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Burning Mountain, Wingen, Brisbane Co., New South Wales, Australia

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View of area currently "burning" from viewing platform

Burning Mountain, Wingen, Brisbane Co., New South Wales, Australia
View of area currently "burning" from viewing platform

Burning Mountain, Wingen, Brisbane Co., New South Wales, Australia
View of area currently "burning" from viewing platform

Burning Mountain, Wingen, Brisbane Co., New South Wales, Australia
 
Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 31° 52' 9'' South , 150° 53' 58'' East
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): -31.869043, 150.899448


Naturally combusting coal seam running underground through a sandstone.
Burning Mountain is contained in a Nature Reserve administered by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

The fire is moving in a generally southerly direction at a rate of about one metre per year. The ‘burnt-out’ zone extends north-easterly for at least 6.5 kilometres from the present zone of burning at Burning Mountain. Thus, if the coal has burned in the past at the current rate, then the fire started probably at most about 6,000 years ago.

Similar rocks occur at Ravensworth, 45 km S of Wingen.

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References

- Rattigan, J. H. (1967): Phenomena about Burning Mountain, Wingen, N.S.W.. Aust. J. Earth Sciences 30, 183-184.

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