Australian Museum Journal Geological and mineralogical observations in Central Australia

Shortform:
Hodge-Smith, 1932, Rec. Aust. Mus. 18(8): 415–442
Author(s):
Hodge-Smith, T.
Year published:
1932
Title:
Geological and mineralogical observations in Central Australia
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
18
Issue:
8
Start page:
415
End page:
442
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.18.1932.746
Language:
English
Plates:
plates liii–lv
Date published:
13 September 1932
Cover date:
13 September 1932
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
05 February 2009
Available online:
06 March 2009
Reference number:
746
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (100kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (4359kb PDF)

Abstract

By the invitation of the Mica Corporation of Australia Limited, and the generous assistance of a number of donors, I was enabled to accompany Messrs. J. Dale and R. Barlow on an expedition to Central Australia. Our method of transport was by motor lorry, and altogether we travelled 850 miles in Central Australia. Entering the Territory from Queensland at about latitude 21°51′ south, we travelled 25 miles south along the Queensland-Central Australia border fence to Tobermory Station, and then in a general west-by-south direction for 204 miles to Oorabbra Water Holes. From here we changed direction to approximately south-west. Crossing the Marshall and Plenty Rivers, and passing over the Hart Range, through Arltunga, we reached Alice Springs in the MacDonnell Range, a further distance of 180 miles. Returning to the Hart Range, we established a camp and remained in these ranges for a period of four weeks. It will be obvious that any work carried out is purely in the nature of reconnaissance, and all that can be hoped for is that these notes may add a little to our knowledge of this very remote and exceedingly interesting area. I am greatly indebted to Assistant Professor W. R. Browne for much valuable help in their preparation and for petrological determinations, and to Mr. R. O. Chalmers for the chemical analyses carried out by him.