Mineral Museums state/province list

Filed under: regular postings — Gary March 18, 2007 @ 8:58 am

Hello to all, I am about to compile a mineral museum list by state and province.  If you have a great one that should be on the list be sure to email me at .  ALso any stories and pictures would be greatly appreciated!

ps- I am always looking for interesting rockhound stories, club events, rockshows etc.  Please email anything rockhound related.

thanks, Gary.

azurite – mineral of the day

Filed under: Mineral of the day,regular postings — Gary March 12, 2007 @ 11:07 pm

Azurite is a soft, deep blue copper mineral produced by weathering of copper ore deposits. It is also known as Chessylite after the Chessy-les-Mines[1] near Lyon, France, where striking specimens have been found. The mineral has been known since ancient times, and was mentioned in Pliny the Elder’s Natural History under the Greek name kuanos (“deep blue,” root of English cyan) and the Latin name caeruleum The blue of azurite is exceptionally deep and clear, and for that reason the mineral has tended to be associated since antiquity with the deep blue color of low-humidity desert and winter skies. The modern English name of the mineral reflects this association, since both azurite and azure are derived via Arabic from the Persian lazhward, an area known for its deposits of another deep blue stone, lapis lazuli (“stone of lazhward”).


Azurite crystals are monoclinic, and when large enough to be seen they appear as dark blue prismatic crystals. Azurite specimens are typically massive to nodular, and are often stalactitic in form. Specimens tend to lighten in color over time due to weathering of the specimen surface into malachite. Azurite is soft, with a Mohs hardness of only 3.5 to 4. The specific gravity of azurite is 3.77 to 3.89. Azurite is destroyed by heat, losing carbon dioxide and water to form black, powdery copper(II) oxide.


great pictures from the tucson 2007 show sent in by reader

Filed under: regular postings — Gary @ 10:54 pm



I just realized that I may not have sent you the sites for the albums my wife put together from our Tucson trip. We couldn’t get useful WIFI connections during our stay at the Beaudry RV park so we waited until we got home to sum it up pictorially.


First album

Second album

Thanks for your pictures Glen!

Southern Illinois Earth Science Club annual rock show

Filed under: Coming Events,regular postings — Gary @ 10:42 pm

The Southern Illinois Earth Science Club will have their annual Show
Saturday and Sunday March 17& 18 at the Carterville Intermediate
School Gym, Carterville Illinois, 10 to 6. Illinois Flourite on display.

Western Illinois Gem, Mineral and Fossil show

Filed under: Coming Events,regular postings — Gary March 9, 2007 @ 10:42 pm

Sorry for the late notice, but if you happen to be in Western Illinois
this weekend there is a Gem, Mineral and Fossil show in Macomb on the
Western Illinois Campus. It is sponsored by the Geodeland Earth
Science Clubs.

There is a special display of Cryolophosaurus that was found in
Antarctica by Dr. Hammer of Augustana University. Dr. Hammer will be
speaking Saturday afternoon on the discovery of the dinosaur.

There are dealers in Minerals, Fossils, Jewelry and Equipment -
Activities for kids – Geode Cracking – Numerous Demonstrators -
Programs – Fluorescent Mineral Display – Silent Auction – Displays of
Fossils, Minerals, Artifacts and Meteorites.

Parking and admission are free -
Saturday March 10, 10 am to 6 pm
Sunday March 11, 10 am to 5 pm

Culver City Rock and Mineral Club- interesting facts about METEORITES and ASTEROIDS

Filed under: Coming Events,regular postings — Gary @ 7:23 pm

Short notice, but sounds like fun…
Sponsored by Culver City Rock and Mineral Club. Presented by renown
expert Mr. Bob Verish. For directions, please visit
www.culvercityrocks .org http://www.culverci Many
interesting facts about meteorites,
from where they come,
to where they’re found,
to what they look like,
and scientific methods used to age-date the oldest
matter in our Solar System.
Learn how to distinguish between a meteorite and
“meteor-wrong” .
And learn about some of the strange things which have
been found in these rocks from space.
In a fast-paced presentation, a wide range of subjects
will be covered including:
some amazing space trivia about bacteria,
the”Tunguska Event”, galaxies,
nucleosynthesis, stars,
volcanoes, asteroids, comets and meteoroids.
There will be hands-on displays with several varieties
of meteorites, tektites and fossil items, including a
very small fragment of the Moon and a real rock from


Graves Mountain, Lincolnton, GA- Rutile, Lazulite, and Pyrophyllite, Iridescent Hematite

Filed under: Coming Events,regular postings,rockhounding maps — Gary March 8, 2007 @ 10:42 pm
Graves Mountain, Lincolnton, GA
Graves Mountain “Rock Swap and Dig”:

Collecting Rutile, Kyanite, Lazulite, Iridescent Hematite,
Pyrophyllite, Pyrite, Ilmenite, Fuchsite, Barite, Sulfur, Variscite
blue quartz and quartz crystals.

8 am to 6 pm, Friday, April 27, 2007
8 am to 6 pm, Saturday, April 28, 2007
8 am to 6 pm, Sunday, April 29, 2007

“You are invited to field collect minerals at Georgia’s premiere mineral location!”

-Graves Mountain is technically not a commercial mineral location,
but a donation is requested for the caretaker.


new micromineral forum

Filed under: regular postings — Gary @ 10:22 pm

Phil stopped by and sent me an email about his new micromineral forum.  Its in french but he does have an english section to his forum- although the sign-up page is in french :)   Here is his loosely translated article on his forum.  If micro minerals is your hobby, check it out and knowing a bit of french would also help…

My name is Philippe Saget from Brittany (in France), 55 years old. I am applied geologist in oceanography at Ifremer ( I am currently working on the polymetallic nodules – the ´†futur†eldorado†ª†!!!

After collecting macro-minerals, I was living in a flat on the third floor without elevator. I had the main mineral categories (fluorite, galena, pyrite…) but impossible to make evolve my collection. Moreover, the search for beautiful samples in Brittany and France in general being done very rare, I thus chose the micro-mineral collection.


Show announcement – Macomb, Illinois

Filed under: Coming Events,regular postings — Gary @ 12:04 pm

If you are in Western Illinois or nearby
Iowa or Missouri this coming weekend there is a Gem, Mineral and Fossil show
in Macomb. The Geodeland Earth Science Clubs are sponsoring the show on the
Western Illinois University Campus.

A special display of the dinosaur Cryolophosaurus will be presented. The
dinosaur was found in Antarctica by Dr. William Hammer of Augustana College
in Rock Island, Illinois. On Saturday afternoon, Dr. Hammer will give a
presentation on the discovery of the dinosaur.


Diamond star thrills astronomers- biggest diamond in universe

Filed under: regular postings — Gary @ 9:09 am

thanks to BBC and By Dr David Whitehouse
BBC News Online science editor


Twinkling in the sky is a diamond star of 10 billion trillion trillion carats, astronomers have discovered.

The cosmic diamond is a chunk of crystallised carbon, 4,000 km across, some 50 light-years from the Earth in the constellation Centaurus.

It’s the compressed heart of an old star that was once bright like our Sun but has since faded and shrunk.

Astronomers have decided to call the star “Lucy” after the Beatles song, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.