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Two Islands, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 11.23.2016 | Filed under: Adventurers, Latest

This new post is Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy Part 2: The Islands. Superb specimens of many minerals have been found at Two Islands and Five Islands, including world class gmelinite crystals, and great specimens of natrolite, analcime and stilbite. This post offers a glimpse into these classic Canadian localities.

Kermesite, Caiwa Mine, Danfeng Co., Shaanxi, China
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 10.25.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve posted a very small group of excellent specimens from the 2002 find in the new China Kermesite Update. These kermesite specimens are from the find of the best kermesite crystals known to date. Unfortunately no specimens have been collected since the 2002 find, so it seems to have been a one-time find.

Andradite Garnet, Marki Khel, Spin Ghar Range, Khogyani District, Nangharhar, Afghanistan
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 10.06.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve posted a small number of great new specimens in this new Afghanistan Update. This update includes brilliant lustrous andradite crystals from the Spin Ghar range, and red zircon from the Dara-i-Pech District.

Prehnite on Epidote, Arrondissement Diako, Cercle de Bafoulabé, Kayes Region, Mali
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 10.01.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve added new specimens in this Mali Update (click here), including excellent prehnite, epidote, grossular and a particularly sharp vesuvianite.

Spessartine Garnet, Navegadora Mine, Penha do Norte, Conselheiro Pena, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 09.27.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

The new Brazil Update on the website features a mix of excellent specimens from Brazil, including spessartine, rutile, struverite-ilmenorutile, alexandrite, montebrasite, brazilianite, kunzite and more.

Aragonite, Mamsa, nr. Sidi Ayed, Boulemane Province, Fes-Meknes Region, Morocco
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 09.10.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve posted a group of spectacular aragonite specimens from a new find in Morocco – these are special.

Ankerite and Pyrite on Quartz, Mésage Mine, Saint-Pierre-de-Mésage, Isère, France
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 09.02.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Recent Mineral Updates

I’ve added some great new French specimens in this France Update. Several are recently-collected from the Mésage Mine, Saint-Pierre-de-Mésage, Isère, France, along with a bournonite from Saint-Laurent-le-Minier and a gem-clear calcite from Pau, Aquitane.

Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines 2016 mineral show
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 09.02.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

Every summer, for a few days, the quiet town of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines transforms into a bustling mineral and gem extravaganza. This is the most beautiful major mineral show setting, and attending is a great experience. This year’s show included some excellent minerals, including some great new finds.

Wakabayashilite, Pinch Collection, Canadian Museum of Nature, Michael Bainbridge photo
Posted by: Raymond McDougall on 08.06.2016 | Filed under: Latest, Mineral Shows

There really is no event in the Mineral World year exactly like the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium. It may sound scientific and formal, but Rochester is perhaps the most welcoming and inclusive mineral gathering I know. The 2016 RMS featured great talks and photos from excellent speakers on a range of subjects.