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Rubis australasiens


Sutherland, L and Graham, I and Harris, S and Zaw, K and Meffre, S and Coldham, T and Coenraads, R and Sutherland, G, Rubis australasiens, Revue de l'Association Française de Gemmologie, 197 pp. 13-20. ISSN 0398-9011 (2016) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Rubies occur in sporadic deposits across the continental exposures of Australiasia, although quite subordinate to sapphires, which are actively mined in a few gem fields. The main ruby finds are in alluvial placer deposits shed from Cenozoic basalt fields in eastern Australia, where corundum was brought up by eruptions as resistant crystals from underlying crustal and mantle sources. These rubies all show differences in inclusions, trace element signatures and oxygen isotope values reflecting origins from diverse metamorphic bodies. Barrington Tops rubies show intergrowths with sapphirine and Cr-bearing spinel and supplied a ruby mining venture. Cudgegong-Macquarie River Mg-rich high temperature rubies may represent diamond zone indicators. New England zoned rubies are unusual Ga-rich types, different to most rubies in general. Elsewhere, in central and western Australia, a few ruby finds are known in older metamorphic rocks. At Harts Range, ruby crystals in feldspathic lenses within deformed metamorphic schists and gneisses were worlced for cabochon and specimen material. At Holcitilca, South Island New Zealand, a unique rubyrich metamorphic rock is worlced for ornamental jewellery. Commercial ruby deposits are very limited in Australasia, however, the known ruby finds provide a scientific 'bonanza'.

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Item Type:Professional, Non Refereed Article
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Geology
Research Field:Mineralogy and crystallography
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the earth sciences
UTAS Author:Zaw, K (Professor Khin Zaw)
UTAS Author:Meffre, S (Dr Sebastien Meffre)
ID Code:112424
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:CODES ARC
Deposited On:2016-11-09
Last Modified:2016-11-11
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