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The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon
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PostPosted: Mar 07, 2016 13:59    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

chris wrote:
Hi Folks,
cousin told me about videos on YouTube about the MIM Museum. Here are the links :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StatGGnqyY8
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc28tOlGuvI
Enjoy
Christophe

It's just some days ago that I discovered and watched them on Federico's channel, those provide a fantastic insight into this world-class museum!
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PostPosted: Mar 07, 2016 14:47    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Tom Mazanec wrote:
I was wondering...is this museum safe? Nowhere is perfectly safe, as NYC learned on 9-11, but I have always thought this part of the world to be a hazardous place to go. Am I too fooled by sensational news reports?


It's probably a matter of perspective - you're in more danger crossing the road etc. Sure the occasional bad thing happens in Beirut but I would think that 99% of the time (in recent years) it's fine, but the good times don't get the sensationalist reporting that bad times do.

Judging by the outstanding quality and size of the mineral specimens in the MIM Museum that have been posted here, I reckon the greatest danger would be from fainting and hitting your head on the floor!
A chance I will have to take myself, one day, hopefully soon...

Pierre, I agree - that Grossular specimen 1171jpg is incredibly beautiful.

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PostPosted: Mar 07, 2016 15:40    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Mike Wood wrote:
Tom Mazanec wrote:
I was wondering...is this museum safe? Nowhere is perfectly safe, as NYC learned on 9-11, but I have always thought this part of the world to be a hazardous place to go. Am I too fooled by sensational news reports?


It's probably a matter of perspective - you're in more danger crossing the road etc. Sure the occasional bad thing happens in Beirut but I would think that 99% of the time (in recent years) it's fine, but the good times don't get the sensationalist reporting that bad times do.

Judging by the outstanding quality and size of the mineral specimens in the MIM Museum that have been posted here, I reckon the greatest danger would be from fainting and hitting your head on the floor!
A chance I will have to take myself, one day, hopefully soon...

Pierre, I agree - that Grossular specimen 1171jpg is incredibly beautiful.


I can only second what Mike said.
There are many superb photos and excellent videos taken by professionals but frankly they don't do any justice to the quality of that collection.
And if you do recover from fainting and hitting your head on the floor, danger #2 is the addictive Lebanese food which is quite different from the exported version that you might have already experienced around the world.
All what you need is a reliable car and driver to get around which is something that can be easily arranged by your hotel.
Gérard
PS: Because you will faint so many times on your first visit, make sure you stay long enough for a second one.
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PostPosted: Mar 20, 2016 13:47    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 54  

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1179.jpg
 Mineral: Cuprite
 Locality:
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovsky District, Altai Krai, Russia
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 4,0 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Ensemble of two slightly shifted octahedrons with 2 dull red faces on the surface, and the other faces brilliant. The metallic color becoming red on the surface under strong lighting is probably due to the fact that the cuprite crystallized with a greater proportion of tenorite than that of cuprites from Africa.
MIM number 1179
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29688 Time(s)

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1180.jpg
 Mineral: Cuprite
 Locality:
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovsky District, Altai Krai, Russia
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 4,0 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,0 cm
Octahedral shining and intact at summits truncated with some complex faces and of the micro-crystallized money traces. The metal color not becoming red surfaces some that under strong lighting is probably due to the fact that cuprite crystallized with a more important proportion of tenorite than that of cuprites of Africa.
MIM number 1180
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29700 Time(s)

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1181.jpg
 Mineral: Cuprite
 Locality:
Poteryaevskoe Mine, Rubtsovsky District, Altai Krai, Russia
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 4,0 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,7 cm
Two lustrous, overlapping octahedrons with complex faces. The metallic color becoming red on the surface under strong lighting is probably due to the fact that the cuprite crystallized with a greater proportion of tenorite than that of cuprites from Africa.
MIM number 1181
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29665 Time(s)

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1182.jpg
 Mineral: Cassiterite
 Locality:
Pingwu Mine, Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 9,5 x 13,0 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 8,9 cm
Ensemble of 4 brilliant and practically intact black crystals with mica incrustations on the back; the two larger crystals clearly exhibit several quadratic faces.
MIM number 1182
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29693 Time(s)

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1184.jpg
 Mineral: Grossular and Diopside
 Locality:
Laietto, Condove, Susa Valley, Metropolitan City of Turin Province, Piedmont (Piemonte), Italy
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 5,0 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,3 cm
Plate covered with perfect, very brilliant, orangey-red crystals, sprinkled with very light green, almost transparent (1.2 cm max) and small bluish-green rosettes of clinochlore. The grossulars are elongated and, in fact, might be richer in hydrogrossular than in hessonite. A large, rather elongated, translucent and perfect composed crystal is perched at the end of the plate.
Mim number 1184
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  29711 Time(s)

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1185.jpg
 Mineral: Epidote
 Locality:
Falin Lake, Usseglio, Val di Viù / Viù Valley, Lanzo Valleys (Valli di Lanzo), Metropolitan City of Turin Province, Piedmont (Piemonte), Italy
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 4,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,4 cm
Very brilliant, greenish-black crytal with green moiré reflections revealing a very sharp-edged reentrant twin. The top is perfect.
MIM number 1185
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29689 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Malachite
 Locality:
Luishia Mine, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 45,0 x 41,0 x 21,0 cm
 Description:
Large plate covered mostly in dark green stalactites in the form of curved fingers
MIM number 1187
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29671 Time(s)

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1188.jpg
 Mineral: Cassiterite with Beryl (variety aquamarine)
 Locality:
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 21,0 x 13,0 x 10,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 8,0 cm
Two rows of very lustrous, black twinned crystals on either side of a pale blue, flattened beryl measuring 13,1 cm. The beryl is intact, but its flat faces bear dissolution marks while its edges are smooth. The ensemble is on a blade sprinkled with mica.
MIM number 1188
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  29682 Time(s)

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1231.jpg
 Mineral: Babingtonite on Epidote
 Locality:
Babingtonite occurrences, Qiaojia, Zhaotong Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China
 Dimensions: 10,0 x 7,5 x 3,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,6 cm
A large, black main crystal, brilliant and very well formed, surrounded by some side crystals of the same nature on the edge of a green prehnite matrix
MIM number 1231
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29669 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Barite on Quartz
 Locality:
Dawashan deposit, Jinkouhe District, Leshan Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 24,0 x 17,0 x 13,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 9,7 cm
Large crystals of white Baryte covered with a second growth of pale yellow Baryte on a matrix of quartz needles
MIM number 1232
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29671 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 21, 2016 14:39    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

That aquamarine from Mt. Xuebaoding with its 13 cm (!!!) main crystal (1188.jpg) is the best beryl specimen I've ever seen from that locality. That captivating, well balanced mix of lustrous black cassiterite, blue beryl and pale muscovite is so great; and that size makes it even greater! All of the specimens here in this thread are world-class, and though it is really hard to pick some favourites, this awesome rock would be one of them!

Wow, simply wow ...

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PostPosted: Mar 25, 2016 15:36    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 55  

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1233.jpg
 Mineral: Barite on Quartz
 Locality:
Dawashan deposit, Jinkouhe District, Leshan Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 31,0 x 22,0 x 13,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 11,9 cm
Large lanceolate crystals of white Baryte at the ends of a matrix of colorless, brilliant and relatively intact quartz crystals
MIM number 1233
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29569 Time(s)

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1234.jpg
 Mineral: Barite and Quartz
 Locality:
Dawashan deposit, Jinkouhe District, Leshan Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 16,0 x 13,0 x 8,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,7 cm
Crystals in the form of parallelograms with a white border --probably due to later resumption of growth-- on a matrix of transparent quartz needles
MIM number 1234
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29486 Time(s)

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1235.jpg
 Mineral: Beryl on Muscovite
 Locality:
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 13,0 x 10,5 x 6,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7,6 cm
Very well formed, lustrous, flattened crystal exhibiting the classic crystallization of goshenites, though in a relatively strong blue-green, on the edge of a strip covered with elongated mica crystals
MIM number 1235
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29411 Time(s)

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1237.jpg
 Mineral: Beryl and Orthoclase
 Locality:
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 6,5 x 5,0 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,0 cm
Perfect, transparent and very pale blue flattened crystal beside a white orthoclase crystal of 4 cm in a Baveno twin; very well defined contours but with natural corrosion patterns on a thin mica blade
MIM number 1237
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29423 Time(s)

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1238.jpg
 Mineral: Beryl
 Locality:
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 6,5 x 9,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,0 cm
Cluster of beveled and more or less flattened, hexagonal, prismatic crystals in a very pale blue
MIM number 1238
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29371 Time(s)

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1239.jpg
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Yangshan, Qingyuan Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China
 Dimensions: 8,5 x 3,5 x 8,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 8,3 cm
Colorless and transparent triangular prism made up of a twin in which the separation between the two parts is marked by a light veil. The crystal is practically intact. The surface of this one is striated on the two faces and presents slightly whitish spots in some areas.
MIM number 1239
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29428 Time(s)

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1240.jpg
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Leiping Mine, Leiping, Guiyang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 18,0 x 10,0 x 13,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7,8 cm
White rhombohedral crystals developed on ocher-colored limonite partially imprisoned by the the fomers' growth. The ensemble resembles two parallel Chinese pagodas.
MIM number 1240
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29414 Time(s)

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1241.jpg
 Mineral: Calcite
 Locality:
Xianghuapu Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 12,0 x 7,5 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,7 cm
Group of hexagonal white calcite crystals of lenticular form with a twin formed from two such crystals
MIM number 1241
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29431 Time(s)

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1242.jpg
 Mineral: Cassiterite on Muscovite
 Locality:
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 4,5 x 10,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,9 cm
Perfect black crystal with a square section and complex termination on the edge of a blade covered with small mica crystals on the two faces
MIM number 1242
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29420 Time(s)

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1244.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 12,0 x 10,5 x 9,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 11,7 cm
Large, intact, polysynthetic octahedral crystal formed in fact of small, transparent tiered cubes in a pale bluish-purple. The ensemble is pierced through by an opaque white quartz.
MIM number 1244
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29419 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Mar 27, 2016 13:23    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 56  

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1245.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite with Quartz
 Locality:
Taiping Mine, Xianghualing Sn-polymetallic ore field, Linwu, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 19,0 x 17,0 x 10,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,7 cm
Assembly of perfect cubes around a very thin quartz gangue. The cubes are intact, limpid and brilliant, of a pale green color, with slightly beveled edges and, in general, a whitish translucent face with the others completely transparent.
MIM number 1245
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29286 Time(s)

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1246.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite with Quartz, Pyrite and Calcite
 Locality:
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 13,0 x 8,0 x 10,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,5 cm
Blue-green crystal with a translucent, purple, polysynthetic interior showing octahedral and cubic patterns, well terminated on all sides on a matrix of quartz, pyrite and calcite
MIM number 1246
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29271 Time(s)

1246.jpg



1247.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (variety amethyst)
 Locality:
Fengjiashan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China
 Dimensions: 14,5 x 16,0 x 10,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 9,7 cm
Ensemble of 7 Japan Law twins with violet ends. Two of these twins are well expressed, the others being more dissymmetrical. In the center of the sample are small crystals of hubeite (?) and calcite rhombohedrons.
MIM number 1247
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29325 Time(s)

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1248.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Shangbao Mine, Leiyang, Hengyang Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 19,0 x 14,0 x 12,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 9,5 cm
Bouquet of quartz scepters, the upper part of which is transparent, colorless and brilliant and the lower part very fine and whitish. When they were harvested, these samples consisted of dolomite plates from whence protruded quartz points measuring 3 to 5 cm. It was only by accident during cleaning in concentrated hydrochloric acid that these structures in scepters appeared after dissolution of the dolomite. The reason for their formation is that the quartz's initial growth was inhibited by the solution of calcium and magnesium still very enriched in CO2, whereas once the quartz crystals had grown past the solution, they could develop normally with larger sections.
MIM number 1248
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29220 Time(s)

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1249.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (variety amethyst)
 Locality:
Fengjiashan Mine, Edong, Daye, Huangshi Prefecture, Hubei Province, China
 Dimensions: 9,5 x 3,5 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 8,0 cm
Japan Law twins made of two sharp-edged crystals of a beautiful color. The ensemble is on a small piece of matrix, and one of the crystals shows the markings of former contact with another crystal.
MIM number 1249
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29220 Time(s)

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1250.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite on Quartz
 Locality:
Rucheng Mine, Caojia, Nuanshui, Rucheng, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 9,0 x 9,5 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,5 cm
Blade covered on two faces with small quartz crystals and, on one of these two faces, sharp-edged, translucent and amber-colored sphalerite crystals with small, gray balls of galena
MIM number 1250
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29255 Time(s)

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1251.jpg
 Mineral: Stannite with Chalcopyrite, Ferberite and Quartz
 Locality:
Yaogangxian Mine, Yizhang, Chenzhou Prefecture, Hunan Province, China
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 7,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,2 cm
Ball of small stannite crystals partially covered with chalcopyrite, with at the center a very sharp-edged crystal of ferberite measuring 6.2 cm, terminating in a peak and laterally twinned, and two quartz crystals on the edges (the largest measuring 5 cm)
MIM number 1251
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29281 Time(s)

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1252.jpg
 Mineral: Wulfenite
 Locality:
Jianshan Mine, Ruoqiang, Bayin'gholin Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 12,0 x 13,0 x 10,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,8 cm
Set of rectangular crystals red-chestnut very brilliant on a gangue of the muddy type. Certain crystals are partially covered with a crust white-gray.
MIM number 1252
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29275 Time(s)

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1254.jpg
 Mineral: Dioptase with Fornacite
 Locality:
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 11,5 x 5,0 x 11,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,0 cm
Ntola (?), Congo
Buckle of intact crystals in the form of an arch with two small areas of attachment (where the specimen had developed). The crystals are sprinkled on a face of spherules of brownish-green fornacite , and some spherules are even included in the dioptase crystals and can be made out thanks to transparency under strong light.
MIM number 1254
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
 Viewed:  29294 Time(s)

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1256.jpg
 Mineral: Barite on Calcite
 Locality:
Dushan, Qiannan Autonomous Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China
 Dimensions: 10,0 x 6,5 x 11,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,8 cm
Orange-brown tablets in a bouquet on an apparently floating, translucent, polysynthetic crystal of calcite
MIM number 1256
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Aïnu)
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PostPosted: Mar 28, 2016 02:18    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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PostPosted: Apr 02, 2016 17:52    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 57  

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1294.jpg
 Mineral: Powellite with Fluorapophyllite-(K), Stilbite-Ca and Scolecite
 Locality:
Nashik District (Nasik), Maharashtra, India
 Dimensions: 41,0 x 19,0 x 25,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5,7 cm
Basalt plate covered on one face with 16 rather transparent, pale yellow powellite crystals having developed on apophyllite in quadratic blocks of a pale beige color, with some pale yellowy-orange stilbites and white scolecite balls. The ensemble is relatively intact considering its dimensions.
Mim number 1294
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  29041 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Vesuvianite
 Locality:
Jeffrey Mine, level 2440, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 6,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,5 cm
Group of green translucent crystals with crimson terminations. The crystals are very brilliant and consist of a variety of vesuvianite rich in boron and colored crimson by manganese. The color transition from the saturated crimson of the terminations to the light green of the prisms' body is striking. A lot of old recrystallized breakage here and there, as is often the case in this mine.
Mim number 1318
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  29034 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Vesuvianite
 Locality:
Jeffrey Mine, level 2440, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 7,0 x 14,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 13,4 cm
Large green crystal with a square section and pointed termination developed on a micro-crystallized mass of vesuvianite. The crystal has been neatly glued back in 2 places. All the samples of this discovery have been more or less repaired, because their crystals were fractured by tectonic movements due to the narrowness of the pocket in which they formed. In addition, most of the broken surfaces show signs of later recrystallization, growth or dissolution. This is why most of the broken sections do not fit together well and require added resin, which does not seem to be the case for this specimen.
Mim number 1319
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  28991 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Whewellite
 Locality:
Burgk, Dresden, Saxony/Sachsen, Germany
 Dimensions: 4,5 x 3,0 x 6,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6,8 cm
Floating ensemble of two twinned crystals in a V laid out head to foot with very well defined contours, a brilliant surface with nacreous luster, white in places and a slightly gray surface in other places (with "phantoms" resulting from later resumption of growth). Pyrite grains are on the surface.
Mim number 1328
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  29003 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Cuspidine
 Locality:
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 26,5 x 18,5 x 13,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,8 cm
Large plate covered with squat prismatic crystals of very light color ranging from whitish to lavender; some very well formed, black vesuvianites (1.5 cm max.)-- sometimes double terminated-- dispersed here and there. The edges of the plate are garnished with grayish half-balls (calcite? 5.5 cm max.); on one edge, towards the bottom, there are some unidentified crystals--colorless, transparent a little flattened.
Mim number 1346
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  29062 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Orpiment and Calcite
 Locality:
Jiepaiyu Mine (Shimen Mine), Shimen County, Changde Prefecture, Hunan, China
 Dimensions: 23,0 x 16,0 x 10,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 4,2 cm
Large plate of elongated, translucent and very brilliant crystals of orpiment having developed in the middle of white calcite scalenohedrons (max 7.3 cm). Generally, in good condition for such a fragile mineral and such a large sample.
MIM number 1348
Photographer : James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  29000 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Wittichenite
 Locality:
Cattle Grid deposit (Mount Gunson), Mount Gunson Copper mines, Pernatty Lagoon, Stuart Shelf, South Australia, Australia
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 3,0 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,9 cm
Brilliant, silvery single crystal that is perfectly terminated and very rich in facets
Mim number 1383
Photographer: James Elliott (FMl)
 Viewed:  29241 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Magnetite
 Locality:
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 14,0 x 11,0 x 8,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 12,4 cm
Large, intact, black crystal taking the form of a rhombic dodecahedron with smaller crystals growing on one side. The whole specimen seems to be floating and has a recrystallized bottom. All crystal faces are very finely striated, which gives them a satiny look.
MIM number 1481
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  28977 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Barite and Dolomite
 Locality:
Frizington, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria, England / United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 15,0 x 8,0 x 8,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 16,0 cm
Large elongated crystal with a very sharp summit, yellowy-green on a gangue of dolomite
Mim number 1492
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  28937 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorapatite (Apatite Group) with Siderite and Quartz
 Locality:
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro, Portugal
 Dimensions: 13,0 x 11,0 x 20,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 9,8 cm
Two large translucent purple crystals, perfectly intact and having developed on a matrix of micro-crystallized siderite and small crystals of quartz
Mim number 1533
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  29007 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 03, 2016 03:11    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

As usual, world-class specimens. The last three (Panasqueira apatite, Frizington Baryte, XXL magnetite from Huanggang) are my favourites from that post!
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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2016 10:05    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

My life is complete. The Powellite is one of the finest specimens I have ever seen of any mineral anywhere. That includes the Bisbee spangolite!!
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PostPosted: Apr 04, 2016 13:22    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Les Presmyk wrote:
The Powellite is one of the finest specimens I have ever seen of any mineral anywhere.

Me too! I fully agree, Les. Simply incredible. I even would kill my grandmother...
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PostPosted: Apr 08, 2016 16:45    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 58  

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1548.jpg
 Mineral: Marshallsussmanite
 Locality:
Wessels Mine, Hotazel, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 8,5 x 6,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,1 cm
Aggregate of vivid pink parallelepipedic blades developed on a base consisting of black manganese oxyde (this specimen is the holotype for the species)
MIM number 1548
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  28344 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Pectolite
 Locality:
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 8,5 x 7,0 x 6,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3,5 cm
Sheaves of acicular white crystals with a very slightly bluish cast, rising from a rocky matrix
MIM number 1585
Photographer: James Elliott (FMIl)
 Viewed:  28342 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Prehnite
 Locality:
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 4,5 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7,0 cm
Two elongated translucent prismatic crystals with a barrel shape and a buff color raising from a matrix with tiny diopside needles
MIM number 1586
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  28430 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Diamond
 Locality:
Udachnaya-Vostochnaya pipe, Daldyn, Daldyn-Alakit, Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia
 Dimensions: 2,5 x 1,9 x 1,9 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,5 cm
Transparent almost perfect 53.05 carat octahedron with smooth and flat faces, with some slightly modified terminations and inclusions (of flattened sulfide crystals, probably pyrrhotite + pentlandite) in its center. The latter are reflected 4 times thanks to a kaleidoscope effect on the faces. Unlike most diamonds, this one has almost not been dissolved by the kimberlite which must have risen very fast to the surface of the Earth, hence the flat and smooth faces, as well as the straight edges. Such crystals are known in the trade as "Glassies"
MIM number 1591
Photographer: James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  28426 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Wollastonite on Vesuvianite
 Locality:
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 6,0 x 3,0 x 6,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2,2 cm
Fan of green micro-crystallized vesuvianite studded on its upper part with perfectly shaped, shiny and colorless wollastonite crystals, which is very unusual for the species
Mim number 1605
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  28351 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Tantalite-(Fe) with Orthoclase, Albite and Mica
 Locality:
Linópolis, Divino das Laranjeiras, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 11,0 x 13,0 x 6,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 3,6 cm
Fan of black tabular crystals in the center of an orthoclase slab surrounded by clumps of colorless albite blades and a few tufts of mica
MIM number 1608
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  28327 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Sturmanite
 Locality:
N'Chwaning II Mine, N'Chwaning mining area, Kuruman, Kalahari manganese field (KMF), Northern Cape Province, South Africa
 Dimensions: 14,0 x 9,0 x 6,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 5,8 cm
Floating group of intact amber colored translucent crystals formed around a matrix. The crystals are hexagonal prisms that are topped by a hexagonal pyramid, which in turn is truncated by the flat face of a pinacoid. The concentric zones of different colors in the crystals are due to the alternation of sturmanite and charlesite.
MIM number 1609
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  28275 Time(s)

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1610.jpg
 Mineral: Stibiotantalite
 Locality:
Dara-i-Pech pegmatite, Chapa Dara District, Kunar Province (Konar), Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 2,5 x 3,5 x 3,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 4,0 cm
Floating orange-brown crystal with most faces mat but a transparent and clean interior. It is studded with small black needles of schorl and turns yellow under UV light
MIM number 1610
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  28442 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Cuprosklodowskite
 Locality:
Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Kolwezi District, Lualaba, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 11,0 x 6,5 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 0,0 cm
Pocket lined with a dark green copper mineral on which bright green urchin-like tufts of needles have grown
MIM number 1611
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  28384 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Dara Ismael Khan District, South Waziristan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 9,5 x 10,0 x 11,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 11,0 cm
Faden quartz set in the center of a floating matrix made of several small quartz cristals, all also crossed by a white channel and giving the impression of a mineral lace. The sample is intact on all sides.
MIM number 1612
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  28352 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 09, 2016 08:16    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

That 14 (!!!) cm (!!) sturmanite ...
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PostPosted: Apr 16, 2016 14:34    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 59  

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1613.jpg
 Mineral: Bixbyite
 Locality:
Thomas Range, Juab County, Utah, USA
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 5,0 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,7 cm
Three perfectly formed black and shiny crystals on a matrix of whitish rhyolite
MIM number 1613
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27970 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorapatite (Apatite Group)
 Locality:
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro, Portugal
 Dimensions: 4,5 x 2,5 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 4,9 cm
Single crystal with a translucent dark green center and a periphery of a beautiful purple color. The surfaces are very smooth and shiny.
MIM number 1614
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27980 Time(s)

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1615.jpg
 Mineral: Fluorapatite (Apatite Group)
 Locality:
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro, Portugal
 Dimensions: 6,0 x 4,5 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 3,6 cm
Group of sharp hexagonal crystals, with dark green interior and an external skin looking similar to porcelain with a whitish color
MIM number 1615
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27920 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Cassiterite with Beryl (variety goshenite) and Muscovite
 Locality:
Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 22,0 x 26,5 x 8,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 5,5 cm
Slab covered on its upper face with twinned black shiny cassiterite crystals, thick shiny transparent pale blue and very sharp goshenites developed amongst mica crystals
MIM number 1616
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27994 Time(s)

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1617.jpg
 Mineral: Gold
 Locality:
Joes Gully, Upper Tooloom, Buller County, New South Wales, Australia
 Dimensions: 1,5 x 2,0 x 2,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,8 cm
Group of sharp hoppered cubic crystals with a bright yellow color and some remaining grey matrix attached on one side. The cubic shape is very rare in gold crystals which assume most frequently the octahedral or more or less modified dodecahedral habits.
MIM number 1617
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27945 Time(s)

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1618.jpg
 Mineral: Gold
 Locality:
Farncomb Hill, French Gulch, Breckenridge, Breckenridge District, Summit County, Colorado, USA
 Dimensions: 12,0 x 6,0 x 2,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : -
Mass of intertwined wiry gold crystals resembling a bird's nest with some remains of the clay matrix in which they formed
MIM number 1618
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27993 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Gold on Quartz
 Locality:
Rosia Montana, Apuseni Mountains, Alba, Transylvania, Romania
 Dimensions: 4,5 x 2,5 x 5,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 0,0 cm
Flat crystals showing rich triangular parallel shapes, developed on both sides of a mass of small quartz crystals. Smaller non flat and very sharp gold crystals have also developed among the quartz crystals. The gold of this historical region (Dacia) worked since Roman times contains a high proportion of silver (typically in the 20-25% range) which gives it this light color.
MIM number 1619
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27914 Time(s)

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1620.jpg
 Mineral: Proustite
 Locality:
Dolores Tercera Mine, Chañarcillo, Copiapó Province, Atacama Region, Chile
 Dimensions: 3,0 x 2,0 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 7,5 cm
Large, very shiny, transparent deep red and intact single crystal
MIM number 1620
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  28037 Time(s)

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1621.jpg
 Mineral: Proustite
 Locality:
Dolores Tercera Mine, Chañarcillo, Copiapó Province, Atacama Region, Chile
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 5,5 x 2,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,4 cm
Knob of pointed, shiny transparent deep red crystals
MIM number 1621
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  28042 Time(s)

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1622.jpg
 Mineral: Hessite on Quartz
 Locality:
Botes (Botești), Zlatna, Alba, Transylvania, Romania
 Dimensions: 9,0 x 6,0 x 4,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 0,7 cm
Group of black-gray crystals which are very sharp for the species, developed on a matrix of white quartz needles. On some hessite crystals one can see gold grains probably resulting from the reduction of the telluride.
MIM number 1622
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27943 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2016 02:25    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Outstanding quality and size (for a single crystal) on that gemmy proustite from Dolores Tercera Mine (1620.jpg). Actually not a mineral that I like, but that one is awesome, the photo too!
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PostPosted: Apr 23, 2016 17:10    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 60  

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1623.jpg
 Mineral: Hessite on Quartz
 Locality:
Botes (Botești), Zlatna, Alba, Transylvania, Romania
 Dimensions: 3,0 x 3,0 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,1 cm
Tuft of black-gray elongated and flattened crystals developed around a column of microcrystalline quartz reminiscent of a fir. On some hessite crystals one can see gold grains probably resulting from the reduction of the telluride.
MIM number 1623
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27502 Time(s)

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1624.jpg
 Mineral: Cassiterite
 Locality:
Horní Slavkov (Schlaggenwald), Karlovy Vary Region, Bohemia, Czech Republic
 Dimensions: 6,5 x 6,0 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 5,8 cm
Two perfect contiguous twins developed in such a way that one side of a twin is almost parallel to one side of the other twin. The group is intact on all sides, black and shiny.
MIM number 1624
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27501 Time(s)

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1625.jpg
 Mineral: Elbaite on Quartz
 Locality:
Santa Rosa Mine, Itambacuri, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 9,5 x 10,0 x 9,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 4,0 cm
Crystals of translucent "watermelon" tourmaline (red inside and green outside), growing out of a corrugated web made of small white quartz crystals
MIM number 1625
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27517 Time(s)

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1626.jpg
 Mineral: Beryl (variety emerald)
 Locality:
La Pita mining district, Municipio Maripí, Western Emerald Belt, Boyacá Department, Colombia
 Dimensions: 2,5 x 3,5 x 2,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 3,6 cm
Bundle of doubly terminated well-formed and transparent crystals with a bright green color, with a little black matrix and small white crystals (calcite presumably) around the center
MIM number 1626
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27524 Time(s)

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1627.jpg
 Mineral: Matlockite
 Locality:
Bage Mine, Cromford, Derbyshire, England / United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 4,5 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,0 cm
Tuft of slightly rounded cream colored translucent lamellar crystals. This sample was negotiated by the famous English merchant in the nineteenth century, Bryce M. Wright (old label still existing), which means it was mined before 1895.
MIM number 1627
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27538 Time(s)

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1628.jpg
 Mineral: Dyscrasite
 Locality:
Consols Mine, Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales, Australia
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 3,5 x 5,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 3,7 cm
Group of thick gray crystals, perfectly twinned with flat top terminations
MIM number 1628
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27497 Time(s)

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1629.jpg
 Mineral: Covellite
 Locality:
Leonard Mine, Butte, Butte District, Silver Bow County, Montana, USA
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 3,0 x 7,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 2,4 cm
Group of thick flat hexagonal and well separated crystals, with a dark blue iridescent color, with small chalcopyrite crystals at the back
MIM number 1629
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27517 Time(s)

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1631.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Les Rivoirands, Vizille, Grenoble, Isère, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 6,0 x 9,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 5,5 cm
Y-shaped sharp and very prominent twin, surrounded by quartz needles; the group seems to be a floater and is covered with a thin layer of iron oxide giving it a beautiful yellow-orange iridescent color, which is why it has not been chemically removed, as is often the case.
MIM number 1631
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27497 Time(s)

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1632.jpg
 Mineral: Sellaite with Calcite
 Locality:
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 6,0 x 3,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 2,1 cm
Sharp tetragonal perfectly colorless and transparent crystal surrounded by small disks of white calcite
MIM number 1632
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27538 Time(s)

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1633.jpg
 Mineral: Sellaite with Calcite and Jalpaite
 Locality:
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 14,0 x 9,0 x 7,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,5 cm
Sharp tetragonal perfectly colorless and transparent crystals amongst small disks of white calcite and masses of black jalpaite. Two sellaite crystals possess surprising inclusions, most likely native copper: in one of them the inclusion takes the form of a folded strip, and in the other one, it assumes the shape of a wire.
MIM number 1633
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27540 Time(s)

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PostPosted: May 01, 2016 14:17    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Images of the Collection / 61  

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1634.jpg
 Mineral: Phlogopite
 Locality:
Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region (Mandalay Division), Myanmar (Burma)
 Dimensions: 6,5 x 10,0 x 8,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 9,8 cm
Tightly stacked tabular pseudo-hexagonal sheets with a brown color. The hexagonal prism thus formed is transparent laterally and shows a color variation from yellow-green to amber. The specimen seems to be a floater and was found trapped in marble.
MIM number 1634
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27182 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Spinel, Scapolite and Pyrite
 Locality:
Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region (Mandalay Division), Myanmar (Burma)
 Dimensions: 9,0 x 5,5 x 6,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 2,6 cm
Red octahedral crystals of different sizes and well developed on both sides a matrix made of marble, scapolite and minor pyrite
MIM number 1635
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27241 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Cubanite
 Locality:
Henderson No. 2 Mine, Chibougamau, Nord-du-Québec, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 4,0 x 1,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 3,9 cm
Flat crystal consisting of a well defined and bright sixling
MIM number 1637
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27214 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Alabandite and Diopside
 Locality:
Merelani Hills, Lelatema Mountains, Simanjiro District, Manyara Region, Tanzania
 Dimensions: 4,5 x 4,5 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 4,4 cm
Perfectly formed octahedral black crystal with a little diopside at the base and a small side crystal
MIM number 1638
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27177 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Pyromorphite
 Locality:
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 15,0 x 9,5 x 22,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 2,0 cm
Aggregate of bright apple green barrel shaped and well separated crystals, developed on both sides of a white matrix
MIM number 1639
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27208 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Gypsum on limonite
 Locality:
Gibraltar Mine, Cueva de las Espadas, Naica, Municipio Saucillo, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 30,0 x 15,0 x 44,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 37,0 cm
Large perfectly transparent, bright and symmetrical crystal streaked all along the front, with small side crystals and remnants of the limonite matrix at the base
MIM number 1640
Photographer : James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  27134 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Biotite on Calcite
 Locality:
Arandis, Swakopmund District, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 6,5 x 10,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 6,0 cm
Stack of hexagonal black sheets atop a flesh colored calcite matrix
MIM number 1641
Photographer : James Elliott (FMI)
 Viewed:  27156 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Pyrite
 Locality:
Ampliación a Victoria Mine, Navajún, Comarca Cervera, La Rioja, Spain
 Dimensions: 10,0 x 10,0 x 16,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 12,6 cm
Two perfect golden colored shiny parallelepipeds stacked one each other and sharing a common face, on a stony cream colored matrix.
MIM number 1642
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27227 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Montebrasite
 Locality:
Galiléia, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 12,0 x 4,0 x 19,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 19,4 cm
Two elongated shiny pale yellow crystals twinned at the top and joined at the base in a V shape
MIM number 1643
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27168 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Tellurium
 Locality:
Bennett Lake area, Bennett Township, Rainy River District, Ontario, Canada
 Dimensions: 2,5 x 2,5 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,5 cm
Shiny silvery crystal showing 3 faces of the hexagonal prism atop a matrix of rock and massive tellurium
MIM number 1644
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  27164 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Spinel on Calcite
 Locality:
Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region (Mandalay Division), Myanmar (Burma)
 Dimensions: 6,5 x 4,0 x 5,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,0 cm
Small, perfect, very transparent and shiny octahedron, with deep red color and slight purplish streak, sitting on top of a white marble matrix
MIM number 1645
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26866 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Shigar Valley, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 23,5 x 20,0 x 23,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 23,5 cm
Doku Valley, Shigar, Skardu, Baltistan, Pakistan
Large perfectly biterminated and quite transparent crystal with a crown of small quartz crystals surrounding the central diameter. The sample is intact despite the size.
MIM number 1646
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26837 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Rhodonite and Galena
 Locality:
North Mine (North Broken Hill Mine), Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales, Australia
 Dimensions: 18,5 x 9,0 x 8,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 7,0 cm
Shiny galena vug on which grew a large red-brown translucent rhodonite crystal lying on the matrix, and a multitude of small transparent red rhodonite crystals. One reentrant twinned crystal at an edge of the vug.
MIM number 1647
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26827 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Spessartine on Galena
 Locality:
North Mine (North Broken Hill Mine), Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales, Australia
 Dimensions: 7,0 x 6,0 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 4,0 cm
Perfect reddish black crystal on a matrix of galena with small rhodonite crystals
MIM number 1648
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26867 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Pyrosmalite-(Mn) and Rhodonite
 Locality:
Zinc Corporation Mine (ZC Mine), 18 level, Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales, Australia
 Dimensions: 5,0 x 7,0 x 3,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1,5 cm
Plate covered with pinkish hexagonal pyrosmalite (Mn) crystals and small transparent red rhodonite needles
MIM number 1649
Photographer: Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26849 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Bustamite on Galena
 Locality:
Southern operations Mine (NBHC Mine), 18 level, Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales, Australia
 Dimensions: 5,5 x 3,5 x 6,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 4,6 cm
Elongated orange-pink partially translucent crystal standing on a matrix of shiny galena
MIM number 1650
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26848 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Pyroxmangite and Galena
 Locality:
Zinc Corporation Mine (ZC Mine), 18 level, Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales, Australia
 Dimensions: 6,0 x 5,0 x 7,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 6,8 cm
Large reddish black prismatic crystal, slightly translucent at the edges, standing on a matrix of galena. At the base, there is a perfectly V twinned side crystal.
MIM number 1651
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26813 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Smithsonite and Coronadite
 Locality:
Broken Hill Proprietary Mine, Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales, Australia
 Dimensions: 9,0 x 7,5 x 3,5 cm
 Description:
White translucent half sphere (3.8cm diameter) developed on the edge of a matrix of black botryoidal coronadite
MIM number 1652
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26850 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Pyromorphite on Coronadite
 Locality:
Broken Hill South Mine, Broken Hill, Yancowinna County, New South Wales, Australia
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 7,0 x 2,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,1 cm
Tufts of green needles developed on a matrix of black botryoidal coronadite
MIM number 1653
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26872 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Andorite and Zinkenite
 Locality:
San José Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia
 Dimensions: 8,0 x 2,0 x 7,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 8,1 cm
Complete tabular crystal with striations on both faces and a few needles of what is probably zinkenite
MIM number 1654
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26834 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Pyrite
 Locality:
Ampliación a Victoria Mine, Navajún, Comarca Cervera, La Rioja, Spain
 Dimensions: 22,5 x 12,0 x 21,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 7,8 cm
Five perfectly shaped and very shiny cubic crystals on a limestone ridge
MIM number 1655
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26507 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Kovdorskite
 Locality:
Kovdor Zheleznyi Mine, Kovdor Massif, Kola Peninsula, Murmanskaja Oblast, Northern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 4,0 x 6,0 x 5,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 2,1 cm
Pocket hosting two elongated translucent and shiny bluish crystals
MIM number 1656
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26547 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Microcline with Apatite (Group)
 Locality:
Golconda pegmatite, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 30,0 x 17,0 x 33,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 35,0 cm
V shaped grouping of two large perfectly formed and smooth crystals, the smallest being partially covered with small gray crystals of apatite, and the largest showing Carlsbad twinning
MIM number 1658
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26477 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Fluorite with Quartz
 Locality:
Beura Quarries, Beura-Cardezza, Ossola Valley, Verbano-Cusio-Ossola Province, Piedmont (Piemonte), Italy
 Dimensions: 13,5 x 10,0 x 6,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 4,6 cm
Smooth, sharp and bright green octahedra on a light gray gneiss matrix with small quartz. The fluorite crystals are crossed by thin needles of brown dravite
MIM number 1659
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26487 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Gypsum
 Locality:
Ar Ruwais (Ar-Ruwais), Al Mintaqa (Al-Mintaqa), Al Gharbia (Al-Gharbyya), United Arab Emirates
 Dimensions: 7,5 x 6,0 x 17,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 18,0cm
Transparent, colorless and intact single crystal showing the unusual shape for this species of a hexagonal prism, with remains of clay at the base. Inside the crystal are small bubbles creating the outline of a separate crystal structure. There is also one small water bubble near the base of the crystal. This crystal was found in 1999-2000 during the construction of a quay for ships on the shores of the Persian Gulf Sea at the Ruwais Petrochemical Complex. This entailed the excavation of the shore to a depth of 12 m below sea level. The mass excavation of the area (about 6.000 m²) was carried out by a bulldozer with ripper. At a depth of -8 a layer of green hardened clay was met hosting rare cavities (with the largest measuring 30 x 60 cm) which, when opened, were full of milky and salty water. The greatest majority of these geodes were destroyed during the works: the surviving ones were only those on the vertical walls of the excavation. Typically, the geodes were half full of gray-brown clay, and the gypsum crystals, when present, were stuck in the clay and could be easily extracted by hand. All crystals were matrixless. The crystals size was, on average, of 8-10 cm, but in very few instances samples up to 25 cm were recovered. They were remarkable by their transparency, luster and crystal habit. These crystals were never washed and should still retain some salt on their surfaces.
MIM number 1660
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26485 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Opal
 Locality:
Lightning Ridge, Finch County, New South Wales, Australia
 Dimensions: 7,5 x 6,0 x 1,0 cm
 Description:
Slab of black precious opal weighing 254 carats, 7.1 cm wide and 0.7 cm thick. The dominant colors are green, dark blue with touches of orange / gold and the patterns look similar to peacock feathers.
MIM number 1661
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26545 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Soddyita
 Locality:
Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Kolwezi District, Lualaba, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 13,0 x 8,0 x 10,0 cm
 Description:
Geode lined with yellow-beige millimetric crystals
MIM number 1662
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26433 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Uranophane with Guilleminite
 Locality:
Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Kolwezi District, Lualaba, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 12,0 x 11,0 x 9,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 1,0 cm
Orange colored needles in radial formation with a yellow guilleminite coating and at least one other species (green)
MIM number 1663
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26490 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Zircon
 Locality:
Mavumbi, Tanga District, Tanzania
 Dimensions: 3,0 x 1,0 x 4,5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 4,2 cm
Sharp transparent crystal with a beautiful red-brown color and some internal veils near the base
MIM number 1664
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26572 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz (variety gwindel)
 Locality:
Fiescher Glacier area, Fiesch, Goms, Wallis (Valais), Switzerland
 Dimensions: 15,0 x 7,0 x 18,0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size : 18,0 cm
Large intact and well terminated gwindel quartz, almost colorless, with some faces very smooth and others lightly covered with chlorite. The twisting angle is very visible.
MIM number 1666
Photographer : Augustin de Valence (Ainu)
 Viewed:  26500 Time(s)

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