|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||29° 7' 12'' South , 120° 30' 37'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-29.12015,120.51054|
|Köppen climate type:||BWh : Hot deserts climate|
The Golden Vale Gold Mine is 5 kilometres south-east of the former Copperfield town-site. There is a severely weathered open pit at the location, several buildings and machinery, much mullock and disturbed ground. A separate area bordering just south-west also contains a collection of buildings, machinery and tailings, which maps shows as the Crowley lease.
More information is needed on these localities. The mine under the Golden Vale name was active in 1899, crushing at the Mt Ida state battery 50 tonnes at 41.97 ounces, and 76.12 ounces dollied. It is next found as a lease applied for in November 1935 by James Donnelly, Patrick Donnelly, Bernard Donnelly and Samuel Watt. GML 5651Z. A mention was made in passing that it was still active in 1941.
Several small historic workings, and modern prospects exist to the east of this location.
The state of the pit would indicate a company mined here several decades ago. With the substantial road into the site and buildings, separate lease to the modern exploration company activity to the east, and lack of public information, it could be surmised Golden Vale is an active prospecting camp.
Commodity ListThis is a list of exploitable or exploited mineral commodities recorded at this locality.
1 valid mineral.
This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.
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|Neoarchean - Mesoarchean|
2500 - 3200 Ma
|Archean volcanic rocks|
Age: Archean (2500 - 3200 Ma)
Comments: Yilgarn Craton
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. 
2500 - 4000 Ma
|mafic extrusive rocks 74248|
Age: Archean (2500 - 4000 Ma)
Description: Basalt, high-Mg basalt, minor mafic intrusive rocks; some andesite; agglomerate; mafic schist; amphibolite; dolerite; komatiitic basalt; carbonated basalt; basaltic andesite; mafic rock interleaved with minor granitic rock
Comments: igneous mafic volcanic; igneous mafic intrusive; synthesis of multiple published descriptions
Lithology: Igneous mafic volcanic; igneous mafic intrusive
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).