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Work in progress in Best Minerals

Posted by Rock Currier  
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November 23, 2010 06:41AM
    
Ralph, tell me which localities you would like me to squeeze in for you and I'll do so (maybe Torrington or Lake Boga?)
I might also add a few more US localities.
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November 23, 2010 02:22PM
Maybe Killiecrankie - I have written quite a bit on the site, more productive of gemstones than good crystals, but quite famous.

Torrington also has good topaz, I will need to locate more info

Regards,
Ralph
avatar Re: Work in progress in Best Minerals
November 25, 2010 11:20AM
    
Thanks Ralph, let me know when you have some more info and I'll add the localities.
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November 28, 2010 04:50PM
    
I just finished the first draft of Xenotime-(Y): [www.mindat.org]

Cheers,

Harjo



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/29/2010 08:08AM by Harjo Neutkens.
Re: Work in progress in Best Minerals
November 29, 2010 09:25PM
    
I have started the hornblende article, as a part of my amphibole project. After I have completed this, I'll continue with the Amphibole group article.

Olav
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November 29, 2010 09:38PM
Olav,
Well, that should keep you busy for a decade or two. Let me know if I can be of help.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: Work in progress in Best Minerals
November 29, 2010 09:41PM
    
Good luck Olav, that's a big one winking smiley
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November 29, 2010 09:42PM
    
I'll start a sett-up for Quarz, Austria this evening. A friend of mine posted a series of very high quality photos of really good Austrian Quartzes the other day, at last!
avatar Re: Work in progress in Best Minerals
November 30, 2010 11:17AM
    
Finished first draft of Quartz, Austria: [www.mindat.org]
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November 30, 2010 07:14PM
Harjo,
Fine work you did on the Austrian Quartz. I added the fast navigation block to the bottom of the article. When you finish the first draft on a Best Minerals article I think it might be better to post it in the general forum rather than here. I sometimes think that a lot of people don't scroll down past the foreign language forums. When you do that you should automatically ask for corrections and suggestions for improvements. The more knowledgeable people we can involve in this project the better.

Any plans on what to work on next? Pseudomorphs will keep me occupied for some time I fear.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
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November 30, 2010 07:51PM
    
I'll post a message with a Best Minerals update in the general forum.
Something waiting for me to tackle is still the Aquamarine, Goshenite, Morganite etc articles to complete the Beryls..........in due time.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/30/2010 07:52PM by Harjo Neutkens.
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November 30, 2010 08:45PM
Harjo,
Thats right, go pick out all the juicy ones and leave the black ugly ones for me. Just kidding. Probably better you do them than I, you have more of an artists touch. Its hard for me to learn that artistic stuff. But sometimes wish you would pick out and show more examples of things. Collectors will come here to see how their things stack up against the best or to see how something they are considering buying may stack up against the best and the more examples that they can compare their specimen against the more they can learn and profit. If we picture a specimens that we are pretty sure is the best known, we should be sure to say so. David is a minimalist in such things, and I am perhaps at the other end and will show pictures of 20 good ones if we have them in the gallery. Every author will be different in this regard, but I would hope that just the extra work of including and tweaking the photos would not deter the authors from being generous with their selection of pictures.
YOB

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
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February 26, 2011 04:27PM
    
Sorry I have been away from this project so long but will be returning. My UK Barytes was modeled on Rock's insrtructions and Harjo's sites (by the way, Harjo, the reason I don't do more is bassooning inteferes too much!). I had intended to all the barytes, with input and help from whoever, just kinda overseeing consistency. Belgium was an obvious weakness so that was not part of the plan -- besides Harjo had already done work on that. Starting in March I will first be working on barite Germany, then barite France and then the US and Italy and Romania and Mexico, Peru....
I found it easier to do the entire thing offline in Word and then just copy it over. I"ll have to go relearn the coding, but I have notes. The height parameter is what I use on my barite website and makes for consistency.
Bill

Bill Dameron
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February 28, 2011 01:57AM
Bill,
Tweaking the code strings will come back quickly once you get into it. I can also look over your stuff and do some tweaking if need be. The most important part is selecting the images and writing up the text, or at least for those localities where you know something. I would strongly suggest that you learn to use the selection tool that David devised for us. It saves a lot of time. If you need help in learning this, rattle my cage.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
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March 02, 2011 04:13PM
    
Rock - THanks -- just saw the David's collection tool. Will study it when I get started. Jeff Scovil has been here enroute to other places; as usual some good tips on photos, even for us tyros.
Bill

Bill Dameron
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March 13, 2011 09:18PM
    
No worries Bill, it's a bit quiet from my side here too, I have too many concerts. And this will go on until the second half of September. After that I will, at last..., have some time to do the rest of the Beryls, and to go collecting (yeah!)
I think you're doing a great job on the Barytes!
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April 27, 2011 06:43PM
    
I finally started Aquamarine, also I've made the set-ups of Morganite, Heliodor and Goshenite. All are linked from the Beryl page together with the already finished Emerald and Red Beryl.
Finishing all the Beryl articles will be quite a task, so if any of you guys want to dig into them with me, you're more then welcome winking smiley

Cheers,

Harjo
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April 28, 2011 11:16AM
Harjo,
OK, Ill keep an eye on them and chip in if I think I can add something.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
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September 13, 2011 09:39PM
    
I have been remiss but will try to get back to the barites in December (2011). I am planning on doing all countries except Belgium but there are some where others could probably do it better if they are willing to. While I only work on it from time to time, here is the order I have in mind. Ukraine, Tunisia, Namibia and United Kingdom are "done" (i.e. full outline with pictures but of course ready for additions/corrections). Next Germany, Italy, Mexico. Then the world!

Bill Dameron
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September 14, 2011 04:39AM
Bill, Welcome back,
Ill look forward to your work. I have begun to think I should do some more work on Quartz and Calcite. Will you be in Denver? I have been thinking that I should start with the calcite and quartz from countries where there are not many collectors and hope that while those are under construction that it will attract the interest of some knowledgeable collector in countries, like Germany and France where there are a lot of collectors, and that my work on the other countries will be encourage to do the quartz and calcites from their countries. If no one steps up by the time I finish the countries where there are not many collectors, well, then Ill start to work on them.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
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