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Collecting on Cyprus

Posted by Brian Robin  
Collecting on Cyprus
April 15, 2012 03:48PM
I would be very grateful for any information about minerals & collecting on Cyprus. Accessable mines/tips.
I am especially interested in the zeolite areas.
Any help would be much apprecited,
Brian Robin,
Re: Collecting on Cyprus
July 22, 2012 03:52PM
Hi Brian,
I'm not a frequent visitor here so I've jst read your message.
Have you had any luck with your quest? Are you still in Cyprus?
Re: Collecting on Cyprus
July 22, 2012 06:15PM
Tassos, I gave Brian information about Cyprus, but the messages from me (and others) have somehow disappeared! Does anyone know what happened? (This occurred just after the messages were posted.) Becky
Re: Collecting on Cyprus
July 23, 2012 11:16AM
Hi Tassos,

We are back in Scotland several weeks now.
We enjoyed our holiday in Polis and I did manage a few hours collecting.
I went over to Mansoura on Morphu Bay area a few times.
On a build site I discovered a ragged crevasse about 1.5 m x 0.5m completely lined with calcite xtals, together with pale gmelinite
to 6mm (not abundant) and small gin clean analcime, a thin green band ran through a lower part and where it showed crystalisation I think looks like prehnite.Other unidentified mins, perhaps tiny natrolite and others.
I hope the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow will help to I.D.
The road over the hill from Polis traverses volcanic rocks with abundant road cuttings to search, be careful though the rocks are very friable and will fall without any apparent reason.
Thanks to all who contacted me.
Re: Collecting on Cyprus
July 23, 2012 04:47PM
Hi Brian,
Glad to hear that your vist was fruitful. Please let us known the results of the I.D.
It appears that you were contacted by others before me but their messsages have since disappeared.
Next time you are in Cpyrus try Mitsero and Troulli mine areas for orange Gmelinite and other zeolites.
Meanwhile, I start my holidays in Polis next week and I'll try to locate an ellusive sulphide prospect where Galena was reported in the 60's however, zeolites are always a welcome find.
Becky, thanks for your message. I wasn't aware there is a collecting community here.
Re: Collecting on Cyprus
July 23, 2012 08:35PM
Hi Tassos, I don't live on Cyprus - I visited a few year ago and, with help from Volker Betz, found several good collecting sites. We visited the Mitsero mine, and also found wonderful zeolites in the pillow lavas in roadcuts on the road to Avdellero. I still don't know why our messages disappeared!
Re: Collecting on Cyprus
July 23, 2012 09:45PM
Hi Tassos,

Good hunting let us all know your finds,
best regards,


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