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Most minerals worthy to collectors are found in mineral deposits, or areas of rock where large amounts of certain minerals occur. Many deposits were worked on for extracting minerals for industrial, commercial, or research purposes. Deposits worked for the extraction of certain rocks, minerals or ores are known as mines. The most practical place to find mineral specimens is in mines. Mines can be actively worked or abandoned. Minerals can also be found in construction sites and roadcuts, and occassionally in bedrock exposures and river deposits.

Mineral shows provide an efficient way to purchase minerals. They consist of organized exhibits that take place in large auditoriums, where dealers sell minerals from stands. Many populated areas have these shows, which may be annual or bi-annual. Most regions also have mineralogical organizations and groups that can be beneficial to join. They offer excursions into mines that would otherwise be prohibited to individuals. Additionally, mineralogical organizations provide trading opportunities and meetings. Rock shops provide yet another venue to acquire minerals.

When bringing minerals home to your collection, they should be carefully wrapped up for protection. Two specimens should not be placed together. The exact locality of the mineral should be known, whether the mineral was found or purchased. When brought home, they should be cleaned if necessary, and stored in suitable conditions. Care must be exercised not to break a mineral when cleaning it.

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