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Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard
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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2008 16:48    Post subject: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

Well, thanks Jordi!
( "Your photos of Harvard's collection looks extremely promising, please publish here the 600 photos!" ;-) -> https://www.mineral-forum.com/message-board/viewtopic.php?t=297

Here is a start for the story....



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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2008 17:30    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

We met up with Carolina, from Chile....a compatriot of Carl Francis.

Carolina, Gail and Carl in the Museum. Large Gypsum behind from Naica, Mexico.
Monday August 11, 2008



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Harvard Museum Curator and associate with Gail Spann
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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2008 17:37    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

Viewing various minerals in the collection and exhibit.


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My favourite piece in the whole exhibit. I LOVE these Hematites. Wow, this is a large cabinet size too.
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Smithsonite, great colour!
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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2008 17:42    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

I found this exhibit to be very educational.


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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2008 17:50    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

And more photos...


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Rams Horn Gypsum.
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Manganite crystal. Card is about 2 inches long to give you an idea of size.
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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2008 17:58    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

Some more photos...


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Okay, check THIS out! What a great combination!
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Yours truly.
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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2008 20:47    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

Minerals from the Harvard collection.


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One of FOUR wall units full of huge and wonderful specimens.
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Rhodochrosite from Peru, sorry about the overhead light glare.
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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2008 21:00    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

My first passion for a mineral was the San Francisco Mine Wulfenite at the Houston Museum of Nature and Science. I couldn't stop looking at it. I had gone, with Jim, to see the Alma Queen SHM Rhodochrosite and was enamoured with that, but the wind was knocked out of my sails with the Wulfenite. I still am intrigued with the incredible window panes and mimetite. There is a nice one below, it is quite large that is part of the Harvard collection.


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Talk about an idea for a fabric design!
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Variscite.
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Chills down my spine..San Francisco Mine Wulfenite. It was this mineral that made me want to collect.
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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2008 21:10    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

And some more Harvard minerals.


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Marcasite, Champagne, France
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Goethite, Michigan. Looks like petrified wood doesn't it?
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Cinnabar, Texas...I went to the ghost town of Terligua where they still had graveyards of all those that died mining this mineral. Lots of little babies too, quite sad.
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Crocoite, on a pillow! Australia
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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2008 21:17    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

A few more photos.


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Fake gold, don't get too excited!
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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2008 21:28    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

Ditto on the photos of minerals.


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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2008 21:36    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

Carl came out and opened some drawers to show us the "good" stuff. Here we are talking with Carl about manganite specimens. He also had us study a nice Wulfenite and review its unusual crystal structure. Pinch me, this is my idea of a good time!


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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2008 21:39    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

And more photos...


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PostPosted: Aug 13, 2008 21:44    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

Hidden treasures?


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The drawers are full of wonderful minerals.
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Manganite specimen viewed by Jim.
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PostPosted: Aug 14, 2008 02:14    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

Great job Gail. Thanks!

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PostPosted: Aug 14, 2008 02:52    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

Is very interesting,
Thank you very much :-)
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PostPosted: Aug 14, 2008 04:26    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

Gail,
congratulations on a fantastic review of both the Springfield Show and Harvard collections, as well as your acquisitions. Looks like a long hard and extremely enjoyable extended weekend. Well done

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PostPosted: Aug 14, 2008 06:27    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

Hi Gail,

Thanks for this wonderful visit.

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PostPosted: Aug 14, 2008 06:52    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

Gail,

Thanks for the report and photos from the harvard Museum. Looks like the perfect end to the perfect week!

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PostPosted: Aug 14, 2008 08:30    Post subject: Re: Harvard Museum of Natural History - Gail at Harvard  

Thanks for the wonderful reports Gail, the pictures are incredible (and now I can revisit what I wasn't able to photograph at Springfield)!

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