Russell Island Queensland Australia

Russell Island was named after the British Secretary of State for Colonies, Lord John Russell. In 1871-72 farm lots were sold on the island, the quality of the soil being a strong attraction. Sugar cane and pineapples were grown, and cattle and pigs were raised. A sawmill was kept supplied from natural stands of trees onContinue reading “Russell Island Queensland Australia”

Macleay Island Queen Island Australia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macleay_Island Macleay Island is an island located in Moreton Bay, South East Queensland. It is in the Redland City Council Local Government Area and has the postcode 4184. Perulpa Island is a small attached to Macleay Island by a causeway. For some time the island was called Tim Shea’s Island after a convict who lived on the island for more than a decade. The current nameContinue reading “Macleay Island Queen Island Australia”

Mangrove Flats at Lamb island

http://www.redland.qld.gov.au/SiteCollectionDocuments/_Recreation_%20Facilities/Culture_heritage/SMBIHeritageTrailMap.pdf   When the tide is low, the rocky shore of Lamb Island with ancient mangroves twisted in beautiful shapes, gleam in the sunshine and glow in the evening light. http://www.mangrovewatch.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=81&Itemid=300198 Queensland mangroves have always been affected by adverse natural climatic conditions that are manifest seasonally and annually in the first instance, and episodically withContinue reading “Mangrove Flats at Lamb island”

Lamb Island Queensland Australia

  For one island to be known as ‘the treasure of Moreton Bay’ it is quite a feat – considering the wonderful islands in this region. Yet, Lamb Island legitimately claims the title. A tiny island of only two kilometres long, it is the second smallest of the Southern Bay Islands, and has a beautifulContinue reading “Lamb Island Queensland Australia”

Cane Toads in NT and Queensland

http://www.metacafe.com/watch/yt-RpNl8AAFyL4/attack_of_the_cane_toads/ A silent war is raging between the residents of the Northern Territory and a menacing invader. Cane toads have been steadily crossing through the NT for the last 20 years but it was only recently that the frontline reached Darwin. Residents have taken up the responsibility of managing the environment and protecting the nativeContinue reading “Cane Toads in NT and Queensland”

Prehnite..Calcium Aluminium Silicate Hydroxide Mineral

http://www.allaboutgemstones.com/semi-precious_gems_prehnite.html Prehnite (French: Chrysolite du Cap, German: Adilit, Aedelit) is a relatively rare Calcium Aluminum Silicate Hydroxide mineral that was named after Dutch Colonel Hendrik von Prehn (1733-1785), when it was discovered in 1788. Prehnite is a pinacoidal phyllosilicate (Calcium Aluminum Silicate Hydroxide) that typically occurs within cavities of vesicular mafic igneous rock that formed through hydro-thermal action. Prehnite typically occursContinue reading “Prehnite..Calcium Aluminium Silicate Hydroxide Mineral”

Kalkarindji – Wave Hill Station..Fossicking for amethyst, citrine and prehnite

http://gemfossicking.com.au/wavehill_station.html Gemstones found in the Wave Hill area of Kalkarindji include Prehnite, Smokey Quartz, Agate, Jasper, Amethyst, Citrine crystal and Calcite.Extensive areas around here are under lain by volcanic rocks; these basalts contain geodes which decompose and weather out over time to form hollow lava encrusted boulders with their inner surfaces encrusted with crystals. TheseContinue reading “Kalkarindji – Wave Hill Station..Fossicking for amethyst, citrine and prehnite”

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