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Blogs & Articles: A complete library of User' uploaded posts about their collecting, collections, finds, acquisitions and anything else mineralogical they want to share.

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  • 31 Dec, 2018
    Roger Curry
    In October 1881. the illustrious scientist Benjamin Silliman Jr. was at the Torrance mine, Socorro, New Mexico - He found a new mineral, and described it as vanadiferous mimetite. Famed for his 1855 report on the...
  • 24 Dec, 2018
    Roger Curry
    Merry Christmas to all! The mineral baubles decorating the above tree are all from the same unusual American mine. The Christmas of 1902 was a corker for George B. Chittenden of Gila County, below (that's a contented smirk...
  • 19 Dec, 2018
    Joy Desor
    Analysis of a sample from the Moschellandsberg mainly consisting of malachite, calomel and minor eglestonite provided the evidence of a new mercury arsenate from this locality: Chursinite. Previous SEM-EDS analysis revealed...
  • 27 Nov, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
      As we have passed Thanksgiving and now moving into the Christmas festive period, you might want to indulge yourself in a box of chocolates to go along with the celebrations? If so you might be interested in this listing...
  • 14 Nov, 2018
    Roger Curry
    On the morning of the fifth of August 1898, a large rock entered the atmosphere over Maine, USA. Traveling at around 50 times faster than Concorde, it plunged from frictionless space into ever thickening layers of air....
  • 13 Nov, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    We are having quite a golden time for new mineral species additions to e-Rocks. This short blog features news from from Jason Smith and Volker Betz regarding two new phosphate minerals from Foote Mine in North Carolina, USA...
  • 09 Nov, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    In the current YourSystemmaticCollection (YSC) auction closing tonight, as well as the usual range of rare minerals there is another mineral first seen here on e-Rocks. George was talking with Roberto Bracco of YSC at Munich...
  • 06 Nov, 2018
    Roger Curry
    In November 1777 French botanist Joseph Dombey, above, set sail for Peru and Chile, as part of the joint Spanish-French Ruiz & Pavón Expedition. The arduous eleven year botanical exploration provided a wealth of plant...
  • 23 Oct, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Today (23rd October) we notched up item #680000 into our specimen database, completing another 10,000 increment to the catalogue. The honoured rock is a specimen of Cleusonite from Fibbia, Ticino in Switzerland. The specimen...
  • 23 Oct, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
      It is Munich time again and I am sure you will have noticed a number of "Munich" themed auctions here on e-Rocks. As usual there is a great choice of minerals coming up and more to come over the next week or so, there is...
  • 18 Oct, 2018
    Roger Curry
    The Shinkolobwe radium mine, 1922. The Belgian mining engineer above is sitting on a 7 ton boulder of pitchblende. An immense quantity of gamma-rays is irradiating his gonads. Safety equipment, a tie and a pith helmet....
  • 15 Oct, 2018
    Mark Wrigley (Admin)
    Here I am back in the office on a wet and dull Monday morning after the 2018 Bakewell Show. Having spent a “full on” weekend in the bosom of the UK mineral collecting scene I am feeling a little bit tired. As usual George...