The Fault Line 2…

A second one created tonight. This time, one that hasn’t been published anywhere before. The idea just popped into my head!

The Fault Line…

I first created geology themed cartoons back in the late 1990s in a series called The Fault Line, published in the Mineralogical Society of Tasmania newsletters. Time to…

Calcite, Portland, Victoria

A nice little spiky calcite specimen from the Portland Harbour Trust Quarry, Cape Sir William Grant, Portland, Glenelg Shire, Victoria. There are two generations of calcite as can…

Magnetite, Biggenden, Queensland, Australia

Shifting into my monochrome phase. A photo of magnetite crystals from the Biggenden Mine, Queensland. Photo width is 5mm. A stack of 158 images processed through Zerene Stacker.

Monthly Mineral Chronicles Volume 1 Issue 5

Issue 5 of the Monthly Mineral Chronicles is now available on Sorrell Publications.

Monthly Mineral Chronicles Volume 1 Issue 4

Issue 4 of the Monthly Mineral Chronicles is now available on Sorrell Publications.

Zeolites in Tasmania

Zeolites in Tasmania Steve Sorrell 2003 I need to update this! 15 years ago, my photography skills were not that great, nor was the technology, and there have…

A Collector’s Guide to the Minerals of Flinders, Victoria, Australia

Flinders is a well-known collecting locality in southern Victoria, Australia, most notable for its zeolite minerals, particularly gmelinite. This 72 page full-colour publication explores the minerals that have…

Monthly Mineral Chronicles Volume 1 Issue 2 and 3

Issue 2 and Issue 3 of the Monthly Mineral Chronicles are now available on Sorrell Publications.

2019 Mineral Calendar

The 2019 Mineral Calendar, Sulphides and Sulphosalts of Australia, is now available at Lulu for AU$16.99. You should be able to get 15% off using coupon code LKAB317CD…

Monthly Mineral Chronicles…

Issue 1 of the Monthly Mineral Chronicles is now available on Sorrell Publications.

Malbunka Copper Mine, Home of the Azurite Suns

Each year, Dehne and Maureen McLaughlin head up to the Northern Territory from Tasmania, to mine for azurite sun specimens. And each year, Dehne writes about the progress…

Main Lead, Victoria

Main Lead is an area north of Beaufort, Victoria. It was the subject of an early gold rush (Fiery Creek) in the mid 1850s. I was fortunate to…

Australia and New Zealand Micromineral News

This is the download page for issues of the Australia and New Zealand Micromineral News, a publication for those interested in micromounting or microminerals, and particularly in minerals…

Henderson’s Quarry, Ngongotaha, New Zealand

Henderson’s Quarry is a major excavation in volcanic rock on the eastern side of Mount Ngongotaha, near Rotorua on the North Island of New Zealand. Featured image: Henderson’s Quarry,…

Pyramid Hill granite quarry (Mawson’s Quarry), Pyramid Hill, Victoria

A granite quarry in Victoria’s northwest. Featured image: Schorl tourmaline, Pyramid Hill From Mindat – Two quarries, one abandoned, the other operated by E.B. Mawson and Sons, have…

Mooralla, Victoria

Mooralla has long been a famous collecting area, mainly in lapidary circles, and is renowned for its spectacular specimens of smoky quartz. Lesser known is the occurrence of…

Lake Cooper Quarry, Corop, Victoria

Lake Cooper Quarry is situated on the western side of the Corop-Heathcote Road, near to the township of Corop in central Victoria. It is a working quarry producing…

Flinders, Victoria

Flinders is a Dana locality southeast of Melbourne, Victoria, best known for producing large crystals of gmelinite. The basalts are part of the Older Volcanics with a flow…

Duke of Cornwall Mine, Fryerstown, Victoria

The Duke of Cornwall Mine is just outside Fryerstown on the road to Chewton. There are dumps on one side of the road and the ruins of a…

Demon’s Bluff, Anglesea, Victoria

Vivianite nodules up to 20cm across have been found on the beach west of Anglesea on Victoria’s south coast. These are usually water-rounded dark blue nodules that sometimes…

Coimadai Antimony Mine, Victoria

Coimadai (pronounced come-ida) Antimony mine is on Pyrete Creek, a tributary of Goodman’s Creek, about 15 km NNE of Bacchus Marsh. It consists of two lodes, Draper’s and…

Castlemaine, Victoria

The Mount Alexander diggings were located in the central goldfields region of Victoria, in and around the present day city of Castlemaine. The site of one of the…

Camperdown, Victoria

Camperdown, in Victoria’s Western Districts, is best known for it’s volcanoes and farming. But not for gold. However, the 1900 article below indicates that gold was found in…

Bonney Jean Track, Daisy Hill, Victoria

According to Wikipedia, gold was reported at Daisy Hill in 1849, two years before the official finding of gold (at Clunes and Warrandyte). There is no mention of Daisy…

Alfredton, Ballarat, Victoria

Alfredton is a suburb on the western side of Ballarat. In June 2013, a new housing subdivision was under development on the western side of Learmonth Street. Excavation…

Miscellaneous Victorian Deposits

This is where you can find miscellaneous external articles on Victorian localities… Featured image: Ryan Eagle Pegmatite dykes of the Mount Wills district, northeastern Victoria, Australia, Ryan Eagle

Kara Mine, Hampshire, Tasmania

The Minerals of the Kara Mine, Tasmania book (Steve Sorrell and Ralph Bottrill) can be purchased in either paperback or hardback versions from Lulu. Featured image: Andradite, Kara Mine,…

Barite in Tasmania

Introduction Barite (barium sulphate) is a fairly common heavy mineral that often occurs in Pb-Zn ore deposits as a gangue mineral, in sedimentary deposits, and rarely in basalts….

Avebury Nickel Mine, Zeehan, Tasmania

Featured image: Calcite, Avebury Mine The full text and photos of the minerals from Avebury can be found in Issue 2 of the Australian and New Zealand Mineral Collector…

Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania

The Adelaide Mine, Dundas, Tasmania, is famous for its world’s best crocoite. Adam Wright and his partners have been operating it for mineral specimen removal for a number…

Miscellaneous South Australian Deposits

Here are a few external articles on South Australian deposits… Featured image: Old wagon on the edge of the track between Plumbago and Billeroo. Trevor Dart photo. The Billeroo…

The Mt. Biggenden Gold and Bismuth Mine, Queensland

By Eric L Stevens and Steve Sorrell (photos by Steve Sorrell unless otherwise noted) Updated and revised from an article originally published in the Australian and New Zealand…

F-6 cutting at Mt Brown near Dapto, New South Wales

By Eric von Werstak Feature image: F-6 Freeway at Mount Brown looking north where the vughs appeared. Introduction Mount Brown is situated near Dapto in the Illawarra District of the…

The Elura Orebody, New South Wales

The Elura mine (now known as the Endeavour Mine) near Cobar, New South Wales, was well-known in particular for its native silver and mimetite specimens. This 278 page thesis…

Broken Hill Region, New South Wales

Broken Hill based Trevor Dart has written a few articles on localities in his region. These include the following ones on Mindat: Rutile in the Broken Hill District,…

Some Relatively Uncommon Localities in New South Wales

The late Margaret and Keith Brown of Echuca had many trips through New South Wales and Queensland, collecting minerals themselves, or swapping/purchasing with other mineral collectors. This post…

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