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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 »
A map of Siberia and Alaska showing Beringia as the tan areas. Image courtesy of the US National Park Service.

Geology
Beringia: The Siberia to Alaska 'bridge'

An inquiry from a secondary school student about the impact of geology on humans has prompted Bill Langer to revisit the theory behind ‘Beringia’, the supposed ‘land bridge’ between Siberia and Alaska … Read more »
Ancient Egyptian artisans lavishly decorated tombs with gold and gold objects, such as on Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s mask (front and rear). It is fashioned from two layers of high carat gold.

Geology
Celebrating a golden anniversary

Bill Langer this month commemorates a milestone in his personal life – but will his wife Pam accept his golden gift? Read more »
The Walrus and the Carpenter weep at the sight of such ‘quantities’ of sand.

Geology
Such quantities of sand, indeed

With the Australian summer – and beach weather – upon us, Bill Langer reflects on the industrial uses of silica sand and how it complies with rigorous standards … Read more »
In Burton-upon-Trent, UK, brewers use water from springs with rocks containing gypsum (pictured).

Geology
The geology of beer

We all know geology – and quarrying – contributes enormously to our infrastructure and our lifestyles. As Bill Langer explains, geology also plays a crucial role in the fermentation of one of life’s other great “necessities” … Read more »
The road cut alongside the exit ramp to Bill Langer’s neighbourhood has an interesting story to tell …

Geology
Rocks - the oldest storytellers

Every rock in the nearest pit, quarry or road cut has an interesting story to tell, according to Bill Langer. Some rocks near the highway exit to his neighbourhood have a particularly interesting yarn … 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 Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in northern Arizona, US, the perfect place for ‘wave riding’.

Geology
Surf's up!

Fourteen years ago Bill Langer wrote a series of articles about famous rocks. This month he focuses on another famous rock, recently brought to mind by a daring surfing event … Read more »
A geological map of Australia, at 1:1 million scale.

Geology
The many stories in a map - V2.0

Geological maps indicate by colour or symbols where strata are exposed at the surface, and its age and sediments. However, as Bill Langer explains, even with the assistance of modern technology, the task of identifying potential sources for crushed rock within the strata is a challenge … 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 »
A fragment of smectite.

Geology
Smectite clay - a dog's best friend!

As we all know, aggregate can be used in a multitude of daily applications – from paving roads to the production of personal hygiene and make-up products. It is also employed in some medications – and for one little dog, a little bit of clay can go along way, as Bill Langer explains … Read more »
The idle Bridge Street Quarry is the site of the proposed Quarry Gardens in Toowoomba.

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International experts consult on Toowoomba gardens project

A New Zealand ‘quarry garden’ has been promoted as a ‘template’ for converting a disused Toowoomba site into botanical gardens. Read more »
A UK resident is working ‘tooth and nail’ to uncover the location of a quarry where a prehistoric hippo tooth was discovered.

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Further digging needed for fossil location

Mystery surrounds the original location of a prized fossilised hippo tooth that was purportedly discovered in a UK quarry in 1958. Read more »
The Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado, USA, flanked by the Sagre De Cristo Mountains.

Geology Talk
Blown away: Nature's frac sand processing system

In reviewing his enormous output over nearly two decades, Bill Langer provides an update on a story he previously submitted about proppant – or frac sand … Read more »
Carving stone – eg marble, granite, tuff – has been commonly used by artisans on grand monuments such as the Lincoln Memorial.

Geology
D is for dimension stone

As he ponders the massive back catalogue of material he has written for Quarry over nearly two decades, Bill Langer this month ‘rights’ a creative ‘wrong’ … Read more »

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