National Geographic : 1956 Feb
opencut brown-coal mine, revealing the kinds of trees and other vegetation that grew in prehistoric times. In it I found leaves eons old, tinged a yellowish brown. Graphically the mine shows how the fallen Miocene forests of some 20,000,000 years ago, under the weight of earthy overburden, were pressed into coal, brown in this instance. I watched dredges bite a seam 200 feet thick, producing 22,400 tons of coal a day. "At the present rate of mining," said a Yallourn official, "that seam will last 600 years. We have another seam in the area; it will last more than four times as long." The project supplies fuel to power stations generating electricity for the State of Victoria. It means steady work for 5,400 persons at Yallourn, where almost 2,000 New Austral ians make a comfortable living. Program up to June, 1998 "The adult immigrants working here are adapting quite well to their new life," the mine official said. "But it's to the next gen eration, free of language difficulties, that we are really looking. You see, our present pro gram takes us up to June, 1998." So, if Emil Kobiela, formerly of Poland and now at the opencut, stays here long enough, 250 Coming! The First Olympic Games Ever Held in the Southern Hemisphere Next November the XVIth Olympiad will begin in Melbourne, Victoria, with the arrival of the tradi tional torch from Greece, birthplace of the games. Aircraft will fly the flame to northern Australia. Runners, including New Australians, will relay it across the continent into the Melbourne stadium (above). . When this 110,000-seat oval is complete, it will be the largest for any Olympiad so far. .- Italian-born Surace Santo works on an addition to I .. the stands.