|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||23° 19' 14'' South , 120° 3' 26'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-23.32059,120.05730|
|Owned/operated by:||BHP (85%), Mitsui Iron (10%)|
|Locality type:||Pit (Active) - last checked 2018|
|Köppen climate type:||BWh : Hot deserts climate|
Iron ore mine. Satellite deposit to Mount Whaleback operated by BHP Billiton. 40 kilometres east north-east of Newman. The deposit is hosted by the Dales Gorge Member of the Brockman Iron Formation, in the keel of the west plunging Shovelanna Syncline. Ore types include martite-goethite and microplaty hematite, the former more prevalent in the north section of the pit, away from the fold keel.
Sometimes referred to simply as OB 18 East.
Located on Shovelanna Hill.
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2 valid minerals.
Rock Types Recorded
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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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2300 - 2500 Ma
|Brockman Iron Formation|
Age: Siderian (2300 - 2500 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Brockman Iron Formation
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). 
|Siderian - Neoarchean|
2300 - 2800 Ma
|Archean-Paleoproterozoic sedimentary and volcanic rocks|
Age: Precambrian (2300 - 2800 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Hamersley Group
Comments: Hamersley Basin
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.