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Quartz, Australia

Posted by Ralph Bottrill  
avatar Re: Quartz, Australia
March 27, 2009 10:28AM
Hi Jon
Many thanks for the info - the specimen I have was apparently from the roadworks, but I am not sure how far from the mine this is - should it be a separate locality? (or sublocality?). We are happy to see some more photos, especially anything a bit different.

Re Terip Terip - I am not familiar with these, though I have seen other good crystals from Victoria (eg Beechworth). I presume this site is in the Strathbogie Ranges? We welcome any photos.

regards
Ralph

Regards,
Ralph
avatar Re: Quartz, Australia
March 27, 2009 01:05PM
As Ralph states, Torrington is in Clive county, not Gough ... BUT the various mine localities appear to be listed in the correct counties - it is just that Torrington is the nearest town - hence some mines may be in Gough and some may be in Clive - - so don't move the mines ... just that Torrington can only be in one. Perhaps we need a "Torrington district" under Gough County to cater for this

Cheers
avatar Re: Quartz, Australia
March 27, 2009 06:37PM
Ralph,
I have been working on the adamite article, fiddling around with the formatting of the images etc. I noticed that there is a locality for adamite listed for which we have no pictures. The article I site in the Mineralogical Record is by Peter Elliot. Do you know him well enough you could ask him about the possibility of uploading some images of the Beltana mine adamites? His pictures in the Min Record article look better than those we have in the adamite gallery that were uploaded by Karl Volkman. If he seem amenable, you might ask for some images of hedyphane. His pictures in the Min Record also appear to be better than those we currently have.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: Quartz, Australia
March 28, 2009 10:20AM
Hi Rock
I will pass this on to Peter; I also have some specimens from the site , and will see if they are photogenic
regards
Ralph

Regards,
Ralph
Re: Quartz, Australia
April 05, 2009 04:38AM
    
Hi Rock,
If you are interested here is a pic of quartz (amethyst) 12cmx12cm from West Wyalong Range,,Wave Hill,,Northern Territory,,Australia..
thank You Con
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avatar Re: Quartz, Australia
April 05, 2009 05:48AM
Costas,
Thats a nice amethyst crystal, why don't you upload it to Mindat. That way it would be accessible for us to us in the Australian Quartz article.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: Quartz, Australia
April 05, 2009 07:01AM
    
Hi ya Ralph, - havent been doing to much looking on Midat lately so this thread is a surprise. Do you and Rock want some help on other Species?? I have lots of other photos I have not yet uploaded - (not enough time)

Also do you want me to load up some more Quartz photos from around Tassie and some other Aussie localities on my site. I have some strange stuff from Keith Lancaster collection.

Also dont forget the SA Emita Stuff - just stunning

cheers

Andrew T
avatar Re: Quartz, Australia
April 05, 2009 10:48AM
Hi Con
Thats a nice amethyst and we would love to use it when you upload it. Do you have any more info on the site?
West Wyalong is in NSW too, or is there another in NT?
Ralph

Regards,
Ralph
avatar Re: Quartz, Australia
April 05, 2009 11:02AM
Hi Andrew
We would love more photos and info on a lot of different minerals and sites - its hard to know where to start. There are a lot of "best of" topics created now - I have done Crocoite, atacamite and Australian quartz - Rock may twist your arm to do something if you are not careful! If you have a favourite mineral that has a limited number of good sites you may want to think about it - its a bit of fun to get together .
Re quartz - have a look at what we have so far and see if you can help improve it with any photos and text? I am n ot familiar with Emita, but there are a lot of good locations in SA, also more in Qld, WA and NT that we have little on. And I am sure some of your Tas stuff would be very useful.
Ralph

Regards,
Ralph
avatar Re: Quartz, Australia
April 05, 2009 11:24AM
Con
Can you tell us any info on the specific sites for these two quartzes?
[www.mindat.org]
[www.mindat.org]
thanks
Ralph

Regards,
Ralph
Re: Quartz, Australia
April 06, 2009 12:52AM
    
Hello Ralph,,
1.. Re the Amethyst from the Wyalong range..Yes the range does exist and is on Wave Hill /Camfield Stations area..They are south west of Katherine and when you get to Top Springs Roadhouse head south west towards Wave Hill you will see ranges ,that have much basalt and is the place to find Quartz ,,Agate (mostly pink and white banding),,and Prehnite..Much of the amethyst has pit marks but very good examples do exist..
2.. Re the red/ brown dt quartz it looks like a Toms Mountain piece..You can see Toms Mountain to the west of the old Mary Kathleen open cut and vice versa.
3.. Re the Kuridala Amethyst ..this location is about 7km south east of the abandoned township of Kuridala.The road is about the worst in Qld..The amethyst was found by the Tunneys in the early 1900's..they also found the Silver Phantom silver mine and numerous small copper shows in the area.
4.. There is another amethyst site between the Mt Elliot Mine and Selwyn .Its known as Amethyst Castle by everyone locally..Not great specimens but the lapidary people love it for its dark facetting colour and for the chevron banding found there..
5..The Mt Elliot mine quartz and amethyst is nearly always found coating diopside crystals.. The Mt Elliot copper mine was of course famous for the large selenites that had native copper inclusions and for diopside,,native copper,,allanite,,chalcocite,,chalcopyrite,,andratite,,scapolite,,magnetite,,calcite etc
cheers Con



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/06/2009 11:33PM by Costas Constantinides.
avatar Re: Quartz, Australia
April 06, 2009 05:31AM
Thanks Con, thats really useful info again, and I have added it to the article
Ralph

Regards,
Ralph
avatar Re: Quartz, Australia
April 06, 2009 05:45AM
Andrew, you said.
Do you and Rock want some help on other Species?? I have lots of other photos I have not yet uploaded.

That is a silly question. Yes we can use all the help we can get. There are only about 4000 minerals left to work on, which one would you like to start with?

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: Quartz, Australia
April 06, 2009 07:37PM
Ralph,
OK, you are right. Go ahead and add them to the list above. I have just made you a moderator for the group and you should now to be able to edit any post in the Best Minerals project and create new threads. Let me know if you have any problems.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: Quartz, Australia
April 06, 2009 10:36PM
Thanks Rock
My biggest problems are knowing where to start with it all, and finding enough time, but I will see what I can do.
Ralph

Regards,
Ralph
Re: Quartz, Australia
April 06, 2009 11:40PM
    
Hello Ralph,, Rock
Regarding the pic of the Wyalong range NT amethyst..I have applied to upload pics to Mindat..However you can if you want, do any thing you think is fair with the pic to suit the purposes of the Aussie quartz section..
have just noticed a comment re Mt Elliot mine being an open cut..this not the case..it was mined using open stope methods and ore was hauled out using a decline road..The adit/portal is now sealed off to stop the more adventurous fossicker as even today amethyst is still every where..
cheers Con



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/06/2009 11:55PM by Costas Constantinides.
avatar Re: Quartz, Australia
April 07, 2009 12:12PM
Thanks Con
I seem to recall a major hole in the ground there, but I may be getting confused now.
I have added your extra info and the photo, although it may be easier in future for you to add the photos and info yourself - that way you can edit things later.
Ralph

Regards,
Ralph
Re: Quartz, Australia
April 08, 2009 11:33PM
    
Hi Ralph,,Thanks for fixing photo..The Elliot mine has always been an underground mine.The open stopes are huge and a miners headlamp beam cant reach the back of the stope.It is scary to see the size of the boulders at the bottom of the stopes that didn't fracture..The only large hole at Elliot was a recent subsidance on top of the old 1900's workings.The slip was about 30metresx 50 dia.
Con
avatar Re: Quartz, Australia
April 09, 2009 02:26AM
Con
I was probably thinking of the Great Australia mine - it was a while ago
If you have any pictures of the mines they would be great to upload too - I had a lot of slides but they are a nuisance to scan.
Ralph

Regards,
Ralph
avatar Re: Quartz, Australia
April 13, 2009 07:13AM
Ralph,
Just saw the update you have done on the Australian quartz. Its great. I think I will soon be our of a job.:( Do you still need the list of Australian quartz localities and images I posted when I opened this thread? If not Ill just delete all that and tell them to scroll down to your growing article. I am not sure if I can delete my original post when I opened this thread without deleting the entire thread. Ill have to check on that. One way we could handle it would be to rename the original thread Quartz, Australia 2 and then create a new thread Quartz, Australia. You could write the little welcome blurb and transfer all the work you are doing on Australian quartz into that thread and then what ever posting you wanted to keep and then delete the original thread. This would put the Australian Quartz article at the top of the thread where it belongs.
Rock

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 04/13/2009 07:28AM by Rock Currier.
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