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Paul Broyles' BlogA blog is a series of personal articles recorded in date-order somewhat like diary entries. You can use your blog to keep track of your collecting adventures, your purchases, your thoughts and ideas, anything that you think other mindat.org members would be interested to read about. Other members can leave comments after your blog entry, but you can delete any comments you find inappropriate.
21st Sep 2015 - Measuring Specific Gravity (Your Friend)
When I started out, I would find a partial crystal of quartz or topaz and wonder which it was. I desperately wanted to believe I have found topaz. The average specimen found just doesn't have ideal symmetry, hardness tests are not as easy as they ...
21st Sep 2014 - Specific Gravity of Spheres
This is a quick boring blog. I've experimented with a number of ways to determine SG. Most of them using water displacement are fairly accurate depending on the size and shape of the rock. With a solid specimen, the following method is always ...
22nd Jan 2014 - Symmetry - a key to identification
I'm encouraged that a few thousand people read a simple blog. How about an ambitious one? For several bored Christmases, I've told myself I was going to learn crystallography. How hard could it be? Well on the third try I found an excellent ...
13th Aug 2011 - Get a Microscope
What looks like a beautiful rock with some hard-to-identify but nice greens and blues on quartz with vugs, can turn into a wonderland of specimens that look straight out of the smithsonian field guide when you look in those vugs in stereo at 25 ...
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