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18 Jun-23:51:35 Sainte marie-aux-mines show 2018 - the awakening of the dragon (Jordi Fabre)
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18 Jun-00:26:50 Re: collection of heimo hellwig (Heimo Hellwig)
17 Jun-23:05:43 The mizunaka collection - rhodochrosite (Am Mizunaka)
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17 Jun-10:18:10 Re: micro photos of inclusions in quartz (Zbhjzm)
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17 Jun-08:38:20 Re: micro photos of inclusions in quartz (Bob Harman)
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16 Jun-17:47:24 Re: tucson show 2018 (Greg Lilly)
16 Jun-16:53:34 Re: don lum collection (Don Lum)
16 Jun-16:02:35 Re: my collection of crystals (Bob Harman)
16 Jun-15:42:49 Re: my collection of crystals (Kaleb)
16 Jun-15:24:15 Re: my collection of crystals (Kevin Schofield)
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I created this Forum with the idea of creating a place to share questions and answers with other mineral enthusiasts and, most importantly, to try to provide a serious space where mineralogy questions can be discussed free of bothersome errors, free due the high standards of the administrators and moderators. We owe much of the success of this Forum to their fine texts; with them helping us, our Forum looks "clean" at least in terms of its scientific content.

During my mineralogical journeys I frequently receive mail asking many different questions. When I answered just the person who sent the message, I always had the feeling of something being lost. By publishing all these questions and answers on the Forum, others can share our thoughts about minerals and mineralogy. That's why I created this Forum.

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FMF English Forum moderated by John S. White and Peter Megaw
John S. White
Peter Megaw

I have been serving as a moderator for the English version of FMF Forum now since 2007. This does not seem possible, but one cannot deny the facts. It has been a lot of fun for me and I hope that visitors to the Forum are enjoying it as well.

We are now (Dec. 2009) adding a new face as an additional moderator - Peter Megaw. Actually Peter is not new to regular visitors to the Forum as he has been one of the most prolific contributors to many of the threads. He brings awesome credentials to this role, all of which I do not have space to detail here. He is a Consulting Geologist and co-founder of IMDEX/Cascabel and MAG Silver. He got his B.A. and M.A. in geology at the University of Texas and a Ph.D. in economic geology from the University of Arizona. He has explored Mexico for 30 years and has made important ore discoveries at Juanicipio-Fresnillo, Zacatecas; Platosa, Durango; and Cinco de Mayo, Chihuahua.

Peter has been a dedicated mineral collector since 1977. Living in Tucson, Arizona, he has served as exhibits chairman for the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show™ every year since 1984. His minerals have won many trophies for him in various competitive displays. He was recently named a consulting editor for Rocks & Minerals Magazine. There is much more that can be written about Peter but space here is somewhat limited.

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Mineral specimen related questions  Topics   Posts   Last Post 
Questions you have about mineral specimens, such as help in identifying a mineral or queries about localities for specimens

Mineralogical Magazines  Topics   Posts   Last Post 
A kind of special space for mineralogical magazines to allow publishers and readers to keep in touch.
What is it about them that makes it a pleasure to receive them, which old ones you miss, the new issues, the new books they publish...
No new posts The Mineralogical Record     
The Mineralogical Record, founded in 1970, is an American mineral magazine of international interest, providing beautifully illustrated articles on minerals and mineral localities worldwide. Additional features include articles on mineral shows, mineral museums, mineralogical and mining collectibles (e.g. antique instruments), profiles of prominent collectors and their collections, book reviews, and articles on the history of mineral collecting and the history of mineralogy. Special-theme supplements to the regular issues are also published.      
This Forum is from now a "Fellow" of the Mineralogical Record magazine (Jordi Fabre) Mar 31, 2017 04:24 Replies: 2 Views: 6298
M.R. vol 48 (2) Tri-State District (Robert Seitz) Mar 29, 2017 19:22 Replies: 2 Views: 2151
New Standards of Excellence in the Mineral Kingdom - M.R. March-April 2014 (Jordi Fabre) Apr 20, 2015 10:51 Replies: 41 Views: 42187
2014 Graphic Excellence Award again for the Mineralogical Record and two more medals! (Jordi Fabre) Dec 31, 2014 13:22 Replies: 3 Views: 6375
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The 2013 Graphic Excellence Award for the Mineralogical Record! (Jordi Fabre) May 22, 2013 12:27 Replies: 0 Views: 6558
The Mineralogical Record (Jordi Fabre) Apr 28, 2010 13:58 Replies: 8 Views: 16351
Article in M. Record about the John White single crystal collection (Jordi Fabre) Sep 26, 2009 08:31 Replies: 2 Views: 10406
Opinions about Mineralogical Record's Article (Jordi Fabre) May 18, 2009 11:59 Replies: 15 Views: 35511
Mineralogical Record, an excellent magazine. (Joan R.) Jan 21, 2008 06:47 Replies: 0 Views: 7778

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No new posts Rocks & Minerals     
Rocks & Minerals has published feature articles on mineralogy, geology, and paleontology since 1926. Regular departments explore such topics as minerals for the collector; microminerals; recent books, videos, and DVDs; coming events; museum news; and personalities in the field. Detailed lists of collecting opportunities in specific localities are published periodically, as are special theme issues.      
Hematite twins (article in Rocks & Minerals Jan/Feb 2018) (Duncan Miller) May 26, 2018 01:35 Replies: 4 Views: 797
Some well-deserved plaudits for Marie Huizing and Rocks & Minerals magazine (Jordi Fabre) Jan 04, 2015 11:27 Replies: 9 Views: 12113
Rocks & Minerals Magazine - May-June 2014 Issue (Peter Megaw) May 24, 2014 15:39 Replies: 2 Views: 7109
Rocks & Minerals Magazine - Jan/Feb 2014 issue (Jordi Fabre) Mar 12, 2014 10:16 Replies: 1 Views: 6008
Rocks & Minerals Magazine - Nov/Dec 2013 issue (Rocks & Minerals) Dec 01, 2013 13:52 Replies: 2 Views: 11206
Superb improvement in the printing quality of R&M Magazine (Jordi Fabre) Apr 29, 2013 09:16 Replies: 3 Views: 8582
Rocks & Minerals ONLINE (Jordi Fabre) Aug 20, 2012 12:03 Replies: 4 Views: 12895
Five years of FMF in Rocks & Minerals (Antonio Alcaide) Oct 04, 2011 12:51 Replies: 1 Views: 8003
In Rock and Minerals: "Natural Versus Aesthetic" from Jesse Fisher (Jordi Fabre) Apr 12, 2010 20:05 Replies: 20 Views: 28790

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No new posts MINERALIEN-Welt     
MINERALIEN-Welt is a German mineral magazine with fine articles about the world of minerals. In this forum we hope to get in touch with our readers. We are open to new ideas for improvement and will also keep you updated about new publications from Bode Verlag.   Moderator MINERALIEN-Welt
MineralienWelt special issue about Bad Ems Pyromorphite (Tobi) Apr 08, 2018 12:19 Replies: 1 Views: 493
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No new posts Le Règne Minéral     
Le Règne Minéral is the French mineralogical magazine since 1995. It has published many articles about classic French mineralogy and new discoveries. The readers can also discover French mineral collectors and personalities, reports of the world’s greatest mineral shows, book reviews, press reviews and many other articles about international mineralogy. Join us!!   Moderator Julien
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Special Edition of Le Règne Minéral (Julien) Jul 10, 2014 10:26 Replies: 0 Views: 5648
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A new book for the end of June: The minerals of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines (Julien) Jun 05, 2013 08:01 Replies: 0 Views: 7398
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French zeolites : Le Règne Minéral Special Issue 17 (Julien) Jun 04, 2012 01:57 Replies: 0 Views: 8371
Le Règne Minéral n°101 (Julien) Oct 11, 2011 06:25 Replies: 3 Views: 10409
Le Règne Minéral n°100 (Julien) Sep 13, 2011 11:38 Replies: 10 Views: 16124

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No new posts Mineral Up Editions     
  Moderator Joaquim Callen
The new issue of Mineral Up is now available! (Joaquim Callen) Oct 24, 2016 19:56 Replies: 2 Views: 4619
Gold for Collectors - The Book (Joaquim Callen) Oct 28, 2014 05:32 Replies: 1 Views: 14084
2014 Mineral Up calendar (Peter Van Hout) Nov 14, 2013 17:34 Replies: 0 Views: 6105

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No new posts Mineralogical Almanac     
Reminiscences of a very old former curator (Jordi Fabre) Jan 23, 2016 11:38 Replies: 1 Views: 5188

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No new posts Blue Cap Productions     
  Moderator BlueCapProductions
What's Hot In Tucson: 2016 (BlueCapProductions) Jun 05, 2018 16:45 Replies: 11 Views: 6751
Breakfast With Minerals - Podcast Discussion - Episode 01 (BlueCapProductions) May 20, 2018 17:57 Replies: 45 Views: 4308
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Sainte Marie: 2016 - Special Exhibit (BlueCapProductions) Oct 31, 2016 16:59 Replies: 37 Views: 19313
A lot of fun with Blue Cap Productions! (Jordi Fabre) Aug 09, 2016 19:35 Replies: 8 Views: 5305
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Lets start the Blue Cap Productions section! (Jordi Fabre) Jan 22, 2016 16:59 Replies: 0 Views: 5560
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Tucson, questionable prices?

Sadly I could not make Tucson this year. I have read your reports (thank you very much) and also some of the other ones on the web and it seems to me that the Tucson world is made up of two very different groups:
- those selling and buying very expensive material at questionable prices ...

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How does "Collection Photos" work?
We have created a section on the forum: "Collection photos and Collector's page" whose aim is to allow all collectors who wish to publish pictures of specimens in their collection. The idea is for each collector/collection to have a single ...

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Jordi Fabre
Very little mineralogy in mineral collecting today
One thing that troubles me greatly about the mineral hobby today is that very few collectors appear to have much, if any, intellectual curiosity about minerals. The focus for most collectors appears to be only beauty and perfection, rather than rari...

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John S. White
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The FMF Forum has an anti-spam system that means that you cannot add links to messages. To give you an idea, each day we get about 20 attempts to post ‘rubbish publicity’ on themes that have nothing to do with minerals. So this system keeps the forum...

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