Log InRegister
Home PageAbout MindatThe Mindat ManualHistory of MindatCopyright StatusWho We AreContact UsAdvertise on Mindat
Donate to MindatCorporate SponsorshipSponsor a PageSponsored PagesMindat AdvertisersAdvertise on Mindat
Learning CenterWhat is a mineral?The most common minerals on earthInformation for EducatorsMindat Articles
Minerals by PropertiesMinerals by ChemistryAdvanced Locality SearchRandom MineralRandom LocalitySearch by minIDLocalities Near MeSearch ArticlesSearch GlossaryMore Search Options
Search For:
Mineral Name:
Locality Name:
The Mindat ManualAdd a New PhotoRate PhotosLocality Edit ReportCoordinate Completion ReportAdd Glossary Item
Mining CompaniesStatisticsThe ElementsUsersBooks & MagazinesMineral MuseumsMineral Shows & EventsThe Mindat DirectoryDevice Settings
Photo SearchPhoto GalleriesNew Photos TodayNew Photos YesterdayMembers' Photo GalleriesPast Photo of the Day Gallery

Contested Regions

Last Updated: 17th Jan 2017

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

As a worldwide mineralogical database with contributors from many countries we often have to deal with political disagreements over contested regions or areas regarded as 'frozen conflicts'.

In order to avoid taking any overtly political viewpoint within mindat.org, we have decided on the following rule to define how a region is listed within our political hierarchy.

Our primary concern is not to appease a political viewpoint, but simply to report on the reality of control of a region - on the basis that if a mineralogical excursion to the region is planned, which authority would be responsible for granting access.

At the same time, we do not want to constantly update our site with changes after minor border skirmishes and military occupations. We would not, for example, have wanted to incorporate Kuwait into Iraq immediately after August 1990. So our rule is defined as:

Any region that has declared independence or has declared that it is now integrated into another country will be moved immediately into its own (or the other country's) hierarchy if that decision has received wide international support (for example, a United Nations resolution.) In cases where such a change is either unilateral or has not received wide international support (for example, with the Russian annexation of Crimea), we will wait five years from the date of the change before implementing the change in mindat.org, to ensure that such a change is a permanent political reality.

This would mean that, assuming no change in the political situation, Crimea will be moved from Ukraine to Russia on mindat.org in March 2019.

Under no circumstances should our definition of regions be regarded as political support for the status of a region, it is purely to record the reality of control of a region based on our formal rule as outlined above.

It is possible with our new non-hierarchical locality system to build alternative political hierarchies that contain regions with a different political viewpoint (for example, a map could be created now for Russia that includes Crimea, if it is requested) but these will not be part of our official locality hierarchy.

Article has been viewed at least 1354 times.


In order to leave comments to this article, you must be registered
Mineral and/or Locality  
Mindat.org is an outreach project of the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Public Relations by Blytheweigh.
Copyright © mindat.org and the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy 1993-2019, except where stated. Most political location boundaries are © OpenStreetMap contributors. Mindat.org relies on the contributions of thousands of members and supporters.
Privacy Policy - Terms & Conditions - Contact Us Current server date and time: May 27, 2019 00:12:12
Go to top of page