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Bullen Gold Mine, Norseman gold mines, Norseman, Dundas Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 32° 12' 5'' South , 121° 48' 45'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -32.20166,121.81262
GeoHash:G#: qdq8gcv5z
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BSk : Cold semi-arid (steppe) climate

This operating gold mine near Norseman is named after Eric Bullen, Norseman resident who worked for Central Norseman Gold Corporation as a leading hand maintenance fitter for 56 years until 1989.

The mine accesses the Bluebird Link gold orebody, at 1.1 kilometres below the surface. The orebody is thought to extend down to 3 kilometres. The tunnel gradient is 1-9, 5.5 metres by 5.5 metres to accommodate the Caterpiller haul trucks. The mine commenced operations in September 1991.

Production & Mining Methods

The key characteristics of the Norseman orebodies that govern mining method selection are typically:

narrow vein, between 0.3m to 4.0m wide
highly variable in geometry over short distances
high grade and nuggetty, that is grade can vary widely over short distances
ground conditions are generally good

With these characteristics, selective mining methods are required, with the mining methods in use at Norseman consisting of:
longhole and mechanised stoping
airleg stoping

Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.

Mineral List

1 valid mineral.

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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Neoarchean - Mesoarchean
2500 - 3200 Ma

ID: 3190109
Archean volcanic rocks

Age: Archean (2500 - 3200 Ma)

Comments: Yilgarn Craton

Lithology: Greenstone belt; mafic volcanic rocks

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]

2500 - 4000 Ma

ID: 727886
banded iron formation, chert 74256

Age: Archean (2500 - 4000 Ma)

Description: Banded quartz-magnetite rock, banded iron formation, ferruginous chert, chert, quartz-grunerite rock; minor jaspilite and silicified slate and shale, exhalite, phyllite, chert breccia, sandstone, siltstone, agglomerate, tuff, silicic volcanic rocks

Comments: sedimentary non-carbonate chemical or biochemical; argillaceous detrital sediment; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Sedimentary non-carbonate chemical or biochemical; argillaceous detrital sediment

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]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

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