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08 Feb-17:27:20 Can alpha radiation from titanite, zircon, etc. Affect other mineral specimens? (Garret)
08 Feb-12:31:16 Re: collection of enrique llorens (Enrique Llorens)
08 Feb-00:26:26 Re: collection of volkmar stingl (Volkmar Stingl)
07 Feb-20:15:04 Re: don lum collection (Don Lum)
07 Feb-12:18:17 Re: collection of firmo espinar (Firmo Espinar)
07 Feb-11:22:54 Re: collection of carles millan (Enrique Llorens)
07 Feb-07:07:22 Re: collection of enrique llorens (Enrique Llorens)
07 Feb-04:13:08 Re: collection of enrique llorens (Carles Millan)
07 Feb-03:39:40 Re: collection of enrique llorens (Tobi)
07 Feb-03:30:05 Re: the mim museum in beirut, lebanon (Mim Museum)
07 Feb-00:59:03 Re: collection of volkmar stingl (Volkmar Stingl)
06 Feb-16:00:40 Collection of carles millan - fluorapatite from chumar bakhoor (Carles Millan)
06 Feb-13:25:31 Re: collection of enrique llorens (Volkmar Stingl)
06 Feb-11:27:15 Re: collection of enrique llorens (Enrique Llorens)
06 Feb-10:46:12 Cavansite vs pentagonite brief guide for beginners (Minerals & Fossils Yt)
06 Feb-06:02:47 The mizunaka collection - topaz (Am Mizunaka)
06 Feb-00:53:14 Re: collection of ras (Robert Seitz)
06 Feb-00:06:47 Re: collection of volkmar stingl (Volkmar Stingl)
05 Feb-23:43:11 Re: elbaite from pala ? (Jesse Fisher)
05 Feb-21:13:40 Re: don lum collection (Don Lum)
05 Feb-18:40:28 Re: tucson shows 2023 - let the fun begin (Bob Kerr)
05 Feb-17:00:25 Elbaite from pala ? (Roger Warin)
05 Feb-14:51:28 Re: naturhistoriches museum of wien (austria) (Lluis)
05 Feb-12:49:30 Re: naturhistoriches museum of wien (vienna, austria) (Robert Seitz)
05 Feb-10:49:43 Collection of carles millan - vesuvianite from vesuvius - type locality (Carles Millan)

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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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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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Use this forum to tell us about your experiences of visiting museums, exhibits or private collections.   Moderators Jordi Fabre, chris, Gail, Alan.Hart, Antonio Alcaide
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Museum of Natural History Wiesbaden - asking for help/info wrt special exhibition (Montanpark) May 25, 2020 10:18 Replies: 4 Views: 9025
We have a problem in Barcelona City with the Martorell Museum (Jordi Fabre) Nov 30, 2018 14:19 Replies: 10 Views: 30243
The collectors and the Museums of Minerals (Peter Lemkin) Oct 23, 2018 22:09 Replies: 8 Views: 18487
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1 16 Aug 06, 2015 14:22
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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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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:
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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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