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Australia and New Zealand Micromineral News: Issue 10

Minerals from Jindivick, Victoria John Haupt An abandoned basalt quarry at Jindivick has produced a number of interesting zeolite minerals. Mineralogical Society (Victoria) member, Bob McPherson, drew the society’s attention to the quarry at Jindivick in 1983. It was investigated and became a popular collecting locality during the 1980s to the mid-1990s.

Above: A Mineralogical Society of Victoria field trip to the Jindivick Quarry, October 1988.

The Minerals A summary of the minerals found at Jindivick follows. Additional information on these is contained in the references, Birch (1987; 1988) & Haupt (1989) and hence it is not repeated here. Analcime was uncommon at Jindivick and usually occurred as small glassy crystals lining small cavities in the basalt. It was commonly associated with levyne. Calcite was relatively common at Jindivick, occurring in several forms and colours. Attractive micros of yellowish brown slender tapering crystals were found with either white ‘cubes’ of calcite or sprays of thomsonite perched on the terminations (see photographs). Pinkish club shaped calcite sprays are often overgrown with white calcite crystals. Calcite also forms lustrous clear crystals and less commonly, deep orange-red ‘dog-tooth’ crystals. January, 2015

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Australia and New Zealand Micromineral News #10  

Issue 10 of the Australia and New Zealand Micromineral News, a publication for those interested in micromounting or microminerals, and parti...

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