|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||23° 18' 52'' South , 119° 51' 0'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-23.31449,119.85010|
|Owned/operated by:||BHP (85%), Mitsui Iron (10%)|
|Locality type:||Pit (Care and Maintenance) - last checked 2018|
|Köppen climate type:||BWh : Hot deserts climate|
Iron ore mine. Satellite mine for BHP Billiton's Mount Whaleback operations. Orebody 23 is locaed 14kms ENE of Newman.
The ore body at 23 is 600 metres long, hosted by the Dales Gorge Member of the Brockman Iron Formation. It is on the north limb, near the nose of a major vertically dipping F2 anticline, with parasitic F2 folds on overturned limbs. The deposit is bounded to the west by a north north-east trending D4 fault, north by a dolerite dyke that follows the Whaleback Shale Member.
Ore is microplaty hematite down a depth of 25 metres from the surface, which then grades into un-enriched banded iron formation. Microplaty hematite has developed in the D2 unit of the Dales Gorge Member, while the barren Joffre Member forms the north or Hanging Wall limit of the pit.
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1 valid mineral.
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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|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. 
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).