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Long Trail Mine (Red Trail; Golden Trail), Colville, Coromandel Peninsula, Thames-Coromandel District, Waikato Region, North Island, New Zealand

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 36° 38' 20'' South , 175° 30' 41'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -36.63917,175.51145
GeoHash:G#: rckz9f593
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

Historic gold mine.

Christie, et. al., 2007, states the mines have produced 17 kg Au and 4 Kg Ag from quartz veins at a grade of 3.8 g/t.

The only information found was in 1932, just after J.A. McNeil and sons had discovered the reefs. Another paper lists the name as R. McNeil.

One source states the original claim was called Old Trail, but remains unconfirmed. The Long Trail, Red Trail, and Golden Trail were neighbouring claims, with the first two developed for mining across 1932. It is unclear who was controlling the mines once the McNeil's sold out with the Long Trail Gold Mining Company Limited, Te Toanaui Research and Development Company, and a Wellington syndicate all mentioned.

An initial crushing one year after the discovery was sent to the Four in Hand battery elsewhere in the region. Ore was transported out of the site by pack horse, it was so inaccessible. A 5 stamp battery was purchased from an old mine at Thames called Monowai, but it is uncertain if it was ever erected at Colville.

The location is said to be in the mountains behind Colville, likely now a lost location. The Mindat co-ordinates are based on a very basic map, and are therefore very approximate.

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0 - 2.588 Ma

ID: 3187411
Cenozoic volcanic rocks

Age: Pleistocene (0 - 2.588 Ma)

Lithology: Ignimbrite(s); felsic volcanic rocks; rhyolite

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]

Tortonian - Burdigalian
7.246 - 20.44 Ma

ID: 1363402
Kuaotunu Subgroup andesite and dacite (Coromandel Group) of Coromandel Volcanic Zone

Age: Miocene (7.246 - 20.44 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Kuaotunu Subgroup

Description: Basaltic andesite, andesite and dacite intrusives, flows, volcaniclastites and volcanic epiclastites.

Comments: Neogene igneous rocks. Age based on K-Ar

Lithology: Major:: {andesite},Minor:: {dacite}

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

Middle Miocene
11.62 - 15.97 Ma

ID: 1311732
Coromandel Group bedded tuff

Age: Miocene (11.62 - 15.97 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Coromandel Group

Description: Bedded rhyodacitic tuff and breccia with intercalated lithic-sedimentary deposits.

Comments: Zealandia Megasequence Tuff, Hydrothermal and Volcaniclastic Rocks (Neogene)

Lithology: Tuffite, breccia, silt

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]

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New Zealand Herald newspaper (1932) Mining News, Vol. LXIX, issue 21152, 08 April 1932.
Waihi Daily Telegraph newspaper (1932) Search for Gold. Operations in Coromandel District, Vol. XXXIX, issue 8297, 14 April 1932.
New Zealand Herald newspaper (1932) Operations at Colville, Vol. LXIX, issue 21274, 30 August 1932.
Waihi Daily Telegraph newspaper (1932) Search for Gold. Recent Operations at Coromandel, Vol. XXIX, issue 8358, 01 September 1932.
New Zealand Herald newspaper (1932) Prospecting for Gold. Operations at Thames, Vol. LXIX, issue 21357, 05 December 1932.
New Zealand Herald newspaper (1933) Return From Long Trail Mine, Vol. LXX, issue 21411, 08 February 1933.
Christie, A.B., Mauk, J.L., Simpson, M.P., Brathwaite, R.L., Simmons, S.F. (2007) Epithermal Au-Ag and Related Deposits of the Hauraki Goldfield, Coromandel Volcanic Zone, New Zealand. Economic Geology, 102:5, 785-816.

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