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Middle to upper Proterozoic marine sedimentary successions of the Paterson province host gold-copper mineralization in quartz sulfide reefs at Telfer, the largest single producing gold mine in Australia during 1987. The origin of Telfer is controversial: most previous models have emphasized the very continuous, stratiform-strata-bound nature of the auriferous Middle Vale reef and postulated a syngenetic exhalative origin. However, recent deeper mining and drilling of hypogene ore provides evidence that Telfer is an epigenetic deposit.

Reconnaissance data suggest that northwest-trending elongate domes in the Paterson province (including the Main and West domes which host the Telfer gold deposits) formed...

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