Miscellaneous Uranium Prospects in
Western Australia

Bennetts Well - Cogla Downs - Lyndon / Jailor Bore - Yinnetharra
Anketell - Wondinong - Angelo River - Turee Creek - Kintyre East
Myroodah - Gascoyne - Mundong - Lake Raeside - Ponton
Cundeelee - Thatcher Soak - Nowthanna - Lakeside - Bolitho
Schwartz Well - Christmas Bore - Mckay


Bennetts Well - Manyingee Region (Near Onslow)

The Bennetts Well Prospect/Deposit is located about 15 km south-west of the Manyingee Deposit (now owned by Paladin Resources). The deposit is thought to be small at 1,500 tonnes U3O8 with a moderate grade of 0.16%. The deposit was discovered by CRA (now Rio Tinto) in 1981. In March 1983, CRA announced that there was "potential to improve expected tonnage".

Eagle Bay Resources resumed the lapsed exploration lease in 1997 and began looking for a Joint Venture exploration partner.

The deposit is a potential ISL-type mine, and Eagle Bay would presumably like to use environmentally dangerous sulphuric acid leaching chemistry.


Cogla Downs - Near Meekatharra

The Cogla Downs Prospect is situated approximately 75 km south-south-east of Meekatharra in the Murchison Mineral Field of WA. The area contains many calcrete channels that contain anomalous uranium. A 1983 estimate identified 4 deposits containing approximately 607 tonnes of U3O8.

Further exploration is currently being undertaken by Acclaim Uranium, using historical airborne and ground radiometric surveying, and a new regional drilling program.


Lyndon / Jailor Bore - Near Carnarvon

The Lyndon Prospect is located about 210 km north-west of Carnarvon, in the Gascoyne Mineral Field of WA. The region contains calcrete-type uranium mineralisation. A 1978 estimate identified 5 deposits containing approximately 715 tonnes of U3O8.

Further exploration is currently being undertaken by Acclaim Uranium, using historical airborne and ground radiometric surveying, and a new regional drilling program.

The region also contains the small Jailor Bore deposit (about 413 tonnes of U3O8), which will be targetted as part of Acclaim's new exploration program.


Yinnetharra - Near Carnarvon

The Yinnetharra Prospect is located about 270 km east of Carnarvon, in the Gascoyne Mineral Field of WA. The region contains metamorphic schist, palaeochannel and calcrete-type uranium mineralisation.

Further exploration is currently being undertaken by Acclaim Uranium, using new airborne and ground radiometric surveying, a regional drilling program and satellite imagery.


Anketell - Near Mount Magnet

The Anketell Prospect is approximately 100 km east of Mount Magnet in the Murchison Mineral Field of WA. Uranium mineralisation is typically in calcretes, although no distinct deposits have been located to date.

Further exploration is currently being undertaken by Acclaim Uranium, using radiometric logging of bores and a regional drilling program.


Wondinong - Near Mount Magnet

The Wondinong Prospect is approximately 60 km north-east of Mount Magnet in the Murchison Mineral Field of WA. Two uranium anomalies were found in November 1971, with mineralisation typically in calcretes. These are located near Lake Austin.

Further exploration is currently being undertaken by Acclaim Uranium, using radiometric logging of bores and a regional drilling program.


Angelo River - Near Paraburdoo

The Angelo River Prospect is approximately 65 km south-east of Parabudroo in the Peak Hill Mineral Field of WA. The region is considered prospective for unconformity related deposits, and numerous anomalies are known to occur. One anomaly, the Aneglo A anomaly, has been drilled and is estimated to contain 795 tonnes of U3O8.

Further exploration was planned by Acclaim Uranium, however, the prospect has been abandoned due to an unfavourable geological interpretation of potential uranium mineralisation.


Turee Creek - Near Newman

The Turee Creek Prospect is approximately 350 km south of Port Hedland in the Peak Hill Mineral Field of WA. Mineralisation is present as uranium phosphates and silicates. The deposit was finished being drilled in 1984 and is estimated to contain 392 tonnes of U3O8.

Further exploration is currently being undertaken by Acclaim Uranium, initially reviewing historical data and then a new drilling program, surface radiometrics and mapping.

Latitude 24 Deg. 20 Min. S
Longitude 118 Deg. 45 Min. E


Kintyre East - Rudall River National Park

The Kintyre East Prospect is approximately 400 km south-east of port Hedland in the Pilbara Mineral Field of WA, just 7 km east of Rio Tinto's large Kintyre deposits. The region is therefore considered prsopective, although no current deposits or anomalies have been defined.

Further exploration is currently being planned by Acclaim Uranium, initially reviewing historical data and a field mapping program and rock chip sampling. This information will be used to plan drilling in the near future. The program has been halted due to Native Title negotiations and the problem of obtaining an exploration licence within a National Park.......

The entire Kintyre East exploration licences are
within the Rudall River National Park!!!


Myroodah - Near Broome

The Myroodah Prospect is approximately 210 km east of Broome in the West Kimberley Mineral Field of WA. Mineralisation is present within sandstones and is a potential ISL-type deposit. The previous exploration company found uranium mineralisation up to 0.048%, at depths greater than 100 m.

Further exploration is currently being undertaken by Acclaim Uranium in Joint Venture with Kallenia Mines (10%), initially reviewing historical data and then a new drilling program. Delays in the granting of tenements are expected due to objections by Native Title claimants.

See - Anti-Nuclear Alliance of WA's excellent Myroodah page.


Gascoyne - Near Carnarvon

The Gascoyne Prospect is approximately 190 km east of Carnarvon in the Gascoyne Mineral Field of WA. Mineralisation is present as classic roll-fronts within sandstones and shales, and is a potential ISL-type deposit. One drill hole did return a grade of 0.063% U3O8, although no continuity was found.

Further exploration was planned by Acclaim Uranium, however, the uranium mineralisation previously found was considered to be an isolated hit, and the exploration lease was relinquished.

Despite Acclaim's lack of success and optimism for the Gascoyne region, other companies are still arriving. Cameco began exploring Gascoyne in 1997 (100%, 250 km east of Carnarvon) and planned to continue in 1998. The JV continued between Paladin Resources and Black Range with another prospect to explore Gascoyne.


Mundong - Near Karratha

The Mundong Prospect is approximately 300 km south-south-east of Karratha in the Ashburton Mineral Field of WA. The region is considered prospective for a palaeochannel deposit, potentially an ISL-type deposit.

Further exploration was being planned by Acclaim Uranium, although the review of historical data and field investigation failed to delineate new areas of uranium mineralisation. Acclaim have now abandonded this lease.


Lake Raeside - Near Yeelirrie

The Lake Raeside Prospect is near the WMC-disgraced Yeelirrie uranium deposit in central WA. The deposit contains calcrete-type uranium mineralisation. The deposit is low grade at 0.03% to 0.1%, and low tonnage at about 500 to 1,500 tonnes (U).

Latitude 28 Deg. 45 Min. S
Longitude 120 Deg. 40 Min. E


Ponton - Near Kalgoorlie

The Ponton Prospect is about 200 km east of Kalgoorlie near the PNC-disgraced Mulga Rock uranium deposit in central WA. The prospect is being explored by Paladin Resources (50%) in Joint Venture with Uranium Australia (50%). The area is expected to contain many roll-front type uranium deposits within sands and sandstones, and previous exploration identified several regions where radioactivity counts were well above background, such as the Double 8 prospect.


Cundeelee - Near Kalgoorlie

The Cundeelee Prospect is about 180 km east of Kalgoorlie near the PNC-disgraced Mulga Rock uranium deposit in central WA. The prospect is being explored by BHP (80%) in Joint Venture with Tulloch Resources NL (20%, now in receivership). It is a complex prospect with identified zinc (3.4%), nickel, lead, silver, copper and anomalous niobium and uranium. The target rocks are deep, difficult and expensive, and any new deposit would need to be large in order to be economic. BHP is planning to spend $6 million to further explore and assess the prospect.


Thatcher Soak - Near Kalgoorlie

The Thatcher Soak uranium deposit, about 160 km north-east of Laverton, WA, contains an estimated 6,000 tonnes of U3O8 averaging 0.04% grade. The deposit was discovered by Southern Ventures and Cultus Pacific.


Nowthanna - Near Meekatharra

The Nowthanna uranium deposit, just south of Meekatharra, is a moderate size calcrete-type uranium deposit at quite shallow depth. It is thought to contain about 3,658 tonnes of U3O8 grading 0.042% (cut-off 200 ppm, or 0.02%), or 2,732 tonnes of U3O8 grading 0.054% (cut-off 300 ppm, or 0.03%). The deposit has the distinction of being the first calcrete-type uranium mineralisation discovered in the world. It was discovered in the very early 1970's, and was briefly re-explored in 1989 and 1991. The mineralisation is between 1 to 7 m below the surface, and about 1 to 2 m thick. Acclaim Uranium now hold the deposit in Joint Venture with Defiance Mining NL (25%), and are targetting it as one of their most likely new uranium mines in WA.


Lakeside - Near Meekatharra

The Lakeside uranium deposit, just south-west of Meekatharra, is a small size calcrete-type uranium deposit at quite shallow depth. It is thought to contain about 520 tonnes of U3O8 grading 0.026% (cut-off 100 ppm, or 0.01%), or 240 tonnes of U3O8 grading 0.048% (cut-off 300 ppm, or 0.03%). Acclaim Uranium undertook further exploration of the deposit in 1998, in Joint Venture with Equinox Resources (30%). However, Acclaim have recently informed Equinox of their intention to withdraw from the project, and Equinox are waiting to considering their options.


Mckay - Near Telfer

A review by Black Range Minerals in 1997 identified anomalous areas of possible uranium mineralisation. The geology includes granite terrain and palaeochannels, with possible carnotite present. No activity known.


Information from Quarterly Reports, Annual Reports, industry information and various media sources.
Some of these are available by email, if interested.
To convert from tonnes uranium (U) to tonnes uranium oxide (U3O8), multiply by 1.1793.
Last Updated - January 16, 1999.

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