Brown coal – from the Latrobe Valley

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Brown coal specimen.
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria

Brown coal specimen.
Image: Jon Augier
Source: Museum Victoria

Tertiary

The brown coal deposits in the Latrobe Valley are the largest of their type in the world. They formed over a period of 30 million years as vegetation from luxuriant forests accumulated and decomposed in swamps as the Gippsland Basin subsided. The swamps began to dry about 10 million years ago and were covered by sediments.

A TRAIL THROUGH TIME

Vascular land plants appeared in the Silurian. See how they've changed over time.

BaragwanathiaThinnfeldiaBlack coalAnglesea floraHaddon nuts

WHERE IT WAS FOUND

This brown coal specimen was found in Victoria.

RELATED OBJECTS

Other objects from the Tertiary

Anglesea floraCarcharoclesNeohelosKambaraJanjucetusHaddon nutsQuipollornis