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PostPosted: Jul 22, 2023 12:00    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Fluorapatite-MIM_Museum(2053).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorapatite
 Locality:
Ganadao (Gandao Hill), Mohmand District, Peshawar Division, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 16.5 x 2 x 6.5 cm / main crystal: 16.2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 421 g
MIM number:2053
Large, elongated, transparent, shiny and very well-formed tabular crystal, rich in facets, pale pink in the upper part, and greenish in the lower part due to the inclusion of actinolite needles. The formation of these apatites in Pakistan is similar to that of the apatites found in the Alps, with the same type of inclusions, but the crystals such as this one have reached much larger dimensions.
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 Mineral: Fluorapatite
 Locality:
Ganadao (Gandao Hill), Mohmand District, Peshawar Division, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 16.5 x 2 x 6.5 cm / main crystal: 16.2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 421 g
MIM number:2053
Large, elongated, transparent, shiny and very well-formed tabular crystal, rich in facets, pale pink in the upper part, and greenish in the lower part due to the inclusion of actinolite needles. The formation of these apatites in Pakistan is similar to that of the apatites found in the Alps, with the same type of inclusions, but the crystals such as this one have reached much larger dimensions.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Atacamite-MIM_Museum(2054).jpg
 Mineral: Atacamite
 Locality:
New Cornwall Mine, Kadina, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, Australia
 Dimensions: 8 x 6.5 x 6.5 cm / main crystal: 4.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 199 g
MIM number:2054
Two large green crystals with chisel shaped terminations forming a V on a thin limonite / goethite shell with several tufts of small crystals at their base. It is rare for large crystals of this species to have such well-formed terminations.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collections: Henson/ Knight/ Weller (Austalia), Reinhard Dallinger (Austria)
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Wulfenite-MIM_Museum(2055).jpg
 Mineral: Wulfenite
 Locality:
Erupción Mine (Ahumada Mine), Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 6 cm / main crystal: 3.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 417 g
MIM number:2055
Thin hard limonite plate covered on its upper face with glossy, bright butterscotch-apricot colored square wulfenite tablets, including two large, well-separated thick crystals.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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 Mineral: Wulfenite
 Locality:
Erupción Mine (Ahumada Mine), Los Lamentos Mountain Range, Municipio Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico
 Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 6 cm / main crystal: 3.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 417 g
MIM number:2055
Thin hard limonite plate covered on its upper face with glossy, bright butterscotch-apricot colored square wulfenite tablets, including two large, well-separated thick crystals.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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Tetrahedrite-MIM_Museum(2056).jpg
 Mineral: Tetrahedrite
 Locality:
Huanzala Mine, Huallanca District, Dos de Mayo Province, Huánuco Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 7 cm / main crystal: 8.0 cm
 Description:
Mass: 366 g
MIM number:2056
Large perfect silvery and lustrous crystal of tetrahedral shape, lined laterally and on its lower part with double terminated crystals of colorless quartz (the largest measuring 6.4 cm). It is remarkable that the whole is floating and intact, despite the fact that tetrahedrite is a very fragile mineral.
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Incredible tetrahedrite!
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PostPosted: Jul 24, 2023 11:01    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Quartz-MIM_Museum(2057).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh, India
 Dimensions: 16.5 x 9 x 6.5 cm / main crystal: 9.7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1139 g
MIM number:2057
Large, lustrous and intact quartz crystal of unusual shape, flanked by two smaller similar crystals on a piece of matrix studded with small crystals. These crystals contain very beautiful inclusions of star-shaped yellow-orange rutile. The faces have not been polished and are in their natural state, which is quite rare.
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 Mineral: Quartz
 Locality:
Kullu District, Himachal Pradesh, India
 Dimensions: 16.5 x 9 x 6.5 cm / main crystal: 9.7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1139 g
MIM number:2057
Large, lustrous and intact quartz crystal of unusual shape, flanked by two smaller similar crystals on a piece of matrix studded with small crystals. These crystals contain very beautiful inclusions of star-shaped yellow-orange rutile. The faces have not been polished and are in their natural state, which is quite rare.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
 Viewed:  6978 Time(s)

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Hemimorphite-MIM_Museum(2058).jpg
 Mineral: Hemimorphite
 Locality:
Wenshan Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China
 Dimensions: 12.5 x 15 x 5.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 911 g
MIM number:2058
Hard limonite shell covered on its upper face with translucent microcrystalline aggregates of very beautiful robin egg blue color.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: "China II, Mineralien, Fundorte, Lagerstätten"
 Viewed:  6980 Time(s)

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Magnetite-MIM_Museum(2059).jpg
 Mineral: Magnetite
 Locality:
Laila Peak, Karakorum Range, Shigar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 5 x 5.5 x 3.5 cm / main crystal: 4.4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 151 g
MIM number:2059
Large intact black and lustrous crystal, flanked at its ends with smaller similar crystals. The faces of these crystals are grooved with interlocking equilateral triangles.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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Synchysite-(Ce)-MIM_Museum(2060).jpg
 Mineral: Synchysite-(Ce)
 Locality:
Zagi Mountain, Hameed Abad Kafoor Dheri, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 4 x 2 x 3.5 cm
 Description:
Locality: Saparay Mine, Zagi Mountain, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Mass: 14 g
MIM number:2060
Lustrous, amber colored crystal, in the shape of a very well formed shuttle with tapered translucent ends, perched in the middle on a smaller vertical crystal.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Scheelite-MIM_Museum(2061).jpg
 Mineral: Scheelite
 Locality:
Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 88 g
MIM number:2061
Perfectly formed, lustrous, euhedral, bipyramidal crystal, of metallic grey color without any ding.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: "China II, Mineralien, Fundorte, Lagerstätten"
 Viewed:  6779 Time(s)

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 Mineral: Scheelite
 Locality:
Hexigten Banner (Kèshíkèténg Qí), Chifeng (Ulanhad), Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
 Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 88 g
MIM number:2061
Perfectly formed, lustrous, euhedral, bipyramidal crystal, of metallic grey color without any ding.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: "China II, Mineralien, Fundorte, Lagerstätten"
 Viewed:  6782 Time(s)

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Synchysite-(Ce)-MIM_Museum(2062).jpg
 Mineral: Synchysite-(Ce)
 Locality:
Zagi Mountain, Hameed Abad Kafoor Dheri, Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 5 cm / main crystal: 2.6 cm.
 Description:
Locality: Saparay Mine, Zagi Mountain, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Mass: 54 g
MIM number:2062
Group of parallel shuttle-shaped amber-colored crystals with translucent terminations, crowning a matrix made of gneiss and aegirine needles.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Mineralogical Record: Nov-Dec 2018"
 Viewed:  6786 Time(s)

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Silver-MIM_Museum(2063).jpg
 Mineral: Silver
 Locality:
Chañarcillo, Copiapó Province, Atacama Region, Chile
 Dimensions: 13 x 7 x 15 cm
 Description:
Mass: 702 g
MIM number:2063
Two large and beautiful feathers of crystallized dendritic silver jutting out of a mass of calcite and silver. It is the finest sample from a historic area that was at one point the world's largest silver deposit in the 19th century and has among others provided the finest proustites known.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publications: “Ikons, Classics and Contemporary Masterpieces of Mineralogy”, "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
Ex collections: Eric Asselborn (France), Eugene Meieran (USA)
 Viewed:  6782 Time(s)

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Brucite-MIM_Museum(2064).jpg
 Mineral: Brucite
 Locality:
Killa Saifullah District, Balochistan (Baluchistan), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 11 x 6 x 15 cm
 Description:
Mass: 249 g
MIM number:2064
Aggregate of flattened lustrous crystals forming a ring, which is a very original form for this prolific brucite discovery. The color of the crystals is an intense yellow, which is the best color of this find. A little matrix at the bottom of the specimen is reminiscent of how this brucite was formed by leaching the gray magnesian rock which constitutes it.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6780 Time(s)

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Strengite-MIM_Museum(2066).jpg
 Mineral: Strengite
 Locality:
Leveäniemi Mine, Svappavaara, Kiruna District, Lappland, Sweden
 Dimensions: 7 x 12 x 5.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 764 g
MIM number:2066
Cavity made of massive iron oxides in which spherical aggregates of beautiful purple strengite (the largest having a diameter of 7 mm) have developed, interspersed with black goethite balls.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: Paul Stahl (Germany)
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Manganite-MIM_Museum(2067).jpg
 Mineral: Manganite
 Locality:
Ilfeld, Nordhausen, Nordhausen District, Thuringia/Thüringen, Germany
 Dimensions: 7 x 9 x 6 cm / main crystal: 1.8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 422 g
MIM number:2067
Very sharp cylindrical black and lustrous crystals, forming a mound whose base is made of massive manganite.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Ex collection: Paul Stahl (Germany)
 Viewed:  6372 Time(s)

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Poudretteite-MIM_Museum(2068).jpg
 Mineral: Poudretteite
 Locality:
Pein-Pyit, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region (Mandalay Division), Myanmar (Burma)
 Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 2 cm
 Description:
Description:
Mass: 3 g
MIM number:2068
Small, perfectly formed crystal with a very well expressed hexagonal cross section and a richly faceted upper termination. The upper part is colorless, while the lower part has a light purple color.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: “Mineralogical Record, Jan-Feb 2022”
 Viewed:  6379 Time(s)

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Meta-autunite-MIM_Museum(2069).jpg
 Mineral: Meta-autunite on 'lepidolite' and Quartz after Spodumene
 Locality:
Golconda pegmatite, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 6.5 x 4 x 11 cm / main crystal: 2.5 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 34 g
MIM number:2069
Perfectly formed book of tetragonal crystals developed at the tip of a thin matrix of microcrystalline cookeite, itself previously formed on a later dissolved spodumene crystal the imprint of which it kept, with small crystals of quartz formed thereafter. The autunite is bright, of a beautiful "electric" green, and well formed, which is typical of pegmatite phosphates.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
 Viewed:  6376 Time(s)

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Meta-autunite-MIM_Museum(2070).jpg
 Mineral: Meta-autunite on 'lepidolite' with Cookeite and Tourmaline (Group)
 Locality:
Golconda pegmatite, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 7 x 4 x 6.5 cm / main crystal: 2.2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 87 g
MIM number:2070
Perfectly formed book of tetragonal crystals developed atop a matrix made of 'lepidolite' and cookeite, crossed by small crystals of blue tourmaline (the largest measuring 2 cm). It is very unusual to have such an assemblage showing the very last phases of crystallization of pegmatite with the appearance of autunite at the top.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Wulfenite-MIM_Museum(2071).jpg
 Mineral: Wulfenite and Mimetite
 Locality:
San Francisco Mine, Cerro Prieto, Cucurpe, Municipio Cucurpe, Sonora, Mexico
 Dimensions: 19 x 12 x 10 cm / main crystal: 4.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1150 g
MIM number:2071
Large limonitous slab covered on its upper face with balls of orange mimetite, studded with numerous transparent crystals of yellow-orange wulfenite, themselves dotted with mimetite. Given the fragility of the wulfenites produced by this mine, it is surprising that a sample of this size could have survived in such a good condition.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Mineralogical Record: Nov-Dec 2004"
Ex collection: Francis Benjamin (France)
 Viewed:  6375 Time(s)

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Likasite-MIM_Museum(2072).jpg
 Mineral: Likasite and Gerhardtite on Cuprite
 Locality:
Likasi, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 5 x 3.5 x 4 cm / main crystal: 1.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 138 g
MIM number:2072
Red massive cuprite block with two anfractuosities: One in which many dark blue likasite needles developed, and the other in which perfect crystals of bright gerhardtite developed, the largest measuring 1 cm. The likasite is a rare species, and one of the very rare nitrates of the mineral world (most of the nitrates being soluble in water).
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Quartz-MIM_Museum(2073).jpg
 Mineral: Quartz (japan law twin)
 Locality:
Brumado, Bahia, Northeast Region, Brazil
 Dimensions: 6 x 6.5 x 11.5 cm / main crystal: 11.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 217 g
MIM number:2073
Two Japan law twins whose planes form a dihedron at 60 °, developed on two faces of an elongated crystal of quartz giving to this specimen the appearance of a bird with outspread wings. This mine has produced similar assemblages, sometimes larger, but rarely with equally balanced twins as is the case in this sample.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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 Mineral: Quartz (goldschmidt twin)
 Locality:
Corinto, Curvelo, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 9 x 2.5 x 12 cm / main crystal: 11.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 399 g
MIM number:2074
Two flattened quartz crystals forming a rare twin called Goldschmidt twin with an angle of 47 ° 43 '(to be compared with the much more common Japan law twin forming an angle of 84 ° 33'). This twin is characterized by the parallelism of two edges of one of the quartz with two of the edges of the second one.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Arsenohauchecornite-MIM_Museum(2075).jpg
 Mineral: Arsenohauchecornite on Chalcopyrite
 Locality:
Vermilion Mine, Denison Township, Sudbury District, Ontario, Canada
 Dimensions: 4.5 x 4 x 1.5 cm / main crystal: 1.1 cm
 Description:
Mass: 36 g
MIM number:2075
Flat silvery crystal developed on a massive chalcopyrite matrix. This is probably the largest crystal known for this very rare species, whose formation is due to magma rising from the Earth’s interior following the collision, 1.8 billion years ago, of a very large heavenly object on our planet.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: Gilbert Benoît (Canada)
 Viewed:  6153 Time(s)

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Fluorapatite-MIM_Museum(2076).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorapatite
 Locality:
Dara-i-Pech pegmatite, Chapa Dara District, Kunar Province (Konar), Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 6 x 4.5 x 6 cm / main crystal: 2.1 cm
 Description:
Mass: 84 g
MIM number:2076
Group of hexagonal translucent tabular crystals of very beautiful purple color, well separated on a white matrix making for an excellent contrast. The sample is intact and seems to be a floater.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Atacamite-MIM_Museum(2077).jpg
 Mineral: Atacamite
 Locality:
New Cornwall Mine, Kadina, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, Australia
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 3 x 5 cm / main crystal: 3.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 22 g
MIM number:2077
Very sharp dark green crystal showing the typical chisel-shaped termination, standing on a light gray matrix covered with other smaller crystals of atacamite.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publications: "Nature's Garden of Crystals", “Mineralogical Record, Mar-Apr 2019”
Ex collection: Val Collins (USA)
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 Mineral: Atacamite
 Locality:
New Cornwall Mine, Kadina, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, Australia
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 3 x 5 cm / main crystal: 3.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 22 g
MIM number:2077
Very sharp dark green crystal showing the typical chisel-shaped termination, standing on a light gray matrix covered with other smaller crystals of atacamite.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publications: "Nature's Garden of Crystals", “Mineralogical Record, Mar-Apr 2019”
Ex collection: Val Collins (USA)
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PostPosted: Aug 22, 2023 03:11    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Again some incredible pieces! My favourites are the superb Afghan apatite and the 19 cm San Francisco Wulfie, they are too beautiful :-)
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 Mineral: Djurleite after Digenite and coated by Malachite
 Locality:
Cavradi, Curnera Valley, Tujetsch (Tavetsch), Vorderrhein Valley, Grischun (Grisons; Graubünden), Switzerland
 Dimensions: 4.5 x 4 x 7 cm / main crystal: 1.8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 95 g
MIM number:2078
Three octahedral crystals of djurleite pseudomorphosed after digenite (hence the shape of the crystals), coated with a green malachite skin, on a cream-colored matrix containing quartz, including a doubly terminated 2.4 cm one.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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 Mineral: Bertrandite with Chlorite inclusions and Quartz (variety smoky)
 Locality:
Furka Base Tunnel area, Realp, Urseren, Uri, Switzerland
 Dimensions: 8 x 3 x 6 cm / main crystal: 1.7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 124 g
MIM number:2079
Very sharp, roof shaped bertrandite twinned crystal at the edge of a gneiss matrix studded with small quartz crystals. The bertrandite is green because of chlorite inclusions.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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 Mineral: Neptunite (twinned) with Benitoite on Natrolite
 Locality:
California State Gem Mine (Benitoite Gem Mine), San Benito River headwaters area, Santa Rita Peak, New Idria District, San Benito County, California, USA
 Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.5 x 3 cm / main crystal: 2.4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 126 g
MIM number:2080
Perfect twin of black and lustrous neptunite on white natrolite. Some blue benitoite crystals protrude from the natrolite, the largest measuring 1.2 cm on edge. Neptunite is a mineral which forms two types of twins: The most common is a twin on (301) Miller indices. The rarest twin is that found on (001). There are probably no more than eight or nine of these known. This is the largest twin of neptunite on (001) found to date.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: John Veevaert (USA)
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 Mineral: Stolzite
 Locality:
Sainte Lucie Mine, Saint-Léger-de-Peyre, Marvejols, Mende, Lozère, Occitanie, France
 Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 6 cm
 Description:
Mass: 222 g
MIM number:2081
Large, thick, cream-colored crystal with a quadratic shape, complete all around, with small crystals developed on the faces. This is one of the largest crystals known to date for this rare species.
Photographer: Jeffrey A. Scovil
Ex collections: Hervé Naudy (France), Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Luxembourg)
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 Mineral: Stolzite
 Locality:
Sainte Lucie Mine, Saint-Léger-de-Peyre, Marvejols, Mende, Lozère, Occitanie, France
 Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 6 cm
 Description:
Mass: 222 g
MIM number:2081
Large, thick, cream-colored crystal with a quadratic shape, complete all around, with small crystals developed on the faces. This is one of the largest crystals known to date for this rare species.
Photographer: Jeffrey A. Scovil
Ex collections: Hervé Naudy (France), Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle (Luxembourg)
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 Mineral: Elbaite (variety indicolite) with Quartz and Albite (variety cleavelandite)
 Locality:
Chiar Mine, São José da Safira, Governador Valadares, Vale do Rio Doce, Minas Gerais, Brazil
 Dimensions: 18 x 13 x 14 cm / main crystal: 15.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 4050 g
MIM number:2082
Three large indicolite crystals and a smaller one developed in parallel on a base made of quartz and clevelandite. The set has an amazing architecture reminiscent of modern skyscrapers. The crystals are of a very translucent blue-green color with a thin purple layer at the top and flat terminations ending at almost the same level. The bottom of these crystals peeking through the bottom of the quartz base is black.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Beryl(morganite variety)-MIM_Museum(2083).jpg
 Mineral: Beryl (variety morganite) on Elbaite (variety indicolite)
 Locality:
Laghman Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 7 x 5.5 x 11 cm / main crystal: 4.4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 443 g
MIM number:2083
Perfectly formed and beveled hexagonal morganite crystal, pale pink on the periphery and almost colorless in the center, perched on the upper part of an indigo crystal. The latter measures 11.1 cm, has a perfect upper termination of a translucent blue-green color on 1 cm, and opaque throughout the lower part. The bottom is also terminated. Such an aesthetic association, is very rare.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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 Mineral: Elbaite
 Locality:
Rubaya, Bahunde, Masisi Territory, North Kivu Province (Kivu), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 6 cm / main crystal: 5.8 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 86 g
MIM number:2084
Completely transparent tourmaline crystal of beautiful green color with a very sharp and richly faceted upper termination. This crystal presents a marked dichroism: When seen through the main axis, it takes on a different olive-green color reminiscent of peridot.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Väyrynenite-MIM_Museum(2085).jpg
 Mineral: Väyrynenite
 Locality:
Shengus (Shingus), Baltistan District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 2 x 1.5 x 14 cm / main crystal: 13.6 cm
 Description:
Shai-cheesh mine

Mass: 46 g
MIM number:2085
Very large doubly terminated crystal with very sharp and intact terminations. It is one of the largest known crystals for this rare species. It is translucent, pink-red with inclusions of black oxides.
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 Mineral: Väyrynenite
 Locality:
Shengus (Shingus), Baltistan District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 0.5 x 9 cm / main crystal: 8.8 cm.
 Description:
Shai-cheesh mine

Mass: 9 g
MIM number:2086
Large transparent crystal of red-pink color with a sharp upper termination and the other one covered with black oxides. The lower part of this crystal has a curved edge, which is its contact point with the matrix on which it formed.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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 Mineral: Väyrynenite
 Locality:
Shengus (Shingus), Baltistan District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 0.5 x 5.5 cm / main crystal: 5.3 cm
 Description:
Shai-cheesh mine

Mass: 5 g
MIM number:2087
Transparent crystal of pink-red color without any inclusion, with a sharp symmetrical pointed upper termination.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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 Mineral: Väyrynenite
 Locality:
Shengus (Shingus), Baltistan District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 0.5 x 6.5 cm / main crystal: 6.5 cm
 Description:
Shai-cheesh mine

Mass: 8 g
MIM number:2088
Large transparent pink-red crystal with inclusions of black oxides and a perfectly shaped flattened upper termination.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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 Mineral: Väyrynenite
 Locality:
Shengus (Shingus), Baltistan District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 1.5 x 0.5 x 4.5 cm / main crystal: 4.1 cm
 Description:
Shai-cheesh mine

Mass: 5 g
MIM number:2089
Sheaf consisting of three transparent crystals of pink red color with sharp pointed upper terminations.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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 Mineral: Epidote on Calcite
 Locality:
Pampa Blanca, Ticrapo District, Castrovirreyna Province, Huancavelica Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 24 x 19 x 12 cm / main crystal: 6.4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 3700 g
MIM number:2090
Plate covered on its upper surface with small calcite crystals studded with vertical diverging fans of black and shiny epidote crystals. The black & white contrast with the calcite carpet is quite unusual for this mine. In strong light, the terminations of the epidote crystals actually appear translucent and green in a certain direction, but amber in another direction (strong dichroism).
Photographer: Joe Budd
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 Mineral: Zircon
 Locality:
Pare Mountains, Same District, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
 Dimensions: 4.5 x 4.5 x 14 cm / main crystal: 13.7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 477 g
MIM number:2091
Long, dark red, very well formed crystal with perfectly rectangular cross section and sharp, facet-rich termination. A small side zircon crystal has developed at its base, and a piece of cream-colored matrix (probably feldspar) is present at its side. It is unusual to find such a large and well-formed crystal for this species.
Photographer: FMI / Federico Picciani
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 Mineral: Zircon
 Locality:
Pare Mountains, Same District, Kilimanjaro Region, Tanzania
 Dimensions: 4.5 x 4.5 x 14 cm / main crystal: 13.7 cm
 Description:
Mass: 477 g
MIM number:2091
Long, dark red, very well formed crystal with perfectly rectangular cross section and sharp, facet-rich termination. A small side zircon crystal has developed at its base, and a piece of cream-colored matrix (probably feldspar) is present at its side. It is unusual to find such a large and well-formed crystal for this species.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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 Mineral: Brookite with Anatase and Quartz
 Locality:
Ghad prospection, Kharan District, Balochistan (Baluchistan), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 5 cm / main crystal: 3.9 cm
 Description:
Ghad Mine, Kharan district, Balochistan, Pakistan

Mass: 32 g
MIM number:2092
Thin plate of small quartz crystals on one side of which has developed a magnificent divergent set resembling a flower consisting of many transparent amber-colored brookite blades. The underside is studded with several black and shiny bipyramidal anatase crystals (the largest measuring 1.2 cm), which are actually translucent dark blue under strong light. It is quite unusual to have on the same sample these two varieties of titanium oxide (anatase and brookite) which form at quite different temperatures.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "extra Lapis 60: Titanmineralien"
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 Mineral: Fluorite on Mica (Group) and with Orthoclase
 Locality:
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 26 x 22 x 13.5 cm / main crystal: 9.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 4300 g
MIM number:2093
White orthoclase slab covered with crystals of brown-green mica, in the middle of which stands almost perpendicularly a very beautiful spinel-twin of translucent pink fluorite almost hexagonal in shape and perfectly formed.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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 Mineral: Fluorite on Mica (Group) and with Orthoclase
 Locality:
Chumar Bakhoor, Hunza Valley, Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 26 x 22 x 13.5 cm / main crystal: 9.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 4300 g
MIM number:2093
White orthoclase slab covered with crystals of brown-green mica, in the middle of which stands almost perpendicularly a very beautiful spinel-twin of translucent pink fluorite almost hexagonal in shape and perfectly formed.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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 Mineral: Arsenic and Pyrargyrite
 Locality:
Pöhla-Tellerhäuser Mine, Pöhla, Schwarzenberg District, Erzgebirgskreis, Saxony/Sachsen, Germany
 Dimensions: 8 x 7.5 x 6.5 cm
 Description:
Mass: 685 g
MIM number:2094
Arsenic block made of clearly visible concentric layers, probably deposited by condensation of vapor. The bottom of the specimen is smoother and studded with holes. Some small crystals of pyrargyrite dot the whole.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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 Mineral: Albite (variety anorthoclase)
 Locality:
Erebus Mount, Ross Island, Ross Dependency, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica
 Dimensions: 10 x 5 x 10 cm / main crystal: 5.1 cm
 Description:
Mount Erebus (3,800 m), Antarctique

Mass: 160 g
MIM number:2095
Porous black lava block on which several grey crystals of anorthoclase (potassium-rich variety of albite) have formed. The main crystal presents a Carlsbad twin. This specimen was collected by volcanologist Haroun Tazieff in 1974, two years after the last eruption of this volcano, begun in 1972, and still ongoing, making it the most active volcano in Antarctica. Mount Erebus has been an active stratovolcano for about 1.3 million years. Subject to the polar climate, its average temperature varies between -50 ° C in winter and -20 ° C in summer.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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 Mineral: Pyrite
 Locality:
Ampliación a Victoria Mine, De Alcarama Range, Navajún, Comarca Cervera, La Rioja, Spain
 Dimensions: 7.5 x 8 x 16.5 cm / main crystal: 11.2 cm
 Description:
Mass: 1250 g
MIM number:2096
Large parallelepiped with an upper stepped termination, surmounted by a perfect cubic crystal studded with a smaller cubic crystal on one of its spaces. This very architectural group is intact and all its faces are smooth and very lustrous. The parallelepipedic habit of pyrite crystals is rare in this mine, and its association with the more classical cubic habit even rarer.
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PostPosted: Oct 07, 2023 03:27    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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 Mineral: Chalcopyrite
 Locality:
Minas da Panasqueira, Aldeia de São Francisco de Assis, Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Cova da Beira, Centro, Portugal
 Dimensions: 7 x 10 x 6 cm / main crystal: 6.3 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 390 g
MIM number:2097
Multiple ear-shaped twin, perfectly formed and with a golden color, smooth faces (which is rare for this species) and very lustrous. It has developed on a matrix studded with small silvery and lustrous brilliant arsenopyrite crystals (the largest measuring 1.5 cm).
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: Enric Llorens (Spain)
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Forsterite(peridot variety)-MIM_Museum(2098).jpg
 Mineral: Forsterite (variety peridot)
 Locality:
Sapat Gali (Suppat), Naran, Kaghan Valley, Mansehra District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 4.5 cm / main crystal: 2.8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 125 g
MIM number:2098
Plate hosting several green transparent peridot crystals with naturally etched shape. Many small dodecahedral magnetite crystals (the largest measuring 7 mm) can be seen throughout the whole matrix which consists of a white serpentinized mineral showing a silky shine and offering good contrast with the peridots.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
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Hematite-MIM_Museum(2099).jpg
 Mineral: Hematite
 Locality:
Cavradi, Curnera Valley, Tujetsch (Tavetsch), Vorderrhein Valley, Grischun (Grisons; Graubünden), Switzerland
 Dimensions: 5.5 x 4.5 x 5 cm / main crystal: 4.8 cm
 Description:
Mass: 70 g
MIM number:2099
Double terminated 5.5 cm transparent quartz crystal at the base of which two sharp parallel plates with beveled edges of bright black hematite have grown. Both are covered on all sides with red rutile crystals (the largest measuring 8 mm) which have developed in epitaxial growth on the hematite, characteristic of this deposit.
Photographer: Malte Sickinger
Publication: "Cavradi"
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 Mineral: Gratonite
 Locality:
Excelsior Mine, Cerro de Pasco, Atacocha mining district, Pasco Province, Pasco Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 13.5 x 10 x 7 cm / main crystal: 0.6 cm
 Description:
Mass: 425 g
MIM number:2100
Black, slightly porous matrix covered all around with nicely isolated clusters consisting of very well-formed, lustrous, metallic gray, equant crystals that are very distinct and considered large for this very rare species. Although crystallizing in the trigonal / ditrigonal pyramidal system, these exceptional crystals look almost dodecahedral.
Photographer: Malte Sickinger
Ex collection: Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences (USA)
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 Mineral: Gratonite
 Locality:
Excelsior Mine, Cerro de Pasco, Atacocha mining district, Pasco Province, Pasco Department, Peru
 Dimensions: 13.5 x 10 x 7 cm / main crystal: 0.6 cm
 Description:
Mass: 425 g
MIM number:2100
Black, slightly porous matrix covered all around with nicely isolated clusters consisting of very well-formed, lustrous, metallic gray, equant crystals that are very distinct and considered large for this very rare species. Although crystallizing in the trigonal / ditrigonal pyramidal system, these exceptional crystals look almost dodecahedral.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Ex collection: Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences (USA)
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PostPosted: Oct 12, 2023 03:57    Post subject: 10th anniversary of the mim Museum!  

Today we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the mim Museum.

10 years of mineralogy and passion!

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PostPosted: Oct 13, 2023 19:04    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Yesterday a significant event took place that, I feel, maybe didn't get the attention it deserves.

October 12, 2023 marked the 10-year anniversary of the opening of the mim museum in Beirut, Lebanon - a museum that many people consider THE finest mineral museum in the world. Driven by the vision, and pocketbook, of Mr. Salim Eddé, the mim Museum represents one of the Crown Jewels of the mineral collecting world that, ironically, most people will never visit due to its location in the powder keg we know as the Middle East.

In the past, this lack of wide-spread attendance among the mineral world would have been considered a disaster but, fortunately, these days we have the Internet. Through the Internet we've all come to know the mim a little better. Whether it's through the mim's very active online team who consistently posts beautiful photographs from their 2,000+ specimen collection or through live interviews like the Mineral Talks LIVE episode from 2020 (Episode 13) or even videos like the BlueCap Productions' series of travel videos I posted last year during my own personal visit - people are getting to know the mim better.

While this growing awareness and familiarity is good news, we all know that the best photos and videos in the world do not replace an in-person visit to any museum. So as my relationship with Salim grows, I find myself, countless times, at the receiving end of the question, "If he wants people to visit, then why did he put the museum in Beirut??" And over and over the simple answer is, he does this for his love for his country and the people of Lebanon.

Now I'll be the first to admit that the first time I heard him answer this question, I wasn't 100% convinced whether this was the REAL reason or just some marketing rhetoric. However, as I've gotten to know him better, I believe, more and more, that this is the real answer. And if I had any lingering doubts, his recent actions cured me of them.

I woke up yesterday at 5AM as I do every weekday. I knew that it was the anniversary of the mim Museum and my intent was to send Salim a WhatsApp message to congratulate him on 10 successful years. By the time I finished making breakfast for the kids and got to my phone, it was 6A which would have meant it was 6P in Paris where, I figured, Salim would be.

So imagine my surprise when I picked up my phone and found numerous message from Salim sharing photos of him at the mim celebrating the anniversary. He had just flown from Paris to Beirut so that he could be with his staff and crew for this celebration. No press. No outside fanfare. Just the Founder with his internal crew celebrating an event that deserved a lot more attention.

And that's who Salim is. A science-minded man who co-founded an industry-leading financial software company and who, single-handedly, built one of the most important mineral museums in the world. And a man who loves his country.

So I want to shout out, "CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MIM MUSUEM FOR 10 FANTASTIC YEARS!!!!!" Here's to many, many more!!!!

To learn more about Salim Eddé, check out an article I co-authored with Jordi Fabre and Carles Manresa on Salim in the Nov/Dec 2023 issue of Rocks & Minerals magazine. Out soon!!!!



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Carrollite-MIM_Museum(2101).jpg
 Mineral: Carrollite
 Locality:
Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 8.5 cm / main crystal: 7.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 810 g
MIM number:2101
Perfect octahedral crystal with truncated vertices and lustrous faces on a creamy white matrix made of dolomite, mica and calcite with chalcopyrite inclusions. It is rare to find in this mine large and perfectly formed crystals still remaining on the matrix on which they grew.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
 Viewed:  1887 Time(s)

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Carrollite-MIM_Museum(2101-1).jpg
 Mineral: Carrollite
 Locality:
Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 8.5 cm / main crystal: 7.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 810 g
MIM number:2101
Perfect octahedral crystal with truncated vertices and lustrous faces on a creamy white matrix made of dolomite, mica and calcite with chalcopyrite inclusions. It is rare to find in this mine large and perfectly formed crystals still remaining on the matrix on which they grew.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
 Viewed:  1886 Time(s)

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Carrollite-MIM_Museum(2101-2).jpg
 Mineral: Carrollite
 Locality:
Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 8.5 cm / main crystal: 7.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 810 g
MIM number:2101
Perfect octahedral crystal with truncated vertices and lustrous faces on a creamy white matrix made of dolomite, mica and calcite with chalcopyrite inclusions. It is rare to find in this mine large and perfectly formed crystals still remaining on the matrix on which they grew.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
 Viewed:  1887 Time(s)

Carrollite-MIM_Museum(2101-2).jpg



Fluorite-MIM_Museum(2102).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Planggenstock, Uri, Switzerland
 Dimensions: 32 x 42 x 26 cm / main crystal: 18.4 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 19925 g
MIM number:2102
Huge translucent pink fluorite octahedron on a leached granite slab which was apparently a floater as evidenced by the quartz crystals (4.5 cm max) in cavities at its periphery. The fluorite crystal displays a "phantom" and is, as of the date of its discovery, one of the biggest pink fluorites from the Alps. It is unusual to find in the Swiss deposits a crystal of this size, as well formed and with points as intact as in this sample.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
Publications: "Le Règne Minéral #149: Nov-Déc 2018", "Lapis: Jg. 43 - Nr. 12 - Dec 2018", "Rocks & Minerals: Vol. 98, No.6 Nov/Dec 2023"
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Fluorite-MIM_Museum(2102-1).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite
 Locality:
Planggenstock, Uri, Switzerland
 Dimensions: 32 x 42 x 26 cm / main crystal: 18.4 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 19925 g
MIM number:2102
Huge translucent pink fluorite octahedron on a leached granite slab which was apparently a floater as evidenced by the quartz crystals (4.5 cm max) in cavities at its periphery. The fluorite crystal displays a "phantom" and is, as of the date of its discovery, one of the biggest pink fluorites from the Alps. It is unusual to find in the Swiss deposits a crystal of this size, as well formed and with points as intact as in this sample.
Photographer: Malte Sickinger
Publications: "Le Règne Minéral #149: Nov-Déc 2018", "Lapis: Jg. 43 - Nr. 12 - Dec 2018", "Rocks & Minerals: Vol. 98, No.6 Nov/Dec 2023"
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Zircon-MIM_Museum(2103).jpg
 Mineral: Zircon
 Locality:
Mogok Valley, Mogok Township, Pyin-Oo-Lwin District, Mandalay Region (Mandalay Division), Myanmar (Burma)
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 1.5 x 2 cm / main crystal: 3.3 cm
 Description:
Mass: 28 g
MIM number:2103
Perfectly formed, completely transparent, amber-colored, doubly terminated crystal with flat, shiny faces and some inclusions inside as well as around one face. It is very unusual to find a crystal of this size that is transparent and so well formed.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publications: "Le Règne Minéral #148: Jul-Aug 2019", “Mineralogical Record, Jan-Feb 2022”
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Lanarkite-MIM_Museum(2104).jpg
 Mineral: Lanarkite
 Locality:
Leadhills, Biggar, South Lanarkshire, Scotland / United Kingdom
 Dimensions: 3.5 x 3 x 5 cm / main crystal: 1.9 cm
 Description:
Mass: 60 g
MIM number:2104
Two well-formed light green, acicular prismatic crystals jutting out of a massive galena matrix from which they formed by oxidation of the latter. These crystals are considered among the largest of this very rare species that generally provides microscopic crystals.
Photographer: AINU / Augustin de Valence
Publication: "Paragénesis - Revista de Mineralogía 2019-2"
Ex collection: National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland
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