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Opalology is the Geology of OpalThe Geology of Opal Country

All the original finds throughout Australia were ‘floaters’ – pieces of opal, which had been eroded out from the horizontal opal levels within the desert sandstones. Weathered out from the high grounds on to the slopes and flats by wind, rain and ground movements over eons of time. Faults are essential to the process of opalisation as they provided channels for the transport of water as well as barriers against water loss after mineralisation commenced.

Opal Miners Hall of Fame

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Coober Pedy miners c1960

'Legends on the Fields'

OPAL MINERS are crazed by the infection of feminine beauty that is the object of their pursuit, the 'Queen of Gems' passionately drives their foolhardiness!

Opal Deposits Around the Globe

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Dubnik Opalised mineral specimen

Opal Planet

Opals form on all continents of the globe and have been sought after worldwide since ancient times.  

Whereas, the Australian opal fields are founded upon sedimentary geology, opals found outside of Australia are predominantly volcanic in origin.

Sea Plankton share the same chemical composition as common opal. Consequently, opal is being deposited on the deep ocean floor where dead Plankton sink and collect everyday. 

Eureka, Shearers Strikes & Opal Rushes

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Blood Diamonds & Battlers

The United Nations General Assembly recognized that conflict diamonds are a crucial factor in prolonging brutal wars in parts of Africa. Fortunately Australia is and always has been a stable country with strong labour rights and a uniquely egalitarian ethic.

During the Great Shearers' Strikes in the 1890s, five hundred shearers were camped just south of Winton in outback Queensland as the town was placed under marshal law. This was not only the beginning of the foundation of the Australian Labor Party, but an opportune time when disaffected men without work were willing to chance their luck; It is by no coincidence that Opalton, 100 kilometers further south, developed into a township of 600 (nearly twice Winton's population) during the Great Opal Rush of 1895.


Sue-White opals29 June 2013
Dear Rainbow Serpent,
Thank you for your email and membership.
It is great to know that you are out there promoting Australia's National gemstone & NSW emblem.
Keep up the good work, I love your concept.
Sue White - Orana Glitz & Glamour Extravaganza Inc Assn.

15 march 2013
Hi Peter,
Colourful characters are key,
your Facebook page and the photos look like there are some fantastic people!
We loved the look of Tarzan of Opalton.
Gemma Brady - Boundless productions.tv

Alexander fink.PhysicsPHD opal28 Nov 2012
I would like to welcome your information page on opal,
with detailed information about nearly everything their is to know in a general term.
Alexander Fink PhD - Dept. of Physics La Trobe University

5 August 2010
Hi from another opal lover.
Just wanted to say I love your site, a wealth of information.
I always send people to your page for opal info.
Kind Regards
Sean Tapner - Planet Opal

8 july 2010
Dear Rainbow Serpent,
Will be recommending your website as a primary reference to 15 Macquarie Uni media students who will be doing a PR project for us as part of their assessment soon.
Best wishes
Renata - Opalminded

Opalminded recommend opalsinformation6 June 2010
Dear Rainbow Serpent, 
Greetings from Opal Minded In Sydney.
We are all very impressed with your website – one of the best things that has happened to this Industry for a long time. 
We would love to share it with the visitors to our website. 
Would you mind If we post with us links to your website, 
also on our facebook and twitter. 
Best wishes
Renata, John, Nelly, Fabrice and Summer

Fri, Apr 16, 2010 
Good Morning,
I have just found your wonderful website.
I produce a monthly e-newsletter which is circulated to the Tourism businesses in Coober Pedy and neighbouring stations plus the Info Centres around SA & the NT.
I wondered if I could use some of your Opal info in my October Edition (Opal Month), mainly the parts in your “About Opal” section – names, spiritual info etc.
I would obviously reference it to your website noting the address so others could read your site. 
Sandra Harris
Tourism Officer - Coober Pedy Information Centre

5 April 2010
I am wanting to use your site in an assignment as it is a superb example
of a site to use for a primary teaching unit on gemstones.
Many thanks,