Notes on the Mount Lyell mine

Peters, Edward Dyer 1893 , 'Notes on the Mount Lyell mine' , Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania , pp. 194-199 .

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The western coast of Tasmania possesses but few indentations that can
serve as reasonable harbours. Of these the most important one, commercially
speaking, is Macquarie Harbour, on which is situated the port
of Strahan. The country north of Strahan was subject to enormous
fluctuations of level during early Silurian days, and deep seas alternated
with wide, but shallow, lagoons, which in time rose into rugged hills,
only again to disappear beneath the waters and lose their identity under
the mud and pebbles that filled up the depressions and levelled the sea
floor as with a smoothing iron. The mud and silt brought down by the
ancient rivers, hardened into clay, slate, and schist, the pebbles were
cemented into the ubiquitous conglomerate ; the blanketed sea floor,
unable to lose its heat by radiation, sank deeper and deeper, causing the
crumpling and upheaving that led to the last cycle of mountain-building,
and the general configuration of the country became perhaps something
as we now see it, though no doubt much lowered and scored, as well as
filled up, by erosion and glacial action.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Peters, Edward Dyer
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
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In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

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