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Ladolam Au deposit (Lihir Mine), Lihir Island, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 3° 7' 36'' South , 152° 37' 56'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -3.12668,152.63243

A gold mine and the world's largest known low-sulfidation epithermal gold deposit. It is located in an active hydrothermal system.
Ore formation involved an earlier un-economic porphyry stage, and a later, overprinting low sulphidation advanced argillic phase accompanying the bulk of the gold.

Exploration since 1983 has defined several adjacent and partly overlapping deposits: Lienetz, Minifie, Coastal, and Kapit with adjacent satellite deposits of Borefields and Camp. The bulk of the known mineralisation is in Minifie and Lienetz.

Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.

Mineral List

19 valid minerals.

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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Quaternary - Neogene
0 - 23.03 Ma

ID: 3190275
Cenozoic sedimentary and volcanic rocks

Age: Cenozoic (0 - 23.03 Ma)

Lithology: Mafic-felsic mixed 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]

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Moyle, A.L., Doyle, B.J., Hoogvliet, H., Ware, A.R. (1990) Ladolam gold deposit, Lihir Island: Monograph Series - Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 14, 1793-1805.
Müller, D., Kaminski, K., Uhlig, S., Graupner, T., Herzig, P.M., Hunt, S. (2002) The transition from porphyry-to epithermal-style gold mineralization at Ladolam, Lihir Island, Papua New Guinea: a reconnaissance study. Mineralium Deposita 37(1),61-74.
Gemmell, J,B., Sharpe, R., Jonasson, I,R., Herzig, P.M. (2004) Sulfur Isotope Evidence for Magmatic Contributions to Submarine and Subaerial Gold Mineralization: Conical Seamount and the Ladolam Gold Deposit, Papua New Guinea. Economic Geology 99(8), 1711-1725.
Simmons, S.F., Brown, K.L. (2006) Gold in Magmatic Hydrothermal Solutions and the Rapid Formation of a Giant Ore Deposit. Science, vol. 314, No. 5797, 288-291.

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http://dsm.gsd.spc.int/public/files/meetings/01_Terrestrial_Mining_and_Mineral_Resources_Potential_of_the_Pacific_Islands_Region_Akuila_Tawake.pdf [Akuila Tawake (2012) Mineral Resources Potential and Mining in the Pacific Islands Region - Lessons Learned. Pacific-ACP States Regional Training Workshop on Geological, Technological, Biological and Environmental Aspects of Deep Sea Minerals. Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi Fiji. 13th–17th August 2012]

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