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Calcite, Madagascar

Posted by Rock Currier  
avatar Calcite, Madagascar
April 06, 2009 09:11AM
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This article is a place holder and needs someone to take it in hand and finish the first draft. If you would like to take this article in hand, leave a reply message below or contact Rock Currier via private message by clicking on the PM button next to my name at the top of the article.

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Can you help make this a better article? What good localities have we missed? Can you supply pictures of better specimens than those we show here? Can you give us more and better information about the specimens from these localities? Can you supply better geological or historical information on these localities?

CalciteCaCO3 trigonal

Here will go a good picture of a calcite specimen from Madagascar and general remarks about the calcite from this country. Here are some url's to some of the better Malagasy calcite specimens here on Mindat that can be considered for inclusion in the article. These, in most cases are just for temporary use until we can get images of the much better specimens that are almost certainly out there. We should also consider that there are probably localities out there with fine specimens that are not even mentioned on Mindat. Also in some instances there are sometimes pictures on Mindat, of specimens from a locality, but they were so ratty that I did not include them here, but there may also be really good specimens from there that we should talk about in this article.

Sambava Departement, Sava (Northeastern) Region,

Antsiranana Province, Madagascar

Basalt Quarry, Ambariomiambana, Sambava Departement, Sava (Northeastern) Region, Antsiranana Province, Madagascar

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Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.

Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 12/29/2012 07:59AM by Rock Currier.
avatar Re: Calcite, Madagascar
April 06, 2009 09:46AM
Hi Rock,

I am just finishing article to Mineralogical Record about calcites from Madagascar.
Actually there is only one locality for calcites at Madagascar - discovered by expedition of our society "Spirifer" basalt quarry, near Sambava. First time we collected there specimens in 2001.
I already fixed correct locality, now all calcite photos listed at you post should by moved there -

There is also available movie about this discover, unfortunately only in Polish language:
Movie about calcites - you can watch it here.

I will try add real article about this find soon.


"Spirifer" Geological Society
avatar Re: Calcite, Madagascar
April 06, 2009 09:53AM
Why don't you write the article about calcites or quartz from Madagascar for the Best Minerals project? If you think you English might not be quite up to the mark, I could help you with that. Keep in mind that it should not be exactly the same as the Mineralogical Record article. The editor of the Mineralogical Record, Wendell Wilson won't publish an article in the Mineralogical record if it has been published somewhere else before. He also has a reputation for sometimes sitting on articles for a long time and not communicating with the authors about when he might publish the articles.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
avatar Re: Calcite, Madagascar
April 06, 2009 10:52AM

what is Best Minerals project?

I know about MinRec, I published there before...
And by the way - your text for mineral collecting is really great! I was thinking if it will be possible to translate it in Polish language and publish in some of our newspapers?


"Spirifer" Geological Society
avatar Re: Calcite, Madagascar
April 06, 2009 11:56AM
Your response here is in the Best Minerals project. All of the forums below the foreign language forums are part of the Best Minerals project. The object of the project write articles about all the "good" minerals from all of the good localities. To see some examples of some of the more mature articles, see the ones on Aluminium and Adamite.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.

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