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Keith Compton has uploaded:
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Hi to all

I am an amateur Mineral Collector and have been since the early 1960s.

I have a particular interest in Australian Minerals (especially New South Wales).

Do I have any particular favourites? No, but I do have a liking for Cassiterite (any locality - worldwide) and Smithsonite from Broken Hill, NSW.

I sometimes try and "adopt" a mineral for one year and add a few of that species to my collection, particularly in miniature/thumbnails. Previous years have included Zeolites, Feldspars, Galena and Hematite. 2014 was the year of Baryte.

I always try to add a couple of different (especially locality wise) Cassiterite specimens each year.

I now like to look up at the night sky and know that I'm sponsoring a mineral locality that I can always see!


Favourite Photos

K2D-C8XSmithsonite : ZnCO3, Kaolinite : Al2(Si2O5)(OH)4, Coronadite : Pb(Mn4+6Mn3+2)O16

Broken Hill Proprietary Mine, Broken Hill, Yancowinna Co., New South Wales, Australia

Dimensions: 20 mm x 31 mm x 13 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 16 mm

Pale cream translucent double terminated tear drop Smithsonite xls on matrix of black Coronadite and white botryoidal crust of Kaolinite.

Overall size: 31mm × 20mm × 13mm.
Smithsonite xls to 16mm × 5mm.

This has been in my collection since 1972.
Probably originally collected in the 1940s.

Featured in Smithsonite - Think Zinc No.13, published by Lithographie, LLC, Denver, USA: p46
Copyright: © Keith F Compton      Photo ID: 273280     Uploaded by: Keith Compton   View Count: 1268   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 600 x 835 pixels (0.5 Mpix)

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