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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): -31.86904,150.89945
Köppen climate type:Cfa : Humid subtropical climate

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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2 valid minerals.

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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Roadian - Kungurian
268.8 - 279.3 Ma

ID: 742502
Bickham Formation

Age: Permian (268.8 - 279.3 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Bickham Formation

Description: Sandstones and conglomerates

Comments: sedimentary siliciclastic; synthesis of multiple published descriptions

Lithology: Sedimentary siliciclastic

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]

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

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