Abstract

The Bimbimbie gold mine is situated within a syntectonic granite mass that intrudes Ordovician metasediments 11 km south-west of Batemans Bay, NSW. Three gold-pyrite quartz veins occur within the mine area, the largest the Bimbimbie vein being the main producer. On the backs of a large stope into the Bimbimbie vein numerous limonitic (goethitic) stalactites occur. Two of these were assayed for gold giving 26.1ppm and 16.2ppm respectively. The chemistry of the process leading to the incorporation of gold in these stalactites is considered in terms of the solubility of gold in the thiosulphate ion.

 
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Short Form
Lawrence, 1992, Rec. Aust. Mus., Suppl. 15: 39–43
Author
L. J. Lawrence
Year
1992
Title
Auriferous limonitic stalactites from the Bimbimbie Gold Mine, New South Wales
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum, Supplement
Volume
15
Start Page
39
End Page
43
DOI
10.3853/j.0812-7387.15.1992.82
Language
English
Date Published
16 October 1992
Cover Date
16 October 1992
ISBN
ISBN 0-7305-9990-6
ISSN
0812-7387
CODEN
RAMSEZ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
GEOLOGY; MINERALOGY
Digitized
28 July 2009
Reference Number
82
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