Upper scamander area what gemstones mite be found

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Upper scamander area what gemstones mite be found

Postby Adzy84 » Wed Jun 08, 2016 1:01 am

Hi just wanting to know if there are any gemstones around the upper scamander area out the back of the forestry I have past a few creeks out there and just want to know if it's worth while

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Re: Upper scamander area what gemstones mite be found

Postby mfdes » Wed Jun 08, 2016 9:48 am

You might find topaz in the granite areas. Look for old alluvial tin diggings.

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Re: Upper scamander area what gemstones mite be found

Postby pdantix » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:31 am

Which brings me to something I've been wondering, how does an untrained eye spot said alluvial tin diggings??

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Re: Upper scamander area what gemstones mite be found

Postby Albertross » Wed Jun 08, 2016 11:33 am

Would be worth a look,I read on this forum that black sand was found behind scamander,so possibally some gold aswell.

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Re: Upper scamander area what gemstones mite be found

Postby mfdes » Wed Jun 08, 2016 12:13 pm

Yes, gold was found in the upper Scamander River valley in the 19th Century, and there were a few short-lived mines: Trafalgar, Golden Ridge, Queen of the Earth... All near Hogans Track.
If you're looking for old diggings, pay attention to the creek banks. Does the ground look disturbed? Do the banks look artificially constructed. Are there dry stone walls where the old timers stacked the rocks from the creek. Can you see piles of forkings? Any of these signs could mean the area was mined for tin. If you take a drive up the Golden Fleece Rivulet area behind St Helens you'll see what the landscape looks like.

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Re: Upper scamander area what gemstones mite be found

Postby pdantix » Wed Jun 08, 2016 8:03 pm

Thanks, Miguel :)

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Re: Upper scamander area what gemstones mite be found

Postby Adzy84 » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:24 pm

Thanks heaps for the information I wait for things to dry up abit first I am going for a look tomorrow on a mates property he has 650 acres with two creeks running down it will post pics if I find any thing

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