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PostPosted: Oct 11, 2015 10:37    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Peter, there are 250 new rocks which have been added since you last made us the honor of your visit two years ago!
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PostPosted: Oct 11, 2015 16:02    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

I think those "rocks" are 250 incredible mineral specimens and it would certainly be a pleasure to visit again.


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PostPosted: Oct 12, 2015 08:03    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 33  

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917.jpg
 Mineral: Pyrargyrite
 Locality:
Zacatecas, Mexico
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 4,5 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,0 cm
Aggregate of brown and red crystals with a trigonal appearance
MIM number 917
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  27144 Time(s)

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918.jpg
 Mineral: Pyrargyrite and Calcite
 Locality:
San Luis shaft, Fresnillo de González Echeverría (Fresnillo), Municipio Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico
 Dimensions: 7,5 x 6,5 x 5,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,1 cm
Large, translucent, dark crystals; some white calcite veins
MIM number 918
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  27102 Time(s)

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919.jpg
 Mineral: Pyrargyrite
 Locality:
Santo Niño vein, Fresnillo de González Echeverría (Fresnillo), Municipio Fresnillo, Zacatecas, Mexico
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 5,5 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,0 cm
Aggregate of short, dark, brilliant crystals
MIM number 919
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  27118 Time(s)

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920.jpg
 Mineral: Pyrargyrite on Quartz
 Locality:
Taxco de Alarcón, Municipio Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico
 Dimensions: 9,0 x 6,0 x 6,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 0,5 cm
Tuft of small dark crystals on white quartz
MIM number 920
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27119 Time(s)

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921.jpg
 Mineral: Silver
 Locality:
Batopilas, Andrés del Río District, Municipio Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 10,0 x 4,5 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Block of thread-like silver folded at the ends
MIM number 921
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  27124 Time(s)

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922.jpg
 Mineral: Silver with Calcite
 Locality:
La Nevada Mine, Cerro San Antonio, San Miguel, Batopilas, Andrés del Río District, Municipio Batopilas, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 3,5 x 7,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,0 cm
Silver feathers set on a calcite gangue with an side crystal that looks like a fish bone
MIM number 922
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  27119 Time(s)

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923.jpg
 Mineral: Wulfenite
 Locality:
Erupción Mine (Ahumada Mine), Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 6,0 x 5,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,3 cm
Intact, orange tabular crystals on a limonite matrix
MIM number 923
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  27152 Time(s)

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924.jpg
 Mineral: Wulfenite on Calcite
 Locality:
Erupción Mine (Ahumada Mine), Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 10,5 x 4,5 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,9 cm
Thick cubic crystals of orange color on a white matrix
MIM number 924
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  27098 Time(s)

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925.jpg
 Mineral: Wulfenite
 Locality:
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
 Dimensions: 10,0 x 6,5 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,6 cm
Group of brown strips with a black core
MIM number 925
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  27119 Time(s)

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926.jpg
 Mineral: Wulfenite
 Locality:
Erupción Mine (Ahumada Mine), Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 7,5 x 5,0 x 7,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,8 cm
Two-tone, thick, square tablets on a gangue
MIM number 926
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  27140 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Oct 12, 2015 09:48    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Outstanding wulfenites from Los Lamentos (924.jpg and 926.jpg)!!!
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PostPosted: Oct 12, 2015 09:56    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

918 Pyrargyrite is probably my favorite pyrargyrite from anywhere. The creedite is really something to behold as are the rest of the Mexican suite from Miguel Romero's collection. The boleite suite is really quite something as well.
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PostPosted: Oct 12, 2015 14:13    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

OK, now I'm motivated to comment on this particular thread. Based on the photos that Salim has kindly shared here, on the MIM Facebook page, and for the two MR articles about the Museum, adjectives like "incredible, amazing and spectacular" are inadequate to describe what Salim has done and is doing.

This is simply the most important reference and aesthetic collection extant, and it is noble work. Congrats and please do keep the photos/descriptions coming. They serve as an invaluable and inspirational repository unlike anything else!

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PostPosted: Oct 12, 2015 23:55    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Jim wrote:
OK, now I'm motivated to comment on this particular thread. Based on the photos that Salim has kindly shared here, on the MIM Facebook page, and for the two MR articles about the Museum, adjectives like "incredible, amazing and spectacular" are inadequate to describe what Salim has done and is doing.

This is simply the most important reference and aesthetic collection extant, and it is noble work. Congrats and please do keep the photos/descriptions coming. They serve as an invaluable and inspirational repository unlike anything else!


Jim, thank you for your very kind words. I hope that you can make it one day to Lebanon to visit the museum - and the country (you'll see, it is less wild than what media generally depict!)
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PostPosted: Oct 13, 2015 15:54    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

MIM Museum wrote:
Jim wrote:
OK, now I'm motivated to comment on this particular thread. Based on the photos that Salim has kindly shared here, on the MIM Facebook page, and for the two MR articles about the Museum, adjectives like "incredible, amazing and spectacular" are inadequate to describe what Salim has done and is doing.

This is simply the most important reference and aesthetic collection extant, and it is noble work. Congrats and please do keep the photos/descriptions coming. They serve as an invaluable and inspirational repository unlike anything else!


Jim, thank you for your very kind words. I hope that you can make it one day to Lebanon to visit the museum - and the country (you'll see, it is less wild than what media generally depict!)
Salim


Salim,

It would be a wonderful honor to come see the collection in person. Also, I'm sure Bryan Swoboda of Blue Cap Productions would appreciate the chance to speak with you about a new film series idea that would be perfect to include MIM.

Thanks!

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PostPosted: Oct 17, 2015 14:57    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 34  

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927.jpg
 Mineral: Wulfenite
 Locality:
Erupción Mine (Ahumada Mine), Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 10,5 x 8,0 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,2 cm
Small, sharp-edged, brilliant, transparent squares
MIM number 927
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26596 Time(s)

927.jpg



928.jpg
 Mineral: Wulfenite
 Locality:
Erupción Mine (Ahumada Mine), Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 6,5 x 4,5 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,3 cm
Transparent, brilliant, orange tablets
MIM number 928
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26580 Time(s)

928.jpg



929.jpg
 Mineral: Wulfenite with Mimetite
 Locality:
San Francisco Mine, Cerro Prieto, Cucurpe, Municipio Cucurpe, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 9,0 x 4,5 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,8 cm
Thin orange crystals set with mimetite balls
MIM number 929
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26584 Time(s)

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930.jpg
 Mineral: Wulfenite with Mimetite
 Locality:
San Francisco Mine, Cerro Prieto, Cucurpe, Municipio Cucurpe, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 6,0 x 5,0 x 2,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,7 cm
Large, thin, shiny square crystal set with balls of mimetite
MIM number 930
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26580 Time(s)

930.jpg



931.jpg
 Mineral: Pyrite with Quartz
 Locality:
Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 12,0 x 12,0 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,1 cm
Very elongated hexagonal crystals bent over the two faces of a sheet of microcrystalline quartz
MIM number 931
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26558 Time(s)

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932.jpg
 Mineral: Buergerite
 Locality:
San Luis Potosí, Mexico
 Dimensions: 16,5 x 11,5 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,3 cm
Radiating aggregates of lustrous brown crystals
MIM number 932
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26604 Time(s)

932.jpg



933.jpg
 Mineral: Buergerite
 Locality:
San Luis Potosí, Mexico
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 3,0 x 2,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,5 cm
Lustrous brown crystals lying flat on a gangue
MIM number 933
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26542 Time(s)

933.jpg



934.jpg
 Mineral: Boleite
 Locality:
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 2,5 x 2,5 x 2,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,2 cm
Large, shiny, polysynthetic quasi-cubic crystal
MIM number 934
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26528 Time(s)

934.jpg



935.jpg
 Mineral: Boleite
 Locality:
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 1,5 x 1,5 x 1,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,2 cm
Perfect, sharp-edged, brilliant quasi-cubic crystal
MIM number 935
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26562 Time(s)

935.jpg



936.jpg
 Mineral: Boleite
 Locality:
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 1,0 x 1,0 x 1,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 0,9 cm
Several overlapping cubes giving a quasi-spherical appearance to the ensemble
MIM number 936
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26529 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Oct 18, 2015 17:26    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 35  

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937.jpg
 Mineral: Boleite
 Locality:
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 1,0 x 1,0 x 1,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 0,9 cm
Perfect, very well crystallized twinned crystal
MIM number 937
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26379 Time(s)

937.jpg



939.jpg
 Mineral: Boleite
 Locality:
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 1,0 x 1,0 x 1,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 0,6 cm
Twin of three perfect, interpenetrating crystals
MIM number 939
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26379 Time(s)

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940.jpg
 Mineral: Boleite
 Locality:
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 1,0 x 1,0 x 1,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 0,9 cm
Perfect, sharp-edged, brilliant cube
MIM number 940
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26372 Time(s)

940.jpg



941.jpg
 Mineral: Pseudoboleite
 Locality:
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 1,0 x 1,0 x 1,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,1 cm
Perfect, lustrous blue cube with tiered edges
MIM number 941
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26368 Time(s)

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942.jpg
 Mineral: Pseudoboleite
 Locality:
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 1,0 x 1,0 x 1,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 0,8 cm
Small, perfect, blue cube with tiered edges
MIM number 942
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26376 Time(s)

942.jpg



943.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (variety amethyst)
 Locality:
Piedra Parada (Las Vigas), Municipio Tatatila, Veracruz (Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave), Mexico
 Dimensions: 3,5 x 3,0 x 0,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,2 cm
Japan Law twin of practically intact amethyst, 3.5cm in width
MIM number 943
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26425 Time(s)

943.jpg



944.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (variety amethyst)
 Locality:
Amatitlán, Municipio Zumpango del Río, Guerrero, Mexico
 Dimensions: 17,0 x 3,5 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 16,8 cm
Sheaf of crystals laid out at 180° of one another with milky ends
MIM number 944
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26379 Time(s)

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945.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (variety amethyst)
 Locality:
Amatitlán, Municipio Zumpango del Río, Guerrero, Mexico
 Dimensions: 14,0 x 12,5 x 19,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 14,4 cm
Sheaf of crystals with good coloring, one broken lateral crystal and impact marks on the back
MIM number 945
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26347 Time(s)

945.jpg



946.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (variety amethyst)
 Locality:
Piedra Parada (Las Vigas), Municipio Tatatila, Veracruz (Veracruz de Ignacio de la Llave), Mexico
 Dimensions: 14,5 x 13,5 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,2 cm
Transparent, intact crystals set on a thin sheet, one crystal in the form of a scepter
MIM number 946
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26407 Time(s)

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947.jpg
 Mineral: Calcite on Quartz
 Locality:
Guanajuato, Mexico
 Dimensions: 12,0 x 6,5 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 10,0 cm
Almost intact, white scalenohedron on quartz matrix
MIM number 947
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26377 Time(s)

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949.jpg
 Mineral: Scheelite
 Locality:
Santa Cruz, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 3,5 x 3,5 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,0 cm
Rather intact, honey-colored single crystal
MIM number 949
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26097 Time(s)

949.jpg



950.jpg
 Mineral: Bournonite on Pyrite
 Locality:
Noche Buena Mine, Noche Buena, Municipio Mazapil, Zacatecas, Mexico
 Dimensions: 9,0 x 7,5 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,9 cm
Silvery tabular crystal on pyrite matrix
MIM number 950
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26087 Time(s)

950.jpg



951.jpg
 Mineral: Cumengeite
 Locality:
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 1,5 x 1,5 x 1,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,5 cm
Crystals growing in epitaxy on a crystal of boleite, with 2 faces without cumengite
MIM number 951
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26086 Time(s)

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952.jpg
 Mineral: Cumengeite
 Locality:
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 1,5 x 1,5 x 1,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,4 cm
Crystal with 6 points developed in epitaxy on the faces of a crystal of boleite, of which some are naturally truncated
MIM number 952
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26100 Time(s)

952.jpg



953.jpg
 Mineral: Cumengeite
 Locality:
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 1,5 x 1,5 x 1,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,2 cm
Crystal with 6 points developed in epitaxy on the faces of a crystal of boleite, with a slightly rough surface
MIM number 953
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26071 Time(s)

953.jpg



954.jpg
 Mineral: Cumengeite
 Locality:
Amelia Mine, Santa Rosalía (El Boleo), Boleo District, Municipio Mulegé, Baja California Sur, Mexico
 Dimensions: 1,0 x 1,0 x 1,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 0,6 cm
Small perfect crystal with 6 terminated points developed in epitaxy on the faces of a crystal of boleite
MIM number 954
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26066 Time(s)

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955.jpg
 Mineral: Tennantite on Quartz
 Locality:
Concepción del Oro, Municipio Concepción del Oro, Zacatecas, Mexico
 Dimensions: 6,5 x 4,5 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,1 cm
Sharp-edged crystal on white quartz points
MIM number 955
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26092 Time(s)

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956.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 14,5 x 8,5 x 8,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,7 cm
Polysynthetic, colorless and transparent octahedrons on a sphalerite matrix
MIM number 956
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26072 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Naica, Municipio Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 7,5 x 7,5 x 9,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,5 cm
Group of two colorless, brilliant twinned crystals -- violet at the edges-- with a bubble of liquid inside (spinel twin)
MIM number 957
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  26082 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Legrandite
 Locality:
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
 Dimensions: 13,5 x 10,5 x 19,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 16,5 cm
Large sheaf of very brilliant, yellow crystals in a V-shape, micro-crystallized scorodite and traces of limonite at the top
Mim number 958
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26128 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Legrandite
 Locality:
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
 Dimensions: 2,5 x 1,5 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,0 cm
Perfect sheaf of bright lemon yellow, double terminated crystals
MIM number 959
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25677 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Legrandite
 Locality:
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
 Dimensions: 2,5 x 1,5 x 5,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,9 cm
Sheaf of dark yellow crystals, the lower part containing transparent crystals
MIM number 960
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25666 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Legrandite
 Locality:
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
 Dimensions: 6,0 x 6,5 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,1 cm
Limonite geode in a sandwich with several yellow crystals
MIM number 962
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25728 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Jalpaite
 Locality:
Jalpa, Municipio Jalpa, Zacatecas, Mexico
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 3,0 x 2,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,6 cm
Perfect, sharp-edged hoppered crystal covered with green spots. This specimen was used by Dr. Fabregat in Mexico City to make a complete crystallographic study of the species in 1967.
Mim number 963
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  25734 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Rhodochrosite
 Locality:
Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 7,5 x 7,5 x 10,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,0 cm
Sharp-edged, pink-red gem crystals on a hard, black gangue
MIM number 964
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25704 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Pearceite
 Locality:
Guanajuato, Mexico
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 2,5 x 2,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,7 cm
Rosette of two perfect, brilliant crystals
MIM number 965
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25676 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Paradamite
 Locality:
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
 Dimensions: 6,5 x 4,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,2 cm
Perfect yellow-brown crystals in the shape of a chisel on limonite matrix
MIM number 966
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25679 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Vanadinite
 Locality:
San Carlos Mine (Apex Mine), San Carlos, Municipio Manuel Benavides, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 9,0 x 8,0 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,3 cm
Brown-orange crystals resembling pyromorphite on a calcite gangue
MIM number 967
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25693 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Ludlamite on Siderite
 Locality:
San Antonio Mine (San Antonio el Grande Mine), East Camp, Santa Eulalia District, Municipio Aquiles Serdán, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 4,0 x 3,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,7 cm
Thick, dark green tabular crystals with small siderite crystals
MIM number 968
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25705 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Mimetite
 Locality:
San Pedro Corralitos, Municipio Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 17,0 x 10,0 x 7,0 cm
 Description:
Yellow balls exhibiting a “wet” look in a limonite geode
MIM number 969
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25679 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Mimetite
 Locality:
San Pedro Corralitos, Municipio Casas Grandes, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 9,0 x 6,0 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Yellow balls covering two faces of a strip of limonite
MIM number 970
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25332 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Rogerley Mine, Frosterley, Weardale, North Pennines Orefield, County Durham, England / United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 16,0 x 15,5 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,1 cm
Plate covered with intact, transparent and brilliant interpenetration twins, very dichroic in green and purple
MIM number 971
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25331 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Bastnäsite-(Ce)
 Locality:
Zagi Mountain, Hameed Abad Kafoor Dheri, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 4,5 x 4,0 x 3,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,7 cm
Perfect amber-colored, hexagonal prism, with an side crystal
MIM number 972
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25235 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Monazite (Group)
 Locality:
Espinosa, Janaúba, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 4,5 x 4,0 x 3,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,5 cm
Sharp-edged, amber-colored twinned crystal in an X-shape
MIM number 973
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25286 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Rutile
 Locality:
Diamantina, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 5,5 x 3,5 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,6 cm
Brilliant red, reticulated crystals on a group of small, intact quartz crystals (max 3.7cm)
MIM number 974
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25252 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Zircon
 Locality:
Astor Valley, Astor District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 20,0 x 16,0 x 10,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,8 cm
Small, sharp-edged, red, double terminated crystals on a cream-colored matrix
MIM number 975
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25233 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Brookite on Quartz
 Locality:
Thurdook (Thurdok), Zard Mountain, Ras Koh Mountains, Kharan, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 4,0 x 6,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,3 cm
Sheaf of 7 brown crystals on quartz
MIM number 976
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25263 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Brookite on Quartz
 Locality:
Thurdook (Thurdok), Zard Mountain, Ras Koh Mountains, Kharan, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 9,5 x 6,0 x 7,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,4 cm
Group of 2 perfect, transparent red crystals on a matrix with faden quartz
MIM number 977
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25268 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Brookite
 Locality:
Thurdook (Thurdok), Zard Mountain, Ras Koh Mountains, Kharan, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 3,5 x 3,0 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,1 cm
Group of 3 transparent red crystals, including one that is double terminated
MIM number 978
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25247 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Brookite
 Locality:
Thurdook (Thurdok), Zard Mountain, Ras Koh Mountains, Kharan, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 7,5 x 5,0 x 6,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,6 cm
Group of 4 transparent red crystals on an elongated cream-colored matrix
MIM number 979
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
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PostPosted: Nov 21, 2015 12:59    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

What a wonderful collection. Almost all of the specimens were chosen by the collector for their most aesthetic appearance, luster. color and high quality. Just truly amazing and stunning.
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PostPosted: Nov 22, 2015 12:23    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

I just only recently went through the multiple pages of your mineral photographs, Mr. Edde'. You are to be congratulated for your Herculean efforts in gathering such a wonderful mineral collection while running under the radar.

I was in communication with my good friend John White yesterday and both of us believe that not only are the selections of the common and the rare species so well represented in spectacular fashion, but, as John so eloquently pointed out, it is important that you "selected some very esoteric things, not just the super pretties". And, there is something else. We see a very rare phenomenon in you, Mr. Edde'. In our century plus experience of mineral collecting, we find it is a rare mineral collector indeed, who combines the ability to assemble such a collection, with an unbelievable sense of aesthetics and impact in almost all of the specimens shown. Thank you so much for sharing these photographs of the MIM collection. Personally, while I travel a lot, much of my travel is relegated to less populated areas where geologic exposures and birds rule. The chances of my seeing this amazing collection in person are remote, so I thank you for allowing me to view these exceptional pieces through the internet. The Jalpaite, by the way, is one of my personal favorites.

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PostPosted: Nov 22, 2015 13:36    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 39  

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 Mineral: Hibonite
 Locality:
Ambatomika, Tranomaro, Amboasary District, Anosy Region (Fort Dauphin Region), Toliara Province (Tuléar), Madagascar
 Dimensions: 5,5 x 4,5 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,0 cm
Lustrous, black, double terminated, hexagonal crystal in a barrel shape on a cream-colored feldspar matrix
MIM number 981
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25025 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Zircon
 Locality:
Ambalarano, Ikalamavony District, Matsiatra Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 3,5 x 3,0 x 9,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 8,9 cm
Sharp-edged, opaque, brown pegmatite crystal
MIM number 982
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25061 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Annabergite
 Locality:
Lavrion Mines, Lavrion Mining District, Attikí (Attica) Prefecture, Greece
 Dimensions: 5,5 x 4,5 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,0 cm
Cavity full of small, brilliant green crystals
MIM number 990
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25095 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Gold
 Locality:
El Infierno Mine, Icabarú river placers, Santa Elena de Uairen, Gran Sabana, Bolívar State, Venezuela
 Dimensions: 5,5 x 4,0 x 12,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 11,9 cm
Light yellow crystals in the shape of a ram's horns, with quartz traces at the base. Analysis showed the following composition: 84.5% Au, 15.4% Ag
MIM number 991
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25069 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Gold
 Locality:
Talbot Mine, Big Blow - Bardoc, Broad Arrow, Kalgoorlie-Boulder Shire, Western Australia, Australia
 Dimensions: 4,5 x 2,5 x 5,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,1 cm
Alluvial nugget in a hopper habit with traces of quartz
MIM number 992
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25055 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Gold
 Locality:
Round Mountain Mine, Round Mountain, Round Mountain District, Nye County, Nevada, USA
 Dimensions: 8,5 x 7,5 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,2 cm
Group of brilliant crystals in a spinel twin
MIM number 994
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25078 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Gold
 Locality:
Round Mountain Mine, Round Mountain, Round Mountain District, Nye County, Nevada, USA
 Dimensions: 6,5 x 8,0 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Fine crystal lace in the shape of fish bones and very sharp-edged cubic crystals
MIM number 995
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25094 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Uraninite
 Locality:
Swamp No. 1 Quarry, Topsham, Sagadahoc County, Maine, USA
 Dimensions: 2,5 x 2,5 x 1,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,4 cm
Lustrous, black cubo-octahedron with a sharp-edged upper portion and contacted bottom
MIM number 996
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25056 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Samarskite
 Locality:
Divinésia (Divino de Ubá), Ubá, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 6,0 x 3,5 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,4cm
Group of relatively well formed, sub-parallel, brown, lanceolate crystals
MIM number 997
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25042 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Beryl (variety aquamarine)
 Locality:
Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 3,0 x 3,0 x 9,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7,9 cm
Complex, very pale blue single crystal with an inclusion at the base in the form of a spiral with 9 steps
MIM number 998
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  25072 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Nov 23, 2015 01:01    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Dear Mr. Potucek
Thank you for your very kind words. Pictures will unfortunately convey only partially the beauty of these marvels of nature.
I know that my country, Lebanon, is not one of the most popular destinations nowadays, but it is a country that is 3 hours 45 min away from Paris, for instance, that does not require visas for Europeans or Americans, and that is far less wild than what is inferred by reading newspapers!
If you decide to make it to Beirut, please let me know: it will be my pleasure to tour you around the museum!
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PostPosted: Nov 23, 2015 03:39    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Beirut is "the Paris of the Middle East" !
Having been in Paris so many times, but not yet in Beirut, is a shame on me.
Lebanon has so many beautiful places to see, people to meet, nice food to eat, wines to drink, we can dance, look at minerals, go to the beach, ski in the mountains, walk in the cedar forests, visit Baalbek, Byblos, Tyre, et cetera, so much beauty.
I would love so much to go to Lebanon. If one day we have again some money to travel, we will come, with my wife and now two children. We will walk, feel safe and have a good time.

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PostPosted: Nov 23, 2015 04:05    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Frank, you will be most welcome! Please let me know when you plan to make us the honor of a visit!
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PostPosted: Nov 23, 2015 05:21    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Mr. Potucek
I should add that we have several bird watch posts in the Bekaa valley (Kfarzabad, Ammiq among others in the various swamps of the region where birds migrating between Africa and Europe make periodic stops).
You could thus combine bird watching with minerals !

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