I came across the Mineral Sort Guide, a pocket mineral identifier today. I have had it for some time, but don’t remember where I got it. It was developed by Joseph Forester in the early 1960s and was quite neat and something that could be used out in the field.

To use it, you poked a pin through known data and cards that matched dropped out. You could then apply a second known piece of data on the dropped out cards. This would help to narrow down your search. On the back of each card is a lot of information about the species.

Then I thought, maybe I could do an updated version. A website based on the sort guide. But expanded and updated.

So, Mineral Finder has been developed. Obviously, it will take time to get enough data in it to make it useful, but I’m up for the challenge!