Bornite Chosen As South Australia’s Official State Mineral Emblem

Bornite Chosen As South Australia’s Official State Mineral Emblem

South Australia Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy Tom Koutsantonis

Bornite Named As South Australia’s Official State Mineral Emblem

Victor P Taffa

Bornite, a distinctive purple and blue copper mineral, has been chosen as the official State Mineral Emblem.

“Bornite is a fitting choice for South Australia’s State Mineral Emblem.” Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy Tom Koutsantonis said.

“Not only is the official emblem a strikingly distinctive mineral but major finds of copper ore beginning with Kapunda in 1844 underpinned South Australia’s early economic development.”

Known as peacock ore due to its iridescent colouring, bornite has a strong historic connection with the development of South Australia’s mineral resources industry.

“If any single mineral specimen epitomises the unique geology of South Australia this is it. The rare specimen of bornite on display at the South Australian Museum measures 100 cubic centimetres, and is the largest single crystal of bornite ever unearthed.” South Australian Museum Senior Collection Manager of Earth Sciences Ben McHenry said.

“This mineral association is unique to the Olympic Dam deposit in the far north of our State, making its provenance immediately recognisable.”

World’s finest example of bornite now takes pride of place in the South Australian Museum’s Copper to the World exhibit, which is open to the public until 31 July.

SA Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy Tom Koutsantonis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background

Bornite was announced as the official State Mineral Emblem at a function held at the SA Museum to welcome international guests to the Copper to the World conference.

Choice of bornite as the State Mineral Emblem highlights the copper ore’s central role in the economic development of South Australia.

Bornite is found in porphyry copper and iron oxide copper gold deposits including throughout South Australia’s Copper Belt.