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A Second World War guard post today conceals the entrance to the limestone cave discovered at Forbes Quarry in 1848.

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DNA test unlocks Neanderthal mysteries at Forbes Quarry

New DNA testing methods have revealed fresh details about some of the first Neanderthal remains ever found at a European quarry 170 years ago. Read more »
Buzz Aldrin beside the ‘passive seismic experiment package’, with the Eagle lunar module in the background.

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Geological significance of Apollo 11 mission lives on

As the world marvels at the engineering feat that was Apollo 11, the ensuing five decades have shown the mission played an equally important role in advancing geological science. Read more »
The outcrop of dolerite on the former Aboriginal quarry site, which was a valuable source for the production of stone axes.

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Prized ancient quarry recognised

The site of a former quarry, once used by Aboriginals to make stone axes, has been found on agricultural land near the ACT/NSW border. Read more »
The Quarry Amphitheatre has significant value as the only former limestone quarry that has been adapted for re-use as a performance venue in Western Australia.

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Theatrical venue to be heritage listed

Quarry Amphitheatre, a performance venue set in a former limestone quarry in City Beach, Western Australia, will be added to the State Register of Heritage Places. Read more »
A 1758-carat diamond was recovered in a Botswanan mine using TOMRA XRT sensor technology.

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Cutting edge tech helps recover huge diamond

One of the largest diamonds in recorded history has recently been recovered in a Botswana mine, courtesy of innovative sorting sensor technology. Read more »
Granite from Stony Creek Quarry features prominently in the Statue of Liberty Museum. (Source: Shore Line Times)

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Historic granite site comes full circle in new project

A quarry that famously supplied pink granite for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty has been re-enlisted to supply the stone for a new museum honouring the monument. Read more »

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Historic site to become 'walkable' suburb

The former Cave Hill Quarry in Lilydale in Victoria’s Yarra Valley is being transformed into a new, vibrant suburb. Tim Robertson visited the site which is now into the second year of a 15-year development project. Read more »
Located in Leicestershire, Tarmac’s Mountsorrel Quarry supplies granite to major construction projects across the UK.

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Site presents naturalist with granite keepsake

A quarry has paid the world’s foremost naturalist Sir David Attenborough the highest compliment after he recently professed his fondness for an igneous rock found in the English midlands. Read more »
The bluestone quarry at Carn Goedog, almost 290km away from Stonehenge. (Source: UCL)

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New discoveries shed light on Stonehenge mysteries

Excavations at two quarries in Wales provide new evidence of megalith quarrying 5000 years ago, according to a study led by London’s University College. Read more »
The sandstone-constructed Ross Bridge, flanked by the village’s Uniting Church building. Photo courtesy of exploroz.com

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Historic site to become tourist drawcard

A disused Tasmanian sandstone quarry could become a major tourist attraction with an injection of state funds. Read more »
An artist’s impression of a lunar extractive operation. Image courtesy of NASA.

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Extractive know-how sought for lunar missions

A CSIRO space roadmap has cited Australia’s extractive industrial expertise among the sectors to be tapped for unlocking future growth opportunities in space. Read more »
Councillors recently discussed with the Queensland Government the findings of the feasibility study report on the disused Bridge Street Quarry in Toowoomba (pictured).

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Cabinet, council mull over quarry project

A feasibility study to upgrade a century-old disused quarry was discussed by Queensland Government cabinet ministers when they visited Toowoomba in mid-September. Read more »
The Damon Memorial building today. The Oxblood red of the sandstone has faded over time.

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The granite mine that failed to strike gold

A mystery about the possible presence of gold veins in granite used for a memorial building in the 19th century may have been solved 130 years later. Read more »
The disused Bridge Street Quarry in Toowoomba was on the list of trade opportunities discussed on a week-long trade mission to New Zealand by a 70-strong Toowoomba Regional Council delegation.

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Trade mission highlights gardens project

Converting a century-old disused quarry into a botanical gardens modelled on a New Zealand tourist attraction has figured prominently in an international trade mission. Read more »
The Hornsby Quarry spoil management project (pictured) was recently in danger of collapse after boundary changes put the local council into deficit.

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Transformation project salvaged after hiccup

A project to transform a historic disused New South Wales quarry into a premier parkland is back on track, after state funds “compensated” for the shrinking of a local council. Read more »

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