What is a Tektite?

By Charli Lundholm EarthGallery.com The origin of tektites, also called impact or meteoric glass, is still debated by scientists. Some people feel they were originally meteoric material that become separated from it’s iron content as it came through our atmosphere. Others think that as meteorites have impacted the earth, the surrounding rock, or pieces of […]

Why are Geodes Hollow?

By Neville Ryan When I was showing a friend a beautiful Brazilian Amethyst geode he asked me why they were hollow. After stumbling around and mumbling about volcano’s, I had to admit that I really wasn’t sure.  A bit embarrassing to say the least, so I decided to find out how they actually were formed. […]

Hazards of Mining in the Australian Bush-Part 2

By Neville Ryan   While Australia didn’t have have the problems surrounding the mining of CRYSTALS in South America or the difficulties of mining MINERALS in the Africa or even the problems faced by LAPIS miners in Afghanistan, we did have our own set of problems mining in north west Western Australia.  As people travel through the Australian bush in the northwest they often remark […]

The Hunt for Tiger Iron-Mining in the Australian Bush “In the Good Old Days”-Part 6

By Neville Ryan Tiger Iron is dramatically different to Tiger Eye, both in looks and in mining procedure. Tiger Eye mining involved a lot of prospecting and testing to find the right seams of material and could be found over a wide area of the Hamersley Ranges.  Tiger Iron however, which is a combination of […]

The Hunt for Tiger Eye – Mining in the Australian Bush in “The Good Old Days”-Part 3

By Neville Ryan The stories in this series are a compilation of events that took place over several trips while mining Tiger Eye, Snakeskin Jasper and Rainforest Jasper in the Pilbara region of northwest Western Australia. We were about 250 miles from the nearest town driving the truck and towing the generator across a flat, […]

The Hunt for Tiger Eye ( or Mining in the Australian Bush in “The Good Old Days”) – Part 1

By Neville Ryan The stories in this series are a compilation of events that took place over several trips while mining Tiger Eye, Snakeskin Jasper and Rainforest Jasper in the Pilbara region of northwest Western Australia. When most people hear the word mining they imagine huge machines churning the earth, giant trucks moving many tons […]