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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 5:52 pm 
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hey guys

im new to fossicking and was wondering if anyone knows any good web sites that i can read to help find locations (eg hills or mountains, where in rivers, what minerials, etc) and what rock to look for (eg type, age, looks like).

if anyone knows i live in brisbane australia and have been thinking of fossicking around the glasshouse mountains (outside the national parks of cause) and west of mt tamberine. from what i can find on government geological maps there is a lot of black coal, some silver and gold deposits, and at mt tamberine the is a huge thunder egg deposit. am i just barking up the wrong tree?

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Hi Lanchie!
Well, although I wasn't able to locate a paleontologyonline.com, I did fine this:
http://geology.er.usgs.gov/paleo/paleonet.shtml

Should be able to pick out a few bones from this list. :wink:


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Cough cough,
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Lanchie, you might need to expand your horizons closer to home and lengthen your time on the puta. :wink: eg more coffee and extra pillow for comfort.
You might find some good info right up your alley on :-$ ALF :-$ :mrgreen:
aussiesapphire.com.au/forum

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A few handy tools:

http://www.dme.qld.gov.au/mines/tenure_maps.cfm

click on the interactive resource maps. It gives you loads of options including the locations of old mines, their tailings are a good way to come up with a few beauties. Claims, leases etc can be found this way as well so you'll be able to keep yourself out of trouble.

A MUST HAVE for the aussie fossicker is a book written by Bill Myatt:

'the how and where to find gemstones in Australia and New Zealand'

you are very lucky, there is a few copies of it sitting at ebay (click on this) at ridiculously low prices.

That book is the best thing that can happen to an Aussie fossicker!


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thanks tim just bought the book and its just around the corner from my parents house too. had a quick look at the other site too, thats looks like a more indept look too.

thanks for all your replies guys very much appreciated


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excellent! When I just checked it there was three copies available, one I bought myself, you got the second one...

... and however is quickest will get the third!!!

Doug? Merryn?


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:oops: I stand corrected.
I always thught a fossicker was looking for fossils.
Oh, geesh. I've probably screwed those instructions up 1000 times.
:oops: :oops: :oops:

Kinda sounds like fossil.


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Barbra Voltaire wrote:
:oops: I stand corrected.
I always thught a fossicker was looking for fossils.


:lol: The age-old problem of several (English-speaking) nations separated by a common language.

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Thanks for thinking of me Tim but fortunately I already have it.
Glad you've got one for when you come back.
So Doug, you're in with a chance :wink:

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I don't know what your rules our down there but here the govt. is very strict about collecting fossils on state land or in state parks or on govt. land. They can and will confiscate your tools/items and even search your house. it just happened here in N. georgia to a buddy digging for staurolites..he was not digging but just picking them up. The rangers set up a camera and caught him on film and proceded to search his house if not for an injunction that stopped them. it's been all over my rock and min. forums as this individual is a well known collector of mins. The same thing applies to fossils..make sure you are on private land or you check with the rangers or park officials(if you are in a state park) about collecting..rocks, fossils, artifacts. The guy ended up paying $2000 for a lawyer and finally got the case resolved and ended up only paying a $600 dollars fine. All for picking up some rocks on the ground at a place where this has been done for 50 years with no repricusion(spelled wrong I know)

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thanks for your concern amethystguy

here is a link for fossicking in queensland

http://www.dme.qld.gov.au/mines/fossicking.cfm

i've already had a good look at it and am getting a licence as we speak


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