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Red Hill Mine (Beechworth's; Niven's), Mount Stuart Station, Ashburton Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 21° 52' 19'' South , 116° 5' 16'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -21.87217,116.08783
GeoHash:G#: qs4e9dk96
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BSh : Hot semi-arid (steppe) climate


Located approximately 45 kilometres north of the Mount Stuart pastoral station homestead, a short distance east of the Mount Stuart-Red Hill Road, and 5 kilometres north of the geographic Red Hill itself.

Copper lodes in quartz reefs, with later large masses of quartz deposited at right angles to the reefs. Historically Red Hill and Red Hill South were active. Red Hill is a quartz reef containing minor veins of secondary copper and hematite, outcropping for 1200 feet. The site contained two shafts on a lode 18 inches to 2 feet wide.

Copper averaged 4.74%. Increased grades were found in the oxidised Fe ore at 28.15% Cu. The source states exceptionally rich patches can occur, but the majority is to a small extent and low grade. It then contradicts itself by stating there are large quantities of malachite and chrysocolla. Five other lodes are nearby, none worked.

To the south Beechworth is a small copper bearing quartz vein. Strikes north-south, and dips west, 12 inches thick in the shaft 20 feet below the surface. 4 tonnes of hand picked ore had been extracted at some stage before 1919.

Niven's lode is to the west of Red Hill, being a copper bearing quartz vein parallel to the reefs at Red Hill.

The Mindat co-ordinates are approximate.


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Statherian - Siderian
1600 - 2500 Ma



ID: 882358
Wyloo Group

Age: Proterozoic (1600 - 2500 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Wyloo Group

Description: Sandstone, mudstone, conglomerate, siltstone, dolostone, mafic and felsic volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks, banded iron formation, chert

Comments: sedimentary siliciclastic; sedimentary carbonate; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Sedimentary siliciclastic; sedimentary carbonate

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]

Siderian - Neoarchean
2300 - 2800 Ma



ID: 3185955
Archean-Paleoproterozoic sedimentary and volcanic rocks

Age: Precambrian (2300 - 2800 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Hamersley Group

Comments: Hamersley Basin

Lithology: Strataform assemblage(s); felsic volcanic rocks; chert,carbonate,iron formation,shale

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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References

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Maitland, A. Gibb (1919) The Copper Deposits of Western Australia, Geological Survey of Western Australia, State Government of Western Australia.
Marston, R.J. (1979) Copper Mineralization in Western Australia. Mineral Resources Bulletin 13, Geological Survey of Western Australia, 208p. 

 
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