Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 02.07.2024 | Filed under:


Specimen # 103052
Mineral: Copper
Location: Rocklands Mine, Cloncurry, Cloncurry Shire, Queensland, Australia
Size: 6.2 x 5.0 x 4.8 cm


Detailed Description

A superb specimen of copper, with branches of sharp, lustrous crystals. Some of the crystals are bright copper-coloured and some have a very colourful patina. Stands perfectly for display as photographed – one of my favourites!

About these Rocklands Mine Copper Specimens

Copper was discovered in the area of present-day Cloncurry in the late 1860s, and many mines have been operated in the district since then. This a semi-arid and hot region, with temperatures sometimes exceeding 50C – these are tough prospecting and collecting conditions! The Rocklands Mine was a relatively recent producer, with the first operations beginning in 2005. It was an open pit operation that exploited a significant sulphide zone and a much smaller oxide zone. These copper specimens were collected during a specimen recovery project in the oxide zone from August to October, 2017. The Rocklands Mine is no longer in operation.

Additional information

Dimensions 51 × 25 × 22 cm