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Lyell Blocks, Mount Lyell Mines, Queenstown district, West Coast municipality, Tasmania, Australiai
Regional Level Types
Lyell BlocksGroup of Mines
Mount Lyell MinesGroup of Mines
Queenstown districtDistrict
West Coast municipalityMunicipality
TasmaniaState
AustraliaCountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
42° 3' 13'' South , 145° 35' 33'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Locality type:
Group of Mines
Köppen climate type:
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Gormanston169 (2014)2.4km
Queenstown2,352 (2012)4.2km
Strahan637 (2012)24.5km
West Strahan637 (2014)25.3km
Zeehan845 (2012)28.4km


Some gossan-like “copper-clay” deposits (eg. Lyell Blocks, King Lyell) lie adjacent to the Mt Lyell sulphide deposits and are locally very copper rich but have only constituted a small part of the production to date. They contain native copper, cuprite, chalcocite, digenite, bornite, covellite, chalcopyrite, galena, sphalerite, siderite-rhodochrosite and goethite in illite-kaolinite clays derived from altered limestones. The copper and cuprite are hosted by goethite nodules in clay.

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Standard Detailed Gallery Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Commodity List

This is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.


Mineral List


13 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Bornite
Formula: Cu5FeS4
Reference: Bottrill, R.S., Baker, W.E. (2008) A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. Geological Survey Tasmania Bulletin 73, 254 pages.
Brochantite
Formula: Cu4(SO4)(OH)6
Reference: Bottrill, R.S., Baker, W.E. (2008) A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. Geological Survey Tasmania Bulletin 73, 254 pages.
Chalcocite
Formula: Cu2S
Reference: Bottrill, R.S., Baker, W.E. (2008) A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. Geological Survey Tasmania Bulletin 73, 254 pages.
Chalcopyrite
Formula: CuFeS2
Reference: Bottrill, R.S., Baker, W.E. (2008) A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. Geological Survey Tasmania Bulletin 73, 254 pages.
Copper
Formula: Cu
Reference: Bottrill, R.S., Baker, W.E. (2008) A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. Geological Survey Tasmania Bulletin 73, 254 pages.
Covellite
Formula: CuS
Reference: Bottrill, R.S., Baker, W.E. (2008) A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. Geological Survey Tasmania Bulletin 73, 254 pages.
Cuprite
Formula: Cu2O
Reference: Bottrill, R.S., Baker, W.E. (2008) A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. Geological Survey Tasmania Bulletin 73, 254 pages.
Digenite
Formula: Cu9S5
Reference: Bottrill, R.S., Baker, W.E. (2008) A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. Geological Survey Tasmania Bulletin 73, 254 pages.
Galena
Formula: PbS
Reference: Bottrill, R.S., Baker, W.E. (2008) A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. Geological Survey Tasmania Bulletin 73, 254 pages.
Goethite
Formula: α-Fe3+O(OH)
Reference: Bottrill, R.S., Baker, W.E. (2008) A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. Geological Survey Tasmania Bulletin 73, 254 pages.
Rhodochrosite
Formula: MnCO3
Reference: Bottrill, R.S., Baker, W.E. (2008) A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. Geological Survey Tasmania Bulletin 73, 254 pages.
Siderite
Formula: FeCO3
Reference: Bottrill, R.S., Baker, W.E. (2008) A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. Geological Survey Tasmania Bulletin 73, 254 pages.
Sphalerite
Formula: ZnS
Reference: Bottrill, R.S., Baker, W.E. (2008) A Catalogue of the Minerals of Tasmania. Geological Survey Tasmania Bulletin 73, 254 pages.

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List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Copper1.AA.05Cu
Group 2 - Sulphides and Sulfosalts
Bornite2.BA.15Cu5FeS4
Chalcocite2.BA.05Cu2S
Chalcopyrite2.CB.10aCuFeS2
Covellite2.CA.05aCuS
Digenite2.BA.10Cu9S5
Galena2.CD.10PbS
Sphalerite2.CB.05aZnS
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Cuprite4.AA.10Cu2O
Goethite4.00.α-Fe3+O(OH)
Group 5 - Nitrates and Carbonates
Rhodochrosite5.AB.05MnCO3
Siderite5.AB.05FeCO3
Group 7 - Sulphates, Chromates, Molybdates and Tungstates
Brochantite7.BB.25Cu4(SO4)(OH)6

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Metals, other than the Platinum Group
Copper1.1.1.3Cu
Group 2 - SULFIDES
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 2:1
Chalcocite2.4.7.1Cu2S
Digenite2.4.7.3Cu9S5
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 3:2
Bornite2.5.2.1Cu5FeS4
AmXp, with m:p = 1:1
Covellite2.8.12.1CuS
Galena2.8.1.1PbS
Sphalerite2.8.2.1ZnS
AmBnXp, with (m+n):p = 1:1
Chalcopyrite2.9.1.1CuFeS2
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X
Cuprite4.1.1.1Cu2O
Group 6 - HYDROXIDES AND OXIDES CONTAINING HYDROXYL
XO(OH)
Goethite6.1.1.2α-Fe3+O(OH)
Group 14 - ANHYDROUS NORMAL CARBONATES
A(XO3)
Rhodochrosite14.1.1.4MnCO3
Siderite14.1.1.3FeCO3
Group 30 - ANHYDROUS SULFATES CONTAINING HYDROXYL OR HALOGEN
(AB)m(XO4)pZq, where m:p>2:1
Brochantite30.1.3.1Cu4(SO4)(OH)6

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
H BrochantiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6
CCarbon
C SideriteFeCO3
C RhodochrositeMnCO3
OOxygen
O CupriteCu2O
O SideriteFeCO3
O RhodochrositeMnCO3
O Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
O BrochantiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6
SSulfur
S ChalcociteCu2S
S DigeniteCu9S5
S BorniteCu5FeS4
S CovelliteCuS
S ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
S GalenaPbS
S SphaleriteZnS
S BrochantiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6
MnManganese
Mn RhodochrositeMnCO3
FeIron
Fe BorniteCu5FeS4
Fe ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Fe SideriteFeCO3
Fe Goethiteα-Fe3+O(OH)
CuCopper
Cu CopperCu
Cu CupriteCu2O
Cu ChalcociteCu2S
Cu DigeniteCu9S5
Cu BorniteCu5FeS4
Cu CovelliteCuS
Cu ChalcopyriteCuFeS2
Cu BrochantiteCu4(SO4)(OH)6
ZnZinc
Zn SphaleriteZnS
PbLead
Pb GalenaPbS

References

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Corbett, K. D. & Quilty, P. G. & Calver, Clive R. & Pongratz, June. & Geological Society of Australia. Tasmanian Division, issuing body. (2014). Geological evolution of Tasmania. Sydney, NSW : Geological Society of Australia (Tasmanian Division)
Bottrill R. and Olubas P, 2007: The Mt. Lyell Mines in Australian and New Zealand Mineral Collector magazine, Issue 4. http://www.lulu.com/content/1717419

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