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Notes of some geological observations on the West Coast

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posted on 2023-11-22, 10:39 authored by Alexander Montgomery
During a short visit to the mines of the West Coast in March of this year, I was able to make a few cursory observations of some geological features of the ground travelled over; and a few notes and remarks on these I have the honour to lay before you to-night.
On this occasion my route lay from Strahan to Mount Lyell, thence to the Howard Plains and back to Strahan, then on to Trial Harbour, Mount Zeehan, and Mount Dundas, then overland by Corinna and the Heazlewood silver field to Waratah.
The most interesting subject for geological research on the West Coast appears to me to be the relation to one another and to the sedimentary formations of the numerous igneous rocks, and the influence exerted by these upon the mineral contents of the mining districts. These igneous rocks comprise granite, greenstone, serpentinous greenstone, basalt, and a doubtful rock which may be diorite.
are also fossiliferous.
In conclusion, I have to say that these notes are given for what they may be worth as to the facts related in them, for I confess I attach no importance to any theories I have indulged in, and am quite prepared to find that further exploration Will disprove them, or cause them to be altered beyond recognition.


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