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Comet Gold Mine, Marble Bar, East Pilbara Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 21° 14' 4'' South , 119° 43' 36'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -21.23438,119.72680
GeoHash:G#: qsjphqqku
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate


Located 7 kilometres south of Marble Bar. Gold was discovered here in 1936 by Tommy Starr, and was mined till 1955. The old processing plant makes an impressive sight, its 75 metres smokestack the highest in the southern hemisphere. The old mine managers house has been converted into a small mineral museum, generously financed by a local mining company. The plant can only be seen from the road, and the many tunnels through the mountain are out of bounds as its now the home of the rare Pilbara Ghost Bat.

The shearing of the beds at Comet has allowed fluid access, and the rock chemistry reacted with the fluids leading to gold deposition. Ore is found in a north-west striking talc-chlorite-carbonate schist on an anticlinal fold nose. The surrounding rocks is un-sheared basalt and pillow basalt.

Mineralisation is found specifically in a south-west striking 2 metre wide shear alteration zone of chlorite-fuchsite-carbonate rock, impregnated by fine pyrite, and traversed by small quartz-carbonate veins. These mineralised zones in the talc-chlorite schist also contain hematite and quartz.

Gold is found where the plunging ore body intersects with a series of fractures, which strike west south-west and dip south south-east 70 degrees.


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7 valid minerals.

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Neoarchean
2500 - 2800 Ma



ID: 699331
Mount Roe Basalt

Age: Neoarchean (2500 - 2800 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Mount Roe Basalt

Description: Massive, porphyritic, vesicular, amygdaloidal and doleritic basalt; some high-Mg basalt, agglomerate, volcanic breccia, tuff, mafic wacke, shale, polymictic conglomerate and sandstone, siliceous limestone and dolomite.

Comments: igneous mafic volcanic; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Igneous mafic volcanic

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]

Paleoarchean
3200 - 3600 Ma



ID: 3191854
Archean volcanic rocks

Age: Paleoarchean (3200 - 3600 Ma)

Comments: Pilbara Craton

Lithology: Mafic-ultramafic 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]

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References

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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 Geophysics, Commonwealth Government of Australia, 1987.

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