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Hellyer-Que River Mines, Waratah district, Waratah-Wynyard municipality, Tasmania, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 41° 34' 59'' South , 145° 45' 0'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -41.58333,145.75000
GeoHash:G#: r0xektgzt
Locality type:Mines (group of)
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

A lead-zinc mine discovered and first operated by Aberfoyle Ltd. It later closed and is presently being reopened by Bass Metals Ltd, along with the nearby, related, Que River mine. It is about 30km south of Waratah.

A large (16.2 million metric tons), high-grade (13.9% Zn, 7.1% Pb, 0.4% Cu, 168 g/t Ag, 2.5 g/t Au), sea-floor, mound-style, polymetallic volcanic-hosted massive sulfide (VHMS) deposit located in the Mount Read Volcanics of western Tasmania. The deposit is hosted by the Que-Hellyer Volcanics, a sequence of late Middle Cambrian mafic to felsic coherent volcanics and polymict volcaniclastics. It is mostly fine grained but chalcopyrite, galena, red-brown sphalerite, pyrite and quartz all occur in lustrous crystals to over a centimetre in vughs in both the Que River and Hellyer Mines (the latter producing attractive large galena crystals to about a centimetre in vughs. Sharp, small tennantite-tetrahedrite crystals were found on quartz crystals in the Que River mine

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- Mining Annual Review (1985): 368.
Large, R. R., McGoldrick, P. J., Berry, R. F., & Young, C. H. (1988). A tightly folded, gold-rich, massive sulfide deposit; Que River Mine, Tasmania. Economic Geology, 83(4), 681-693.
- A. R. Ramsden, K. M. Kinealy, R. A. Creelman, D. H. French (1990): Precious- and base-metal mineralogy of the Hellyer volcanogenic massive sulphide deposit, northwest Tasmania — a study by electron microprobe. Pp. 49-71 in: P. M. J. Gray, G. J. Bowyer, J. F. Castle, D. J. Vaughan, N. A. Warner (Eds.): Sulphide deposits — their origin and processing, 1990, The Institution of Mining and Metallurgy, 300 pp.
- McGoldrick, PJ and Large, RR (1992): Geologic and geochemical controls on gold-rich stringer mineralization in the Que River Deposit, Tasmania. Economic Geology, 87, 667-685.
- Solomon, M and Gaspar, OC (2001): Textures of the Hellyer Volcanic-Hosted Massive Sulfide Deposit, Tasmania - the Aging of a Sulfide Sediment on the Sea Floor. Economic Geology, 96, 1513-1534.
- Gemmell, JB and Fulton, R (2001): Geology, Genesis, and Exploration Implications of the Footwall and Hanging-Wall Alteration Associated with the Hellyer Volcanic-Hosted Massive Sulfide Deposit, Tasmania, Australia. Economic Geology, 96, 1003-1035.
- Solomon, M and Gemmell, JB and Zaw, K (2004): Nature and origin of the fluids responsible for forming the Hellyer Zn–Pb–Cu, volcanic-hosted massive sulphide deposit, Tasmania, using fluid inclusions, and stable and radiogenic isotopes. Ore Geology Reviews, 25, 89-124.

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