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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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In memoriam - George Robinson, a man of science, passed away (Jordi Fabre) Apr 23, 2024 17:44 Replies: 3 Views: 1459
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In Memoriam - José Ramón García left us (Jordi Fabre) Jan 01, 2020 16:11 Replies: 3 Views: 27406
Death of Heimo Hellwig (Pierre Joubert) Apr 27, 2019 03:38 Replies: 19 Views: 43659
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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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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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