Australia is famous for it'sopalback to its first inhabitants. The aboriginal people have "dreamtime stories" or stories about the very beginning, aboutopaland howopalscame to be.
Australia's primaryopalmined and exported is the white preciousopal, from places like Coober Pedy and Lightning Ridge, but also mines the worlds majority of black and boulderopalas well.
Discovered in the late 1800's, commercial viability was unstable until 1915 when a group of gold prospectors found an outcropping which started anopalrush becoming Coober Pedy or "White Man in a Hole".
Opalforms where ever there is a void for the silica to form so many fantastic and unusual fossils have been found made fromopalin the Australianopalfields.
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