The Watershed tungsten deposit, NE Queensland, Australia: an example of a Permian metamorphic tungsten upgrade after a Carboniferous magmatic-hydrothermal mineralisation event

Poblete, Jaime, Dirks, Paul, Huizenga, Jan-Marten, and Chang, Zhaoshan (2019) The Watershed tungsten deposit, NE Queensland, Australia: an example of a Permian metamorphic tungsten upgrade after a Carboniferous magmatic-hydrothermal mineralisation event. In: EGRU Contribution (70) pp. 82-84. From: Sn-W-Critical Metals & Associated Magmatic Systems: An International Geological Conference, 24-28 June 2019, Tinaroo, Qld.

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Abstract

Tungsten is considered a strategic metal by various countries, including Australia. Between 1998 and 2016 Australia has been steadily increasing its tungsten production, but it is still far smaller than those of the main producers (e.g., China, Russia). Watershed with its current resources of 49.2 Mt averaging 0.14% WO3 is considered one of the biggest undeveloped tungsten deposits outside of China, and if developed would boost Australia’s tungsten production. We will be presenting the geological, geochemical and structural characteristics of the Watershed deposit, as well as the timing, mineral paragenesis and fluid characteristics of the mineralizing system; with the main goal of improving our understanding of the Watershed tungsten deposit and how to explore for similar deposits in northeast Queensland.

Item ID: 58941
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
ISBN: 978-0-6485037-3-6
ISSN: 0816-780X
Copyright Information: © James Cook University
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2019 05:03
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0402 Geochemistry > 040201 Exploration Geochemistry @ 100%
SEO Codes: 84 MINERAL RESOURCES (excl. Energy Resources) > 8401 Mineral Exploration > 840199 Mineral Exploration not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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