Flinders Island (South Australia)

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Flinders Island
Flinders Island (South Australia) is located in South Australia
Flinders Island (South Australia)
Geography
Location Great Australian Bight
Country
Australia

Flinders Island is an island in the Investigator Group off the coast of South Australia. It was named by Matthew Flinders after his younger brother Samuel Flinders, a midshipman on HMS Investigator in 1801.[1] It is part of the Investigator Group Important Bird Area.[2]

The island has been subject to diamond exploration following the discovery of a wide range of kimberlite indicator minerals there.[3] These minerals include chromite, pyrope, diopside, picroilmenite, forsterite, orthopyroxene, as well as small diamonds.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ BirdLife International. (2011). Important Bird Areas factsheet: Investigator Islands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 12/07/2011.
  3. ^ Cooper, S.A., 2004. New diamond field discovered in SA. MESA Journal 24, 6-9. Primary Industries & Resources South Australia publication.

Coordinates: 33°43′S 134°29′E / 33.717°S 134.483°E / -33.717; 134.483