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A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan
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PostPosted: Oct 28, 2011 18:48    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

The museum staff have been busy making room in the galleries, and installing minerals in the "Michigan Iron Country" gallery. Here are a few photos of the gallery as it is being set up.


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PostPosted: Oct 28, 2011 19:01    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Here are a few close ups of specimens on exhibit.


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Botryoidal Hematite
Jackson Mine, Negaunee, Marquette Co., Michigan
Illustrated in Getting Acquainted with Minerals, Eng.1934,
fig.122, pg.90.
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Botryoidal Hematite
Jackson Mine, Negaunee, Marquette Co., Michigan
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PostPosted: Oct 28, 2011 19:24    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Assorted specimens from the Lake Superior Iron District


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Baryte with Calcite
Carey Mine, Hurley, Wisconsin
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Rhodochrosite
Montreal Mine, Montreal, Wisconsin
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Hematite
Newport-Bonnie Mine, Gogebic Iron Range, Ironwood, Michigan
shows remarkable plumose textures
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Hematite
Norrie Mine, Ironwood, Michigan
21.6 x 9.5 x 8 cm
Donated by A. E. Seaman
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Manganite and Baryte
Caland Mine, Atikokan, Ontario, Canada
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PostPosted: Oct 28, 2011 21:31    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Hello,

Super images of wonderful specimens, probably not widely known but classic for the Great Lakes region. These minerals are among my favorites.

Last week had the pleasure of a brief tour by George Robinson of this developing exhibit at a slightly earlier stage. George showed me some large groutite specimens from the Minnesota ranges and recently acquired by the museum. You might feature those pieces in the future as well as other minerals from northern Minnesota.

It is peculiar that northern Minnesota is not better known for fine minerals of the Great Lakes Iron District despite the large amount of ore that comes from those mines over the years but perhaps collecting was less popular or not encouraged. Collecting was encouraged at the Montreal Mine in Wisconsin (Gogebic Range) and that mine certainly produced classics. But note that in John's post a variety of mines are represented. I have run into some collectors who only want Montreal Mine pieces in their collection. In my opinion that is nearsighted and could encourage mislabeling of specimens. John's post indicates the wide variety of mines that produced fine pieces.

Please continue to keep us informed of progress at the Seaman Museum!

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PostPosted: Oct 30, 2011 17:31    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Sorry these images aren't as sharp as when I can do them in a proper studio, but at least you can get an idea of the displays as I shoot them through the glass with my
simple camera..



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Cannon Mine, Stambaugh, Michigan
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PostPosted: Nov 24, 2011 11:07    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

This past week, the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum opened its Lake Superior Iron District Gallery!


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Sherwood Mine, Menominee Range, Iron RIver, Michigan
50 x 75 cm
At the entrance to the gallery, just past the Keweenaw gallery, is this large botryoidal hematite, which visitors will be allowed to touch.
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PostPosted: Nov 24, 2011 11:45    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Most of the cases show minerals from a particular range, along with some brief explanatory text and a photo of the site.


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This case features minerals from the Gogebic iron range. Particularly striking are the large spheroidal manganoan-calcites and the fine rhodochrosite (lower right) from the Montreal Mine, Iron Co., Wisconsin
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PostPosted: Nov 24, 2011 14:25    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Part of the Michipicoten range case.


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Goethite and Pyrite
Michipicoten range, Wawa, Ontario, Canada
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PostPosted: Nov 24, 2011 21:44    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

This case features specimens from the Cuyuna and Mesabi ranges, Minnesota. The groutite specimens from the Robert mine are particularly fine.


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Cuyuna and Mesabi ranges, Minnesota.
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Robert Mine, Minnesota
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Robert Mine, Minnesota
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PostPosted: Nov 28, 2011 21:57    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

The micrograph of goethite and pyrite on page 3 posted on 12/25/2010 is from this wonderful display-size specimen from the George W. MacLeod Mine, Wawa, Ontario.


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PostPosted: Nov 28, 2011 22:01    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Seamanite from the Chicagon Mine, Iron Co., Michigan was named in honor of Professor A. E. Seaman, first curator of the museum. This cabinet specimen is covered by seamanite crystals to several mm long.

(Sorry about having to shoot through the cases with my portable camera; once the museum's photo studio reopens, we'll get some better photos posted. Even better, come and see the specimens in person!)



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PostPosted: Nov 28, 2011 22:13    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

I love this specimen of cryptomelane. The spheres to 6mm across are just perfect.


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Ironwood, Michigan
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PostPosted: Nov 29, 2011 20:20    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

These manganoan calcites from the Montreal Mine are wondrous.


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Montreal Mine, Montreal, Wisconsin
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Montreal Mine, Montreal, Wisconsin
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PostPosted: Nov 30, 2011 22:16    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

This hematite shows some interesting stalactitic morphology.


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PostPosted: Dec 05, 2011 16:33    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

A few fine mineral specimens from the midwest United States...


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Calcite enclosing marcasite-marked phantom
Berry Materials Quarry, North Vernon, Indiana
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Lance T. Hampel donation.
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Meshberger quarry, Columbus, Indiana
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Lance T. Hampel donation.
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France Stone Quarry, Fort Wayne, Indiana
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Aragonite with calcite and limonite
Highway 37 road cut, Bloomington, Indiana
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Holly Leppert donation (Norman Leppert collection)
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PostPosted: Dec 07, 2011 21:39    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

The new Michigan Basin minerals gallery will be opening very soon!


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White Rock Quarry, Clay Center, Ohio
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This large fluorite from Ohio is in the case at the entrance to the exhibit. The specimens from the Michigan Basin (which includes part of Ohio) just don't seem to get the recognition they deserve.
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Woolmith Quarry, Maybee, Monroe Co., Michigan
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Michigan celestines hold their own compared to those from anywhere in the world.
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Sulfur and Celestine
Woolmith Quarry, Maybee, Monroe Co., Michigan
Large cabinet
The sulfurs from Michigan also deserve more attention!
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Maybee, Monroe Co., Michigan
small cabinet
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PostPosted: Dec 08, 2011 04:18    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

John Jaszczak wrote:
The sulfurs from Michigan also deserve more attention!

Certainly yes!!! They are large and well formed.

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PostPosted: Dec 09, 2011 21:17    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Another very fine celestine from the Woolmith Quarry.


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Woolmith Quarry, Maybee, Michigan
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PostPosted: Dec 10, 2011 13:51    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

"Located near the village of Newport in Monroe County, Michigan, the Holloway (Rockport Stone) quarry has produced some of the finest celestine specimens from North America, as well as the largest and best fluorite crystals from Michigan."


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Holloway Quarry, Monroe Co., Michigan
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Holloway Quarry, Monroe Co., Michigan
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Holloway Quarry, Monroe Co., Michigan
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PostPosted: Dec 11, 2011 13:30    Post subject: Re: A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum, Michigan Technological Univ., Houghton, Michigan  

Something special for meteorite lovers-
this Iron-Nickel meteorite was found in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1883. It was donated to the museum by Donald C. Gabriel.



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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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