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Nil Desperandum Gold Mine, Panorama Area, Shaw River District, East Pilbara Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 21° 20' 23'' South , 119° 22' 46'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -21.33977,119.37960
GeoHash:G#: qshyse1wf
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

One of several historic gold mines from 1897, just south of the Shaw Gorge, near the junction of the Shaw River and Callina Creek. See Auraria mine Mindat locality for more direction information.

GML 378. 6 acres. Owned by W. Wye and Walker. Described as located half a mile west of the Eldorado mine. Gold/copper reef, 8 to 18 inches wide, at the base of a low hill, the reef striking east-west, one source stating a flat dip, another to the north. There is another parallel reef on the hillside, which is a similar composition, 12 to 18 inches thick.

The mine was one of several taken up by Wye, in the hope of inducing capitalists to invest in a battery for a share in the profit. This fell through, Wye became ill, and left for the coast.

Little can be seen at the location.

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Mineral List

3 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

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3200 - 3600 Ma

ID: 3191854
Archean volcanic rocks

Age: Paleoarchean (3200 - 3600 Ma)

Comments: Pilbara Craton

Lithology: 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]

3200 - 3600 Ma

ID: 879849
Coongan Subgroup

Age: Paleoarchean (3200 - 3600 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Coongan Subgroup

Description: Felsic volcanic rocks, felsic schist, basalt, dacite, andesite, sandstone, conglomerate, amphibolite, komatiite, peridotite, chert, psammitic and pelitic schist, mafic schist, wacke, shale, iron formation, ultramafic schist.

Comments: sedimentary; igneous felsic volcanic; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Sedimentary; igneous felsic volcanic

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]

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Gibb-Maitland, A. (1908), The Geological Features and Mineral Resources of the Pilbara Goldfield, Geological Survey of Western Australia, State Government of Western Australia, 1908
The Pilbara Goldfields News newspaper (Marble Bar) (1897), North Shaw, 21/05/1897
The Pilbara Goldfields News newspaper (Marble Bar) (1897), North Shaw, 02/04/1897

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