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Addicted to high alpine mountain minerals...

Registered member since 30th Mar 2006

Christian Bracke has uploaded:
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145 Locality Photos
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Born in 1967, in Germanys main coal mining area, I first got in touch with carbon fossils which I found on huge coal dumps in the near, brought them to my elementary school teacher for identification.
Aged eleven we moved further south to the Darmstadt area where I still live today.
My parents and me spent the holidays in the swiss mountains, and when just hiking came too boring I went beside the paths and found my first minerals. Being assisted and tought by local "Strahler" I soon learned how to find minerals and how to get them out of the pocket without damage.
So my favourite collecting area is the Wallis in Switzerland. In 30 years of collecting there I must have spend about 2 years in this area in total. I love to be in these mountains and to collect in different hights between 700m and 3500m above sea level.
The second area I am interested in is located in north eastern Greece, the island of Thassos and the "Cassandra" mines in Chalkidiki. I visited them a couple of times and went underground as well.
Adding localities, locality information and photographs I will try to show you my favourite areas and their collecting sites. And, of course, I will share my collection with you as well.
Hope you will like it as much as I do!
Take care, yours Christian


Favourite Photos

1C1-6KCPyrite : FeS2

Rivet Quarry, Montredon-Labessonnié, Réalmont, Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France

Field of View: 5.1 mm

Pyrite "ball" formed by small cubes stuck ones to the others and with an iridescent coating.

Coll. and Photo : Guy Bernadi Photo of the Day - 20th Sep 2015
Copyright: © G Bernadi      Photo ID: 704893     Uploaded by: Guy Bernadi   View Count: 716   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 4752 x 3168 pixels (15.1 Mpix)

6XN-GM7Malachite : Cu2(CO3)(OH)2

Le Moulinal Mine, Saint-Jean-de-Jeannes, Paulinet, Alban, Tarn, Midi-Pyrénées, France

Largest Crystal Size: 1.8 mm

Ferroan oxides pseudomorph of cuprite covered by very nice balls of malachite
photo Germano Fretti
collection Luigi Chiappino Photo of the Day - 11th Sep 2015
Copyright: © L.C.2015      Photo ID: 703909     Uploaded by: Luigi Chiappino   View Count: 783   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1890 x 1405 pixels (2.7 Mpix)

297-PL0Eleonorite : Fe3+6(PO4)4O(OH)4·6H2O

Gutglück Mine, Braunfels, Wetzlar, Hesse, Germany

Field of View: 2.8 mm

Radiating group of tabular Eleonorite XX with some cuboid-shaped crystals of Rockbridgeite in the centre, photo Marko Burkhardt, collection Friedel Pfeiffer Photo of the Day - 15th Sep 2015
Copyright: © C.H.M.-Schäfer      Photo ID: 696894     Uploaded by: Christof Schäfer   View Count: 939   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3136 x 2352 pixels (7.4 Mpix)

U2A-K6YProustite : Ag3AsS3

Imiter Mine, Imiter District, Djebel Saghro, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco

Field of View: 3 mm

Proustite crystals group.
This is my first test of the high resolution shot mode available on the Olympus OM-D EM5 Mark II.
The original picture was more than 40MP large but with the ratio 3:2 used for cropping, it is now 35MP (7296x4264).
Enjoy zooming on it !
Photo and collection: Jean-Marc Johannet Photo of the Day - 23rd May 2015
Copyright: © JM. Johannet      Photo ID: 684301     Uploaded by: Jean-Marc Johannet   View Count: 1835   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 7296 x 4864 pixels (35.5 Mpix)

0MC-16GBrochantite : Cu4(SO4)(OH)6

Multiple photos available
Blue Bell Mine, Baker, Soda Lake Mts, San Bernardino Co., California, USA

Field of View: 2.56 mm

Radial aggregate of acicular brochantite crystals with etched gypsum. From the site 2A glory hole.
FOV: 2.56 x 2.29 mm, Stacking: 297 frames at 4 µm.
Bruce Kelley specimen and photo. Photo of the Day - 28th May 2015
Copyright: © 2015, Bruce J Kelley      Photo ID: 682207     Uploaded by: Bruce Kelley   View Count: 616   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 3025 x 2708 pixels (8.2 Mpix)

3G0-1G1Wulfenite : Pb(MoO4)

Los Lastonares Mines, Albuñuelas, Granada, Andalusia, Spain

Field of View: 5 mm

Collection and photograph Juan Miguel. Photo of the Day - 11th May 2015
Copyright: © Juanmi      Photo ID: 681948     Uploaded by: Juan Miguel Segura   View Count: 628   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 4928 x 3264 pixels (16.1 Mpix)

49V-5A4Liroconite : Cu2Al(AsO4)(OH)4·4H2O

Wheal Gorland, St Day United Mines, Gwennap, Camborne - Redruth - St Day District, Cornwall, England, UK

Field of View: 2 mm

Sony Nex 7, bellows, Mitutoyo M Plan Apo 20x, aperture, Raynox DCR-250 retro, THK linear actor, stack shot control,
Collection and Photo Stephan Wolfsried Photo of the Day - 30th Jul 2015
Copyright: © Stephan Wolfsried      Photo ID: 681323     Uploaded by: Stephan Wolfsried   View Count: 579   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 2571 x 1714 pixels (4.4 Mpix)

6YA-5U7Senaite : Pb(Mn,Y,U)(Fe,Zn)2(Ti,Fe,Cr,V)18(O,OH)38

Oberaar lake area, Grimsel area, Hasli Valley, Bern, Switzerland

Field of View: 7.2 mm
Largest Crystal Size: 4.1 mm

Excellent crystal rather flat
Crystal up to 4,1 mm
Collection of Fulvio Iurcotta
Photo by Enrico Bonacina Photo of the Day - 5th May 2015
Copyright: © Enrico Bonacina      Photo ID: 681296     Uploaded by: Enrico Bonacina   View Count: 584   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1024 x 768 pixels (0.8 Mpix)

ML7-QR3Rhodochrosite : MnCO3, Quartz : SiO2

John Reed Mine, Alicante, Leadville District, Lake Co., Colorado, USA

Dimensions: 7 cm x 7 cm x 4 cm

Gemmy red rhombs of Rhodochrosite with Quartz drusy!
This is a classic rarity of Rhodochrosite on micro-crystalline Quartz from one of the rarest localities for Rhodochrosite in both Colorado and the world. This specimen displays half a dozen gemmy and beautifully colored rhombs which are a deep cherry-red with just a touch of burgandy in the mix. The rhombs are surrounded by sparkling micro-crystalline Quartz and the specimen is in excellent condition.
From the John Reed Mine, Alicante, Leadville District, Lake County, Colorado.
Measures 7 cm by 7 cm by 4 cm in total size.
Ex. Korfmacher Mineral Collection
Currently in the Oleszczuk Mineral Collection Photo of the Day - 2nd May 2015
Copyright: ©      Photo ID: 679156     Uploaded by: Kevin Ward   View Count: 602   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 743 x 698 pixels (0.5 Mpix)

HPT-2XTErythrite : Co3(AsO4)2·8H2O

Agoudal, Bou Azer District, Tazenakht, Ouarzazate Province, Souss-Massa-Draâ Region, Morocco

Field of View: 3.5 mm

Photo & Collection Serge Lavarde Photo of the Day - 13th Apr 2015
Copyright: © Serge Lavarde      Photo ID: 675065     Uploaded by: Serge Lavarde   View Count: 862   Approval status: Public galleries    Type: Photo - 1900 x 1267 pixels (2.4 Mpix)
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