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Stromatolites of the Strelley Pool Formation

The Strelley Pool Formation is a sub-section of depositional environments occurring across 11 greenstone belts and spanning 30,000 square kilometers in the east of the Pilbara Craton, Western Australia1. A craton is a portion of a continent, in this case an Archean age sub-continent, of geological stability. The Strelley Pool Formation is located between two …

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Quartz Family

Quartz is a mineral composed of silicon dioxide (SiO2). An abundant mineral, the Quartz family is found commonly all over the world. It develops in various shades, ranging from transparent clarity to opaque, solid colours. It occurs in igneous, metamorphic and clastic rocks (Allaby, 2013), especially in Granite and other felsic formations. It is created …

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Amethyst

Amethyst Facts

Amethyst Facts Amethyst is a variety of quartz, or silicon dioxide (SiO2). It is identified by its striking purple shade, ranging from the palest lilac with hints of pink to the deepest shades of violet and indigo.  Amethyst gets its colour from trace amounts of irradiated iron. This radiation emanates from within the earth, and …

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Ba Ba Si Mining

BA BA Si (translated means 884. It was opened in april 1984 hence 88-4) is a Tin Mine located south of Changsha Hunan province in China. It was quite an experience. Having dropped my 14 year old daughter at the airport, she was flying home unaccompanied via Guangdong airport then to Melbourne, Zhouping , Mr. …

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