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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:  19550 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Quartz (variety rose)
 Locality:
Ilha Mine, 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:  19578 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:  19612 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:  19556 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:  19553 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:  19547 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:  19549 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:  19594 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:  19579 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:  19594 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:  19559 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:  19546 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:  19606 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:  19544 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:  19553 Time(s)

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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:  19545 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:  19510 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:  19503 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:  19538 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:  19512 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:  19509 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:  19531 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:  19580 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:  19498 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:  19511 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:  19489 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:  19503 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:  19485 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.

USGS Website
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!
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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  

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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

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.
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PostPosted: Feb 14, 2022 10:12    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

A recent geode discovery in Uruguay that some of you have already heard about
http://www.geologyin.com/2021/01/stunning-heart-shaped-amethyst-geode.html
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I hope I am not giving away a secret in saying this piece can be now seen in the MIM Museum.
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PostPosted: May 04, 2022 08:47    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

And some more


Volborthite-MIM_Museum(1729).jpg
 Mineral: Volborthite
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 5.5 x 3 x 2.5 cm / main crystal size: 2.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 20 g
MIM number:1729
Rosettes of shiny dark green lamellar crystals dotted with bright green malachite balls, rising perpendicularly from a thin white matrix.
Photographer : AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Mineralogical Record, Sep-Oct 2021"
 Viewed:  3167 Time(s)

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Azurite-MIM_Museum(1730).jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 17 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm / main crystal size : 5.1 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1300 g
MIM number: 1730
Very shiny crystals developed in parallel groups on a white matrix, the bottom of which is lined with fibrous malachite. The crystals have a very geometric shape as opposed to the average production of this mine and have a beautiful metallic and chatoyant blue color resulting from interference phenomena between the underlying azurite, the thin layer of malachite which has formed on it, and a thin layer of azurite which has later formed on the latter.
Photographer : FMI / James Elliott;
Publication: "Mineralogical Record, Sep-Oct 2021"
 Viewed:  3168 Time(s)

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Azurite-MIM_Museum(1730-1).jpg
 Mineral: Azurite
 Locality:
Milpillas Mine, Cuitaca, Municipio Santa Cruz, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 17 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm / main crystal size: 5.1 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1300 g
MIM number: 1730
Very shiny crystals developed in parallel groups on a white matrix, the bottom of which is lined with fibrous malachite. The crystals have a very geometric shape as opposed to the average production of this mine and have a beautiful metallic and chatoyant blue color resulting from interference phenomena between the underlying azurite, the thin layer of malachite which has formed on it, and a thin layer of azurite which has later formed on the latter.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliott;
Publication: "Mineralogical Record, Sep-Oct 2021"
 Viewed:  3172 Time(s)

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Bastnäsite-(Ce)-MIM_Museum(1731).jpg
 Mineral: Bastnäsite-(Ce)
 Locality:
Zagi Mountain, Hameed Abad Kafoor Dheri, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 4 cm / main crystal size: 5.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 151 g
MIM number: 1731
Large hexagonal sharp crystal with shiny translucent lateral faces
Photographer : AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  3156 Time(s)

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Clinochlore (kammererite_variety)-MIM_Museum(1732).jpg
 Mineral: Clinochlore (variety kämmererite)
 Locality:
Kop Daglari (Kop Dağları), Erzurum Province, Eastern Anatolia Region, Turkey
 Dimensions: 16 x 10 x 4 cm / main crystal size: 1.2 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 990 g
MIM number: 1732
Plate covered with several translucent purple, well separated crystals which are often twinned. Transparent crystals of colorless calcite lie at the periphery (the largest measuring 2.5 cm)
Photographer : AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex-collection Alexandre Delerm (France)
 Viewed:  3162 Time(s)

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Hematite-MIM_Museum(1733).jpg
 Mineral: Hematite
 Locality:
Congonhas (Congonhas do Campo), Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 10.5 x 11.5 x 6.5 cm / main crystal size: 11.4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1650 g
MIM number: 1733
Single bright twinned crystal with a plane of symmetry passing through it lengthwise.
Photographer : AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex-collection Alexandre Delerm (France)
 Viewed:  3155 Time(s)

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Hematite-MIM_Museum(1734).jpg
 Mineral: Hematite
 Locality:
Nador, Nador Province, Oriental Region, Morocco
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 2 x 9.5 cm / main crystal size: 3.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 58 g
MIM number: 1734
Hematite lamellae in parallel growth of varying thickness with a mirror like lustre, and interesting growth patterns on the surface. The top of the specimen consists of two flattened octahedra with hoppered faces.
Photographer : AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Le Règne Minéral: Mai-Jun 2016"
Ex-collection Alexandre Delerm (France)
 Viewed:  3160 Time(s)

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Corundum (sapphire_variety)-MIM_Museum(1736).jpg
 Mineral: Corundum (sapphire variety)
 Locality:
Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region (Mandalay Division), Myanmar (Burma)
 Dimensions: 4 x 2.5 x 3.5 cm / main crystal size: 4.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 45 g
MIM number: 1736
Stack of flat hexagonal well formed blue crystals, the largest crystal being transparent with a beautiful deep blue color.
Photographer : AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Gemstones - Terra Connoisseur", "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2", “Mineralogical Record, Jan-Feb 2022”
 Viewed:  3157 Time(s)

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Danburite-MIM_Museum(1738).jpg
 Mineral: Danburite
 Locality:
Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region (Mandalay Division), Myanmar (Burma)
 Dimensions: 2 x 2.5 x 4.5 cm
 Description:
Main crystal size: 4,2 cm.Mass: 43 g
MIM number: 1738
Transparent yellow-green crystal, with a well-formed top and a base that has beenetched by natural dissolution
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  3157 Time(s)

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Atacamite-MIM_Museum(1739).jpg
 Mineral: Atacamite
 Locality:
Lily Mine, Umay District, Pisco Province, Ica Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 15 x 10 x 5 cm / main crystal size: 2.2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 810 g
MIM number: 1739
Shiny, very well terminated crystals of very dark green color, on a matrix of chrysocolla, malachite and quartz druses
Photographer : AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  3159 Time(s)

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Whewellite-MIM_Museum(1740).jpg
 Mineral: Whewellite
 Locality:
Shaft 371, 1170 level, Schlema-Hartenstein District, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen, Germany
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 2 x 5.5 cm / main crystal size: 5.5 cm
 Description:
Schacht 371, -1575m Sohle, Block 1170, Hartenstein, Sachsen, Germany
Mass: 28 g
MIM number :1740
Untwinned perfect single crystal terminated on both sides, with the top perfectly transparent, colorless and multiply faceted, and the bottom white and polysynthetic
Photographer : AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex-collection Uhlmann (Zschopau, Germany)
 Viewed:  3158 Time(s)

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Whewellite-MIM_Museum(1740-1).jpg.jpg
 Mineral: Whewellite
 Locality:
Shaft 371, 1170 level, Schlema-Hartenstein District, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen, Germany
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 2 x 5.5 cm / Main crystal size: 5.5 cm
 Description:
Schacht 371, -1575m Sohle, Block 1170, Hartenstein, Sachsen, Germany
Mass: 28 g
MIM number :1740
Untwinned perfect single crystal terminated on both sides, with the top perfectly transparent, colorless and multiply faceted, and the bottom white and polysynthetic
Photographer : AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex-collection Uhlmann (Zschopau, Germany)
 Viewed:  3160 Time(s)

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PostPosted: May 04, 2022 13:11    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

marvelous minerals
particularly fond of the first hematite.

if you reverse the specimen, it looks like Darth Vader helmet
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PostPosted: May 05, 2022 07:13    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Finally something new from this outstanding collection!!!
That vivid-blue azurite from Milpillas blows my mind, simply incredible!
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PostPosted: May 10, 2022 04:23    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Some more:


Zircon-MIM_Museum(1737).jpg.jpg
 Mineral: Zircon
 Locality:
Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region (Mandalay Division), Myanmar (Burma)
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 1 x 3 cm / main crystal: 3.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 12 g
MIM number:1737
Transparent, perfectly formed crystal, with a beautiful red-brown color.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: “Mineralogical Record, Jan-Feb 2022”
 Viewed:  2577 Time(s)

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Fluorite-MIM_Museum(1741).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Mount Xuebaoding, Pingwu, Mianyang Prefecture, Sichuan Province, China
 Dimensions: 16.5 x 10 x 15 cm / main crystal: 7.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1500 g
MIM number:1741
Two rectangular colorless and very shiny crystals developed on top of a mica matrix. Some faces of the fluorites are naturally frosted, but most faces are very smooth and bright. Small quartz crystals penetrate the back of the fluorites. The specimen is a complete floater.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  2582 Time(s)

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Fluorite-MIM_Museum(1742).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
La Cabaña, Berbes mining area, Valdelmar, Berbes, Ribadesella, Comarca Oriente, Asturias, Principality of Asturias, Spain
 Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 4.5 cm / main crystal: 4.9 cm
 Description:
Mass: 397 g
MIM number:1742
Plate consisting of white barite ridges covered with transparent and lustrous cubes of purple fluorite. Several fluorites show inner phantoms.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
Ex-collection Peter Bancroft (USA), Wayne Leicht (USA)
 Viewed:  2578 Time(s)

Fluorite-MIM_Museum(1742).jpg



Chrysoberyl-MIM_Museum(1743).jpg
 Mineral: Chrysoberyl
 Locality:
Itaguaçu, Espirito Santo, Sudeste Region, Brazil
 Dimensions: 6 x 6.5 x 5.5 cm / main crystal: 6.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 166 g
MIM number:1743
Floating set of beautiful olive green color formed by a perfectly sharp 4.6 cm wide sixling, with three V-shaped twins at the back (respectively 3.5 cm, 3 cm and 2.5 cm long).
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Mineralogical Record: Jul-Aug 1983"
Ex-collection Russell & Alice Haggard (USA), Wayne Leicht (USA)
 Viewed:  2578 Time(s)

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Grandviewite-MIM_Museum(1744).jpg
 Mineral: Grandviewite
 Locality:
Grand View Mine, Horseshoe Mesa, Grand Canyon National Park, Coconino County, Arizona, USA
 Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 352 g
MIM number:1744
Limonite geode lined with little balls of grandviewite (light blue), cyanotrichite (dark blue) and brochantite (dark green). The specimen was field collected in the Grandview Mine by Wayne Leicht during his studies of Earth Sciences and Physics.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex-collection Wayne Leicht (USA)
 Viewed:  2580 Time(s)

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Londonite on Fluor-liddicoatite-MIM_Museum(1745).jpg
 Mineral: Londonite on Fluor-liddicoatite
 Locality:
Ambatomigaby pegmatite, Ampanivana, Andrembesoa, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 7 x 5.5 x 8.5 cm / main crystal: 3.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 365 g
MIM number:1745
Group of yellow-green crystals of Londonite developed on the side of a sharp doubly terminated liddicoatite (length 8.9 cm). The upper part of the liddicoatite is translucent with an orange-brown color, and has a green skin on its lower part.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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PostPosted: May 12, 2022 07:44    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Londonite-MIM_Museum(1746).jpg
 Mineral: Londonite
 Locality:
Ambatomigaby pegmatite, Ampanivana, Andrembesoa, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 4.5 x 4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 71 g
MIM number:1746
Single floating crystal with a yellow-green color and very geometric form, most of its faces being slightly rough while the others are relatively smooth.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  2395 Time(s)

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Londonite-MIM_Museum(1747).jpg
 Mineral: Londonite
 Locality:
Ambatomigaby pegmatite, Ampanivana, Andrembesoa, Betafo District, Vakinankaratra Region, Antananarivo Province, Madagascar
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 30 g
MIM number:1747
Single floating crystal with a yellow-green color and very geometric form, most of its faces being slightly rough while the others are relatively smooth
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  2395 Time(s)

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Vesuvianite-MIM_Museum(1749).jpg
 Mineral: Vesuvianite
 Locality:
Jeffrey Mine, Asbestos, Les Sources RCM, Estrie, Québec, Canada
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 4.5 cm / main crystal: 4.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 52 g
MIM number:1749
Single thick doubly terminated crystal with an olive green colored body and the top and bottom slightly purple-tinted by manganese
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex-collection Francesco Spertini (Montréal, Canada)
 Viewed:  2398 Time(s)

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Franckeite-MIM_Museum(1750).jpg
 Mineral: Franckeite
 Locality:
San José Mine, Oruro City, Cercado Province, Oruro Department, Bolivia
 Dimensions: 11.5 x 9 x 8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 902 g
MIM number:1750
Group of gray spherical aggregates formed of small sharp crystals
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  2399 Time(s)

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Autunite-MIM_Museum(1751).jpg
 Mineral: Autunite and Metaautunite
 Locality:
Senhora da Assunção Mine, Aldeia Nova, Ferreira de Aves, Sátão, Viseu District, Portugal
 Dimensions: 17 x 11.5 x 8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 768 g
MIM number:1751
Granitic rock covered on one side with bright yellow crystals and on the other side with yellow-green crystals, both very fluorescent under UV light
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Le Règne Minéral: Nov-Dec 2015"
 Viewed:  2402 Time(s)

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Autunite-MIM_Museum(1751-1).jpg
 Mineral: Autunite and Metaautunite
 Locality:
Senhora da Assunção Mine, Aldeia Nova, Ferreira de Aves, Sátão, Viseu District, Portugal
 Dimensions: 17 x 11.5 x 8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 768 g
MIM number:1751
Granitic rock covered on one side with bright yellow crystals and on the other side with yellow-green crystals, both very fluorescent under UV light
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Le Règne Minéral: Nov-Dec 2015"
 Viewed:  2395 Time(s)

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Aragonite (flos_ferri_variety)-MIM_Museum(1752).jpg
 Mineral: Aragonite (variety flos ferri)
 Locality:
Sapin Vert Mine, Altenberg Peak, Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, Colmar-Ribeauvillé, Haut-Rhin, Grand Est, France
 Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 10 cm
 Description:
Mass: 342 g
MIM number:1752
White coral-like concretions of intact straight branches developed on a brittle gneiss matrix
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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PostPosted: May 15, 2022 09:05    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Cuprosklodowskite-MIM_Museum(1753).jpg
 Mineral: Cuprosklodowskite
 Locality:
Musonoi Mine, Kolwezi, Kolwezi District, Lualaba, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 26 x 14 x 17 cm / main crystal: 2.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 8000 g
MIM number:1753
Geode lined with needles of a beautiful bright green color; veins of massive cuprosklodowskite of non-geodic formation run through the matrix outside the geode.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  2185 Time(s)

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Hutchinsonite-MIM_Museum(1754).jpg
 Mineral: Hutchinsonite with Orpiment
 Locality:
Quiruvilca Mine (La Libertad Mine), Quiruvilca District, Santiago de Chuco Province, La Libertad Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 12.5 x 15 x 5 cm / main crystal: 0.8 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 1050 g
MIM number:1754
Massive pyrite plate covered on its upper face with small elongated very bright crystals of hutchinsonite, which are partly covered by patches of brown-orange orpiment
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  2189 Time(s)

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Cafarsite-MIM_Museum(1755).jpg
 Mineral: Cafarsite
 Locality:
Wannigletscher, Scherbadung (Monte Cervandone), Kriegalp Valley, Binn Valley (Binntal), Wallis (Valais), Switzerland
 Dimensions: 12 x 9 x 6.5 cm / main crystal: 2.6 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 500 g
MIM number:1755
Orthogneiss slab covered with smooth and shiny black crystals in the form of simple octahedra or octahedra with truncated faces.
Photographer: FMI / Federico Picciani
Ex-collection Denis Boël (France)
 Viewed:  2185 Time(s)

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Opal (boulder_opal_variety)-MIM_Museum(1756).jpg
 Mineral: Opal (variety boulder opal)
 Locality:
Yowah opal field, Paroo Shire, Queensland, Australia
 Dimensions: 7.5 x 8 x 2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 265 g
MIM number:1756
"Yowah nut" boulder opal split in two halves of very similar sizes (130 g and 135 g) showing the opalized veins running through the ironstone matrix with green and blue reflections.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "101 Minéraux et Pierres Précieuses qu'il faut avoir vus dans sa vie", "Minéraux - Le Guide des Passionnés", "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
Ex-collection Müller (Germany)
 Viewed:  2182 Time(s)

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Opal (boulder_opal_variety)-MIM_Museum(1756-1).jpg
 Mineral: Opal (variety boulder opal)
 Locality:
Yowah opal field, Paroo Shire, Queensland, Australia
 Dimensions: 7.5 x 8 x 2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 265 g
MIM number:1756
"Yowah nut" boulder opal split in two halves of very similar sizes (130 g and 135 g) showing the opalized veins running through the ironstone matrix with green and blue reflections.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "101 Minéraux et Pierres Précieuses qu'il faut avoir vus dans sa vie", "Minéraux - Le Guide des Passionnés", "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
Ex-collection Müller (Germany)
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