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Bamboo Creek District, East Pilbara Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 20° 55' 50'' South , 120° 12' 42'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -20.93056,120.21167
GeoHash:G#: qsm2zmxqw
Locality type:District
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

Approximately 60 kilometres north-east of Marble Bar centred on the historic Bamboo Creek goldfield.

Auriferous quartz veins intrude talc-chlorite and talc-carbonate schists. This schist zone is 1 kilometre wide shear zone, trending north-west, at the eastern end of the Bamboo Creek-Pear Creek ultramafic zone. The schist is cut by granite dykes.

Most gold is found hosted in metamorphosed dolomite. The reefs in most of the deposits are high grade mass of stringers rather than one solid massive quartz reef. The exception to this is the Main Line Reef, on the Bamboo Creek Mine itself. Galena is often associated with the gold. Pyrite is not a reliable indicator of gold content on this goldfield.

Gold is associated with tourmaline, pyrite, arsenopyrite, chalcopyrite, gersdorffite, galena, tetrahedrite in laminated quartz-carbonate veins restricted to boudins. The lodes are associated with chlorite, quartz and fuchsite-carbonate alteration zones, passing outwards to chlorite-carbonate zones.

Two thirds of past production have been in the past from the Kitchener, Bulletin, and Mount Prophecy mines.

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Mock, C., Elliott, B.G., Ewers, G.R., Lorenz, R.P. (1987), Gold Deposits of Western Australia, BMR Datafile (MINDEP), Resource Deposit 3, Department of Primary Industries and Energy/ Bureau of Mineral Resources Geology and Geophysics, Commonwealth Government of Australia, 1987
Huston, D.L., Morant, P., Pirajno, F., Cummins, B., Baker, D., Mernagh, T.P. (2007), Paleoarchean Mineral Deposits of the Pilbara Craton: Genesis Tectonic Environment and Comparisons with Younger Deposits, Geoscience Australia, Geological Society of Western Australia, Moly Mines Pty Ltd, 2007

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