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Elsie May Gold Mine, Mount Ida Goldfield (Copperfield), Menzies Shire, Western Australia, Australia

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 29° 21' 25'' South , 120° 32' 40'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -29.35722,120.54450
GeoHash:G#: qdv8zp9vf
Locality type:Mine
Köppen climate type:BWh : Hot deserts climate


Assistant State Mining Engineer, R.C. Wilson, visited the site in 1926, and was less than impressed. He states it is a group of three leases called Elsie May South, Elise May Central, and Elsie May North. They are found at the western edge of the auriferous greenstone belt. There is a persistent north-south trending quartz reef through the leases. Wilson took 23 samples, with 13 showing no gold at all. He was shown some honeycombed quartz, suggesting gold found in it was of secondary deposition. He states the mine was gold poor and unpayable, although rich patches could be found from time to time.

The workings consist of some shafts and an old trench. There are a couple of derelict prospector shacks, and for some reason an old trolley bus at the site. Elise May is about 3 kilometres east of the Walling Rock Station homestead, and access is by a track leaving from the south off the Menzies-Sandstone Road.



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Mineral List


2 valid minerals.

Regional Geology

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



ID: 3187518
Archean volcanic rocks

Age: Archean (2500 - 3200 Ma)

Comments: Yilgarn Craton

Lithology: Greenstone belt; mafic-ultramafic volcanic rocks

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]

Archean
2500 - 4000 Ma



ID: 836325
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). [5]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License



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The West Australian newspaper (Perth) (1926), Mount Ida District. Unfavourable Report, 09/08/1926

 
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