The Aubrey Whymark Collection
Australites: Part 1
Well, seeing as others were sharing their collection photos I thought I would add this batch of Australites. I acquired these around about the end of 2007 I think - Christmas came early. It was a collection of about half a kilo. Some of the best specimens had already been cherry-picked out, so these aren't representative collections, but nice nonetheless. I bought these from Des Leong, who had only just bought them from a shop a shop in Perth, WA. The name of the place will come back to me soon!
So here goes........
From Kalgoorlie East, Western Australia
This was a pleasant and reasonably well preserved batch of Australites.
From Laverton, Western Australia
Wow! Some of these cores are top notch. The big nice one (second top row) is about 20g. I love this tektite!
From Gold Fields, Western Australia
Nothing really exciting in this batch, just your typical Australites. However, the batch included flaked Australites exhibiting nice conchoidal fractures. These flakes are presumably the result of Aboriginal working, probably the left overs. Either that or someones wife got hold of their tektite collection. Spot the non-tektite - it's a gizzard stone!
From Gascoyne, Western Australia
These tektites are a curious bunch. The preservation is quite different, very smoothed. I wonder if these were collected from a graded road and have been run over a few times as some have marks. Graded (gravel) roads are great places to look for tektites - let someone else dig them out for you! Some of the cores, including conical cores, are great, despite being quite abraded.
From Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia
A single lonely abraded core!
I hope you enjoyed seeing these collections. It is amazing how the size and preservation varies from locality to locality. These aren't representative collections, but they give some idea about variability I think. Very soon I am getting 2 kilos of tektites from a Western Australian locality. I'll post some more images of these on a new page soon!