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Mind-boggling force, rocks that bend

Some people think the world is a messed-up place. I prefer to stay optimistic but, I have to admit, when it comes to the rocks beneath our feet, it’s a pretty accurate view. These anticlines are just a selection of … Continue reading

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Cootamundra: it looks great, but it’s getting to be a menace

Cootamundra wattles: they’re all over the place. The species is native to a small area of NSW around Cootamundra, but has been planted widely in Victoria. It’s become a bit of a weed, and is capable of suffocating areas of … Continue reading

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Looking down into the distant past

Geology creeps into everyday life in the sneakiest ways. Take Castlemaine’s gutters and buildings; they exhibit a gallery of local rocks. At Stonemans Bookroom corner, deep gutters are paved with sandstone blocks and a dash of Harcourt granite along the … Continue reading

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2022 walks program

The 2022 FOBIF walks program is now on the website. The first walk is on Sunday 20 March. All walks start at the Community House in Templeton Street at 9.30am apart from the July 17 Long Walk led by Jeremy … Continue reading

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2022 FOBIF memberships due

Our annual newsletter with this year’s walks program and the 2022 membership renewal form has been sent to Friends of the Box-Ironbark members. For those who don’t receive this in the mail or new members, there is a 2022 renewal/join … Continue reading

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New Year fireworks 110,000 BC: Lalgambook!

Mt Franklin, or Lalgambook, is a volcanic scoria cone with a wonderfully preserved crater. Lalgambook was once thought to be 470,000 years old but a more accurate and surprising date was published in 2013; it turns out to be amongst … Continue reading

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Another year for FOBIF

About 20 members and supporters of FOBIF came to the last Monday’s end of the year BBQ in Walmer. It was an enjoyable evening with great food and lots of laughter.  FOBIF members will receive a newsletter with the 2022 … Continue reading

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Liquid gold!

Quartz Hill is the site of some of the earliest reef mining in the Castlemaine area. Just 2km north of Chewton, it was one of a handful of huge quartz outcrops that demanded miners’ attention. The problem is not all … Continue reading

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Reminder: FOBIF breakup is next week

The annual FOBIF breakup is on at 6 pm on 13 December at Bronwyn Silver’s place, 1036 Muckleford-Walmer Road. All members and supporters are welcome. BYO *  food to share, including something for the BBQ if you like *  plates, … Continue reading

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Guildford Plateau – an upside-down landscape

We don’t often see mesa-like hills in Victoria but the Guildford Plateau is a wonderful example. The story starts around 40 million years ago when the ancient Loddon River carved its way from the Glenlyon headwaters. This was a vigorous … Continue reading

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