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Cosmopolitan wolframite deposit, Waipori, Clutha District, Otago Region, South Island, New Zealand

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 45° 47' 57'' South , 169° 51' 42'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -45.79933,169.86177
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate


Named Cosmopolitan by (Marshall, 1918), this may also be a gold deposit, and separate from the wolframite lode.

The lode is on both sides of Lammerlaw Creek, one mile south of Battery Creek.

In March 1917, Rodgers and party discovered the vein, which tested at 39% tungstic oxide. Hand picked pieces can be up to 60% WO3. There are two other small lodes 300 yards to the south. (Marshall, 1918) dismissed the prospect as the surface samples were very poor in wolframite. It appears the lode is near the Cosmopolitan gold mine, although little information could be found on this either, other than a tunnel and shaft in 1883. No further information was found on the wolframite, and may have never ventured further than surface pottering.

Mindat co-ordinates are approximate.

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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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Triassic - Permian
201.3 - 298.9 Ma

ID: 3189657
Paleozoic-Mesozoic crystalline metamorphic rocks

Age: Phanerozoic (201.3 - 298.9 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Haast Schist

Comments: Caples Terrane

Lithology: Metawacke; greenschist/almandine amphibolite grade metasedimentary/metavolcanic schist

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]

201.3 - 252.17 Ma

ID: 1310831
Caples Group TZIII schist

Age: Triassic (201.3 - 252.17 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Caples Group

Description: Schistose (TZIII) volcaniclastic sandstone, siltstone, mudstone and conglomerate with included volcanics and limestone; minor quartzite, metachert and serpentinite.

Comments: Eastern Province (Caples Terrane) Rocks

Lithology: Limestone, quartzite, chert, serpentinite

Reference: Edbrooke, S.W., Heron, D.W., Forsyth, P.J., Jongens, R. (compilers). Geology Map of New Zealand 1:1 000 000. GNS Science Geological Map 2. [12]

Norian - Kungurian
208.5 - 279.3 Ma

ID: 1350455
Undifferentiated Caples Terrane TZIII schist

Age: Phanerozoic (208.5 - 279.3 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Caples Group

Description: Well foliated psammitic and pelitic schist with incipient segregration; minor greenschist and metachert; qtz veins common; TZIII.

Comments: Basement (Eastern Province) metamorphic rocks. Age based on stratigraphic correlation, K-Ar dating

Lithology: Major:: {schist},Minor:: {psammite, pelite, metachert, greenschist}

Reference: Heron, D.W. . Geology Map of New Zealand 1:250 000. GNS Science Geological Map 1. [13]

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Marshall, P. (1918) The Geology of the Tuapeka District, Central Otago Division. New Zealand Geological Survey, Bulletin No. 19, 79 pages.

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