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Coonana Baryte Mine, Coonana, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 31° 6' 36'' South , 123° 17' 22'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -31.11019,123.28967
GeoHash:G#: qdrxj88f1
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate


Bartye was discovered 8 kilometres south of the Coonana railway siding, on the Trans Australian Railway Line, by Robert Load Cecil Jones in 1946. Jones held leases for vermiculite and magnesite at the time near Bulong. He had been prospecting in the Coonana area for gold, but instead discovered baryte.

Bartye was used as a pigment. Jones pegged 96 acres. A trial parcel of ore was sent to Perth of 25 tonnes, from eight open cuts. GML MC12K and 2K.

Some small scale mining may have taken place since, and a couple of modern trenches can be seen. Between the siding and mine is the Coonana Indigenous Community. The land is an aboriginal reserve, and permission is needed before visiting.


No minerals currently recorded for this locality.

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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Holocene
0 - 0.0117 Ma



ID: 693373
alluvium 38485

Age: Anthropocene (0 - 0.0117 Ma)

Description: Channel and flood plain alluvium; gravel, sand, silt, clay; may be locally calcreted

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: 3188963
Archean intrusive rocks

Age: Archean (2500 - 3200 Ma)

Comments: Yilgarn Craton

Lithology: Intrusive igneous 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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The West Australian newspaper (1946), Barytes Claim, 25/10/1946
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1946), Coonana Barytes Find Shows Promise, 03/12/1946
The Daily News newspaper (Perth) (1947), Sought Gold. Gets Bartye, 21/02/1947
Kalgoorlie Miner newspaper (1947), Notice of Application for a Mining Tenement, 27/09/1947

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