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Black Queen Mine, Yudnamutana District, Arkaroola Region (Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary; Arkaroola Station) , North Flinders Ranges, Flinders Ranges, South Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 30° 10' 37'' South , 139° 17' 0'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -30.17694,139.28333
Köppen climate type:BSh : Hot semi-arid (steppe) climate

A copper mine located 140 metres southeast of the Yudnamutana smelters. The deposit is associated with the actinolitic marble of the Wywyana Formation that has a north-south trend along the western boundary of Arkaroola. There are two properties, the western workings mentioned above are the "Block Lode" workings and the "Eastern workings" that lie 360 metres further to the southeast. The orebodies were originally mined between 1899 and 1904. In 1914 they were taken up by the Flinders Copper Mining Company and a small amount of ore was extracted up to 1917.

H.Y.L. Brown - 1908, notes from a visit in 1902 " A lode formation, about 12ft. wide, containing small veins of green and blue carbonates of copper, has yielded some rich ore" His description of the mines is that they were "crude and unminerlike" simply following the ore and not using the standard shaft and cross-cut method.

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10 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

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635 - 720 Ma

ID: 707707
Callanna Group

Age: Cryogenian (635 - 720 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Callanna Group

Description: Siltstone, locally carbonaceous; sandstone, locally stromatolitic, ripple marks, halite casts, heavy mineral lamination; carbonates; evaporites; basalt, minor acid and intermediate volcanics.

Comments: argillaceous detrital sediment; quartz-rich arenite to rudite; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Argillaceous detrital sediment; quartz-rich arenite to rudite

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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- Brown, H.Y.L. (1908): Record of the Mines of South Australia. published by the South Australia Government Printer 1908, 4th edition p 30. (reprinted in 1985)
- Coats, R. P. and Blissett, A. H. (1971): Regional and Economic Geology of the Mount Painter Province, Geological Survey of South Australia Bulletin, 43. pp 269-273.

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