Getting to know Parys Mine (PARMIN project)

So far I’ve taken three trips down to Parys mine with the Parys Underground Group to get a feel for the site and the mineralogy. What an interesting environment this abandoned copper mine is. Difficult to decipher what lies beneath the ochre that covers the walls and ceilings in most of the passages so finding minerals is tricky. Definitely some interesting niches from a microbiology perspective.

Culture-based work has begun on some preliminary samples, with fungi abundant as expected. The hard work begins next week when I focus attentions on more extreme and novel organisms.

I hope to get some decent images of the site to post soon. Lighting is an issue as one can imagine and it’s difficult to get conditions optimal for a decent photo. In the interim there are plenty of photos on the Parys Underground Group webpage.


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