…over at MeWe, the new Mineral of the Week is wulfenite! Header photo is wulfenite from the Jianshan Mine, Ruoqiang Co., Xinjiang, China.
This week’s Mineral of the Week is hematite…
…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[…]
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.
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.
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.
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[…]
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!
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,[…]
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.[…]
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!
This week’s Mineral of the Week is gypsum!
This week’s Mineral of the Week is linarite! Bring on the Blues!
The mineral collecting world has lost another nice guy, Keith Hayes. So this week, in his memory, any mineral that is linked in some way to Keith. I know that I have purchased a few[…]
This week’s Mineral of the Week is fluorite… Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
I found out today that Joan Lamond passed away in March, almost reaching 100. Joan was a keen mineral collector, and particularly with respect to micromounts, and also gypsum. I was the lucky recipient of[…]
Given the focus on pyrite over the last few days (The Micromount Club Zoom meeting) and the interest generated, pyrite is this week’s Mineral of the Week! Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
It exists! Really! A package from Canada arrived today. Posted March 3rd! And yes, rocks. 😁 Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
This week’s Mineral of the Week is any mineral where the Type Locality is in Mexico. The posts don’t have to be Mexican minerals, but originally found and described from Mexico. There are 89 species[…]
A package arrived from the US today. It had been sitting somewhere in a transit depot for weeks with no movement. No updates to tracking history. But it just arrived out of the blue today![…]
A stunning South African rhodochrosite specimen… A few internal rainbows too. Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
This week’s Mineral of the Week is opal. Any opal can be added. Precious opal. Hyalite opal. Jelly opal. Opalised wood. etc Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
This Chinese native copper specimen is starting to alter to crystals of dark red cuprite. Going over to the dark side. Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
Repair. Verb. Restore (something damaged, faulty, or worn) to a good condition. Nature produces some fantastic mineral specimens. We usually only get to see them after they have been extracted from the Earth. And sometimes,[…]
A neat specimen of pyrite after marcasite from Canada catalogued today… Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
Added a couple of wulfenite specimens to my catalogue today, from very different parts of the planet. One from Arizona, the other from China… Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
Retook a photo of this specimen tonight. Amazing what 8 years can do. Here is the old one… Bit of a difference 😁😁 Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
This week’s Mineral of the Week (MotW) is dioptase! Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
In these times of isolation, there is an opportunity to look back over things acquired, such as this gmelinite specimen from the quarry near Weldborough in northeast Tasmania… Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
Erythrite from Bou Azzer, Morocco in the Pebble Collection. Click on the image or link below to see more details and a video of the specimen. Subscribe to Dad Dad Diary.
In these times of isolation, there is ample opportunity to go back and look at (and maybe catalogue) boxes of minerals (flats) that have been set aside for some time. This (re)unboxing is one of[…]