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Opik, A.A. & Sullivan, C.J., 1951. Ochre deposits, Rumbalara, Northern Territory. Bulletin  008. Bureau of Mineral Resources, Geology and Geophysics, Canberra.

Abstract

Rurnbalara railway siding is 831 miles by rail north of Adelaide, South Australia, and 120 miles by rail south of Alice Springs, Northern Territory. The ochre deposits (Plate 1) are situated in desert country, 15-20 miles northeast of the siding. No permanent water supply has been developed in the vicinity of the mines. Numerous mesas in the district are capped by siliceous laterite (grey billy), and are composed of approximately 150 feet of horizontally-bedded, leached shales and sandstone containing numerous fossils of Lower Cretaceous age. These beds, for which the name Rumbalara Shale is proposed, rest unconformably on the eroded surface of flat-lying, current-bedded sandstones of which the age has not been determined; it is proposed that the sandstone beds be called the De Souza Sandstone. .The ochre occurs in beds 1 to 4 feet thick; the best grade consists of soft, friable, golden-yellow material, free from grit and with good paint-making properties. Throughout the deposits the ochre occurs at the same stratigraphic horizon- at the base of the Lower Cretaceous-and appears to be of sedimentary origin. Excluding 1943 and 1944, annual production during 1940-1948 averaged 500 tons; in 1943 and 1944 production was 1,345 and 1,439 tons respectively. The deposits are very extensive, but prospecting carried out to date indicates that only some of them contain ochre equal in grade to that being mined. However, although there are virtually no proved reserves, the field is probably capable of supplying Australia's requirements of yellow ochre for many years.
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