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PostPosted: Sep 23, 2017 01:39    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Finally some new specimens! And as usual, in best of the best of the best of the best of the best quality, simply a pleasure :-)
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PostPosted: Sep 28, 2017 03:47    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Guten Tag Tobi
Thank you very much for your enthusiastic comments, as always.
When will we have the pleasure to welcome you in Beirut?
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PostPosted: Sep 29, 2017 04:37    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

And some more


317.jpg
 Mineral: Hambergite
 Locality:
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Baltistan District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 7.5 x 3.0 x 1.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 7.6 cm
Clear, colorless, well terminated crystal displaying a lateral twin.
MIM Number: 317
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6909 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz (variety rose)
 Locality:
Lavra da Ilha, Taquaral, Itinga, Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 12.0x 12.0 x 9.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1.5 cm
Crown of limpid pink crystals on a base of massive quartz that is part milky and part slightly smoky
MIM Number: 318
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6931 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Arsendescloizite
 Locality:
Ojuela Mine, Mapimí, Municipio Mapimí, Durango, Mexico
 Dimensions: 15.5 x 8.0 x 7.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 0.0 cm
Aggregate of lustrous, dark green balls resembling mimetite with a little white hydrozincite
MIM Number: 319
Photographer: AINU / Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  6923 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Enargite
 Locality:
Julcani Mine, Julcani District, Angaraes Province, Huancavelica Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 6.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5.2 cm
Sheaf of relatively well formed, lustrous, silvery crystals
MIM Number: 320
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6907 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Zircon on Biotite
 Locality:
Seiland Island, Alta, Finnmark, Norway
 Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.0 x 6.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4.4 cm
Well formed, reddish brown doubly terminated crystal with some translucent areas, on a block of sheets of lustrous, black biotite. Under shortwave ultraviolet light, the zircon becomes pale yellow.
MIM Number: 321
Photographer: AINU / Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  6906 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Epidote
 Locality:
Flor de Perú Claim, Ullpac Mountain, Huancano District, Pisco Province, Ica Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 15.0 x 9.0 x 10.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 9.0 cm
Double fan of lustrous, black crystals with translucent, dichroic extremities and a few small quartz crysals
MIM Number: 322
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6902 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Montebrasite
 Locality:
Galiléia, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 10.0 x 10.0 x 16.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 14.5 cm
Large, intact, translucent, light yellow twinned crystal in a fish tail
MIM Number: 323
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6909 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Galena with Calcite and Siderite
 Locality:
Neudorf, Harzgerode mining district, Harz, Saxony-Anhalt/Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
 Dimensions: 9.0 x 7.0 x 4.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3.6 cm
Truncated cubo-octahedron, perched on a matrix of small calcite and very pale green siderite crystals
MIM Number: 324
Photographer: AINU / Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  6925 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Molybdenite
 Locality:
Bandaksli, Tokke, Telemark, Østlandet, Norway
 Dimensions: 6.0 x 6.5 x 7.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3.4 cm
Hexagonal, imbricated stacks on a matrix of granite, well formed front portion
MIM Number: 325
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6896 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Magnetite with Forsterite (variety peridot)
 Locality:
Sapat Gali (Suppat), Naran, Kaghan Valley, Mansehra District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 5.0 x 3.0 x 4.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3.9 cm
Striated dodecahedron with a well terminated upper portion and the lower part not as well crystallized, alongside a transparent green peridot measuring 3.7 cm
MIM Number: 326
Photographer: AINU / Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  6920 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Pyromorphite
 Locality:
Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 13.5 x 9.5 x 10.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1.0 cm
Closed arch of intact, brilliant, dark green crystals
MIM Number: 327
Photographer: AINU / Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  6909 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Beryl (variety heliodor)
 Locality:
Ikalamavony District, Matsiatra Region, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 2.0 x 1.0 x 8.5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 8.2 cm
Transparent, yellow-orange hexagonal crystal with natural corrosion patterns
MIM Number: 328
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6906 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Scheelite
 Locality:
Huya township, Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 12.0 x 11.0 x 8.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 13.2 cm
Large, intact and complete pyramid with a very well terminated redish-orange summit; a smaller side crystal at the base
MIM Number: 329
Photographer: AINU / Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  6911 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Elbaite (variety verdelite)
 Locality:
Parun (Paroon), Wama District (Vama District), Nuristan Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 5.0 x 5.0 x 12.5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 9.0 cm
Flattened, clear, green crystal with practially no inclusions and perfect, high termination; bluish at the bottom
MIM Number: 330
Photographer: AINU / Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  6902 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Sphalerite (variety marmatite)
 Locality:
Nikolaevski Mine, Dalnegorsk, Dalnegorsk Urban District, Primorsky Krai, Far-Eastern Region, Russia
 Dimensions: 15.0 x 8.5 x 9.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6.4 cm
Lustrous, black balls on a matrix of galena crystals that look melted and a few quartz needles
MIM Number: 331
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6909 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Sep 29, 2017 07:17    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  




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 Mineral: Quartz with Rutile inclusions
 Locality:
Dodo Mine, Saranpaul, Khanty-Mansi Okrug, Tyumen Oblast, Russia
 Dimensions: 9.0 x 14.5 x 10.5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 16.5 cm
Intact double terminated crystal with hair-like inclusions of orange rutile
MIM Number: 332
Photographer: AINU / Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  6897 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz (japan law twin) with Pyrite
 Locality:
Spruce claim, Goldmyer Hot Springs, King County, Washington, USA
 Dimensions: 10.0 x 5.0 x 6.5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 6.5 cm
Symmetrical Japan Law twin with inclusion of tiny pyrite crystals, on a thin gangue of non-twinned quartz crystals
MIM Number: 333
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6866 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Azurite with Malachite
 Locality:
Touissit, Touissit District, Jerada Province, Oriental Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 8.5 x 7.0 x 7.0 cm
 Description:
T'ouissit, Oujda, Morocco
Main crystal size: 5.5 cm
Smooth, blue crystals with perfect termination on a matrix carpeted with malachite
MIM Number:334
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6860 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Rhodochrosite
 Locality:
Uchucchacua Mine, Oyón Province, Lima Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 5.5 x 3.5 x 4.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5.1 cm
Translucent, red, double terminated twinned scalenohedron on a small, black gangue with small fluorite crystals
MIM Number: 335
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6893 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Pyrite
 Locality:
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 14.5 x 13.0 x 12.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 10.1 cm
Group of large, shiny, striated cubes
MIM Number: 337
Photographer: AINU / Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  6878 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Cerussite
 Locality:
Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Otjikoto Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.5 x 3.5cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5.0 cm
Transparent crystal with complex facets producing a prismatic effect in light
MIM Number:338
Photographer: AINU / Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  6868 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Wulfenite with Mimetite
 Locality:
San Francisco Mine, Cerro Prieto, Cucurpe, Municipio Cucurpe, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 10.0 x 7.5 x 7.5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3.6 cm
Thin, transparent, orange blocks sprinkled with balls of mimetite in a darker color
MIM Number: 339
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6875 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Microcline (variety amazonite)
 Locality:
Two Point claim, Tree Root Pocket, Teller County, Colorado, USA
 Dimensions: 17.5 x 16.0 x 9.5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 5.0 cm
Intact, intertwined blue-green crystals with translucent morion quartz and balls of white cleavelandite
MIM Number: 340
Photographer: AINU / Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  6895 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Pyromorphite
 Locality:
Daoping Mine, Gongcheng, Guilin Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 13.0 x 6.0 x 10.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 1.0 cm
Block of well formed crystals of a brilliant neon green color
MIM Number: 341
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6862 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Weloganite
 Locality:
Francon Quarry, Montréal, St. Michel District, Jacques Cartier County, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 3.0 x 2.5 x 2.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2.3 cm
Yellow double terminated crystal exhibiting clear hemihedry on a thin gangue
MIM Number: 342
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6864 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Jeremejevite
 Locality:
Mile 72 road marker, Cape Cross area, Swakopmund District, Erongo Region, Namibia
 Dimensions: 0.5 x 0.5 x 3.5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 3.5 cm
Blue, hexagonal single crystal with a well terminated summit
MIM Number:343
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6863 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Sodalite
 Locality:
Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 24.0 x 11.0 x 9.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2.8 cm
Crystals in different nuances of dark blue (the core sometimes not as dark)
MIM Number: 344
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6878 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Vanadinite with Baryte
 Locality:
Mibladen (Mibladen mining district), Midelt, Midelt Province, Drâa-Tafilalet Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 25.5 x 25.0 x 13.0 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 2.0 cm
Rock carpeted with white barite on its upper portion covered with a thin layer of black pyrolusite, itself covered with dark red, tabular crystals of vanadinite
MIM Number: 345
Photographer: AINU / Alessandro Clemenza
 Viewed:  6865 Time(s)

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PostPosted: Sep 29, 2017 12:33    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

I can't find words for those mineral specimens, Salim, they are simply beyond words. The combination of quality/aesthetics and their incredible sizes makes them one of the best and most valuable mineral collections in the world. Keep up that great work, you inspire every mineral lover in the world with your surreal collection of outstanding masterpieces :-)

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Guten Tag Tobi
Thank you very much for your enthusiastic comments, as always. When will we have the pleasure to welcome you in Beirut?
Salim
Salim, thanks again for that invitation! My wife and I are expecting our second child for the end of October, so it's not the best time for planning such a journey ;-) I hope one day I will make it ...

P.S. You missed the locality for the great galena on 324.jpg, where is it from? :-)
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PostPosted: Aug 05, 2020 03:56    Post subject: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Solidarity with the Lebanese people!  

Despite the recent, tremendous explosion in Beirut, news has reached us that Salim, his employees and his family are basically fine, although with some injured and two relatives who have miraculously survived the collapse of their home, with them inside.

The upper part of the Museum (entrance and shop) is blown out but there is no damage to the collection since it is housed in the lower part of the building, well protected.

In any case, the explosion must have been brutal because the MIM is relatively far from the port, it is not housed in a very open building, and it is behind many other buildings, some of them very large and very solid, so it is hard to imagine how it can be that the upper part of the Museum has been devastated since, as I said, it is not very close to the port nor is it in an open space. The blast wave from the explosion must have been gigantic in order to affect the MIM in this way.

Not enough is known but Lebanon is a country that has suffered a lot throughout its history and that without making as much noise as other neighboring countries, is crucial for the refugee problem since it generously houses and helps a huge number of them: Palestinians, Syrians, Iraqis ... In fact it is the country in the world with the highest percentage of refugees per inhabitant and according to the Lebanese the actual figures are far higher than the official figures. They say that in their country there are many more refugees than Lebanese people.

When subscriptions are opened to help Lebanon financially, I will participate and ask whoever is able to do so as well. Lebanon was having a very bad time with serious power and infrastructure problems and with Covid outbreaks, so this explosion can leave them in a very uncertain situation and without a doubt they are going to need all the possible solidarity from the rest of the world.
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PostPosted: Aug 05, 2020 10:28    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

I just exchanged emails with Salim. He told me that 'All glass and windows were blasted out in a circle of radius 15 km around the explosion'! And, yes, he confirmed, as reported above by our 'fearless leader' that the collection suffered very little or more likely NO damage - amazingly!! It was felt and shook buildings 150 Km away!! Hundreds dead and hundreds missing and surely dead. Tens of thousands injured and over a quarter of a million had their homes destroyed and an equal number of cars destroyed. Lebanon was having a very difficult time before this.....I wish them all well. A great country with a long and proud history - and one of the best mineral collections in the World!!! Very sad this happened and I expect the public to call for a major change in governance as soon as they get over the shock....it has already begun, in fact. The cost of rebuilding lives and structures - even the society will be in the hundreds of Billions. First, those homeless and without means of income will need help!
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PostPosted: Aug 05, 2020 10:39    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon - Solidarity with the Lebanese people!  

Jordi Fabre wrote:
Despite the recent, tremendous explosion in Beirut, news has reached us that Salim, his employees and his family are basically fine, although with some injured and two relatives who have miraculously survived the collapse of their home, with them inside.

The upper part of the Museum (entrance and shop) is blown out but there is no damage to the collection since it is housed in the lower part of the building, well protected.

In any case, the explosion must have been brutal because the MIM is relatively far from the port, it is not housed in a very open building, and it is behind many other buildings, some of them very large and very solid, so it is hard to imagine how it can be that the upper part of the Museum has been devastated since, as I said, it is not very close to the port nor is it in an open space. The blast wave from the explosion must have been gigantic in order to affect the MIM in this way.

Not enough is known but Lebanon is a country that has suffered a lot throughout its history and that without making as much noise as other neighboring countries, is crucial for the refugee problem since it generously houses and helps a huge number of them: Palestinians, Syrians, Iraqis ... In fact it is the country in the world with the highest percentage of refugees per inhabitant and according to the Lebanese the actual figures are far higher than the official figures. They say that in their country there are many more refugees than Lebanese people.

When subscriptions are opened to help Lebanon financially, I will participate and ask whoever is able to do so as well. Lebanon was having a very bad time with serious power and infrastructure problems and with Covid outbreaks, so this explosion can leave them in a very uncertain situation and without a doubt they are going to need all the possible solidarity from the rest of the world.


Jordi,
thanks very much for posting this and reminding us that although the minerals at MIM are a unique resource and close to our hearts, this is a much larger and much more tragic human event visited upon people who already bear more than their fair share of misery.

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PostPosted: Aug 05, 2020 12:09    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

What happen from a somewhat different view.
The Next California Earthquake (facebook page)

This terrible explosion that happened yesterday in Beirut was initially picked up as a M3.3 earthquake, but calculations of the total energy released rate it as the equivalent of around a M4.4.

This may not seem like much, but keep in mind that only a small amount of an earthquake's energy reaches the surface, while this blast was entirely above ground. They believe that close to 2,750 tons of confiscated ammonium nitrate sitting in a warehouse fed the explosion.

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M 3.3 Explosion - 1 km ENE of Beirut, Lebanon
The Beirut, Lebanon explosion was processed using the same basic methods that we use for regional earthquakes. To remove uncertainties in the location associated with seismic methods, we fix the location to the location seen in videos of the blast. Standard methods were used to calculate the magnitude. The reported magnitude is not directly comparable to an earthquake of similar size because the explosion occurred at the surface where seismic waves are not as efficiently generated. News reports state the explosion was caused by 2750 tons of ammonium nitrate which is roughly equivalent to 1100 tons of TNT.

Also from the CALTECH website the various Mines (like Boron) and other quarries tend to show up varying from a M1.0 - M1.7 when they set off explosive charges.
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PostPosted: Aug 05, 2020 16:08    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Such a terrible event in Lebanon. To compare it with an earthquake is really misleading, though. I have no doubt that there was an earthquake equivalent of 3.3-4.0 or so. This would only account for some of the damage. When explosives are detonated in mines and quarries, in boreholes, confined by rock, it is the resultant shockwave and then expansion of chemical gasses that do the fragmentation of rock and subsequent movement of rock. When explosives are detonated, unconfined, on surface, only a small amount of the shock energy goes into the ground to create a seismic event. The vast majority of energy is transmitted through the atmosphere as a shock wave and blast overpressure. In the case of 2700 tonnes or so of unconfined explosives detonating, the resultant shockwave and blast overpressure would be HUGE and would pulverize any structures nearby and violently shake any structures for thousands of metres around. Weak structures, people and glass would be most affected further out but even strong structures close-in would be heavily damaged or destroyed much more than any earthquake could accomplish. A terrible result of a detonation that should have been much more useful use of energy.

The thing is, there are numerous examples of this type of detonation in the past 100 years or so in different parts of the world. It is well known what ammonium nitrate can do when subjected to heat and pressure. In many countries, there are regulations that help control where large amounts of explosives and explosives components such as oxidizers are stored -NOT in cities and ports.
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PostPosted: Aug 06, 2020 07:21    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Peter, the collection did not suffer "very little or more likely NO damage", it is absolutely unscathed!!! We went through each and every rock, none has even budged. Likewise for the fossils. It is a sheer miracle. What certainly helped is that the collection is in the basement of a modern building but the reinforcing of the walls, ceilings and soils planned when we built the museum has clearly more than paid off last Tuesday.
I am having the ground floor entrance cleaned and plan to have the museum operational as soon as possible!
Salim

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PostPosted: Aug 06, 2020 10:08    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Peter, the collection did not suffer "very little or more likely NO damage", it is absolutely unscathed!!! We went through each and every rock, none has even budged. Likewise for the fossils. It is a sheer miracle. What certainly helped is that the collection is in the basement of a modern building but the reinforcing of the walls, ceilings and soils planned when we built the museum has clearly more than paid off last Tuesday.
I am having the ground floor entrance cleaned and plan to have the museum operational as soon as possible!
Salim


Salim, That is both fantastic and amazing! I know your museum is below ground and highly reinforced - but that not one mineral dropped out of its display mounting and broke/chipped is unbelievable! I follow closely what is happening in Beruit mostly on Al Jazerra English Live and I see a devastated city in the area within a few Km of the port - as if it had been a small nuclear bomb. It registered nearly 4.0 on the Richter scale. Anyway, I'm happy for you and your fantastic collection. I wish things had gone as well for all of Beruit!..... Best wishes to all in Beruit and Lebanon in the coming weeks and months!
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PostPosted: Aug 06, 2020 11:25    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

MIM Museum wrote:
Peter, the collection did not suffer "very little or more likely NO damage", it is absolutely unscathed!!! We went through each and every rock, none has even budged. Likewise for the fossils. It is a sheer miracle. What certainly helped is that the collection is in the basement of a modern building but the reinforcing of the walls, ceilings and soils planned when we built the museum has clearly more than paid off last Tuesday.
I am having the ground floor entrance cleaned and plan to have the museum operational as soon as possible!
Salim

Glad to hear that the MIM collection is intact.
Brings a sense of hope in the midst of chaos.
Fate has decreed that nothing will destroy the resilience of Salim and many Lebanese.
Gérard
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