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Type: Journal article
Title: Proterozoic turbiditic depositional system (Tanami Group) in the Tanami region, northern Australia, and implications for gold mineralisation
Author: Lambeck, A.
Hatch, K.
George, A.
Cross, A.
Huston, D.
Meixner, T.
Citation: Australian Journal of Earth Sciences, 2012; 59(3):383-397
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd.
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0812-0099
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A. Lambeck, K. Barovich, A.D. George, A. Cross, D. Huston and T. Meixner
Abstract: Sedimentological interpretation of outcrop and drillcore, integrated with previously published seismic interpretation and regional chemostratigraphy, is used to establish a depositional model for goldbearing Paleoproterozoic rocks of the Tanami region. Analyses of the Dead Bullock Formation and Killi Killi Formation of the Tanami Group form a basis for future correlations across northern Australia. Poorly exposed Paleoproterozoic sandstone, siltstone and claystone of the Killi Killi Formation record development of a deep-water, basin-floor turbidite system composed of channelised sandy lobes with muddy lobe fringes. The sediment source was located to the northwest. Underlying the Killi Killi Formation are the poorly exposed dark claystones of the upper Dead Bullock Formation, forming a condensed section. We interpret that this depositional system was an important control on gold mineralisation in both the Killi Killi Formation and the underlying Dead Bullock Formation of the Tanami Group. Gold deposition is enhanced within the Dead Bullock Formation where crustal faults intersect claystone facies. Similar facies in the Killi Killi Formation may also host gold mineralisation. Deep exploration holes at the Titania and Old Pirate prospects could potentially intersect the stratigraphically underlying gold-bearing claystones of the Dead Bullock Formation.
Keywords: Proterozoic; turbiditic; deep-water; facies associations; isopach surface; gold; exploration
Rights: © 2012 Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia)
RMID: 0020118497
DOI: 10.1080/08120099.2012.627595
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