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PostPosted: Oct 06, 2018 21:51    Post subject: Chinese Azurite Up close and personal!  

Chinese Azurite Up close and personal!

Below are a few photos of one of my Chinese Azurite nodules. These are markedly different to those I have shown from the Burra Burra Mine (Australia) and the Poteryaevskoe Mine (Russia).

These nodules appear almost black unless backlight, and comprise masses of blocky interlocking crystals. I have included a few photographs of a few crystals backlight under magnification with the aid of my digital microscope.

Enjoy!



Chinese Azurite - 1.jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China
 Dimensions: 60 mm x 40 mm x 40 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  692 Time(s)

Chinese Azurite - 1.jpg



Chinese Azurite - 2.jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China
 Dimensions: 60 mm x 40 mm x 40 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  692 Time(s)

Chinese Azurite - 2.jpg



Chinese Azurite - 3.jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China
 Dimensions: 60 mm x 40 mm x 40 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  692 Time(s)

Chinese Azurite - 3.jpg



Chinese Azurite - 4.jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China
 Dimensions: 60 mm x 40 mm x 40 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  692 Time(s)

Chinese Azurite - 4.jpg



Chinese Azurite - Under the Microscope 1.JPG
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  693 Time(s)

Chinese Azurite - Under the Microscope 1.JPG



Chinese Azurite - Under the Microscope 2.JPG
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  692 Time(s)

Chinese Azurite - Under the Microscope 2.JPG



Chinese Azurite - Under the Microscope 3a.JPG
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  692 Time(s)

Chinese Azurite - Under the Microscope 3a.JPG



Chinese Azurite - Under the Microscope 4.JPG
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Shilu Mine, Yangchun, Yangjiang Prefecture, Guangdong Province, China
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  693 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Oct 06, 2018 22:52    Post subject: Mibladen Magic Vanadinite  

Mibladen Magic Vanadinite

Below are a few photos of one of Mibladen minerals. I have a few Vanadinite specimens from the locality including a nice cabinet piece. The one shown below is the smallest in my collection. The crystals range in size from about 1 mm to 10 mm, and the colour of the vanadinite crystals varies from light yellow to blood red. Most are translucent.

I have also included a few photographs of various sections of the specimen take under the microscope. The vanadinite and barite crystals are superb.

Enjoy!



Mibladen Vanadinite 1.jpg
 Mineral: Vanadinite with barite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 80 mm x 40 mm x 35 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  682 Time(s)

Mibladen Vanadinite 1.jpg



Mibladen Vanadinite 2.jpg
 Mineral: Vanadinite with barite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 80 mm x 40 mm x 35 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  682 Time(s)

Mibladen Vanadinite 2.jpg



Mibladen Vanadinite 3.jpg
 Mineral: Vanadinite with barite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 80 mm x 40 mm x 35 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  683 Time(s)

Mibladen Vanadinite 3.jpg



Mibladen Vanadinite 4.jpg
 Mineral: Vanadinite with barite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 80 mm x 40 mm x 35 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  682 Time(s)

Mibladen Vanadinite 4.jpg



Mibladen Vanadinite Under the Microscope 1.JPG
 Mineral: Vanadinite with barite
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  682 Time(s)

Mibladen Vanadinite Under the Microscope 1.JPG



Mibladen Vanadinite Under the Microscope 2.JPG
 Mineral: Vanadinite with barite
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  682 Time(s)

Mibladen Vanadinite Under the Microscope 2.JPG



Mibladen Vanadinite Under the Microscope 3.JPG
 Mineral: Vanadinite with barite
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  683 Time(s)

Mibladen Vanadinite Under the Microscope 3.JPG



Mibladen Vanadinite Under the Microscope 4a.JPG
 Mineral: Vanadinite with barite
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  682 Time(s)

Mibladen Vanadinite Under the Microscope 4a.JPG



Mibladen Vanadinite Under the Microscope 5.JPG
 Mineral: Vanadinite with barite
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
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PostPosted: Oct 06, 2018 23:23    Post subject: How Do I do this?  

How Do I do this?

Bob opened up the proverbial Pandoras box with his question so I thought I would tell you all a little about myself.

I am a retired research scientist of the old school variety. You know that dying breed of scientists that have no qualms about getting their hands dirty. I had children late in life, in my forties in fact, so my children are almost young enough to be my grandchildren. They live with me and to me family is the most important thing in life. Nothing and I repeat nothing comes close to it in importance, hence my wish not to openly flaunt my personal details. We are living in very difficult times that are getting more difficult by the day.

I am able to do the things I do not because I have a lot of money, rather because I have zero debts. Yes that is correct! Every cent that comes into the household is disposable income. I know of many people who are only a pay check away from poverty! I stopped being a slave to debt over 40 years ago. You see those who wish to rule over us aim to keep us in three states of being:

Fat unhealthy people have fewer choices and are slaves to the medical/pharmaceutical industry.

Stupid because ill-informed or uninformed people make the wrong choices for example fake news.

In debt because when you are only a pay check away from poverty you are a slave.

I do not say these things to be unkind or controversial. For example it makes no sense to me to pay $5 for a cup of coffee at Starbucks when I can make it for myself at home for less than 1 cent. Hence my emphasis on doing things for myself machine tools, chemistry, physics, minerals and just about everything else. I have trained my children to think the same way to always be on the lookout for the best deal and shop around, to be critical thinkers and always think outside the box!

Every person in the household has their own computer, and I have three, and every computer was built at home either by me or my sons. I have many other pieces of equipment, especially related to my interests.

So prolific yes, but for me it is so easy, and it can also be easy for you too!

This is the last time I will raise this topic.

We are here for the minerals!!!
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PostPosted: Oct 07, 2018 01:39    Post subject: Boys Toys Part 2  

Boys Toys Part 2

Below are a few more of the things I use on the metal turning lathe or the milling machine. It is a full range of ER-32 collets. These are especially good for doing precision work. You can use three jaw or 4 jaw chucks or even drill chucks to hold cylindrical cutting tools but I prefer collets. And for the work I do they are very accurate holders.

The set shown in the photo below is very expensive if you buy them locally, but when I buy Chinese machine tool parts I get them direct from China at a cost anywhere from 1/5 to 1/10 of what the local suppliers are asking.



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PostPosted: Oct 07, 2018 02:04    Post subject: The First 21 Elements  

The First 21 Elements

The photo below is a very early shot of the first element blocks I made at home and on the kitchen table. By the time the photo had been taken I had got the method of encapsulating the elements down to a fine art.

Many people who have seen these blocks, especially lay people, are astonished. They did not think that something as mundane as a chemical element could be rendered into a work of art.

Elements that appeared in later blocks can be seen in marked plastic zip bags, and at the bottom right of the photo is my home-made Geiger counter. I have always had a fascination with electronic devices that can extend the range of the human senses. Geiger counters were one of my very earliest fascinations, and I built my first Geiger counter way back in 1960. Ham radio was another of my fascinations building radios from scratch. I am proud to say that as a young boy I was a nerd, and even today I still manage to wear socks that do not match.



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PostPosted: Oct 07, 2018 16:49    Post subject: Canadian Classic mineral  

Below is one of my Canadian minerals stibarsen from the Engineer Mine. The specimen consists of botryoids of stibarsen sandwiched between a thin calcite layer. I was told that this is not an easy mineral to get, and is in fact rare.


Stibarsen 1.jpg
 Mineral: Stibarsen
 Locality:
Engineer Mine, Tagish Lake, Atlin Mining Division, Yukon, British Columbia, Canada
 Dimensions: 80 mm x 50 mm x 40 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  582 Time(s)

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Stibarsen 2.jpg
 Mineral: Stibarsen
 Locality:
Engineer Mine, Tagish Lake, Atlin Mining Division, Yukon, British Columbia, Canada
 Dimensions: 80 mm x 50 mm x 40 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  582 Time(s)

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Stibarsen 3.jpg
 Mineral: Stibarsen
 Locality:
Engineer Mine, Tagish Lake, Atlin Mining Division, Yukon, British Columbia, Canada
 Dimensions: 80 mm x 50 mm x 40 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  582 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Oct 07, 2018 16:53    Post subject: Twister - Cylindrite as few see it.  

When I posted pictures of my Bolivian Cylindrite I forgot to take a few under the microscope. I decide to call this series of photos twister, since the individual cylinders of Cylindrite look like tornadoes to me.


Cylinder 1.jpg
 Mineral: Cylindrite
 Locality:
Santa Cruz Mine, Poop, Poop Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  581 Time(s)

Cylinder 1.jpg



Cylinder 2.JPG
 Mineral: Cylindrite
 Locality:
Santa Cruz Mine, Poop, Poop Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  581 Time(s)

Cylinder 2.JPG



Cylinder 3.JPG
 Mineral: Cylindrite
 Locality:
Santa Cruz Mine, Poop, Poop Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  582 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Oct 07, 2018 18:29    Post subject: Vanadinite  

Mibladen Magic Vanadinite

Below are a few photos of another of my Mibladen vanadinite specimens. This one is a very unusual piece consisting of many unique crystal shapes and surface textures. The colour shown in the photographs are a good representation of the colour to the naked eye. I have also included a few photographs taken under the microscope with an emphasis on crystal shape and surface features.

Enjoy!



Vananidite - 1.jpg
 Mineral: Vanadinite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 110 mm x 50 mm x 30 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  568 Time(s)

Vananidite - 1.jpg



Vananidite - 2.jpg
 Mineral: Vanadinite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 110 mm x 50 mm x 30 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  568 Time(s)

Vananidite - 2.jpg



Vananidite - 3.jpg
 Mineral: Vanadinite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 110 mm x 50 mm x 30 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  569 Time(s)

Vananidite - 3.jpg



Vananidite - 4 - REAR.jpg
 Mineral: Vanadinite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 110 mm x 50 mm x 30 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  568 Time(s)

Vananidite - 4 - REAR.jpg



Vananidite - UNDER THE MICROSCOPE 1.JPG
 Mineral: Vanadinite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  568 Time(s)

Vananidite - UNDER THE MICROSCOPE 1.JPG



Vananidite - UNDER THE MICROSCOPE 2.JPG
 Mineral: Vanadinite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  568 Time(s)

Vananidite - UNDER THE MICROSCOPE 2.JPG



Vananidite - UNDER THE MICROSCOPE 3.JPG
 Mineral: Vanadinite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  569 Time(s)

Vananidite - UNDER THE MICROSCOPE 3.JPG



Vananidite - UNDER THE MICROSCOPE 4.JPG
 Mineral: Vanadinite
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  568 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Oct 07, 2018 21:07    Post subject: Acanthite - why does it not shine?  

Acanthite

Below are a few photos of a Moroccan acanthite I acquired about two months ago. It certainly does not have the luster of galena or gersdorffite, but it has a lot of character. The piece looks like a Christmas tree.

I have also included a few photos under the microscope focusing on crystal faces and surface texture, which is anything but smooth.

Enjoy!



Acanthite 1.jpg
 Mineral: Acanthite
 Locality:
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Dra Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 90 mm x 50 mm x 35 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  549 Time(s)

Acanthite 1.jpg



Acanthite 2.jpg
 Mineral: Acanthite
 Locality:
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Dra Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 90 mm x 50 mm x 35 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  552 Time(s)

Acanthite 2.jpg



Acanthite 3.jpg
 Mineral: Acanthite
 Locality:
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Dra Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 90 mm x 50 mm x 35 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  549 Time(s)

Acanthite 3.jpg



Acanthite 4.jpg
 Mineral: Acanthite
 Locality:
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Dra Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 90 mm x 50 mm x 35 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  550 Time(s)

Acanthite 4.jpg



Acanthite Under the Microscope 1.JPG
 Mineral: Acanthite
 Locality:
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Dra Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  550 Time(s)

Acanthite  Under the Microscope 1.JPG



Acanthite Under the Microscope 2.JPG
 Mineral: Acanthite
 Locality:
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Dra Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  549 Time(s)

Acanthite  Under the Microscope 2.JPG



Acanthite Under the Microscope 3.JPG
 Mineral: Acanthite
 Locality:
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Dra Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  550 Time(s)

Acanthite  Under the Microscope 3.JPG



Acanthite Under the Microscope 4.JPG
 Mineral: Acanthite
 Locality:
Imiter Mine, Jebel Saghro, Imiter District, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Dra Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  549 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Oct 08, 2018 00:47    Post subject: Gersdorffite  

Gersdorffite

Below is a very large specimen of gersdorffite from Ait Ahmane Quarry, Vein 51. The specimen is in fact a large matrix or vein section of massive gersdorffite adorned by oodles of very sharp and splendent crystals of gersdorffite ranging in size from about a 1mm to 25 mm on edge. There are also a few crystals of nickeline present too. I hope to add many more specimens of gersdorffite to my collection in the coming months.



Gersdorffite large 1.jpg
 Mineral: Gersdorffite
 Locality:
51 vein, At Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Dra Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 150 mm x 90 mm x 50 mm
 Description:
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Gersdorffite large 2.jpg
 Mineral: Gersdorffite
 Locality:
51 vein, At Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Dra Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 150 mm x 90 mm x 50 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  519 Time(s)

Gersdorffite large 2.jpg



Gersdorffite large 3.jpg
 Mineral: Gersdorffite
 Locality:
51 vein, At Ahmane, Bou Azzer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Dra Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 150 mm x 90 mm x 50 mm
 Description:
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PostPosted: Oct 08, 2018 02:24    Post subject: Clocks that never tell time  

Clocks that never tell time

In the machine shop it is very important to have some means of measuring very small differences in linear distance. How small? Down to about 0.01 mm. The photo shown below shows three of my many dial test indicators, affectionately called clocks. The two large ones come in two ranges 0-10 mm and 0-1 mm and they are very accurate. The smaller has a range of 0-0.8 mm. They also come in digital varieties too.

Though few believe me, but with a lathe and a milling machine you can build just about anything including making many things for your minerals



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PostPosted: Oct 08, 2018 02:27    Post subject: Lighting the way and not cutting too many corners  

LIGHTING THE WAY AND NOT CUTTING TOO MANY CORNERS

LEDS

Below is a photo of the contents of a package I received today from China. It contains two units of 12VDC/12W Ultra Bright White LED lighting arrays that I plan to use in the construction of a unit to enable me to take mineral photos. I will post my progress, as I think others might find the work useful and reproducible.

MINERAL STANDS

I am also planning to do some DIY work on making mineral stands using wood and acrylic. I will also post this work too. Below the photos of the LED arrays is a box of router bits that should work well in my milling machine. I will be able to make stands with decorative edges in wood or acrylic. Acrylic is a particularly easy material to use on a milling machine, and unlike wood it is very easy to flame polish. I will cut the acrylic sheets (ca. 10 -20 mm thick) on my band saw.

With a lathe and a milling machine you just make about anything. Some say you could re-invent western civilization should it ever fall!!



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PostPosted: Oct 08, 2018 16:11    Post subject: Lollygagging with Lollingite  

Lollingite

Below are a few photos of one of my lollingite specimens from Inner Mongolia. The blades are sharp with a splendent luster. The piece also contains arsenopyrite and pyrite.



Lollingite 1.jpg
 Mineral: Lollingite
 Locality:
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 90 mm x 80 mm x 50 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  404 Time(s)

Lollingite 1.jpg



Lollingite 2.jpg
 Mineral: Lollingite
 Locality:
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 90 mm x 80 mm x 50 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  404 Time(s)

Lollingite 2.jpg



Lollingite 3.jpg
 Mineral: Lollingite
 Locality:
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 90 mm x 80 mm x 50 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  404 Time(s)

Lollingite 3.jpg



Lollingite 4.jpg
 Mineral: Lollingite
 Locality:
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 90 mm x 80 mm x 50 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  405 Time(s)

Lollingite 4.jpg



Lollingite 5.jpg
 Mineral: Lollingite
 Locality:
Huanggang Mines, Hexigten Banner (Kshktng Q), Ulanhad (Chifeng), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 90 mm x 80 mm x 50 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  404 Time(s)

Lollingite 5.jpg


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PostPosted: Oct 08, 2018 17:50    Post subject: Moroccan kidneys you cannot eat  

Moroccan Hematite

Below are a few photographs of one of my Moroccan kidney ore hematites. These specimens have been called many names limonite, goethite, mixed manganese oxides and other things too. However the vendor called it hematite.

I have also included a few photos taken under the microscope. Two show the internal structure of the botryoids reinform, and another shows the surface texture.

It is well known that these hematites are polished by the Moroccans. I could not find any scratches on the polished surface which indicates if polished they used a very fine abrasive. To get that degree of shine you would need to use a 2000 grit or better abrasive. To get an optical shine I often use 3000 grit and even a 4000 grit abrasive powder.

Enjoy!



Hematite 1.jpg
 Mineral: Hematite
 Locality:
Irhoud Mine, Jebel Irhoud, Safi Province, Doukkala-Abda Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 120 mm x 80 mm x 80 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  388 Time(s)

Hematite 1.jpg



Hematite 2.jpg
 Mineral: Hematite
 Locality:
Irhoud Mine, Jebel Irhoud, Safi Province, Doukkala-Abda Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 120 mm x 80 mm x 80 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  388 Time(s)

Hematite 2.jpg



Hematite 3.jpg
 Mineral: Hematite
 Locality:
Irhoud Mine, Jebel Irhoud, Safi Province, Doukkala-Abda Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 120 mm x 80 mm x 80 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  387 Time(s)

Hematite 3.jpg



Hematite 4.jpg
 Mineral: Hematite
 Locality:
Irhoud Mine, Jebel Irhoud, Safi Province, Doukkala-Abda Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 120 mm x 80 mm x 80 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  387 Time(s)

Hematite 4.jpg



Hematite 5.jpg
 Mineral: Hematite
 Locality:
Irhoud Mine, Jebel Irhoud, Safi Province, Doukkala-Abda Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 120 mm x 80 mm x 80 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  387 Time(s)

Hematite 5.jpg



Hematite Under the Microscope 1 - reniform microstructure.JPG
 Mineral: Hematite
 Locality:
Irhoud Mine, Jebel Irhoud, Safi Province, Doukkala-Abda Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  387 Time(s)

Hematite Under the Microscope 1 - reniform microstructure.JPG



Hematite Under the Microscope 2 growing botryoid.JPG
 Mineral: Hematite
 Locality:
Irhoud Mine, Jebel Irhoud, Safi Province, Doukkala-Abda Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  387 Time(s)

Hematite Under the Microscope 2 growing botryoid.JPG



Hematite Under the Microscope 3 botryoid surface texture.JPG
 Mineral: Hematite
 Locality:
Irhoud Mine, Jebel Irhoud, Safi Province, Doukkala-Abda Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  387 Time(s)

Hematite Under the Microscope 3 botryoid surface texture.JPG


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PostPosted: Oct 08, 2018 20:26    Post subject: Boogying at the Bou Nahas Mine  

Galena

Below are a few photos of another Moroccan galena I recently acquired from the Bou Nahas mine. I have also included a few photographs of the crystals which are cubo-octahedral with hoppered growths in some of their faces. They are bright and are on matrix, with Pyrite. The quality of the Galena is superb for the locality.



Galena - Bou Nahas 1.jpg
 Mineral: Galena with Pyrite
 Locality:
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 140 mm x 120 mm x 70 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  376 Time(s)

Galena - Bou Nahas 1.jpg



Galena - Bou Nahas 2.jpg
 Mineral: Galena with Pyrite
 Locality:
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 140 mm x 120 mm x 70 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  376 Time(s)

Galena - Bou Nahas 2.jpg



Galena - Bou Nahas 3.jpg
 Mineral: Galena with Pyrite
 Locality:
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 140 mm x 120 mm x 70 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  376 Time(s)

Galena - Bou Nahas 3.jpg



Galena - Bou Nahas 4 - REAR.jpg
 Mineral: Galena with Pyrite
 Locality:
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 140 mm x 120 mm x 70 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  376 Time(s)

Galena - Bou Nahas 4 - REAR.jpg



Galena - Bou Nahas - Crystals 1.jpg
 Mineral: Galena with Pyrite
 Locality:
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: FOV 60 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  376 Time(s)

Galena - Bou Nahas  - Crystals 1.jpg



Galena - Bou Nahas - Crystals 2.jpg
 Mineral: Galena with Pyrite
 Locality:
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: FOV 60 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  376 Time(s)

Galena - Bou Nahas  - Crystals 2.jpg



Galena - Bou Nahas - Crystals 3.jpg
 Mineral: Galena with Pyrite
 Locality:
Bou Nahas Mine, Oumjrane mining area, Alnif, Tarhbalt, Er Rachidia Province, Dra-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: FOV 60 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  376 Time(s)

Galena - Bou Nahas  - Crystals 3.jpg


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PostPosted: Oct 09, 2018 02:16    Post subject: Stibnite under the scope!!  

Before retiring for the evening I have decided to post a few photographs of the Romanian stibnite I featured in a previous post. In this case I am posting a few photos taken under the microscope.

I am old enough to know just how wonderful an asset a digital microscope is to the mineral collector. I actually bought it for use in my machine shop to look for hairline cracks in some machined components. These days you can get just about anything, and most things cheaper than you think.

Enjoy!

PS - I will show so more machine shop tools tomorrow.



Romanian Stibnite 1.JPG
 Mineral: Stibnite
 Locality:
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures, Romania
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  322 Time(s)

Romanian Stibnite 1.JPG



Romanian Stibnite 2.JPG
 Mineral: Stibnite
 Locality:
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures, Romania
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  322 Time(s)

Romanian Stibnite 2.JPG



Romanian Stibnite 3.JPG
 Mineral: Stibnite
 Locality:
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures, Romania
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  322 Time(s)

Romanian Stibnite 3.JPG



Romanian Stibnite 4.JPG
 Mineral: Stibnite
 Locality:
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures, Romania
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  322 Time(s)

Romanian Stibnite 4.JPG



Romanian Stibnite 5.JPG
 Mineral: Stibnite
 Locality:
Herja Mine, Chiuzbaia, Baia Mare, Maramures, Romania
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  322 Time(s)

Romanian Stibnite 5.JPG


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PostPosted: Oct 09, 2018 16:37    Post subject: Quarrelling over Inclusions in Quartz  

Quarrelling over Quartz

Below are a series of photos of one of my English pieces. It is Quartz on Hematite from the Florence mine.

It is a classic specimen of Kidney Ore with what the mineral chaps call beta Quartz.

I also included some close-up photos of two crystals and some photos taken under the microscope. The Quartz crystals have oodles of inclusions of hematite.

When I showed the sample under the microscope to one of my sons, he said Dad, What? Dad? What? I can see Elvis he said. I said I can see a diminishing allowance, can you see Elvis now? No just a grumpy old man! Jokingly of course!

Enjoy!



Quartz on Hematite 1.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz on Hematite
 Locality:
Florence Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 120 mm x 90 mm x 50 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  251 Time(s)

Quartz on Hematite 1.jpg



Quartz on Hematite 2.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz on Hematite
 Locality:
Florence Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 120 mm x 90 mm x 50 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  251 Time(s)

Quartz on Hematite 2.jpg



Quartz on Hematite 3.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz on Hematite
 Locality:
Florence Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 120 mm x 90 mm x 50 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  251 Time(s)

Quartz on Hematite 3.jpg



Quartz on Hematite 4.jpg
 Mineral: Hematite
 Locality:
Florence Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 120 mm x 90 mm x 50 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  251 Time(s)

Quartz on Hematite 4.jpg



Quartz on Hematite 6 - Close up 1.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz on Hematite
 Locality:
Florence Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
 Dimensions: Field of view about 30 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  251 Time(s)

Quartz on Hematite 6 - Close up 1.jpg



Quartz on Hematite 6 - Close up 2.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz on Hematite
 Locality:
Florence Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
 Dimensions: Field of view about 30 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  251 Time(s)

Quartz on Hematite 6 - Close up 2.jpg



Quartz on Hematite - Under the Microscope 1.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz on Hematite
 Locality:
Florence Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  251 Time(s)

Quartz on Hematite - Under the Microscope 1.jpg



Quartz on Hematite - Under the Microscope 2.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz on Hematite
 Locality:
Florence Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  251 Time(s)

Quartz on Hematite - Under the Microscope 2.jpg



Quartz on Hematite - Under the Microscope 3.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz on Hematite
 Locality:
Florence Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  251 Time(s)

Quartz on Hematite - Under the Microscope 3.jpg



Quartz on Hematite - Under the Microscope 4.jpg
 Mineral: Quartz on Hematite
 Locality:
Florence Mine, Egremont, West Cumberland Iron Field, former Cumberland, Cumbria, England, United Kingdom
 Dimensions: Field of view about 3 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  251 Time(s)

Quartz on Hematite - Under the Microscope 4.jpg


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PostPosted: Oct 09, 2018 17:59    Post subject: Mineral Specimen for the beginner  

A Mineral Specimen for the beginner

Sphalerite with Pyrite (after Pyrrhotite) and Quartz

Below is what I consider a spectacular mineral specimen. It is a specimen that would not feel out of place in a Museum or a private collection. It is composed of common minerals, but it has fantastic aesthetics. It is has large, lustrous and very well-formed crystals of sphalerite, quartz and pyrite (after Pyrrhotite).

And it was not expensive I did not have to sell my blood, donate body organs or take out a loan to acquire it. The Trepca mine has, and as far as I am told, still producing outstanding collector quality minerals.

The photos speak for themselves.

Enjoy!



Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz 1.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite with Pyrite (after Pyrrhotite) and Quartz
 Locality:
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District, Kosovo
 Dimensions: 140 mm x 120 mm x 90 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  243 Time(s)

Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz 1.jpg



Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz 2.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite with Pyrite (after Pyrrhotite) and Quartz
 Locality:
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District, Kosovo
 Dimensions: 140 mm x 120 mm x 90 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  241 Time(s)

Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz 2.jpg



Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz 3.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite with Pyrite (after Pyrrhotite) and Quartz
 Locality:
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District, Kosovo
 Dimensions: 140 mm x 120 mm x 90 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  241 Time(s)

Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz 3.jpg



Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz 4.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite with Pyrite (after Pyrrhotite) and Quartz
 Locality:
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District, Kosovo
 Dimensions: 140 mm x 120 mm x 90 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  241 Time(s)

Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz 4.jpg



Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz 5 - REAR.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite with Pyrite (after Pyrrhotite) and Quartz
 Locality:
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District, Kosovo
 Description:
 Viewed:  241 Time(s)

Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz 5 - REAR.jpg



Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz - Closeup 1.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite with Pyrite (after Pyrrhotite) and Quartz
 Locality:
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District, Kosovo
 Dimensions: Field of view about 40 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  241 Time(s)

Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz - Closeup 1.jpg



Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz - Closeup 2.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite with Pyrite (after Pyrrhotite) and Quartz
 Locality:
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District, Kosovo
 Dimensions: Field of view about 40 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  241 Time(s)

Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz - Closeup 2.jpg



Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz - Closeup 3.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite with Pyrite (after Pyrrhotite) and Quartz
 Locality:
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District, Kosovo
 Dimensions: Field of view about 40 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  241 Time(s)

Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz - Closeup 3.jpg



Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz - Closeup 4.jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite with Pyrite (after Pyrrhotite) and Quartz
 Locality:
Stan Trg (Stari Trg) Mine, Trepča Complex, Trepča Valley, Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovska Mitrovica District, Kosovo
 Dimensions: Field of view about 40 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  241 Time(s)

Sphalerite with Pyrite and Quartz - Closeup 4.jpg


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PostPosted: Oct 09, 2018 20:00    Post subject: A Big Thank you  

A Big Thank you

To all those who have sent me PMs, Likes and Emails showing support for my contributions on FMF I thank you sincerely.

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PostPosted: Oct 09, 2018 20:08    Post subject: Chalcopyrite with Pyrite on Quartz  

Chalcopyrite with Pyrite on Quartz

Below are a few photos of another of my Romanian specimens. This piece has some very complex crystals of chalcopyrite.

I have also included a couple of photos take with the digital microscope.

Enjoy!!!



Chalcopyrite with pyrite and quartz 1.jpg
 Mineral: Chalcopyrite with Pyrite on Quartz
 Locality:
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures, Romania
 Dimensions: 120 mm x 70 mm x 60 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  176 Time(s)

Chalcopyrite with pyrite and quartz 1.jpg



Chalcopyrite with pyrite and quartz 2.jpg
 Mineral: Chalcopyrite with Pyrite on Quartz
 Locality:
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures, Romania
 Dimensions: 120 mm x 70 mm x 60 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  176 Time(s)

Chalcopyrite with pyrite and quartz 2.jpg



Chalcopyrite with pyrite and quartz 3.jpg
 Mineral: Chalcopyrite with Pyrite on Quartz
 Locality:
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures, Romania
 Dimensions: 120 mm x 70 mm x 60 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  176 Time(s)

Chalcopyrite with pyrite and quartz 3.jpg



Chalcopyrite with pyrite and quartz 4 - REAR.jpg
 Mineral: Chalcopyrite with Pyrite on Quartz
 Locality:
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures, Romania
 Dimensions: 120 mm x 70 mm x 60 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  176 Time(s)

Chalcopyrite with pyrite and quartz 4 - REAR.jpg



Chalcopyrite with pyrite and quartz - Under the microscope 1.jpg
 Mineral: Chalcopyrite with Pyrite on Quartz
 Locality:
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures, Romania
 Dimensions: Field of view about 4 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  176 Time(s)

Chalcopyrite with pyrite and quartz - Under the microscope 1.jpg



Chalcopyrite with pyrite and quartz - Under the microscope 2.jpg
 Mineral: Chalcopyrite with Pyrite on Quartz
 Locality:
Boldut Mine, Cavnic mining area, Cavnic, Maramures, Romania
 Dimensions: Field of view about 4 mm
 Description:
 Viewed:  176 Time(s)

Chalcopyrite with pyrite and quartz - Under the microscope 2.jpg


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