Antarctica has long been of interest to adventurers, explorers, and geologists - as it is the coldest, windiest and driest continent on Earth. In 1962, a group of geologists went down to Antarctica in search of coal. They blasted their way into a coal bed, located at Terrace Ridge, near Mt. Schopf which was named after James Morton Schopf, a paleobotonist, palynologist, and coal geologist. Mt. Schopf is located in the Ohio Range, near Discovery Ridge, and is a part of the Trans-Antarctic Mountains. The Ohio Range forms the northeast end of the Horlick Mountains.
The coal from the Dirty Diamond Mine served well as a scientific study for researching the grade and economic potential of mining in Antarctica, during the 1960's. Presently there are several international Antarctica Treaties protecting Antarctica and its resources. The treaty was signed in 1991, and "explicitly bans any extraction activity relating to mineral resources, except for scientific purposes."
This anthracite coal specimen is from the Dirty Diamond mine, in Antarctica, and collected in the 60's. It was legally obtained from a scientific estate collection.
Size: 25mm H X 25mm W X 14mm D
Ships with protective case, information, tag, tag stand, and Certificate of Authenticity. Acrylic display base and photo cube not included.
Here is an extremely rare opportunity to own a coal specimen from one of Earth's most extreme localities.
Legally obtained in a materials trade with a scientific institution.