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Aries pipe, Mount Barnett Station, Wyndham-East Kimberley Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 16° 52' 53'' South , 126° 7' 40'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -16.88165,126.12788
GeoHash:G#: qucxyng92
Locality type:Pipe
Köppen climate type:BSh : Hot semi-arid (steppe) climate

Located in the Phillips Range near the Hann River in the central Kimberley. The location is close to the border between the Wyndham-East Kimberley Shire, and Derby-West Kimberley Shire, 150 kilometres north north-east of Fitzroy Crossing.

It is the largest kimberlite body discovered in Australia so far. The four north trending lodes, covering 18 ha, have intruded the King Leopold sandstone, except the North Extended Lode which has intruded the Carson Volcanics. The other three lobes are called South Lobe, Central Lobe, and North Lobe. The South Lobe contains four smaller kimberlite pipes called Helena, Athena, Persephone and Niobe.

The Aries pipes are composed of a micaceous kimberlite, deeply weathered to stiff clay, together with sandstone fragments from the host rock to a depth of 6 metres. Sampling at the sites have recovered over 7000 diamonds, but not at a mineable grade.

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Statherian - Paleoproterozoic
1600 - 2500 Ma

ID: 3184930
Paleoproterozoic sedimentary and volcanic rocks

Age: Proterozoic (1600 - 2500 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Carson Volcanics

Comments: Kimberley Basin

Lithology: Mafic volcanic rocks; basalt; sandstone

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]

1600 - 2500 Ma

ID: 817468
Carson Volcanics

Age: Proterozoic (1600 - 2500 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Carson Volcanics

Description: Green to black quartz basalt, in places amygdaloidal and with basaltic volcaniclastic rocks, interbedded massive feldspathic or argillaceous quartz sandstone, laminated siltstone and mudstone

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

Lithology: Igneous mafic volcanic; igneous 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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Fetherston, J.M., Stocklmayer, S, Stocklmayer, V.C.(2013): Gemstones of Western Australia- mineral resources bulletin 25, Geological Survey of Western Australia(2013): 24

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