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The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon
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PostPosted: Apr 02, 2024 09:25    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Sphalerite(cleiophane variety)-MIM_Museum(2188).jpg
 Mineral: Sphalerite (variety cleiophane) on Dolomite
 Locality:
Lengenbach Quarry, Fäld, Binn Valley (Binntal), Wallis (Valais), Switzerland
 Dimensions: 4 x 6 x 4 cm / main crystal: 1.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 125 g
MIM number:2188
Perfectly formed, transparent and very shiny twinned crystal of golden color on a massive white dolomite matrix covered with small quartz and adularia crystals.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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Cuprite-MIM_Museum(2189).jpg
 Mineral: Cuprite on Chrysocolla
 Locality:
Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi District, Lualaba, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 7 x 9.5 x 6 cm / main crystal: 2.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 219 g
MIM number:2189
Perfectly formed translucent dark red octahedron on a chrysocolla matrix offering an astonishing color contrast. Other cuprite crystals (the largest measuring 9 mm) uniformly coated with chrysocolla dot the matrix.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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Fluorite-MIM_Museum(2190).jpg
 Mineral: Fluorite with Tourmaline (Group) and Albite (variety cleavelandite)
 Locality:
Stak Nala, Haramosh Mountains, Roundu District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 6.5 x 6.5 x 8 cm / main crystal: 6.1 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 250 g
MIM number:2190
Transparent, mint green fluorite octahedron with truncated summits, crossed by a 6.9 cm tourmaline with green head and black body. The latter is topped with other similar but smaller tourmalines, as well as lamella of cleavelandite.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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Wodginite-MIM_Museum(2191).jpg
 Mineral: Wodginite with Albite
 Locality:
Jabba prospect, Nangalam, Dara-I-Pech District (Pech District), Kunar Province (Konar), Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 7 x 4.5 x 3.5 cm / main crystal: 5.0 cm
 Description:
Jabba Mine, Nangalam Village, Marongay district, Kunar, Afghanistan

Mass: 133 g
MIM number:2191
Two tufts of white albite forming a bow tie with 3 perfectly formed, smooth and shiny crystals of wodginite in the middle offering a superb contrast. Wodginite crystals of this size and sharpness are not common in this region.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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Diopside-MIM_Museum(2192).jpg
 Mineral: Diopside on Calcite with Phlogopite
 Locality:
Pitwak Mine, Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 6.5 cm / main crystal: 6.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 150 g
MIM number:2192
Perfectly formed translucent green crystal rising from a marble matrix with phlogopite crystals at the back. A smaller crystal of diopside is lying at the base of the large crystal.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2024 05:49    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

... I speak two languages, each with a big vocabulary, but I'm really running out of words for what I see here.
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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2024 07:44    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

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Sodalite(hackmanite variety)-MIM_Museum(2193).jpg
 Mineral: Sodalite (variety hackmanite)
 Locality:
Pitwak Mine, Ladjuar Medam, Sar-e Sang, Koksha Valley, Khash & Kuran Wa Munjan Districts, Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
 Dimensions: 6.5 x 3 x 5 cm / main crystal: 2.4 cm
 Description:
Mass: 86 g
MIM number:2193
Perfectly formed crystal of light blue translucent sodalite (hackmanite variety) on a white marble matrix. The crystal has all its faces and is smooth and shiny (which is not common for these sodalites released from the marble in which they were formed). In addition, it shows a very strong orange fluorescence under long UV, and a pale yellow phosphorescence.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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Cuprite-MIM_Museum(2194).jpg
 Mineral: Cuprite
 Locality:
Mashamba West Mine, Kolwezi District, Lualaba, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 11.5 x 6 x 4 cm / main crystal: 2.3 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 209 g
MIM number:2194
Thin plate of chrysocolla with two separate groups made of sub-parallel, translucent and very shiny red cuprite crystals. These cuprites likely grew in a geode to explain such unusual brilliance.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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Titanite-MIM_Museum(2195).jpg
 Mineral: Titanite
 Locality:
Skardu District, Gilgit-Baltistan (Northern Areas), Pakistan
 Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 7.5 cm / main crystal: 7.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 89 g
MIM number:2195
Perfectly formed thick crystal showing the classical gutter twin, in a beautiful green color, transparent in places, with chlorite inclusions on the back. A small 2.1 cm large highly chlorite included sphene crystal juts out on its back.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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Carrollite-MIM_Museum(2196).jpg
 Mineral: Carrollite
 Locality:
Kamoya, Kambove District, Katanga Copper Crescent, Katanga (Shaba), Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire)
 Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm / main crystal: 2.3 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 11 g
MIM number:2196
Crystal in the shape of a perfect regular octahedron with almost non-truncated vertices, which is rare for this mineral.
Photographer: FMI / James Elliot
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Beryllonite-MIM_Museum(2197).jpg
 Mineral: Beryllonite with Pollucite
 Locality:
Boulachi Mine, Roundu village, Skardu district, Gilgit, Pakistan
 Dimensions: 60 x 35 x 27 cm / main crystal: 36.0 cm.
 Description:
Mass: 35000 g
MIM number:2197
Large, cream-gray beryllonite wheel developed on a matrix made of 7 large, well-formed white pollucite crystals (the largest measuring 18 cm). It is very unusual to find these two rare minerals in association, let alone in such a large and well-formed sample. The whole is reminiscent of a reclining lion whose body and legs are pollucite and the mane beryllonite, hence the nickname "The Lion of Kashmir" given to this piece.
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PostPosted: Apr 10, 2024 07:54    Post subject: Re: The MIM Museum in Beirut, Lebanon  

Tobi wrote:
... I speak two languages, each with a big vocabulary, but I'm really running out of words for what I see here.

"If I were a rich man
Ya ba dibba dibba dibba dibba dibba dibba dum..."
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