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MacDonnell Range Reef (Macdonnell Reef Prospect; MacDonnell Range Gold Mine), Arltunga gold field, Central Desert Region, Northern Territory, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 23° 26' 10'' South , 134° 42' 47'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -23.4361400271, 134.713107351

Located 2.7 kilometres east south-east of the government battery site. A marked tourist site on maps. The lease contains a number of prominent quartz reefs, parallel, 0.15-0.5 metres wide, east-west trending, dipping 15 degrees north. There are seven shallow shafts north of the outcropping reefs. The Footwall veins are in graphitic schist. The upper parts of the reef contain cuprite, malachite staining, un-named sulphides, and gold.

The mine dates from around 1896. It produced 248.05 ounces of gold averaging 21.77 g/t.

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6 valid minerals.

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Entries shown in red are rocks recorded for this region.

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Mackie, A.W. (1986) Geology and Mining History of the Arltunga Goldfield, 1887-1985, Department of Mines and Energy, Northern Territory Geological Survey, Northern Territory Government, Report 2.

Dirks, P.H.G.M. (1991) Structural controls on the distribution of gold-bearing quartz veins in the Arltunga gold field, Northern Territory, Australia. Economic Geology vol.86(2), pp.249-260.

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