veins, including fluorite, quartz and various sulphides and carbonates.

Located approximately 15km NE of Zeehan on Tasmania’s West Coast.

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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]

Series 2 - Neoproterozoic
509 - 1000 Ma

ID: 699576
Togari Group and correlates

Age: Neoproterozoic to Cambrian (509 - 1000 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Togari Group

Description: Undifferentiated sequences including dolomite, limestone, turbiditic volcaniclastic rocks, tholeiitic basalt, conglomerates and sandstones

Comments: sedimentary carbonate; sedimentary siliciclastic; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Sedimentary carbonate; 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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- McAndrew, J.A. (1965): Geology of Australian ore deposits. AIMM.
- Newnham, L. A. (1975): Renison Bell Tinfield Tin Mine. In: Knight, C.L., (ed.) Economic Geology of Australia and Papua New Guinea. Australas. Inst. Min. Metall. Monog. 5, vol. 1 (Metals), pp. 581-583.
- Patterson, D.J., Ohmoto, H. and Solomon, M. (1981). Geological setting of cassiterite-sulphide mineralisation at Renison Bell, western Tasmania. Economic Geology. 76: 393-438.
- Rocks & Minerals: 22:326.
Newnham, L.A. (1988): The Western Tasmanian Tin Province with Special Reference to the Renison Mine. Pp. 101-111 in: C. S. Hutchison (ed.), Geology of Tin Deposits in Asia and the Pacific, Springer, 718 pp.
- Kitto, P. A. (1992): The geological and structural controls on mineralisation at the Renison tin mine. In: Island of Potential. Bulletin Geological Survey Tasmania 70: 97-117.
- Bottrill, R. S. & Baker, W. E. (2008): A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. Geological Survey Bulletin 73, Mineral Resources Tasmania.

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