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Thalanga mine, Charters Towers Region, Queensland, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 20° 20' 17'' South , 145° 46' 24'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -20.33830,145.77336
Owned/operated by:Red River Resources
Age:485.4 ± 1.9 to 470.0 ± 1.4 Ma
Geologic Time:Early Ordovician
Köppen climate type:BSh : Hot semi-arid (steppe) climate

Five semi-massive to massive sulphide lenses rich in zinc and lead.
The ores and host rocks have been deformed and metamorphosed to upper greenschist facies.

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24 valid minerals.

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0 - 2.588 Ma

ID: 699716
colluvium 38491

Age: Pleistocene (0 - 2.588 Ma)

Description: Colluvium and/or residual deposits, sheetwash, talus, scree; boulder, gravel, sand; may include minor alluvial or sand plain deposits, local calcrete and reworked laterite

Comments: regolith; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Regolith

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]

2.588 - 66 Ma

ID: 3186866
Cenozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Cenozoic (2.588 - 66 Ma)

Lithology: Sandstone,conglomerate

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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Sommerville, B. L. (1992). Detailed mineragraphic study to optimise metallurgical performances at the Thalanga Mine, North Queensland, Australia (Doctoral dissertation, University of Queensland).
Hermann, W. (1994). Immobile element geochemistry of altered volcanics and exhalites at the Thalanga deposit, north Queensland (Doctoral dissertation, University of Tasmania).
Herrmann, W., & Hill, A. P. (2001). The origin of chlorite-tremolite-carbonate rocks associated with the Thalanga volcanic-hosted massive sulfide deposit, North Queensland, Australia. Economic Geology, 96(5), 1149-1173.
Paulick, H., Herrmann, W., & Gemmell, J. B. (2001). Alteration of felsic volcanics hosting the Thalanga massive sulfide deposit (Northern Queensland, Australia) and geochemical proximity indicators to ore. Economic Geology, 96(5), 1175-1200.
Thienenkamp, M. (2004). Post-closure mine hydrology and its impact on underground tailings disposal at the Thalanga mine, Queensland, Australia. Mine water, 85-90.

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