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Collecting in Australia- click here to read Graham Frasers report.

Collecting in Australia, part 2-click here to read more!

MinDat presently lists 36 mineral species from this locality while another site list as many as fifty-two (but the larger number is a result of listing Adamite, Cuprian Adamite, etc. These duplicate entries are not included). Combining the two lists results in 58 different species. Little has been done to describe or identify the fluorescent minerals from these unique deposits.
For a list of all the minerals noted as found in the Puttapa/Beltana deposits, go to MinDat and an article on fossicking at Puttapa (Fossicking for minerals at the Puttapa Zinc Mine, South Australia- by Patrick C. Murphy & James N. Murphy)
Fluorescence
Very little professional work has been done to identify the wild fluorescent colors found in specimens from Puttapa, Aroona and the surrounding mines. Willemite is fluorescent (and phosphorescent) green but I have also seen a bluish/white fluorescence which may also be willemite (under MW both the green areas and the blue/wht/peach areas fluoresce a yellow color- which could be willemite or? ).
 Aragonite reportedly is fluorescent blue/white in these pieces, but Hedyphane is also reported to fluoresce that color. Calcite fluoresces a bright reddish/orange and might fluoresce a dark purple.
Often there are two to four colors of phosphorescence- white, green, blue and yellow. The green is likely willemite, while the white could be aragonite, hedyphane could be the blue while the yellow is still one of the many unknowns.
 
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Puttapa Zinc Mine

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Wonderful introduction set to fluorescent minerals from Australia. 14 Specimens are attached to a black wood plaque cut into the shape of Australia. A black envelope on the back has mineral descriptions and information about Australia.
Item Code: ausminset1 $40.00

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This specimen is very exceptional under SW and MW with a mild longwave response. Every side is a kaleidoscope of (red, green, blue,yellow and white) vivid colors and wild patterns. Incredible long lasting green and blue/white phosphorescence.

Specimen is EXTRA LARGE and care should be taken when placing in a display. Size is 4.5"x 6"x 7" and weighs 8 pound 6oz. Could be broken up into many choice specimens.

Item Code: aus1042 $700.00

 

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This specimen is exceptional under SW and MW. Every side is a kaleidoscope of colors and patterns. Incredible long lasting phosphorescence.

Extra large specimen is 3"x 4"x 6" and weighs 4 pound 8 oz.

Item Code: aus1045 $275.00

 

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This specimen is exceptional under SW and MW. Every side is a kaleidoscope of colors (red, green, blue,yellow and white)  and patterns. Choice Willemite ore specimen. Excellent multi-color phosphorescent response.

Specimen is 3.5"x 4.5"x 6" and weighs 4 pound 6 oz.

Item Code: aus1046 $450.00

 

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This specimen is exceptional under SW and MW. Every side is a kaleidoscope of vivid colors (red, green, blue,yellow and white)  and wild patterns. Excellent multicolor phosphorescent response.

Specimen is 2.75"x 3"x 5" and weighs 2 pound 1 oz.

Item Code: aus1047 $200.00

 

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This specimen is exceptional under SW and MW. Every side is a kaleidoscope of vivid colors and wild patterns. Excellent enduring phosphorescent response.

Specimen is 2.5"x 3"x 4.75" and weighs 1 pound 4 oz.

Item Code: aus1048 $75.00

 

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Specimen is 3"x 3"x 4.25" and weighs 2 pounds 5 oz.

Item Code: aus1020 $200.00

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One of the few museum grade specimens to arrive from Australia. This outstanding specimen is exceptional under SW and MW. Every side is a kaleidoscope of bright multi-colors and exceptionally wild patterns. Excellent multi-color phosphorescent response.

Extra large museum quality specimen is 5"x 5.5"x 6" and weighs 7 pounds 6 oz.

Item Code: aus1033 $1,000.00

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One of the few museum grade specimens to arrive from Australia. This "TOP SHELF" specimen is exceptional under SW, MW and LW. Every side is a kaleidoscope of colors (red, green, blue,yellow,white and more)  and wild patterns. Excellent longlasting multicolor phosphorescence! This extra large specimen should be in your  home as a collection center piece.

Extra large museum quality specimen is 4"x 5"x 6" and weighs 5 pounds 5 oz.

Item Code: aus1034 $1,200.00

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One of the few museum grade specimens to arrive from Australia. This specimen is exceptional under SW and MW. Every side is a kaleidoscope of colors  (red, green, blue,yellow and white) and patterns. This extra large specimen would find a home as a collection center piece. 

Specimen is 3"x 4.75"x 5" and weighs 3 pounds 14 oz.

Item Code: aus1035 $475.00

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This specimen is exceptional with ribbons and veins of color. Enduring phosphorescence.

Specimen is 1.75"x 4"x 4" and weighs 1 pound 7 oz.

Item Code: aus1039 $125.00

Deposit Geology:

The Puttapa Zinc Mine
of South Australia by Mark Cole  MinerShop  10/30/11.
Edited to fit this space by Darwin Warriner. To see the complete text, go to the Minershop web site.
A relatively unknown and obscure zinc deposit in a remote area of the Australian Outback has recently become famous for producing dramatic fluorescent specimens of willemite mixed with several other minerals.
These pieces exhibit bright fluorescence, most with 4+ colors, extreme phosphorescence also in multiple colors, and wild patterns of color. Introduced to the market in limited quantities at the annual Fluorescent Mineral Society (FMS) meeting during the 2011 Tucson Show, they have been a big hit.
The Puttapa deposit was first mined in 1974. It has been known as the Beltana Mine, EZ Mine, the Pasminco mine, and currently the Perilya Beltana Mine. Puttapa is an open-pit mine, located near the historic (and now ghost) town of Beltana, just south of a small coal-mining town called Leigh Creek (pop. 549) and about 1,300 kilometers west of Sydney. Mining ceased there in January 2008 and all the ore from this high-grade zinc silicate deposit was shipped directly to smelters. As of 2007, the total resource was estimated to be 972,000 tons of ore. The mine is owned by Perilya and it is likely that they will resume mining in a couple of years following the 2010 discovery of a large extension to the known ore body at North Moolooloo, a couple of miles from Puttapa. North Moolooloo is very high-grade ore, estimated to contain 74,000 tons of recoverable zinc.
Zinc and lead-mineralized rock is found throughout the Adelaide Geosyncline (a sedimentary basin formed in Proterozoic/Cambrian time). The Puttapa Deposit, one of the highest-grade zinc deposits in the world, is situated in the northwestern part of this area, in the highly fossilferous Wilkiwillina Limestone. The principal ore mineral is willemite, surrounded by an intense hematite-dolomite alteration halo. Other major ore minerals found in the Beltana/Aroona/Puttapa deposits include smithsonite, coronadite, hedyphane, and mimetite. The major gangue minerals are manganocalcite, dolomite and quartz. Willemite ore occurs as a white cement, lining large cavities in a reddish clay/siltstone argillic matrix, as laminates embedded in this reddish siltstone, radiating clusters, zebra textures and as a direct replacement of fossils and algae layers (often referred to as radiating willemite). Arsenic and lead are mostly found in hedyphane, occurring as a greenish, coarse-grained replacement of cavity fillings and as white hexagonal crystals (up to 1 cm) in cavities. Lead minerals in fractures and as void fillings seem to crosscut willemite. Calcite and dolomite also crystallized in these cavities, along with hedyphane which is sometimes overgrown by calcite in the vugs. Coronadite (a manganese mineral) occurs in veins and is the main Pb mineral in the matrix. (Formation of Willemite in Hydrothermal Environments, Joel Brugger et all)
For a detailed study of the Beltana/Puttapa deposit visit:
http://web.mac.com/minmetsol/iWeb/jbrugger/Research/Litterature/MyPapers/2003_Willemite_paper.pdf
MinDat presently lists 36 mineral species from this locality while another list as many as fifty-two (but the larger number is a result of listing Adamite, Cuprian Adamite, etc. These duplicate entries are not included). Combining the two lists results in 58 different species. Little has been done to describe or identify the fluorescent minerals from the deposits.
For a list of all the minerals noted as found in the Puttapa/Beltana deposits, go to MinDat and an article on fossicking at Puttapa (Fossicking for minerals at the Puttapa Zinc Mine, South Australia- by Patrick C. Murphy & James N. Murphy)
Fluorescence
Very little professional work has been done to identify the wild fluorescent colors found in specimens from Puttapa and the surrounding mines. Willemite is fluorescent green but I have also seen a bluish/white fluorescence which may also be willemite (under MW both the green areas and the blu/wht areas fluoresce a yellow color). So far, willemite is very phosphorescent.
Aragonite reportedly is fluorescent blue/white in these pieces, but Hedyphane is also reported to fluoresce that color. Calcite fluoresces a bright reddish/orange and might fluoresce a dark purple.
Some of the willemite fluoresces yellow under both MW and LW (strongest under MW).
Often there are two colors of phosphorescence  blue and green. Occasionally a third color yellow is observed. The green and yellow is likely willemite, while the blue could be aragonite?

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