…is now available…
…over at MeWe, the new Mineral of the Week is wulfenite! Header photo is wulfenite from the Jianshan Mine, Ruoqiang Co., Xinjiang, China.
Looking for a mineral-themed calendar for the year following the year we all want to forget? I have mini wall calendars (16 x 21 cm) available for AU$18.00 plus postage.
This week’s Mineral of the Week is hematite…
I am finding that I am not getting the best, sharpest results with some specimens using my newer super macro lens. So, at least for some specimens, such as this saleeite, I am reverting back[…]
…in all things 😁 Can you see what I see? A Genie released from its lamp?
This week’s Mineral of the Week over on MeWe is prehnite. A poll has been set up to choose the next one. Photo details: Prehnite with epidote, Gneiss quarries, Arvigo, Calanca Valley, Misox, Grischun, Switzerland.[…]
Edit: There was a label. But it was one label for half a dozen specimens. At least I know the locality now. Waitekauri, Hauraki District, Waikato Region, North Island, New Zealand. A specimen that I[…]
Two Zoom sessions today, both international! The first was the fortnightly Micromount Club Zoom meeting (number eleven!) with Steve Rust presenting the Minerals of the Frongoch mine, Wales). An excellent talk, even if there were[…]
Another package arrived today. Sent from the US in early July, it took only a couple of weeks to reach Australia shores. Not bad. But then the tracking said it had departed Perth (Western Australia)[…]
A package arrived today with three new species for my collection. One of them is lavoisierite, named after French chemist, Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier. Unironically, the lavoisierite chemical formula contains quite a bit of oxygen. Lavoisier was[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week is chalcopyrite. Photo: Chalcopyrite, Clara Mine, Rankach valley, Oberwolfach, Wolfach, Black Forest, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Width of view 3mm.
Been capturing details of specimens in boxes, but not necessarily cataloguing and photographing. Took time out tonight to photograph this one though. Funny thing is, it was a small piece that came off a larger[…]
Enjoying a bit of sunshine before a storm that’s on its way hits us. Appropriately listening to Sound Storm radio. Nice spot to do a bit of cataloging.
This week’s Mineral of the Week (MotW) only at MeWe, is cerussite. “Chrome Cerussite” from the Magnet Mine, near Waratah, Tasmania. Width of view is 2.5mm.
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Getting quite a few people interested and posting on MeWe already. This after a few short days. This is a particularly nice ulrichite from Lake Boga. This one of a number of photos in the[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week (MotW) is rhodochrosite and in a new home. Now on MeWe.
Given the issues I have had with Facebook recently, I have set up some mineral-related groups on a good FB alternative, MeWe. No ads. Very strong on privacy. Pretty flexible from what I can see.[…]
And not from Broken Hill! Marshite is a rare copper iodide mineral, originally found at Broken Hill. There is one other locality in Australia where it has been found, and that is the Poona mine,[…]
Apparently, July is normally the coldest month of the year here. But the July just gone was warmer than usual. Not so you would notice. The average top temperature was 10.8 degrees. The long term[…]
We were hoping to be able to check out an area today. But when we got there… Not all lost though. We did find a few small specimens along the side of the track we[…]
Been cataloguing some of my elements sub-collection today. I have added the following (left to right, top to bottom): Erbium, Yttrium, Hafnium, Dysprosium, and Ytterbium Gadolinium, Samarium, Holmium, Lutetium, and Scandium You can click on[…]
Photographed and catalogued tonight… Adamite from the Ojuela Mine, Mexico, fluoresces a bright green colour. This is caused by the presence of (UO2)2+ (Uranyl ion) as impurities.
Had a bit of a trip out today, initially to Heathcote, and then through to Costerfield. Costerfield is a very small township, but also the site of an operating gold-antimony mine, run by Mandalay Resources.[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week is a zeolite mineral. Chabazite or gmelinite group species. Photo: Chabazite, Organ Pipes, Sydenham, Victoria. Width 3mm.
Photographed this very group of mineral species today. A polished sample that was analysed. A bit hard to work out which is which visually though!
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[…]
I finished going through the broken up pieces collected underground a couple of weeks ago. This was a nice little surprise!
Today I had the pleasure of joining the New South Wales Mineralogical Society micro group Zoom meeting. Noel Kennon gave a presentation on mineral names and some of the challenges that we, as mineral collectors,[…]
Had a very pleasant day out today to Mount Franklin, a volcano near Daylesford, Victoria. Part of the Newer Volcanics, Mount Franklin is said to be about 20 million years old. It has a range[…]
…is now out…
My copy of the Australian Journal of Mineralogy arrived today. I use the term arrived loosely. The good news. One of my photos is on the front cover! The bad news. In spite of the[…]
I have created another six mineral-themed face masks via Redbubble. These are of a variety of minerals from around the world. So far, there are masks containing crocoite (some with other species) from the Adelaide[…]
Given the current situation, and that face masks are becoming more the norm, I have decided to create a series of mineral-themed face masks via Redbubble. Six designs are currently available, all of which feature[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week is any mineral specimen with zoned crystals… Pale yellow to darker yellow/orange crystals of mimetite, Guatomo Mine (‘Hat Yai’ mimetite locality), Tham Thalu, Bannang Sata District, Yala Province, Thailand.[…]
Garage back wall finished (photos later)… Finally have a place to hang my signs.
Today I was fortunate to be able to visit, and go underground in, a couple of gold mines in the Central Goldfields region of Victoria. One is predominantly slate and the other sandstone. Both have[…]
A bit of colour this week at Mineral of the Week. Any blue mineral that begins with the letter “L”. A few options: Langite, Lavendulan, Linarite… I am sure there are plenty more!