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Kara #1 Pit, Kara Mines, Hampshire district, Burnie City, Tasmania, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 41° 18' 34'' South , 145° 46' 30'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -41.30944,145.77500
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

An operating open-cut mine, located 40 km south of Burnie in northwestern Tasmania, producing magnetite and minor scheelite. It is the only presently operating mine in a series of related skarn deposits associated with Devonian granites intruding Ordovician limestones.

The pit contains a zoned magnetite-andradite-hedenbergite-vesuvianite-epidote skarn, which contains minor scheelite and molybdenite and calcite veins with various Cu, Pb, As, Zn, Bi sulphides, fluorite and some Be minerals.
Famous for excellent andradite specimens.

NOTE: It has been reported to us by local collectors that collecting at the mine is no longer permitted by the mine owners.

At least four paragenetic stages of skarn formation and ore deposition have been recognized (Zaw et al., 2000): stage I, clinopyroxene ± garnet ± vesuvianite ± wollastonite ± quartz ± scheelite; stage II, garnet-vesuvianite-magnetite ± scheelite ± apatite ± quartz; stage III, magnetite-amphibole-epidote-fluorite-quartz ± chlorite ± garnet ± vesuvianite ± scheelite ± carbonate ± pyrite ± clinopyroxene; and stage IV, hematite ± fluorite ± calcite ± quartz.

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Late Devonian
358.9 - 382.7 Ma

ID: 915602
Housetop Granite

Age: Late Devonian (358.9 - 382.7 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Housetop Granite

Description: I-type. Housetop Batholith rocks - biotite granite, reddish pink, +range of textures, fine- to med.-grained groundmass, strong porphyritic texture, miarolitic cavities.............

Comments: igneous felsic intrusive; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Igneous felsic intrusive

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]

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- K. Zaw, K. Zaw, and B. Singoyi (2000): Formation of magnetite-scheelite skarn mineralization at Kara, Northwestern Tasmania: Evidence from mineral chemistry and stable isotopes. Economic Geology, 95, 1215-1230.
- Singoyi, B. and Khin Zaw (2001): A petrological and fluid inclusion study of magnetite–scheelite skarn mineralization at Kara, Northwestern Tasmania: implications for ore genesis. Chem. Geol. 173, 239–253.
- Sorrell, S. and Bottrill, R. (2005): Minerals of the Kara Mine, Tasmania. 48 pp. [see]
- Bottrill, R. S. & Baker, W. E. (2008): A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. Geological Survey Bulletin 73, Mineral Resources Tasmania, 254 pp.

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