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Ragged Hills East Mine, Braeside Station, Gregory Ranges District, East Pilbara Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 21° 17' 40'' South , 121° 8' 39'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -21.29472,121.14438
GeoHash:G#: qsnnueqtk
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

The Ragged Hills East Mine can be located from the Telfer Mine road in the Gregory Ranges. Look for building foundations on the northern side of the road, next to a creek, and follow a track 200 metres in a northerly direction. The writer visited the mine in the late 1970's and in 2012. The processing plant and various mining equipment from when it was abandoned in 1959 still exists, slowly rusting away. It makes for a facinating visit. Apart from the ore carts which are gone, the rest remains from the two visits. Please keep it that way for others to enjoy.

The writer could only see massive galena, which is abundant. It is hosted by two quartz filled faults, in a north-west to south-east direction, along the top of the ridge for 30 metres. After mining, this forms a 46 metre deep chasm along the top of the hill. A short tunnel extends from the processing plant through the side of the hill to the chasm. Please be careful, as common sense is the only safety measures here. The country rock is sheared basalt, tuff, and carbonate rocks of the Kylena Formation.

Photographs for the mine are incorrectly listed under the Lightning Ridge location (at the time of writing).

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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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Siderian - Neoarchean
2300 - 2800 Ma

ID: 3185974
Archean-Paleoproterozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Precambrian (2300 - 2800 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Hamersley Group

Comments: Hamersley Basin

Lithology: Sedimentary 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 - 2800 Ma

ID: 866869
Maddina Formation

Age: Neoarchean (2500 - 2800 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Maddina Formation

Description: Massive, vesicular and amygdaloidal basalt, basaltic andesite, and andesite, minor dacite, dolerite sills; bedded lapilli, vitric, crystal and lithic tuff, volcaniclastic siltstone, shale, chert, sandstone, dolomite.

Comments: igneous mafic volcanic; igneous felsic volcanic; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Igneous mafic volcanic; igneous felsic 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]

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Hancock, E.A., Downes, P.J., Bevan, A.W.R. (2007):Secondary Minerals from the Braeside Lead Field Pilbara Western Australia, Australian Journal of Mineralogy (Dec 2007): 13(2):55-63

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