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Anakie, Central Highlands Region, Queensland, Australiai
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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
23° 33' South , 147° 45' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal):
Nearest Settlements:
PlacePopulationDistance
Sapphire550 (2013)10.6km
Rubyvale510 (2013)15.5km
Emerald9,398 (2012)41.7km


Anakie is 309km west of Rockhampton and 375km east of Longreach on the Capricorn Highway. At 43km west of Emerald a crossroad leads to Anakie township and to the north a sealed road leads 18km to the small townships of Sapphire and Rubyvale, from where a network of unsealed roads and tracks connect the various mining and fossicking localities. Most are suitable for conventional vehicles except after rain.

Sapphire, Scrub Lead, Rubyvale, Divide and Reward are five of six areas of Designated Fossicking Land on the central Queensland sapphire fields where recreational and tourist fossicking is possible under simple Fossickers Licences without the need to contact the relevant landowners. However, certain types of commercial mining tenures are also allowed in these areas. To provide areas where recreational fossickers and tourists can search for stones without any competition from commercial mining, several Fossicking Areas have also been established over certain areas of mainly shallow wash. The Fossicking Areas (Tomahawk Creek, Middle Ridge, Big Bessie, Graves Hill, Glenalva) are localities set aside for fossickers alone and no further commercial mining tenures have been issued over them. The Designated Fossicking Land (Divide, Rubyvale, Scrub Lead, Sapphire, Reward, Willows) allow both fossicking and specified commercial mining tenures.

Golden yellow, orange and green sapphires have been found up to 70 carats in size. Also star and parti-coloured.

Regions containing this locality

Australian Plate (Australia Plate)Tectonic Plate
Thomson Orogen, AustraliaOrogen
Anakie Province, Thomson Orogen, AustraliaGeologic Province

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Mineral List

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8 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Corundum
Formula: Al2O3
Reference: (1907) Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland XX:p64-78
Corundum var: Ruby
Formula: Al2O3
Reference: (1907) Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland XX:p64-78
Corundum var: Sapphire
Formula: Al2O3
Reference: (1907) Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland XX:p64-78
Diamond
Formula: C
Reference: www.nrm.qld.gov.au/mines/fossicking/sapphire.html
'Garnet Group'
Formula: X3Z2(SiO4)3
Hematite
Formula: Fe2O3
Reference: www.nrm.qld.gov.au/mines/fossicking/sapphire.html
Ilmenite
Formula: Fe2+TiO3
Reference: www.nrm.qld.gov.au/mines/fossicking/sapphire.html
'Limonite'
Formula: (Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Reference: www.nrm.qld.gov.au/mines/fossicking/sapphire.html
Quartz
Formula: SiO2
Reference: (1907) Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland XX:p64-78
Quartz var: Amethyst
Formula: SiO2
Reference: (1907) Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland XX:p64-78
Spinel
Formula: MgAl2O4
Topaz
Formula: Al2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Reference: www.nrm.qld.gov.au/mines/fossicking/sapphire.html
Zircon
Formula: Zr(SiO4)
Reference: (1907) Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland XX:p64-78

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Diamond1.CB.10aC
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Corundum4.CB.05Al2O3
var: Ruby4.CB.05Al2O3
var: Sapphire4.CB.05Al2O3
Hematite4.CB.05Fe2O3
Ilmenite4.CB.05Fe2+TiO3
Quartz4.DA.05SiO2
var: Amethyst4.DA.05SiO2
Spinel4.BB.05MgAl2O4
Group 9 - Silicates
Topaz9.AF.35Al2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Zircon9.AD.30Zr(SiO4)
Unclassified Minerals, Rocks, etc.
'Garnet Group'-X3Z2(SiO4)3
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)

List of minerals arranged by Dana 8th Edition classification

Group 1 - NATIVE ELEMENTS AND ALLOYS
Semi-metals and non-metals
Diamond1.3.6.1C
Group 4 - SIMPLE OXIDES
A2X3
Corundum4.3.1.1Al2O3
Hematite4.3.1.2Fe2O3
Ilmenite4.3.5.1Fe2+TiO3
Group 7 - MULTIPLE OXIDES
AB2X4
Spinel7.2.1.1MgAl2O4
Group 51 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups Only
Insular SiO4 Groups Only with cations in >[6] coordination
Zircon51.5.2.1Zr(SiO4)
Group 52 - NESOSILICATES Insular SiO4 Groups and O,OH,F,H2O
Insular SiO4 Groups and O, OH, F, and H2O with cations in [6] coordination only
Topaz52.3.1.1Al2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Group 75 - TECTOSILICATES Si Tetrahedral Frameworks
Si Tetrahedral Frameworks - SiO2 with [4] coordinated Si
Quartz75.1.3.1SiO2
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Corundum
var: Ruby
-Al2O3
var: Sapphire-Al2O3
'Garnet Group'-X3Z2(SiO4)3
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
Quartz
var: Amethyst
-SiO2

List of minerals for each chemical element

HHydrogen
H TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
H Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
CCarbon
C DiamondC
OOxygen
O Corundum (var: Sapphire)Al2O3
O ZirconZr(SiO4)
O Garnet GroupX3Z2(SiO4)3
O SpinelMgAl2O4
O IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
O TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
O HematiteFe2O3
O Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
O Corundum (var: Ruby)Al2O3
O QuartzSiO2
O Quartz (var: Amethyst)SiO2
O CorundumAl2O3
FFluorine
F TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
MgMagnesium
Mg SpinelMgAl2O4
AlAluminium
Al Corundum (var: Sapphire)Al2O3
Al SpinelMgAl2O4
Al TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Al Corundum (var: Ruby)Al2O3
Al CorundumAl2O3
SiSilicon
Si ZirconZr(SiO4)
Si Garnet GroupX3Z2(SiO4)3
Si TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Si QuartzSiO2
Si Quartz (var: Amethyst)SiO2
TiTitanium
Ti IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
FeIron
Fe IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
Fe HematiteFe2O3
Fe Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
ZrZirconium
Zr ZirconZr(SiO4)

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Quaternary
0 - 2.588 Ma



ID: 857675
colluvium 38491

Age: Pleistocene (0 - 2.588 Ma)

Description: Colluvium and/or residual deposits, sheetwash, talus, scree; boulder, gravel, sand; may include minor alluvial or sand plain deposits, local calcrete and reworked laterite

Comments: regolith; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Regolith

Reference: Raymond, O.L., Liu, S., Gallagher, R., Zhang, W., Highet, L.M. Surface Geology of Australia 1:1 million scale dataset 2012 edition. Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia). [5]

Ordovician - Cambrian
443.8 - 541 Ma



ID: 3190808
Paleozoic sedimentary and volcanic rocks

Age: Paleozoic (443.8 - 541 Ma)

Lithology: Quartzite; metasedimentary/metavolcanic schist

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Data and map coding provided by Macrostrat.org, used under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License

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