The British Micromount Society

The British Micromount Society is a national organisation, founded in 1981. The aims of the Society are to promote contact between micromounters in the UK and encourage the development of micromounting as a branch of mineralogy through the publication of a regular newsletter, occasional field meetings and symposia. The Society publishes the British Directory of Micromounters – now in its 10th Edition, and maintains a National Reference Collection of Micromounts, available for postal loan to members. The Society has also developed a range of Occasional Papers on topics of interest to amateur mineralogists. There are local groups in Norfolk, Sussex, West Midlands, Cornwall, The North West Group in Bolton, and the South East Group in London. These meet at regular intervals and all members are welcome to attend any of the branches. Details in the About link.

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Minerals of the Clara Mine

Many members will know Jacques Feijen. Today, he delivered a very interesting and well illustrated talk on the minerals of the Clara Mine, Germany. This Zoom session was recorded. You can watch the replay here… Best viewed full screen and in HD.

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Micro Minerals of Nevada

The fortnightly Micromount Club Zoom meeting was held yesterday. Bruce Kelley presented the Micro Minerals of Nevada… The video is now available here. All other videos are available here.

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Cornish Anatase…

It can be quite hard to pick out a single dark crystal on a generally all over dark specimen! Here is an example of a dark blue anatase crystal on a specimen that is on a matrix of mostly dark green chlorite. The specimen also contains cassiterite, albite and quartz. Anatase is a titanium oxide and can occur in equant crystals in a range of colours. Ex Bernie and Margaret Day Collection. The label on the base of the box is in Chris Jewson’s handwriting, and was collected around 2001. Width of view 3.5mm. Stack of 65 images. Steve Sorrell collection and photo.

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RIP Rick Turner

Some very sad news. Rick Turner passed away after a short illness this month. Rick has the mineral rickturnerite named after him. Rick recently gave a Zoom presentation to the Micromount Club. This on one of his favourite locations – Tolbachik. It was an excellent talk and you can watch the video here. Rick will be missed.

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Missing Newsletters Added…

Some of the missing newsletters have now been added. These are numbers 95, 101, 102, 103 and 104. You can find them in the Newsletter Archive. If anyone has a copy and the time and energy to scan the remaining missing ones and send them to me, that would be most appreciated. We are looking for numbers 72, 73, 74, 75, 79, 80, 81, 82 and 83.

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