Hi. My name is Andy. I'm a geologist from Canada who has been collecting minerals for decades and now I have added meteorite collecting to my hobby. This blog is loaded with photos of my personal collection of minerals and meteorites. I have also been adding my own photos of what I think is cool and interesting geology. Unless I indicate otherwise, all the microscope photos and macro photos have been taken by myself. Please use the "Ask me anything" option to leave comments or questions. I'd love to hear from you.

20th October 2014

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QUARTZ (Silicon Dioxide) crystals from Brazil. Variety is smokey quartz. 

QUARTZ (Silicon Dioxide) crystals from Brazil. Variety is smokey quartz. 

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20th October 2014

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20th October 2014

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WULFENITE (Lead Molybdate) crystals on limonite from Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico.

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19th October 2014

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GREEN BLUECAP TOURMALINE from Brazil. Photo taken with a microscope at 10X magnification. The blue cap is seen on the top of the double terminated crystal. The hand sample from which this photo comes has an abundance of small to microscopic, well developed bluecap tourmaline crystals. Anyone who collects minerals, and can afford a geological  stereo microscope, I highly recommend purchasing one as it opens the door to some amazingly spectacular sights. Photos do not capture the effect of viewing the crystal in 3D-zoom!

GREEN BLUECAP TOURMALINE from Brazil. Photo taken with a microscope at 10X magnification. The blue cap is seen on the top of the double terminated crystal. The hand sample from which this photo comes has an abundance of small to microscopic, well developed bluecap tourmaline crystals. Anyone who collects minerals, and can afford a geological  stereo microscope, I highly recommend purchasing one as it opens the door to some amazingly spectacular sights. Photos do not capture the effect of viewing the crystal in 3D-zoom!

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19th October 2014

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AMAZONITE (Potassium Aluminum Silicate)  from Brazil.  Amazonite is the blue-green variety of microcline feldspar. Without a doubt this is my favorite type of feldspar.

AMAZONITE (Potassium Aluminum Silicate)  from Brazil.  Amazonite is the blue-green variety of microcline feldspar. Without a doubt this is my favorite type of feldspar.

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19th October 2014

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APATITE (Calcium Phosphate) from the classic location at Cerro del Mercado, Durango, Mexico. Cerro del Mercado, also known as “Iron Mountain” is not only known for the iron deposits, but also for the world class gemmy apatite crystals. The beautiful  pale yellow crystals are sought after by collectors worldwide. Because of the purity of the crystals they are used by the pharmaceutical industry to make certain medications. Although apatite is still produced at Cerro del Mercado, it is becoming more rare to obtain gemmy crystals attached to matrix.

APATITE (Calcium Phosphate) from the classic location at Cerro del Mercado, Durango, Mexico. Cerro del Mercado, also known as “Iron Mountain” is not only known for the iron deposits, but also for the world class gemmy apatite crystals. The beautiful  pale yellow crystals are sought after by collectors worldwide. Because of the purity of the crystals they are used by the pharmaceutical industry to make certain medications. Although apatite is still produced at Cerro del Mercado, it is becoming more rare to obtain gemmy crystals attached to matrix.

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18th October 2014

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GREEN BLUECAP TOURMALINE from Brazil. Photo taken with a microscope at 10X magnification. The blue cap is seen on the top of the minute crystals.

GREEN BLUECAP TOURMALINE from Brazil. Photo taken with a microscope at 10X magnification. The blue cap is seen on the top of the minute crystals.

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18th October 2014

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HEMIMORPHITE (Hydrated Zinc Silicate Hydroxide) crystals from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico.

HEMIMORPHITE (Hydrated Zinc Silicate Hydroxide) crystals from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico.

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18th October 2014

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QUARTZ (Silicon Dioxide) from Sichuan Province, China. 10 centimeter tall quartz crystal with inclusions.

QUARTZ (Silicon Dioxide) from Sichuan Province, China. 10 centimeter tall quartz crystal with inclusions.

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18th October 2014

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CALCITE (Calcium Carbonate) scalenohedron crystals on dolomite from the classic Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA. 

CALCITE (Calcium Carbonate) scalenohedron crystals on dolomite from the classic Elmwood Mine, Carthage, Tennessee, USA. 

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