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Dugald River Zn-Pb-Ag deposit (Dugald River mine), Cloncurry, Cloncurry Shire, Queensland, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 20° 15' 5'' South , 140° 9' 28'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -20.25154,140.15786
Köppen climate type:BSh : Hot semi-arid (steppe) climate

Shale-hosted, igneous Zn-Pb deposit hosted in metamorphosed Proterozoic rocks.

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33 valid minerals.

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1000 - 1600 Ma

ID: 3192887
Mesoproterozoic crystalline metamorphic rocks

Age: Mesoproterozoic (1000 - 1600 Ma)

Comments: Mount Isa Block

Lithology: Amphibolite 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 - 1800 Ma

ID: 932376
Mount Albert Group

Age: Statherian (1600 - 1800 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Mount Albert Group

Description: Brown fine feldspathic and lithic sandstone, ferruginous mudstone, pebbly sandstone

Comments: feldspar- or lithic-rich arenite to rudite; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Feldspar- or lithic-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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Xu, G. (1997): Microstructural evidence for an epigenetic origin of a Proterozoic zinc-lead-silver deposit, Dugald River, Mount Isa Inlier, Australia. Mineralium Deposita 32, 58-69.
Dixon, G., and Davidson, G.J., 1996, Stable isotope evidence for thermochemical sulfate reduction in the Dugald River (Australia) strata-bound shale-hosted zinc–lead deposit: Chemical Geology, v. 129, p. 227-–246.
Connor, A.G., Johnson, I.R., and Muir, M.D., 1990, Dugald River zinc-lead deposit, in Hughes, F.E., ed., Geology of the mineral deposits of Australia and Papua New Guinea: Melbourne, The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Monograph 14, p. 949-–953.
Edwards, A.B. and Baker, G., 1953. Scapolitisation in the Cloncurry district of northwestern Queensland. Journal of the Geological Society of Australia, 1:1-2, 1-33.
Foster,D.R.W., and Rubenach, M.J., 2006, Isograd pattern and regional low-pressure, high-temperature metamorphism of pelitic, mafic and calc-silicate rocks along an east-west section through the Mt Isa Inlier: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 53, p. 167–-186.
Large, R., Bull, S., Selley, D., Yang, J., Cooke, D., Garven, G., and McGoldrick, P., 2002, Controls of the formation of giant stratiform sediment-hosted Zn-Pb-Ag deposits—With particular reference to the north Australian province: in Cooke, D.R., and Pongratz, J., eds., Giant ore deposits—Characteristics, genesis and exploration: CODES Special Publication 4, p. 107–-149.
Xu, G., 1998, A fluid inclusions study of syntectonic Zn-Pb-Ag mineralization at Dugald River, Northwest Queensland, Australia: Economic Geology. v. 93, p. 1165–-1179.
Xu, G., 1998, Geochemistry of sulphide minerals at Dugald River, NW Queensland, with reference to ore genesis: Mineralogy and Petrology, v. 63, p. 119-–139.

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