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Rej

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Places to find radioactive rocks?
« on: May 16, 2018, 03:08:34 PM »
Hello all,

I've just bought a small Geiger counter kit and am now looking for places to hunt radioactive rocks, ideally around Brisbane or within a few hours drive from Brisbane.

The only "nearby" place I'm aware that has anything interesting is Torrington, which I've been told has Tobernite, (and that's definitely on my list next time I head down that way) but maybe someone knows a place that's closer? I haven't found much discussion on this in my searches. I've read some granites have higher than average concentrations of uranium ores, but I'm not sure if that applies to the formations nearby...

I have bits of zircon and topaz which are slightly above background radiation but I'd like to find something hotter than that.

And no, I'm not looking to stockpile or enrich anything. (move along ASIO / NSA)

Thanks for any info.


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Re: Places to find radioactive rocks?
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2018, 04:40:41 PM »
The person to ask is one of our members Plutonium (appropriate name).

http://aussielapidaryforum.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=443

He has a special interest in radioactive minerals.

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Re: Places to find radioactive rocks?
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2018, 06:15:32 PM »
Indeed, he shows up in every mention of "radioactive" on this forum. I just thought I'd ask publicly instead of PM'ing for  the sake of visibility.

Of course I understand that posting collecting spots on a public forum potentially means lurkers seeing it and ruining it for everyone so I'm happy to accept PM's if it needs to be kept under wraps...

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Re: Places to find radioactive rocks?
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2018, 06:27:32 PM »
If your ever in WA let me now I know a place 400klm east of Perth if interested

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Re: Places to find radioactive rocks?
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2018, 11:56:56 PM »
At the end of WW2 there was quite an extensive search for Radioactive Minerals in the Torrington and Emmaville area, with quite a few minerals found... Gadens Mine was one place that was looked at... And just up the road(400m) was a Torbernite Mine... I have the Report somewhere about that search for RA Minerals... Dave Innes at Inverell also has a Collection of RA Minerals and a few of them are from local areas...

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Re: Places to find radioactive rocks?
« Reply #5 on: May 17, 2018, 10:18:00 AM »
Thanks guys.

Gemster, if you get a second, I'd love to see that report.

Ron at the Emmaville museum put some dots on the Torrington mud map for me last time I was down there about Tobernite near Blather Ck., but that's about it.

I'm just doing some Googling about Gaden's Mine and reading John's blog post on it, it seems there's lots of small old mines in the area that would be worth a look, thanks for the tip!

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Re: Places to find radioactive rocks?
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2018, 12:05:14 PM »
No worries Rej. ;)... PM me your Email address and I will send it to you.... Have you had a look on Mindat for RA minerals?.....

https://www.mindat.org/

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Re: Places to find radioactive rocks?
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2018, 05:42:33 PM »
 I have a few RA shinnies in my collection, Torbanite , and one other. Who's name I can not recall

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