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A tightly folded, gold-rich, massive sulfide deposit: Que River Mine, Tasmania (CODES publication 11)


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Large, RR, McGoldrick, PJ, Berry, RF and Young, C 1987 , A tightly folded, gold-rich, massive sulfide deposit: Que River Mine, Tasmania (CODES publication 11).

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The Que River deposit in western Tasmania is a high-grade, gold-rich, Cambrian volcanogenic sulfide deposit, comprising two major sub-vertical ore lenses hosted by andesitic lavas and volcanic1astics of the Mount Read Volcanics. Contrary to previous published interpretations, the major orebodies (PQ and P north lenses) are considered to lie at the same stratigraphic level and be folded into a tight asymmetric syncline which has been sheared along its western limb. Massive sulfides are thickened in the hinge of the syncline. Extensive footwall stringer,
pyrite-galena-sphalerite mineralization within strongly altered andesitic volcaniclastics occurs on both limbs of the fold. A major copper-bearing pyrite-rich stringer zone occurs immediately below the thickened central section of the PQ lens in the keel of the fold, and is interpreted as marking the principal focus of ore fluid exhalation.
Copper, lead and zinc distribution within the lenses provides evidence of stratigraphic younging direction around the fold structure. Gold grades of 5 to 30 ppm are concentrated towards the interpreted stratigraphic top of the folded lens. In the hinge zone of the major fold pyrite bands within the ore are folded with galena remobilised into the axial plane of the folds. The galena
defines a banding throughout the mine which is subparallel to the cleavage measured in the adjacent alteration zone. The galena banding varies from a spaced cleavage in the moderately deformed zones to a mylonitic foliation in the sheared western limb of the fold.
A conspicuous fuchsite-bearing horizon of altered coarse-grained polymict volcanic1astic immediately overlies the major ore lenses, and it is in turn overlain by flow banded dacite lavas and lava breccias which lack significant hydrothermal alteration. A Cu-rich, massive sulfide body, S lens, occurs stratigraphically below, and on the eastern side of PQ lens. This lower lens consists of
massive pyrite and banded Pb-Zn sulfide overprinted by stringer Cu and stringer Pb-Zn.

Item Type: Report (Technical Report)
Authors/Creators:Large, RR and McGoldrick, PJ and Berry, RF and Young, C
Publisher: University of Tasmania
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