Science & Environment
The iridescent purple-blue bornite crystal is not only a critical resource for South Australia, but is also an important addition to any mineral collectors’ repertoire.
The ore is most recognisable for its blue and purple hues, akin to the magnificent feathers of the peacock.
A zircon mineral from WA is the oldest known matter in the world, confirming that Earth is 4.4b years old, scientists say.
Fossicking has a long history in Australia, and travellers still try their luck at striking it rich.