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North Mine (North Broken Hill Mine; NBH Mine), Broken Hill, Broken Hill district, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 31° 57' 27'' South , 141° 29' 7'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -31.95737,141.48523
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate

One of the largest underground Ag-Pb-Zn mines in the field. Currently (2008) redeveloped.
So named as at the northern end of the Broken Hill orebody. First pegged in 1883. The Broken Hill North Silver Mining Company was formed in 1885, and a concentration mill erected in 1888. A new shaft called Number 1 was sunk in 1905, and subsequently removed with open cut mining, and Number 2 shaft sunk in 1933. Operations ceased in 1993.

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53 valid minerals. 1 erroneous literature entry.

Regional Geology

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1600 - 2500 Ma

ID: 3184292
Paleoproterozoic crystalline metamorphic rocks

Age: Proterozoic (1600 - 2500 Ma)

Comments: Broken Hill Camp; Adelaide Fold Belt

Lithology: Quartzite; granulite grade orthogneiss/paragneiss/metavolcanic gneiss

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]

1600 - 2500 Ma

ID: 817149
Broken Hill Group

Age: Proterozoic (1600 - 2500 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Broken Hill Group

Description: Metasediments, garnetiferous quartzo-feldspathic gneiss, amphibolite, minor garnet and gahnite-rich rocks, banded iron formation

Comments: high grade metamorphic rock; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: High grade metamorphic rock

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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Localities in this Region


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- Birch et al., 1982, Minerals of Broken Hill, Australian Mining & Smelting Ltd, 1982.
- Ramdohr, P. (1950): Die Lagerstätte von Broken Hill in New South Wales. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology 2(4), 291-333 (in German).

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