Sapphire, Anakie, Central Highlands Region, Queensland, Australia
An area around here has been designated as fossicking land.
The fossicking area near Sapphire is found in a "diagonal strip of wash [that]extends across the area from southwest to northeast. Shallow surface wash is best developed from the town towards the northern boundary. It
is a red clayey gravel, with fragments of metamorphics and rare billy in a red-orange-brown sandy clay. It has produced large quantities of fine blue stones, although greens and yellows are not uncommon. Much of the area
has been extensively mined by both old machine operations and small-scale workings. Although many have been abandoned, the area is still extensively held under mining claims and there are numerous residential tenures,
limiting opportunities for fossickers."(1)
A designated spread of a number of areas of sapphire bearing wash, over several kilometres, set aside for collectors (Sapphire, Scrub Lead, Rubyvale, Divide and Reward). There are also a number of commercial and mining operations, some with associated gemcutting and tourist oriented facilities. The sapphire fields are about 60km due west of Emerald, a large coal mining centre.
http://www.nrm.qld.gov.au/mines/fossicking/pdf/sapphire.pdf [Link Broken? Nov 2013]
9 entries listed. 6 valid minerals.
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1. http://www.dme.qld.gov.au/zone_files/fossicking_pdf/sapphire_dfl_2007.pdf [Link Broken? Nov 2013]
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Locality Updated: Soufrière Saint Vincent, Saint Vincent, Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesFrom Yannick Verbelen, 8th Dec 2013 23:04:58