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I was found when they re-opened a gold mine. I wasn’t there when they had shut the mine after the price of gold dropped. In between, water from Queensland’s Mary River had flooded the mine – a reoccurring problem for goldmines around the Gympie region, so the price of gold has to be greater than the cost of digging it up plus pumping the water out.
Did you notice the timber framing preserved as a mould on my top left-hand corner? Did you spot the copper wire running through the middle of my circular blob? They have tested my minerals and found I contain calcium, carbon, oxygen and even silica, all of which are found in rocks around Gympie. And yes, the copper is from old electric wires that provided mine lighting. I was part of a big stalactite that had grown down the electric wire, then filled in between the wire and the L-shaped posts. We are all taught that stalactites take long ages to form, but how long did I take? Gold was only found in Gympie in 1864. Wonder when electricity came on? Can you figure out the oldest I could possibly be? Then figure out the error in the statements that cave stalactites take vast ages to grow, therefore the world must be so very old, the Bible could not be true?