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Open File Report 101

Further geochemical studies of the soil at the Panglo Gold Deposit, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Lintern, M.J.

The CSIRO-AMIRA Project "Exploration in Areas of Transported Overburden, Yilgarn Craton and Environs" (Project 409) has, as its principal objective, development of geochemical methods for mineral exploration in areas with substantial transported overburden, through investigations of the processes of geochemical dispersion from concealed mineralization. The Project has two main themes. One of these, 'Surface and subsurface expression of concealed mineral deposits' is addressed by this report, which focuses on the soil geochemistry of the Panglo Au deposit (Kalgoorlie Area).

This study is located in the northern part of the deposit where the thickness of transported material is less than 5 metres, and the depth to mineralization (beneath barren saprolite) is of the order of 30 to 40 metres. While the thickness of transported material is not substantial, the great thickness of barren saprolite provides an interesting contrast with other sites from the Kalgoorlie area which have similar thicknesses of barren transported overburden. It is considered that a detailed study of the nature of Au in surficial material from such an environment will enhance our understanding of the processes whereby Au may be enriched in the surficial environment in areas of substantially transported material.

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