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Sapphire Fossicking area, Anakie, Central Highlands Region, Queensland, Australiai
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Sapphire Fossicking areaArea
Anakie- not defined -
Central Highlands RegionRegion
QueenslandState
AustraliaCountry

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):
23° 28' 1'' South , 147° 43' 2'' East
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The area around Sapphire 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.

Regions containing this locality

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

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Standard Detailed Strunz Dana Chemical Elements

Mineral List


7 valid minerals.

Detailed Mineral List:

Corundum
Formula: Al2O3
Reference: www.nrm.qld.gov.au/mines/fossicking/sapphire.html
Corundum var: Sapphire
Formula: Al2O3
Reference: www.nrm.qld.gov.au/mines/fossicking/sapphire.html
Diamond
Formula: C
Reference: www.nrm.qld.gov.au/mines/fossicking/sapphire.html
'Garnet Group'
Formula: X3Z2(SiO4)3
Reference: www.nrm.qld.gov.au/mines/fossicking/sapphire.html
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
Spinel
Formula: MgAl2O4
Reference: www.nrm.qld.gov.au/mines/fossicking/sapphire.html
Topaz
Formula: Al2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
Reference: www.nrm.qld.gov.au/mines/fossicking/sapphire.html
Zircon
Formula: Zr(SiO4)
Reference: www.nrm.qld.gov.au/mines/fossicking/sapphire.html

List of minerals arranged by Strunz 10th Edition classification

Group 1 - Elements
Diamond1.CB.10aC
Group 4 - Oxides and Hydroxides
Corundum4.CB.05Al2O3
var: Sapphire4.CB.05Al2O3
Hematite4.CB.05Fe2O3
Ilmenite4.CB.05Fe2+TiO3
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
Unclassified Minerals, Mixtures, etc.
Corundum
var: Sapphire
-Al2O3
'Garnet Group'-X3Z2(SiO4)3
'Limonite'-(Fe,O,OH,H2O)

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 SpinelMgAl2O4
O IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
O ZirconZr(SiO4)
O Garnet GroupX3Z2(SiO4)3
O TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
O HematiteFe2O3
O Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
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 CorundumAl2O3
SiSilicon
Si ZirconZr(SiO4)
Si Garnet GroupX3Z2(SiO4)3
Si TopazAl2(SiO4)(F,OH)2
TiTitanium
Ti IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
FeIron
Fe IlmeniteFe2+TiO3
Fe HematiteFe2O3
Fe Limonite(Fe,O,OH,H2O)
ZrZirconium
Zr ZirconZr(SiO4)

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