|Latitude & Longitude (WGS84):||35° 1' 7'' South , 117° 53' 18'' East|
|Latitude & Longitude (decimal):||-35.01866,117.88829|
|Köppen climate type:||Csb : Warm-summer Mediterranean climate|
Mt Clarence is in the centre of Albany on the south coast of Western Australia. From the top are views of a magnificent harbour and mountains inland. It is also the site of an important war memorial and museum.
This is one site out of many along the south coast of Western Australia for epidosite and unakite. The second is locally known as 'albany granite'. Uninteresting in the rough, they make decent specimens when slabbed and polished. Drilling has confirmed the material is also found at least 100 kilometres out into the ocean. It was formed when Australia pulled away from Antarctica.
Adjacent to Boronia Street in central Albany is the remains of an overgrown historic quarry, not used for over one hundred years. It is on the far north-west portion of Mount Clarence, now surrounded by houses, a park with small waterfall using local stone, and rock tors which can be explored further up the hill. A popular tourist attraction called Dog Rock is nearby.
The quarry shows grey syenogranite traversed by fine grained biotite monzogranite, containing sericite, saussurite, clay-epidote-chlorite in biotite, dark hornblende, with sparse zircon and apatite. Several further quarries are on neighbouring Mount Melville.
3 valid minerals.
Rock Types Recorded
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Entries shown in red are rocks recorded for this region.
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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1000 - 1600 Ma
|felsic intrusives 72695|
Age: Mesoproterozoic (1000 - 1600 Ma)
Description: Undifferentiated felsic intrusives; may be strongly deformed
Comments: igneous felsic intrusive; synthesis of multiple published descriptions
Lithology: Igneous felsic intrusive
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). 
|Ectasian - Statherian|
1200 - 1800 Ma
|Paleoproterozoic-Mesoproterozoic crystalline metamorphic rocks|
Age: Proterozoic (1200 - 1800 Ma)
Stratigraphic Name: Biranup Complex
Comments: Albany-Fraser Orogen
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.