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Old coal drill hole


Drilled about 1910, this hole was never sealed. For almost a century it has formed a conduit for acid water to flow upwards to the surface where sulfur is deposited, and there is a distinct smell of hydrogen sulfide. This sulfurous seep can now be seen beside the Charming Creek walkway.


Simon Nathan private collection

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