Thursday, May 28, 2009

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Red Beetle at Mt Isa.
He was walking the path outside The Overlander

Small Dog

Mostly the dogs you see here are huge. They are working dogs or guard dogs.
They are tied in yards and they bark and bark as you pass.
I walk in the centre of he road because I am scared of the huge dogs barking and following me.
There are a very few small dogs.
This pup was there for a few weeks and now he is not here anymore.
Small dogs seem to not be around very long in the Outback.

Little Birds

Birds huddle together on the high wires


Dead Gums have a beauty in the twisted and dried shapes of the branches.
There are dead trees in the streets and they stand there a memorial to a past when they were fresh and young with birds nesting in the shade of their leaves.
Today a sad memory provides the occasional perch for a wandering galah

People in the Outback

People come to work here from all over the world.
There are many different nationalities working in the Mines and in the services in Cloncurry.
These two paintings represent the different people of the Outback.
Sisters represents the friendships formed by women who live alone and have to create their own groups and liaisons. Interactions shows the interactions of women as they create their own lives in an Outback Society.
The Outback lures people to work for the high wages and the special conditions of work. The women come as independent workers and work in the same trades as the men.
Many come with partners, but soon they too seek to belong to the Community through interactions.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Butterflies at Mary Kathleen Park

Butterflies hide in the shadows of the trees.
They are very beautiful


After the Rains, the desert has come alive with flowers.
There are many small and tiny flowers everywhere that are delicate yet hardy.
There are no bees, or very few bees, so the plants have to rely on their own method of fertilization, and they bloom in abundance incompact groupings...Gum blossoms, flame tree and golden Rain Tree, and many weeds with sharp seedpods and colorful flowers.

Mary Kathleen Tourist Park and Farm Museum Cloncurry

Mary Kathleen Park and Picnic/Barbecue Area includes an Outdoor display which includes steam engines, a traction engine and farm and Mining Machinery from the Cloncurry area.
Also on display is the unique 1941 Ford Rail Ambulance which was used when roads were impassable.
Included here are the buildings and memorabilia from the former Uranium-mining town of Mary Kathleen, local history and photographs.
There is a comprehensive rock and mineral display.

The historic Police station was previously at Oona and then Dobbyn. This building was moved to Mary Kathleen and now serves as a kiosk, souvenir shop and Tourist Information Centre

Phone (07) 4742 1361

Teacher Tour to Xstrada Mine C,oncurry

Photos taken of the Teachers in Cloncurry who attended the Mines Tour at Xstrada Mine

End of Race 2 at Cloncurry Races

Race Two was 2 hours late, as a complaint after Race 1 by a Jockey meant the track had to be graded, making it a very dusty finish.

Ladymaggic at the Cloncurry Races

As I was taking photos, I was not photographed
However, a young man asked to be photographed with me, and I obliged.
Here is the photo for those who want to see me at the Races.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Trainers and Horses

The Stables were on one side to the left, and the trainers had their horses secure and safe. Visitors were able to view the Horses over the fence.
The stables led to the Walking Arena where the horses paraded before the race.
The trainers were friendly and approachable, and you were able to chat to the owners and see the horses before the Race.
It was a very pleasant and friendly Race Meeting

Ladies at The Cloncurry Races

Cloncurry had Races today.
It was interesting to attend an Outback Race Meeting.
I went with the other teachers in the PCYC Bus. Everyone was very festive in Racing clothes and fancy hats. It was a wonderful afternoon.

Fashions at the Cloncurry Race Track

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Trekelano Project Cloncurry

The Trekelano project abuts mining leases held by Barrick that contain the historic Trekelano copper-gold mine and Barrick’s recently commissioned Inheritance pit (Cu-Au).  Metasediments of the Corella Formation lie beneath most of the area, which has reasonable outcrop with only local thin cover present.  The Corella Formation may have contributed to mineralising fluids and, along underlying or adjacent metavolcanics and younger intrusions, been a metal source both regionally and within the project area.  It includes scapolitic (sodium metasomatised) calc-silicate rocks, and mafic and felsic metavolcanics.  The calc-silicates are inferred to have been calcareous rocks prior to metamorphism and metasomatism.  It also includes metasiltstone, marble, schist and ironstone.  The Corella sequence hosts the Tick Hill gold deposit (20 km to the south) and Xstrata’s undeveloped Dugald River Pb-Zn deposit to the north.

Copper-gold fertility is indicated by recorded occurrences within the project.  These occurrences are hosted by calc-silicates and gabbroic breccias within Corella Formation.  Structurally controlled copper-gold mineralisation may localise in a range of possible reactive rocks from fluids related to the IOCG event, including those present or adjacent to the Corella Formation.  Brecciated gabbro east of the Freckle Prospect (Au-Cu) has been mapped as Mt. Philp Breccia.

Aside from Freckle, the project contains the following known prospects which have been explored to varying degrees since around 1970:
  • Mayfields North (Cu);
  • Wallaby (Cu);
  • Brothers (Cu);
  • Bronzewing (Cu-Au); and
  • Slingshot (Cu).

In addition to the proximity of the Trekelano copper-gold mine, the EPM boundary is less than 5 km south east of the historical copper-gold mining centre of Duchess

Geological References Cloncurry

Pirajno, F., Haines, P.W., Hocking, R.M. 2006
Keene Basalt, northwest Officer Basin, Western Australia: tectonostratigrapic setting and implications for possible submarine mineralisation Australian Journal of Earth Sciences 53(6), p1013-1022.
Reference ID: 63022
Keywords: Igneous rocks, Officer Basin, Submarine mineral deposits, Western Australia
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Stratigraphic Names: Adelaide Rift Complex, Antrim Plateau Volcanics, Bangemall Supergroup, Boondawari Formation, Boucaut Volcanics, Browne Formation, Buldya Group, Buldya Group, lower, Buldya Group, upper, Burra Group, Cornelia Sandstone, Disappointment Group, Durba Sandstone, Glenayle Dolerite, Hussar Formation, Kanpa Formation, Keene Basalt, Kulyong Volcanics, Lancer Member, Lungkarta Formation, Paterson Formation, Rudall Complex, Steptoe Formation, Sunbeam Group, Table Hill Volcanics, Wahlgu Formation, Woolnough Member, Wooltana Volcanics
Poynton, D., Simon, G. 2001
CBM -- a new play for the Cooper Basin? IN Hill, K.C.and Bernecker, T. (eds) "Eastern Australasian Basins Symposium: a refocused energy perspective for the future" Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia. Special Publication 1v, p341-349.
Reference ID: 61617
Keywords: Coalification, Cooper Basin, Hydrocarbon potential, Methane, Petroleum play, South Australia
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Stratigraphic Names: Bandanna Formation, Baralaba Coal Measures, Bulli Coal Seam, Merrimelia Formation, Patchawarra Formation, Tongarra Coal Seam, Toolachee Formation, Walloon Coal Measures
Leach, A.S., Wallace, M.W. 2001
Cenozoic submarine canyon systems in cool water carbonates from the Otway Basin, Victoria, Australia IN Hill, K.C.and Bernecker, T. (eds) "Eastern Australasian Basins Symposium: a refocused energy perspective for the future" Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia. Special Publication 1v, p465-473.
Reference ID: 61624
Keywords: Carbonates, Cenozoic, Otway Basin, Submarine canyons, Victoria
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Stratigraphic Names: Clifton Formation, Crayfish Group, Demons Bluff Formation, Gellibrand Marl, Grangeburn Formation, Hanson Plain Sand, Heytesbury Group, Loxton-Parilla Sands, Mepunga Formation, Moorabool Viaduct Formation, Narrawaturk Marl, Newer Volcanics, Nirranda Group, Otway Group, Port Campbell Limestone, Seaspray Group, Sherbrook Group, Shipwreck Group, Wangerrip Group, Whalers Bluff Formation
Large, R.R., McPhie, J., Gemmell, J.B., Herrmann, W., Davidson, G.J. 2001
The Spectrum of Ore Deposit Types, Volcanics Environments, Alteration Halos, and Related Exploration Vectors in Submarine Volcanic Successions: Some Examples from Australia Economic Geology 96(5), p913-938.
Reference ID: 23940
Keywords: Mount Windsor Subprovince, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria
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Stratigraphic Names: Campaspe Formation, Central Volcanic Complex, Darwin granite, Dundas Group, Hellyer basalt, Mount Charter Group, Mount Read Volcanics, Mount Windsor Formation, Murchison granite, Owen Conglomerate, Puddler Creek Formation, Que River Shale, Que-Hellyer Volcanics, Que-Hellyer volcanics, Rollston Range Formation, Seventy Mile Range Group, Southwell Sub-Group, Southwell Subgroup, Trooper Creek Formation, Tyndall Group, Warang Sandstone, White Spur Formation
Carr, P.F., Jones, B.G. 2001
The influence of palaeoenvironment and lava flux on the emplacement of submarine, near-shore Late Permian basalt lavas, Sydney Basin (Australia) Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 112, p247-266.
Reference ID: 23896
Keywords: Basalt, Lava flows, New South Wales, Sydney Basin
250k Maps: SI5609 - Wollongong
100k Maps: 9028 - Kiama
Locations: Kiama
Stratigraphic Names: Berry Formation, Blow Hole Latite Member, Broughton Formation, Illawarra Coal Measures, Kiama Sandstone Member, Rifle Range Sandstone Member, Shoalhaven Group, Westley Park Sandstone Member
Simpson, K., McPhie, J. 2001
Fluidal-clast breccia generated by submarine fire fountaining, Trooper Creek Formation, Queensland, Australia Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 109, p339-355.
Reference ID: 23764
Keywords: Brecciation, Queensland
250k Maps: SF5502 - Charters Towers
100k Maps: 8057 - Homestead
Locations: Charters Towers, Thalanga
Stratigraphic Names: Brittania Basaltic Andesite, Brittania basaltic andesite, Mount Windsor Formation, Puddler Creek Formation, Rollston Range Formation, Seventy Mile Range Group, Trooper Creek Formation
von der Borch, C.C., Dighton, J. 1999
Submarine spring mounds and related deposits in the lower Bunyeroo Formation, northern Flinders Ranges. MESA Journal 15, p35-39.
Reference ID: 23180
Keywords: Adelaide Geosyncline, South Australia
250k Maps: SH5409 - Copley
100k Maps: 6637 - Mount Lyndhurst
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Igneous Rocks Site


An Introduction to Igneous Rocks for the Beginner
     A very simple igneous classification - pdf version for printing

Alphabetical Listing of Igneous Rocks - links to pictures/descriptions

Bowen's Reaction Series and Igneous Rock Forming Minerals
     pdf version
     Magma types - ultramafic, mafic, intermediate, felsic

Strategies of Igneous Rock Classification
     Kinds of Classification - home page
           Color-Texture Classification
           Modal (mineral) classification
           Normative (suite) Classification
     Magma types - ultramafic, mafic, intermediate, felsic

Keys to Igneous Rock Identification - home page
     Composition-Texture Key - pdf version
     Color-Texture Key - pdf version
     Igneous Rock Classification: Mineral Percent Abundance Chart
         (with clickable images) - pdf version

Extrusive and Intrusive Igneous Rocks - home page
     Volcanos and Extrusive Igneous Rocks
     Batholiths, sills, dikes, and other Intrusive Igneous Rock bodies
     Igneous rock recognition and identification

Igneous Rock Formation and Distribution

Igneous Rock Evolution - home page
     Phase Diagrams - home page
            Solid Solution Phase Diagram - eg plagioclase feldspars
           Binary Eutectic Phase Diagram - eg the mafic minerals
     Evolution and Distribution

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Self Test - finding out how much you know

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Cloncurry Skies

Every day the sky is different
Every night the sky changes with different colors.
Today streaks across the sky, tomorrow rolls of frothy clouds or sheets of blue.