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Xanten Mine, Bonya, Jervois Station, Central Desert Region, Northern Territory, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 22° 40' 42'' South , 136° 5' 21'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -22.6786111111, 136.089444444

A former underground and open cut copper mine. The deposit is approximately 5 kilometres north of the Bonya Mine.

The site contains a 4 metre deep pit, although there is no record of production.

Malachite-quartz-hematite ore, at the contact with a thin (2 foot thick) ironstone lense, within schist or phyllite. Malachite stains the phylite, and along strike is small lenses of iron/malachite stained schist.

Leucocratic granites outcrop 200 metres to the north-west. Small bleached malachite stained fine grained quartz rich outcrops are found to the west and south-west of the pit. Warren suggests the 200 metre long ferruginous quartz wall rock is hypogene in origin, with quartz-pyrite-Cu introduced by the nearby granite, or alternatively is volcanogenic in origin related to nearby amphibolite lenses, and the rock was originally pyritic chert containing Cu sulphides.

Ransom (and others) state the deposit is exceedingly small, at less than 10 feet long.

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10 valid minerals.

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Ransom, D.M. (1970) Progress Report on Authority to Prospect 2283 Jinka Plain, Alice Springs District-Northern Territory, Central Pacific Minerals N.L. Report NT 16.

Bowman et al. (1978) (CR 78/104).

Freeman, M.J., Woyzbun, P. (1986) 1:250 000 Huckitta SF53-11 Geological Map Series Explanatory Notes, Department of Mines and Energy, Northern Territory Geological Survey.

Douglas, A., Maranzana, F. (1962) Jervois Range Geophysical Survey, NT 1962, Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics, Department of National Dewvelopment, Australia, Record No. 1963/10.

Zapopan, N.L. (1989) Jervois Range Exploration Licence 6260 (CR 1989/0816).

Warren, R.G. (1980) The Arunta Block in the Huckitta 1:250 000 Sheet area: a review of data to June 1980, Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics, Commonwealth of Australia, Record 1980/45.

Ransom, D.M. (1978) The Scheelite prospects of the Jervois Range, Bonya Creek and Molyhill areas, Northern Territory.

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