Mount Cannindah

Porphyry copper deposit in Queensland, Australia

Names and other identifiers

Alternate names Mt. Cannindah
Tract name East Tasmanide - Central sub-tract (009pCu8004b)
Site status deposit

Geographic location

Country Australia
State or province Queensland
Geographic location 151.2764, -24.6712
Geologic map unit 151.2764, -24.6712
Nearby data

Geologic information

Deposit type Porphyry copper
Age (Ma) 235Ma
Age determination method Geologic inference
Age range 235 Ma, 250 Ma
Age reference Horton (1978)
Minerals arsenopyrite, azurite, bornite, carbonate, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, chorite, covellite, epidote, galena, gold, limonite, malachite, marcasite, molybdenite, pyrite, silver, sphalerite
Associated rocks conglomerate, limestone, mudstone, basalt, dolerite dike, andesite, rhyolite, diorite, tonalite, granodiorite, dacite porphyry, granite, breccia, skarn
Tectonic setting continental margin
Stratigraphic age Early Triassic–Middle Triassic

Commodity and development information

Development status Prospect
Major commodities Cu
Minor commodities Au, Ag
Trace commodities Mo
Tonnage (Mt) 17Mt
Cu grade (%) 0.652%
Au grade (g/t) 0.163g/t
Ag grade (g/t) 6.745g/t
Contained copper 114,000t
Gold-Moly ratio -9999

Reference information

Comments Location, tonnage and grade of measured + inferred resources of Mount Cannindah + United Allies + Monument zones from Geoscience Australia (2010). Ewers and others (2002) reported 3 Mt at 1.31% Cu, 0.9 g/t Au, containing 39,000 t Cu, 2.7 t Au. Extensive porphyry-related breccia system, shear-controlled veins, skarn at porphyry contact; significant copper concentrations occur where infill of voids in breccia is >30%. Fracturing weak to moderate, locally strong. Middle to upper part exposed. Secondary enrichment weak to moderate, locally strong. Mineralized breccia contains angular clasts and voids filled with hydrothermal sulfides and gangue.
Study area name Australia
References Bedford (1975); Horton (1978); Murray (1990); Singer and others (2008); Planet Metals Ltd. (2010); Ewers and others (2002); Geoscience Australia (2010); Geological Survey of Queensland (2010)
Site reference Bookstrom and others (2014)
Bedford, I.V., 1975, Mount Cannindah copper deposit, in Knight, C.L., ed., Economic geology of Australia and New Guinea: Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Monograph Series, v. 1, no. 5, p. 787–789.
Ewers, G.R., Evans, N., and Hazell, M., (Kilgour, B., comp.), 2002, OZMIN Mineral deposits database [Digital Datasets]: Canberra, Geoscience Australia, metadata accessed September 3, 2013, at
Geological Survey of Queensland, 2010, Mineral occurrence and geology observations: Queensland Government, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (digital dataset on DVD).
Geoscience Australia, 2010, Australian mines atlas: Geoscience Australia Web page accessed October 20–December 27, 2010, at, D.J., 1978, Porphyry-type copper-molybdenum mineralization belts in eastern Queensland, Australia: Economic Geology, v. 73, p. 904–921. (Also available at
Murray, C.G., 1990, Tasman fold belt in Queensland, in Hughes, F.E., ed., Geology of the Mineral Deposits of Australia and New Guinea: Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, Monograph Series, v. 2, no. 14, p. 1431–1450.
Planet Metals Ltd., 2009, Mount Cannindah copper-gold project: Planet Metals Ltd. Web page accessed September 3, 2013, at, D.A., Berger, V.I., and Moring, B.C., 2008, Porphyry copper deposits of the world—Database and grade and tonnage models, 2008: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1155, [45] p. and digital data, accessed December 31, 2013, at