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Night mapping in King Island – Looking for tungsten ore!

Night mapping in King Island – Looking for tungsten ore!

Angela Isaura Santos Costa

Category: Shows the Scientific Value of Other Specialised Camera Equipment or Process

I am currently taking several photos under ultraviolet light (short wavelength) to support my PhD research about the effect of magmatic-hydrothermal fluids responsible for the generation of world-class tungsten deposits in King Island, Tasmania. This has been a powerful tool with an easy application on the field. The submitted photo is from a rock boulder (about 1 metre across) from Dolphin open pit (Grassy, King Island). You can see the tungsten-molybdenum mineralisation in blue (molybdenum-poor scheelite mineral) and yellow (molybdenum-rich scheelite mineral).


This photograph was a finalist in Beaker Street’s annual Science Photography Prize. This highly-respected prize invites all Tasmanians to showcase the wonders of our extraordinary part of the world — which is teeming with science and scientists. Finalist images are displayed at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery during Beaker Street Festival each August, with great prizes on offer for Judges’ and People’s Choice winners.

The Beaker Street Science Photography Prize would not be possible without the support of Full Gamut, Tasmania’s premier fine art printers and long-time sponsor of this competition. Many thanks also go to Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, which donates a generous prize for the People’s Choice winner.