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Registered member since 8th Jan 2008

Hershel Friedman has uploaded:
133 Mineral Photos
13 Locality Photos
11 Other Photos
I am Hershel Friedman, founder of Minerals.net, one of the most comprehensive guides to rocks, minerals, gemstones, and jewelry. I am also president at Radial Web, a successful web design and development firm in operation since 2002.

I have been researching, studying, and collecting minerals since my youth, and have a large collection. My collection contains many rare classics from the obscure Hudson Highlands / Ramapo Mountain region of New York, and I also have an extensive representation of the Northern New Jersey traprock minerals of Paterson, Prospect Park, and beyond. I also have a worldwide collection from my earlier years.

I have been designing websites since 1996, and my career in web design began with my minerals.net website. I originally started minerals.net as a way to organize my collection online, and pretty soon it grew very large with extensive mineral research, and I decided to place it online and make it publicly available. The website was an instant hit, and was well-beyond my expectations how fast the website grew and how popular it had become.

I really enjoyed working on Minerals.net, and I expanded my interest in the web development field by founding Radial Web, a full web design and production company. I now lead a great design and programming team, and continue to utilize my skills to further enhance Minerals.net. Although my company designs websites in all sorts of industries, I have a special place for those in the mineral and gemstone field.

Minerals.net has also afforded me the opportunity to do extensive studies and research on minerals and gemstones, and one of the things I have learned in becoming an expert in this field is that there is always more to learn!

I am also an avid hiker and explorer. I have hiked almost every marked trail in Harriman/Bear Mountain State Parks, and have hiked many of the trail networks in other park systems in NYS and NJ such as the Gunks, Catskills, Taconics, Wyanokies, etc. My hiking and exploring take me to places off the beaten path, where I have discovered many old mines and defunct mineral localities. Please visit my hiking blog at www.harrimanhiker.com to see some of my latest hikes and explorations. I am also one of the founding members of Commsar, a Community Search and Rescue organization.

I would love to add all the minerals in my collection to my Mindat profile, but I don't have the time for this. I really enjoy photography, and mineral photography is one of my highlights. My Mindat pages show only a minor fraction of my collection, though I hope to continuously trickle out new photos as I get around to it.


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