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Burning Mountain oldest known coal fire

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Description: Burning Mountain is a feature near Wingen, New South Wales, Australia, approximately 300km north of Sydney. It takes its name from a naturally combusting coal seam running underground through the sandstone. Burning Mountain is contained in a Nature Reserve administered by the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

A gentle trail from the Park carpark to the site where smoke emanates from the ground takes less than an hour, including the time taken to read the information panels along the route. The area is steeped with Indigenous Australian heritage as well.

According to Kevin Krajick, "Scientists estimate that Australia's Burning Mountain, the oldest known coal fire, has burned for 6,000 years." Original explorers and settlers to the area believed that the smoke coming from the ground was volcanic in origin.

The fire is moving in a generally southerly direction at a rate of about one metre per year.


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