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Australian micromineral newsletter...

Posted by Steve Sorrell  
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July 02, 2011 07:09AM
A meeting of people interested in microminerals1 at the Bathurst Gemboree in April 2011, with representatives from the Australian states and New Zealand, discussed the desire for a newsletter on Australian microminerals. It was proposed to have a regular newsletter to circulate to people interested in microminerals. A subsequent meeting held during the Mineralogical Societies Seminar in Melbourne in June 2011 re-affirmed this interest.

Following these meetings, John Haupt (Min Soc Victoria) and Steve Sorrell (Min Soc Tasmania) met and prepared this proposal.

Name of the newsletter
Australian (Australian & New Zealand)2 Micromineral News (AMN).

News and meeting details from the micromineral groups of the State Mineralogical Societies and kindred groups.
Short to medium length articles on microminerals of a mineral species or group, from a locality, or how to articles (for micromounters), etc.

Emphasis is to be given to colour photographs of the minerals

Classified Advertisements
To be limited to 40 words. No commercial advertising. Mineralogical Society events and activities are to be promoted.

The newsletter is to be issued quarterly (March, June, September & December). The publication is to be only available in electronic format. Initially this will be as a PDF document and distributed by e-mail. It may be printed by the subscriber for personal use. Depending on the number of subscribers, the publication may be available by direct downloading from the Internet.

The publication will be by subscription (at no cost).

The Editor will establish and maintain a register of subscribers. This will contain the e-mail address, real name and contact number of each subscriber. This register shall be kept confidential.

The Editor will be responsible for editing the material forwarded for publication, laying out and distributing each issue. He shall have the right to reject articles which do not relate to microminerals or are deemed to be of insufficient quality. The Editor shall not be required to solicit articles, but will rely on micromineral people from the State Mineralogical Societies and others to contribute articles. The size and content of each issue will be determined by the articles and information sent to the Editor.

People forwarding articles shall allow their content and images to be reproduced and ensure that they have agreement to use any information, photographs and images from other sources. They will be required to confirm same when submitting their article.

Each issue will contain the following:- The information and images are the copyright of the author/photographer but may be used for non-commercial purposes with appropriate attribution.

1. The term micromineral is used in the broadest sense. It relates to mineral specimens which are usually viewed through a microscope.
2. The newsletter “Micro-Scope”, published by the NZ Micro-mineral Club is recognized as fulfilling the same purpose of this publication, but on New Zealand microminerals. There may be scope to combine the two publications at a later time

Contact me directly on steve crocoite com if you want to be included in the subscriber list.

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December 17, 2011 07:31AM
I didn't realise that I hadn't posted a link to the first issue. There have now been two. Links are as follows:

<*> First issue<*> Second issue

Remember, there is no charge for these...

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December 17, 2011 03:35PM
I am impressed! The quality is great.
I am moving to a new address and email address soon. When I am settled, I will be in touch.
Don Peck
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December 17, 2011 05:19PM
What a nice job, Steve! Congratz!

Greetings from France,

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April 05, 2012 01:29PM
Issue 3 now available...

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April 09, 2012 05:34AM
Great job, Steve! Very well put together and excellent photos. Keep up the good work.
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April 12, 2012 12:27PM
Thanks Ron. Only real problem has been some people not being able to access the documents.

So I have set up this page specifically. All issues are and will be made available here.

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May 29, 2012 05:28AM
Like it very much Steve, good job!
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May 29, 2012 08:26AM
Thanks Chris!
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July 31, 2012 08:50AM
Issue #4 now available, along with previous issues, at

Remember, it's free!

avatar Re: Australian micromineral newsletter...
July 31, 2012 10:46AM
Nice one Steve

Well done


Re: Australian micromineral newsletter...
July 31, 2012 02:46PM
Nice, Steve!

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November 23, 2012 09:17AM
Hi all

Just a quick note to let you know that the next issue (number 5) will be published shortly.

This issue has a comprehensive article on the Muldiva mines in Queensland thanks once again to John Haupt, and a range of other information.

I have also been playing around with producing an epub version for those of you that like viewing such publications on iPads or Android tablets. It looks quite good, although I have only tested it on my iPad and iPhone. It doesn't look that good on an iPhone however. I would probably have to create a separate version with smaller images so probably won't.

On the iPad, I have found that Bluefire is a pretty good app for viewing, and its free! It is also available for Android devices too. There isn't a version for a PC, but something like Calibre (Open Source and also free) works fine.

For those of you that have no idea of what I am talking about, don't worry, there will be a standard pdf version as per previous issues!

More soon.


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