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Minerals.net April 2014 Newsletter

by Hershel Friedman April 08, 2014 6:52 PM

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Book Review: Rockhounding New York

by Jeff Wilson April 05, 2014 10:32 PM

Rockhounding New York "Rockhounding New York": A Falcon Guide

By Robert Beard

 

This book is the second in the series by the author, Robert Beard. It deals with the unique geology in New York State, and focuses on sites that are accessible to the public only. The book covers the entire state, from the Canadian border to the New York City Metro area.

 

I have a special liking to the book, because the author published my name in the acknowledgements, as well as information that I provided him through my mineral website and through e-mail communications. It was a nice surprise to see my name in the book, as I was not expecting it!

 

The book gives thorough reviews of each site, including collecting difficulty, GPS location, driving directions, land status, family-friendliness, as well as special concerns. Numerous well known sites are discussed, as well as some little known localities, where you can pick up fossils or minerals at your leisure. Being an avid New York collector, I was surprised at some of the sites that were listed, as I have driven past many of them numerous times, and never knew they were there. Discussed within the book are other topics, rockhounding basics, a discussion of state geology, and a full map of collecting localities. The author also goes into detail on the subject of the natural resources of the state that are produced commercially, which was a very interesting read.

 

Some surprising information in the book has already sent me on a few road trips to investigate some new sites for collecting possibilities. Some of these new ones are four sites on Staten Island, numerous sites around Bear Mountain (I am a regular collector in this area, and the book introduced me to several additional spots), several sites around Kingston, NY, and numerous fossil sites along US Highway 20 through the center of the state. The author also published several of my favorite collecting spots, including Amity, Ellenville, Wurtsboro, Highland Mills, Barton/Hooper, and a complete listing of all of the Herkimer Diamond sites.

 

Overall, I really enjoyed the book, and I believe it will make a great addition to any rockhound's library.

Click here to buy the book on Amazon.

 



The Clifton, NJ Show 2014

by Hershel Friedman March 29, 2014 11:33 PM

The Clifton Show is a great local show that takes place annually in Northern New Jersey. It is organized by the North Jersey Mineralalogical Society, and features many dealers with local material from the New Jersey area, in additional to the general worldwide material and jewelerly. This year's show took place on March 8-9 and was quite enjoyable. Please enjoy the pictures below.

 

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Clifton NJ Mineral Show 2014

 

 

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The University of Arizona Mineral Museum Special Exhibit

by Hershel Friedman March 25, 2014 9:20 PM

Every year the University of Arizona Mineral Museum puts together a special mineral exhibit with a particular theme. This year, the theme was "The Best of the Best: Prize Minerals from the Vaults of Arizona's Collectors". Arizona has one the country's highest percentages of mineral collectors, including those with outstanding collections. This special exhibit focused on culling some of the top-notch specimens from local Arizona collectors and publicly displaying them. Many of these were already seen in the May-June supplement to the Mineralogical Record titled "Mineral Collections in Arizona".

 

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Wall Showing a Bio of the Contributors to this Exhibit

 


The Special Exhibit Room

 


Exceptionally Large Scheelite Crystal from the Rogers Mine, Cochise Co., Arizona
Flagg Mineral Foundation Collection

 


Beautiful Plate of Vanadinite from the Apache Mine, near Globe, Arizona
This Crystal Plate Rivals the Vanadanites from Mibladen.
Arthur L. Flagg Collection

 


Azurite Balls and Malachite from Bisbee, Arizona
Flagg Mineral Foundation Collection

 


Very Large Plate of Azurite on Malachite from Bisbee, Arizona
Mineralogical Society of Arizona Collection

 


Wulfenite with Mimetite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Mexico
Jim and Imelda Klein Collection

 


Very Rare, Deep Blue Scorodite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Mexico
Jim and Imelda Klein Collection

 


Set of 5 Wulfenite crystals from the Old Yuma Mine, Pima Co., Arizona
John and Karen Cesar Collection

 


Large Azurite Crystal on Malachite & Goethite from the Gardner Mine, Bisbee, Arizona
Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum Collection

 

 


Several World-Class Arizona Minerals. (Click to Enlarge and Read Labels)
Evan Jones Collection

 


Pyrite on Fluorite in a Glittering Formation
De'an Mine, Wushan, China
Karen R. Hruby Collection

 


Blocky Orange Wulfenite Crystals from the Ahumada Mine, Sierra de Los Lamentos, Mexico
Stan Esbenshade Collection

 


An Exceptional acicular Legrandite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Mexico
Paula Presmyk Collection

 


World-Class Thumbnail Minerals, with the iconic Rhodonite in the Center
Alex Schauss Collection

 


Rhodochrosite from the Uchucchacua Mine, Peru
John C. Lucking Collection



The Tucson Shows: Sentinel Peak View

by Hershel Friedman March 22, 2014 11:26 PM

One of the prominent features of Tucson is Sentinel Peak, a small mountain right outside of downtown Tucson that offers sweeping views of the city. There is a road that climbs up the mountain to the viewpoint, where you can see the entire city including most of the show areas. I made the five minute drive up to take some pictures of the scenes down below with my zoom lens.

 

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Sentinel Peak Tucson
View from Sentinel Peak Looking East, with the I-10 Motel Shows
and the Giant 22nd Street Show Tent Across the I-10 Freeway

 

Sentinel Peak Tucson 22nd St Show
Zoomed into the Howard Johnson and 22nd Street Show

 

Tucson Convention Center, Sentinel Peak
The Tucson Convention Center, Where the Main Show is Held

 


Downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona. Facing Northeast.
The GJX Tent and the Pueblo Show at the Riverside Inn are in view.

 


Sagauro Overlooking Tucson. Facing East.

 

InnSuites Show Tucson Sentinel Peak
InnSuites Hotel (Hotel Tucson), Where the InnSuites Show is Held



The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show TM Part 9: Individual Minerals #2

by Hershel Friedman March 21, 2014 1:21 AM

This blog post continues with the individual minerals I photographed from the public exhibits at the Tucson Convention Center.

 

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Moonstone, Mogok, Burma
Beautiful Moonstone (Rough and Faceted) from Kyauk-poke/Sakan-gyi, Mogok, Burma
From the Mogok Showcase of the American Museum of Natural History

 

Kunzite, Pala, California
Huge Kunzite from Pala, California. This is the Largest Kunzite I have seen from CA
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

 

Euclase, Mount Brussilof Mine, British Columbia, Canada.
Euclase from the Mount Brussilof Mine, British Columbia, Canada.
This is the only Canadian occurence for this rare mineral.

 

Smoky Quartz Fish, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Smoky Quartz in the Shape of a Fish, with an Eye Added for Effect
From Aracuai, Minas Gerais, Brazil

 


Orpiment Coating a Calcite Crystal, from the Shimen Mine, China

 

Corundum, Hogback Mountain, North Carolina
Giant Crude Corundum (Sapphire) Crystal from Hogback Mountain, North Carolina
Tellus Science Museum Exhibit

 

Smuggled Diamond Rough Crystals, Zimbabwe, Smithsonian
Diamond Rough Crystals from the Marange Diamond Field in Zimbabwe, From the Smithsonian Institution.
These were Smuggled Diamonds that the Museum now Acquired for Research.

 

Diamond Rough Crystals, Argyle Mine, Smithsonian
Diamond Gem-Rough Crystals from the Argyle Mine, Australia, Smithsonian Institution

 

Black Diamond, Smithsonian
Black Cubic Diamond Crystal, from South Africa, Smithsonian Institution

 

Diamond var. Carbonado
Large Carbonado Diamond (739.7 ct) from French Equatorial Africa, Smithsonian Institution

 

Smoky Quartz Gwindel, Switzerland
Enormous Smoky Quartz gwindel from Switzerland.

 

Yellow Gem Scapolite, Tanzania
Transparent Yellow Gem Scapolite from Tanzania, Robert Sielcki Collection

 


Odd-Shaped Diamond Cluster, Robert Sielecki Collection

 


Beautiful and Intriguing Gold with Holes from Wedderburn, Victoria, Australia
Robert Sielecki Collection



The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show TM Part 8: Individual Minerals #1

by Hershel Friedman March 20, 2014 10:48 PM

This blog post lists some of the individual minerals I photographed from the public exhibits. Though there were thousands of minerals within the multiple showcases, and most of them were of interest and picture-worthy, the ones I photographed individually stood out to me for some reason or another, either because of their rarity, uniqueness, or interesting habit not commonly seen. I have 28 pictures and will divide them into two posts. There is no specific order here - they are in order of the sequence of when I photographed them.

 

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Native Platinum Nugger - Nizhnii Tagil, Siberia, Russia
Platinum Nugget from Russia. From the Hubert De Monmonier Collection.

 

Gold, Eagle's Nest Mine, California
Gold from the Eagle's Nest Mine in California. T L Potucek Collection

 

Rubellite Tourmaline, Cryo-Genie Mine, Warner Springs, CA
Very Large Rubellite Tourmaline from the Cryo Genie Mine, California
From the Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society Case

 

Analcime on Breccia, Keweeenaw Co, Michigan
Analcime on breccia from the Phoenix Mine in Keweenaw Co., Michigan
From the William Severance Collection

 

Silver Copper Halfbreed, Baltic Lode, Houghton Co., Michigan
Incredible Silver/Copper Halfbreed from the Baltic Lode, Houghton Co., Michigan
A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum (Michican Technical University)

 

Chlorargyrite, Broken Hill, Australia
Chlorargyrite, a rare silver-bearing mineral, from Broken Hill, Australia
R. Scott Werschky Collection

 

Silver from Kongsberg, Norway
Silver from Kongsberg, Norway

 

Aquamarine, Quartz, Sierrita Mountains, Arizona
Incredible Elongated Aquamarine in Quartz from the Sierrita Mountains, Arizona
From the Mineral Minions of the Tucson Area Showcase

 

Blue Halite Crystal from Intrepid Mine,New Mexico
Deep Blue, Backlit Halite Crystal from the Intrepid Mine in New Mexico,
From the Red, White & Blue Showcase

 

Orange Orpiment, Twin Creeks Mine, Humboldt, Nevada
Deep Orange Orpiment in matrix, from the Twin Creeks Mine, Nevada

 

Orpiment Crystals from the Twin Creeks Mine, Humboldt, Nevada
Bright Orange Orpiment Crystals from the Twin Creeks Mine, Humboldt, Nevada

 

Gemmy Green Microcline from Kyatpyin, Mogok Burma
Rare gemmy Green Microcline from Kyatpyin, Mogok Burma
From the Mogok Showcase of the American Museum of Natural History

 

Orange Danburite from Sakan-gyi, Mogok Burma
Gemmy Orange Danburite from Sakan-gyi, Mogok Burma
From the Mogok Showcase of the American Museum of Natural History

 

Ruby, Kyauk-poke, Mogok, Burma
Ruby in matrix from Kyauk-poke, Mogok, Burma
From the Mogok Showcase of the American Museum of Natural History



The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show TM Part 7: Public Display Exhibits #4

by Hershel Friedman March 19, 2014 9:38 PM

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Diamond "Fakes" from the Society of Mineral Museum Professionals (SMMP)

 


"Herkimer Diamonds" from New York State

 


Replicas of World Famous Diamonds, from the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art

 


"Rewards of Digging in Australia"
Display Presented by Penny Williamson & Paul Carr School of Earth & Environmental Sciences

 


Diamond Exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

 


Diamond Mines of Arkansas
Exhibit of Diamonds from the Crater of Diamond State Park, Arkansas

 


Keith and Mauna Proctor Family Trust Collection.
That Giant Rhodochrosite shows up in the display every year.

 


Gold, Silver, Diamonds, and Gemstones from the Robert Sielecki Collection

 


Mineral Specimens from Cripple Creek, Colorado, from the Colorado School of Mines

 


Silver and Silver Minerals from Arizona, from the Mineral Minions

 


Minerals of Arizona, from the Mark & Nicole Pecha Collection

 


Copper Minerals from Bisbee and the Milpillas Mine
From the University of Arizona Mineral Museum

 


"Rough & Ready" - Treasures from the Collection fo the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum



Thumbnail Collection from the Flagg Mineral Foundation
David M. Shannon Memorial Case

 


Minerals (Mostly Outstanding Pyrite) from Diego Minerals



The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show TM Part 6: Public Display Exhibits #3

by Hershel Friedman March 19, 2014 12:24 AM

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Exhibit from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.
That has got to be one of the largest Kunzites from California!

 


Superb Crystals of North America, by Tom Hales (Toms Treasure's Co)

 


Various Sphalerites from Worldwide Locations

 


Gold Crystals from California, Nevada, and Colorado

 


Galena Crystals, from the Phil Richardson Collection

 


Malachite and Rhodochrosite Polished Sliced Slabs

 


Silver Specimens from the Collection of Al and Sue Liebetrau

 


Showcase Put Together by The Collector's Edge for their 30 Anniversary

 


This Ancient Fossil is Called "Chewie"

 


Beautiful Display Case of Worldwide Minerals, Without an Exhibit Name

 


Another Unamed Exihibit Showcase of Worldwide Thumbnails

 


Unlabelled Display of Wolrdwide Minerals

 


Arizona Minerals from the Richard Bideux Memorial Trophy Competition

 


Another Beautiful Unlabelled Display

 


Gemstones of the Eastern United States from the Tellus Science Museum Collection.



The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show TM Part 5: Public Display Exhibits #2

by Hershel Friedman March 18, 2014 11:04 PM

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Silver and Acanthite Group Minerals.

 


Common Silver Sulfosalts

 


Silver from Kongsberg, Norway, from Various Collectors

 


Silver from Various Miscellaneous Localities

 


Showcase of the Mineral Enthusiasts of the Tucson Area

 


Display Exhibit of the Arizona Mineral Minions

 


Minerals of Red, White, and Blue
Featuring Electric Blue Halite and bright red Rhodochrosite

 


Display of the Mineral Association of Dallas ("MAD")

 


Minerals from the Swiss Alps, from the Silber+Silber Mining Company

 


Topaz from the Tribute Pocket, Agnus Dei Claim, El Paso Co., Colorado
Discovered October 2012 by Rich Frettered and Jean Cowman

 


Minerals Found on the Dorris Claims During Filming of the Weather Channel's Prospector Series
These are Outstanding Amazonites and Smoky Quartzes

 


Display Case from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History
These are Mostly Classic Pennsylvania Minerals

 


Gold, Silver, and Gems from the Collection of Francois Gigot D'Orcy

 


Minerals from Mogok, Burma (Myanmar)
American Museum of Natural History

 


Minerals from the Gem Pegmatite Districts of North Pakistan and Afghanistan





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