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Telegraph Gold Mine, Laverton, Laverton Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 28° 32' 50'' South , 122° 22' 47'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -28.54746,122.37979
GeoHash:G#: qdzj8g44z
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

The Telegraph Gold Mine is one pit out of seven pits which are otherwise collectively known as the Lancefield Mine. Historic and modern production at Lancefield was from the southern most pit, west of the Leonora-Laverton Road. The remaining pits form a south-west to north-east line starting 1 kilometre east of the original pit, centred on the Laverton-Warburton Road and Erlistoun Station Roads intersection. The pits were developed by Western Mining Corporation in the late 1980's.

Unlike the other pits, Telegraph produced non refractory ore based on the West Lode structure. The pit has a long vertical ramp forming a pillar around an old shaft and some shallow workings. Laverton's water supply comes from a water bore just north of the shaft.

The map gives an approximate position, based on buildings at the site, which it is assumed relate to the water extraction. Pictures seen and descriptions indicate Telegraph is the pit just north of the buildings but this needs on the ground confirmation.

The deposit is hosted in sheared and flattened pillow basalts. Gold was deposited in the first stage of an east-west contraction in a series of west directed thrusts, dipping moderately east. The strain transformed the ovoid pillow structures into cigar shaped lenses, and ultramafic to mafic schist.

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Regional Geology

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0 - 2.588 Ma

ID: 930664
colluvium 38491

Age: Pleistocene (0 - 2.588 Ma)

Description: Colluvium and/or residual deposits, sheetwash, talus, scree; boulder, gravel, sand; may include minor alluvial or sand plain deposits, local calcrete and reworked laterite

Comments: regolith; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Regolith

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: 3188638
Archean volcanic and intrusive rocks

Age: Archean (2500 - 3200 Ma)

Comments: Yilgarn Craton

Lithology: Greenstone belt; 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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Eagle Research (Keith Goode) (2012), Gold: Focus Minerals Ltd- August 2012 Visit to Coolgardie The Mount and Laverton, 03/12/2012
Blewett, R.S., Czarnota, K. (2007), Tectnostratigraphic Architecture and Uplift History of the Eastern Yilgarn Craton, Module 3, Terrane Structures, Project Y1-P763, Geoscience Australia, Record, Commonwealth of Australia, 2007

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