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Rise and Shine Mine, Bendigo, Central Otago District, Otago Region, South Island, New Zealand

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 44° 57' 10'' South , 169° 25' 10'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -44.95287,169.41956
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

The Rise and Shine Mine is approximately 15 kilometres from the former Bendigo town site. The mine is 200 metres south of the Thomson Gorge Road. It is private property (pastoral land), but open to the public to view the workings. There is no indication this site is marked from the road, although a small track leads off the road, where others have found the location.

The site contains a mineralised zone rather than a reef. It is auriferous mica schist of a considerable width, the zone trending north-south, with a dense network of quartz veins heading in all directions, with fine gold seen freely (at least when investigated in 1875). The zone also contains pyrite and arsenopyrite. The gravels in the neighbouring gully were also richly auriferous, with gravels on the slope containing coarser gold.

There were three small shafts, one down to 18 feet, and the other two shallower. 30 tonnes of ore was extracted

Mineral List

9 valid minerals.

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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Hettangian - Roadian
199.3 - 272.3 Ma

ID: 1319062
Undifferentiated Rakaia Terrane Permian - Triassic TZIV schist

Age: Phanerozoic (199.3 - 272.3 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Rakaia Terrane

Description: Strongly foliated and segregated/quartz-laminated psammitic and pelitic schist; minor greenschist; rare metachert; TZIV.

Comments: Basement (Eastern Province) metamorphic rocks. Age based on lithostratigraphic inference

Lithology: Major:: {schist},Minor:: {psammite, pelite, greenschist, metachert}

Reference: Heron, D.W. . Geology Map of New Zealand 1:250 000. GNS Science Geological Map 1. [13]

Triassic - Guadalupian
201.3 - 272.3 Ma

ID: 1308140
Rakaia Terrane Permian-Triassic TZIV schist

Age: Phanerozoic (201.3 - 272.3 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Torlesse Supergroup

Description: Pelitic and psammitic schist (TZIV) with areas of greenschist or amphibolite and minor metachert, metagabbro and nephrite.

Comments: Eastern Province (Rakaia Terrane) Rocks

Lithology: Schist, greenschist, amphibolite, chert, gabbro, nephrite

Reference: Edbrooke, S.W., Heron, D.W., Forsyth, P.J., Jongens, R. (compilers). Geology Map of New Zealand 1:1 000 000. GNS Science Geological Map 2. [12]

Triassic - Permian
201.3 - 298.9 Ma

ID: 3189657
Paleozoic-Mesozoic crystalline metamorphic rocks

Age: Phanerozoic (201.3 - 298.9 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Haast Schist

Comments: Caples Terrane

Lithology: Metawacke; greenschist/almandine amphibolite grade metasedimentary/metavolcanic schist

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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Hutton, F.W., Ulrich, G.H.F. (1875) Report on the Geology and Goldfieds of Otago, Appendix 6- Auriferous Reefs of the Bendigo District, Mills Dick and Co., Dunedin.
Winsor, C.N. (1991) Low‐angle shear zones in Central Otago, New Zealand—their regional extent and economic significance. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics, 34:4, 501-516.
Christie, A. B., & Brathwaite, R. L. (1997). Mineral commodity report 14-gold. New Zealand Mining, 21, 21-40.
MacKenzie, D.J., Corner, N.G. Craw, D. (2014) Rise and Shine Shear Zone, Central Otago. In Geology and Exploration of New Zealand Mineral Deposits.: A. B. Christie and R. L. Brathwaite, Editors. Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Monograph 25 at 319-323.

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