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Coober Pedy Opal

Coober Pedy is an Aboriginal word that means "Man In A Hole."


People wonder why a bloke would put himself through the difficulties and hardships to mine opals by hand. This is why.


This one was bought by my Grandfather in the mid 60s, when a trip to Coober Pedy took seven days and Alice Springs was a 2 week expedition away. In those days it was quicker to sail to Darwin than it was to drive, and opals had very little value. This one is 25mm x 15mm. Mum wears it.

This isn't a black opal. They are only found at Lightning Ridge.
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  • The Rings Of Earth

    I suspect the gravitation of the Moon would kill the rings.

  • SCIENCE! and Ozone

    Just before Christmas I mentioned a test rig we has set up at work to test a new ozone generator. Yesterday we entered the shed for the first time…

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