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Elverdton-Mt Desmond Copper Mines, Ravensthorpe Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 33° 37' 30'' South , 120° 8' 51'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -33.62517,120.14761
GeoHash:G#: qdj2wn8z4
Locality type:Group of Mines
Köppen climate type:Csb : Warm-summer Mediterranean climate

Located 12 kilometres south of Ravensthorpe. The Elverdton Mine poppet head and creamy green mullock pile can be seen east of the Ravensthorpe-Hopetoun Road. The Elverdton Mine sits at the southern end of the deposit, with a series of shallow pits following the vein north-east for about 500 metres. A gravel road to a scenic lookout intersects the vein halfway, and the diggings north of the road are considered the Mt Desmond Mine, and south of the road Elverdton.

Surface mining started here around 1900. The Elverdton Mine was operating between 1956-1972. A small potash operation for farm fertilizer continues, but beyond this mining ceased in 1972. There is much rubbish around the mine, and the mullock heap is busily eroding into a nearby stream. Azurite and malachite is common in the Mt Desmond section, while malachite only is common in the Elverdton section.

The mine occupies a north to north north-west trending, east dipping shear zone. This contains biotite granodiorite, plagioclase-hornblende-chlorite-quartz, metadolerite, metabasalt, quartz-plagioclase-biotite-chlorite-hornblende schist. Primary ore pyrrhotite, chalcopyrite, magnetite, rare ilmenite in quartz and trace galena. The oxidised zone is down to 26.5 metres contains malachite, azurite, covellite (and rare un-named silver-bismuth-tellurides (?) Marston 1979). This mineralised zone is 2-18 metres wide as irregular shoots in minor faults.

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17 valid minerals.

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2500 - 4000 Ma

ID: 704511
Manyutup Tonalite

Age: Archean (2500 - 4000 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Manyutup Tonalite

Description: Metamorphosed tonalite and quartz diorite

Comments: igneous felsic intrusive; igneous intermediate intrusive; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Igneous felsic intrusive; igneous intermediate intrusive

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]

Neoarchean - Mesoarchean
2500 - 3200 Ma

ID: 3189638
Archean crystalline metamorphic rocks

Age: Archean (2500 - 3200 Ma)

Comments: Yilgarn Craton

Lithology: Amphibolite/granulite grade orthogneiss

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]

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Marston, R.J. (1979) Copper Mineralization in Western Australia. Mineral Resources Bulletin 13, Geological Survey of Western Australia, 208p. 

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