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Olympic Dam iron oxide Cu-U-Au-Ag deposit


Ehrig, K and Kamenetsky, VS and McPhie, J and Cook, NJ and Ciobanu, CL, Olympic Dam iron oxide Cu-U-Au-Ag deposit, Australian Ore Deposits, Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, GN Phillips (ed), Melbourne, pp. 601-610. ISBN 9781925100686 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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The breccia-hosted Olympic Dam iron oxide Cu-U-Au-Ag deposit is located 560km NNW of Adelaide (-30.44, 136.87) in the Olympic copper-gold province in northern South Australia (SA). The Prominent Hill and Carrapateena Cu-Au-U deposits are 150km NW and 100km SE of Olympic Dam respectively. The total resource (measured, indicated and inferred at September 2016) is 10400Mt at 0.77% Cu, 250 ppm U3O8, 0.32g/tAu and 1g/tAg (Table 1). The resource footprint at the top of the Mesoproterozoic basement (that is, the unconformity around 350m depth) is approximately 6נ4נ0.8km, but with localised occurrences of mineralisation to over 2km depth. The altered and mineralised rock volume associated with the deposit has an overall areal extent exceeding 50km2. Olympic Dam is the fifth largest copper, the largest reported uranium and one of the largest gold deposits in the world.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:Olympic Dam, IOCG, ore deposit, magmatism, sedimentation
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Resource geoscience
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Mining and extraction of energy resources
Objective Field:Uranium mining and extraction
UTAS Author:Kamenetsky, VS (Professor Vadim Kamenetsky)
UTAS Author:McPhie, J (Professor Jocelyn McPhie)
ID Code:121448
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP130100438)
Deposited By:CODES ARC
Deposited On:2017-09-28
Last Modified:2018-07-12

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