Gympie Petrified Post

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1. Geologist Liam Fromyhr addresses family groups gathered at our research site, as he brings an unusual object from the old Gympie Gold Mine.
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 2. Students get to see close up the petrified post infilled with silica that Liam is talking about.
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3. This post section was placed in the mine as a support in the 1950's, then the mine was shut and flooded after 1956.
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 4. The straight edges of the wall boards can be seen above, as can the still-in-place copper wire, which was part of the electrical system of the mine.
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5.  Wooden splinters are still found along the edge of the stone post infill, where it has been in contact with the wall boards.
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 6. This wood can still be burned, Liam reports, even though the in-filling is silica or chalcedony.
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 7. Whilst many pipe spaces in bores and in mines are rapidly filled with calcium carbonate, this deposit of silica is very unusual.

This cross-section shows the agate banding which has occurred in the board spaces and is again indicative that you don't need time to produce such deposits, you need a process. If the right conditions exist for the process,
then it can happen relatively quickly.

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