|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||22° 22' 15'' South , 119° 38' 57'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-22.37106,119.64929|
|Owned/operated by:||Fortescue Metals Group (100%)|
|Köppen climate type:||BWh : Hot deserts climate|
Iron ore mine, owned and operated by Fortescue Metals Group. 50 kilometres to the east of the Cloud Break Mine. 61 kilometres west south-west of Nullagine. Fortescue was formed by mining magnate Andrew 'Twiggy' Forrest, and is the fourth largest iron ore producer in the world.
Ore is processed on site, then trucked to the Cloud Break mine, where the ore is then railed to Port Hedland. The mine commenced production in May 2009.
March 2007, two employees were killed at a FMG rail camp, when cyclone George destroyed the mining camp. Late 2013 two workers were killed in separate incidents. The first incident the company was found not guilty, while contractors in the last two incidents were fined minor amounts.
The Christmas Creek mine is located south of the Chitchester Range on plains bordering the northern side of the Fortescue Marsh. The marsh
and nearby areas has been some of few areas the Night Parrot has been seen. This is a very rare species, only seen by a handful of people.
The ore body is flat lying, with an ore reserve of 997 Mt, significantly higher than Cloud Break at 628 Mt. The mine was constructed when iron ore prices were at record highs. At the time of writing, the price for the commodity had plunged due to the combined factors of a Chinese economic slow down, and increased production from Pilbara mines. Fortescue has been on a cost cutting programme, sacking workers, and reducing pay and conditions.
Most ore comes from the Nammuldi Member. To the south, this Member is overlain by Tertiary clays and alluvium which forms the soils of the Fortescue Marsh. The ore is a mixture of hematite, goethite and martite.
The shallow pit is largely continuous but has been arbitrarily sub-divided into sections, from the west named Flinders, Vasse, Windich, Mokare, Young, Cathedral and Eyre pits. Future expansion will be to the west.
The mine site comprises an area of some 701sq kilometres.
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2 valid minerals.
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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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0 - 2.588 Ma
Age: Pleistocene (0 - 2.588 Ma)
Comments: regolith; synthesis of multiple published descriptions
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). 
|Quaternary - Paleocene|
0 - 66 Ma
|Cenozoic sedimentary rocks|
Age: Cenozoic (0 - 66 Ma)
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.