Mindat Logo
bannerbannerbannerbanner
Welcome!

Addition to mineral properties search

Posted by Henry Barwood  
Addition to mineral properties search
December 21, 2010 12:13AM
    
Could we add a category for various luminescent properties: Fluorescence, Cathodoluminescence, Triboluminescence, etc to the search engine? I think it would be very useful.

Henry Barwood
Troy University
Troy, Alabama USA
Re: Addition to mineral properties search
December 21, 2010 01:28AM
    
Trouble with that is that the Mindat database does not have enough of that sort of information in it to be useful. Once it does then that would be a very useful thing to be able to do. As it is now I have to go to : [www.fluomin.org] to find out about those properties. Unfortunately I don't know how complete or accurate that database is but it certainly is better than Mindat ( Sorry Jolyon! ). However, I have only used it about a dozen times, does anyone more familiar with it know just how good it is?
Re: Addition to mineral properties search
December 21, 2010 02:10AM
    
Hi Reiner,

While the FMS database is excellent, it lacks some key elements. For instance, the fluorite section contains 18 spectra and only one is identified to locality. It also contains only meager data on cathodoluminescence, triboluminescence, thermoluminescence, etc. I know it is difficult to initiate a project within Mindat. I'm just suggesting that it would be a useful search element.

Henry Barwood
Troy University
Troy, Alabama USA
avatar Re: Addition to mineral properties search
December 21, 2010 02:15AM
    
I still think having a SG or SG range in search would be useful.
Re: Addition to mineral properties search
December 21, 2010 04:14AM
    
Additional suggestions for search fields:

Luminescence
Specific Gravity
Microhardness

Henry Barwood
Troy University
Troy, Alabama USA
Re: Addition to mineral properties search
December 21, 2010 04:03PM
    
Hello Henry,

I agree the FMS database is lacking but having a useful data set in Mindat would be a huge undertaking since many, if not most, of these properties are locality specific. It would also be nice to know which are species specific and some statistical information, such as, what percentage of willemite does not fluoresces, or at least some sort of semiqualtitative assessment such as; most willemite fluoresces green but some does not fluoresce.
avatar Re: Addition to mineral properties search
December 21, 2010 04:11PM
If someone's prepared to enter the data, I can make the searches work well!
Re: Addition to mineral properties search
December 21, 2010 04:59PM
    
Hi Jolyon, Reiner,

I'm seriously underqualified for such and undertaking, but can suggest that someone contact the FMS and see if they would give permission to convert the Henkel Glossary of Fluorescent Minerals to a database for Mindat. Once you have a starting point, I suspect that data would flow in from various sources much as it does now for other phases of Mindat. I would be gald to see about Cathodoluminescence sources as well as my own meager research in the area.

Henry Barwood
Troy University
Troy, Alabama USA
avatar Re: Addition to mineral properties search
December 21, 2010 09:42PM
Is this another instance when being able to assign various tags to a specimen on the image upload page would be handy?

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Author:

Subject:


Attachments:
  • Valid attachments: jpg, gif, png, pdf
  • No file can be larger than 1000 KB
  • 3 more file(s) can be attached to this message

Spam prevention:
Please, enter the code that you see below in the input field. This is for blocking bots that try to post this form automatically. If the code is hard to read, then just try to guess it right. If you enter the wrong code, a new image is created and you get another chance to enter it right.
CAPTCHA
Message:
Mineral and/or Locality  
Search Google  
Copyright © Jolyon Ralph and Ida Chau 1993-2014. Site Map. Locality, mineral & photograph data are the copyright of the individuals who submitted them. Site hosted & developed by Jolyon Ralph. Mindat.org is an online information resource dedicated to providing free mineralogical information to all. Mindat relies on the contributions of thousands of members and supporters. Mindat does not offer minerals for sale. If you would like to add information to improve the quality of our database, then click here to register.
Current server date and time: November 26, 2014 21:27:41
Mineral and Locality Search
Mineral:
and/or Locality:
Options
Fade toolbar when not in focusFix toolbar to bottom of page
Hide Social Media Links
Slideshow frame delay seconds