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Jiepaiyu Mine (Shimen Mine); Shimen As-(Au) deposit (Huangchang As-(Au) deposit), Shimen Co., Changde Prefecture, Hunan Province, China

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Location is approximate, estimate based on other nearby localities.
 
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 29° North , 111° East (est.)
Margin of Error:~71km
Köppen climate type:Cfa : Humid subtropical climate


The mine is the largest carbonate-hosted arsenic deposit in Asia and the largest realgar mine in China. The deposit has been mined for more than 1’500 years and has produced approximately 1 million tonnes of ore (Zhu et al., 2015). It is known for orpiment ans realgar. Recently, rare thallium sulfosalts in excellent specimens have been identified (Roth et al., 2017).


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Jingrong Zhang, Wei Wang, Fan Yang and Tong Cai (1993): The Hot-Spring Genesis of the Shimen Realgar Deposit, Northwest Hunan. Chinese Journal of Geochemistry 12(2), 137-147 (in Chinese with English abstract).
Changtao Liu, Xianxiao Xiong, Chaomei Yao, and Panxin Yang (1997): Geochemistry of fluid inclusions associated with the realgar deposit in Shimen, Hunan. Geology of Chemical Minerals 19(3), 40-45 (in Chinese with English abstract).
Xianxiao Xiong and Changtao Liu (1998): Mineralogical Study of Realgar from the Shimen As-(Au) Deposit, Hunan Province. Acta Petrologica et Mineralogica 17(4), 278-384 (in Chinese with English abstract).
Xianxiao Xiong (1999): Deposit types of Chinese realgar/orpiment deposits and their mineralizing mechanisms. Geology of Chemical Minerals 21(2), 76-80.
Xianxiao Xiong (2000): Classification, minerogenic models and prospecting of realgar/orpiment deposits in China. Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition) 74(3), 618-622.
Wilson, W.E. (2007): The Shimen mine: Jiepaiyu, Shimen County, Hunan Province, China. The Mineralogical Record 38(1), 43-53.
Roth, P., Raber, T., Favreau, G. and Meisser, N. (2017): Thallium Sulfosalts from the Shimen As-Deposit, Hunan, China. Mineral Up 4(6): 8-22.

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