|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||23° 27' 9'' South , 117° 15' 24'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-23.45250,117.25685|
|Köppen climate type:||BWh : Hot deserts climate|
Located 24 kilometres south south-east of the Ashburton Downs Homestead, and about 10 kilometres north of the Ashburton River, as a bulldozed area across the western end of an east-west trending ridge. It is remote and not easily reached by a long diabolical track from the south-east. The source co-ordinates appear to be incorrect.
Mined in 1951, 1961 and 1963, producing 20.37 tonnes of copper ore, and 115.36 tonnes of cupreous ore grading at 17.73% Cu.
Limonite-quartz veins and pods up to 50 metres thick, and a few metres long, with malachite, chrysocolla, and rarer chalcocite and cuprite, in slate dipping 5-10 degrees north. The source states the deposit is capped by an exotic cuprite gossan but provides no further details. Assuming this still exists (no guarantee) it would make for an interesting study considering other locations in the region like Bali Lo.
5 valid minerals.
Rock Types Recorded
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Entries shown in red are rocks recorded for this region.
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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1600 - 2500 Ma
|Paleoproterozoic sedimentary rocks|
Age: Proterozoic (1600 - 2500 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Wyloo Group
Comments: Ashburton Basin
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. 
1800 - 2050 Ma
Age: Orosirian (1800 - 2050 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Ashburton Formation
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).