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Antarctic Anthracite Coal
Antarctica has long been of interest to adventurers, explorers, and geologists - as it is the coldest, windiest and driest continent on Earth. In 1962, a group of geologists went down to Antarctica in search of coal. They blasted their way into a coal bed, located at Terrace Ridge, near Mt. Schopf. (Mt. Schopf elevation (2990m) was named after James Morton Schopf, a paleobotonist, palynologist, and coal geologist. Mt. Schopf is located in the Ohio Range, near Discovery Ridge, and is a part of the Trans-Antarctic Mountains. The Ohio Range forms the northeast end of the Horlick Mountains.
The coal from the Dirty Diamond Mine served well as a scientific study for researching the grade and economic potential of mining in Antarctica, during the 1960's. Presently there are several international Antarctica Treaties protecting Antarctica and its resources. The treaty was signed in 1991, and "explicitly bans any extraction activity relating to mineral resources, except for scientific purposes."
This anthracite coal specimen is from the Dirty Diamond mine, in Antarctica, and collected in the 60's. It was legally obtained from a scientific estate collection. The best guess for the name is that it is a geologist's joke. Diamonds and coal are both made from carbon, with coal being the dirty version, so the Dirty Diamond Mine is really an interesting name.
Size: 26mm H X 21mm W X 20mm D
Ships with display box (shown), information, Certificate of Authenticity and tag stand. Photo cube not included.
Here is an extremely rare opportunity to own a coal specimen from one of Earth's most remote places, which is also a hostile, protected and uninhabitable continent.
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