Monday, March 12, 2007

Chillagoe part II

Near the caves is this large limestone boulder, seemingly perched above the walking track. The limestone is very hard (in fact some of it appears to have been metamorphosed into marble) and weathers into fantastic shapes.

Chillagoe used to have a copper-lead-zinc smelter until the forties or fifties. The remains are now a tourist attraction, but it's best not to get too close, due to crumbling brickwork and heavy metal contamination. Half the site is built on slag!

Did I mention the crumbling brickwork?


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