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May 31, 2020

Mount Coot-tha Building Stones

  A few weeks ago, I put up a blog post about a Gold Mine Hike at Mount Coot-tha in Brisbane, Australia.  I wrote that the gold was found in meta-sedimentary rocks, but I didn’t show any good pictures of the rocks. This is because the rocks are highly weathered and also mostly covered with vegetation in the area where the hike is located. This morning I went with my …

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April 30, 2020

Gold Mine Hike at Mount Coot-tha, Brisbane, Australia

Considering the COVID-19 travel restrictions at the moment, my ability to go on georneys (geological journeys) is very limited at the moment. However, here in Australia we are fortunate that we can still go outside for some recreation, as long as we stay close to home. We live close to Mount Coot-tha, a mountain with a beautiful forest reserve and botanic garden. Most weekends, I go for a hike with …

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February 5, 2018

Monday Geology Picture: Gold Train

This week I’m sharing a picture of a bullion coach, or a special train that was used to transport gold from the mines in the Johannesburg area to the seaside towns of Durban and Cape Town in South Africa. This particular train is on display at Gold Reef City, a gold mining themed amusement park. You can go and see the train yourself if you visit the park. Gold theft …

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February 3, 2016

Book Review: Diamonds, Gold, and War

Earlier this week I shared a picture of a few books on diamonds that are on my current reading list. I’ve also mentioned in a couple of previous posts that I’d like to share with you a little information about some of the geology-themed books that I’ve read recently. Today I’ll be blogging about the first book, which is titled Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the …

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July 23, 2013

Accretionary Wedge #58: Signpost Outside of Nome, Alaska

I’m currently in Nome, Alaska for another season of fieldwork. So, if I’m a bit scarce around here over the next several weeks, that’s why. However, I hope to share a few pictures from Alaska now and then. Here’s one to start things off. While driving around the Nome area today, I ran across this fun signpost. I think that it is a perfect entry for Accretionary Wedge #58! Don’t …

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June 17, 2013

Monday Geology Picture(s): Gold Vending Machine, Dubai

This week I’m continuing with sharing some pictures from my January 2012 trip to visit my friend Karima in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. One day we drove over to Dubai for some sightseeing. We drove around, did some shopping, and visited the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. When we were at the Burj Khalifa, I noticed a strange vending machine: one that sells gold! Specifically, the vending machine …

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June 3, 2013

Monday Geology Picture(s): Golden Dessert at the Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi

For this week’s “Monday Geology Picture” post, I’m continuing with sharing some pictures from my trip to the United Arab Emirates in January 2012. I’ve already shared some pictures of kayaking in Abu Dhabi and of the stunning decorative stones of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. One day while I was in Abu Dhabi, my friend Karima and I went to the impressive and opulent Emirates Palace Hotel. According to …

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April 15, 2013

Monday Geology Picture(s): Gold Reef City– Some Historical Views

This week I’m sharing the last pictures from my September 2012 visit to Gold Reef City, Gold Reef City, a gold mining themed amusement park in Johannesburg, South Africa. The amusement park is built on the site of an old gold mine, and these pictures provide some insight into what life was like on the mine in days gone by. There is a museum with some pictures and information on …

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April 8, 2013

Monday Geology Picture(s): Gold Reef City– Trains

I have a few more pictures to share with you from my September 2012 visit to Gold Reef City, a gold mining themed amusement park in Johannesburg, South Africa. Check out some of my previous “Monday Geology Picture” posts for some more pictures from the park. This week I’m sharing some pictures of trains. One of the things that I like about Gold Reef City is that there are trains …

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April 1, 2013

Monday Geology Picture(s): Gold Reef City– Some Rides

After passing through the mining themed entrance, enjoying an underground mine tour, watching a gold pouring demonstration, and panning for gold, my husband and I decided to enjoy some of the rides during our visit to Gold Reef City, a mining-themed amusement park in Johannesburg, South Africa. We visited the theme park back in September 2012. The first ride that we went on was some sort of crazy rollercoaster where …

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