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Tucson 2014 - 3rd Update

Last Updated: 16th Feb 2014

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

Tucson 2014 - Third Update



Tucson remains as busy as always, and with so much going on and so little time to report it, I've decided to put everything left in the run-up to the TGMS show in one report. This also includes an update on things I didn't get to write about in the previous reports on Inn Suites and Pueblo.

Inn Suites (Update)



Baby diplodocus being chased by Triceratops


Chalcocite from China - Jordi Fabre specimen


From Gunnar Farber, The oldest rock in the world (3.962 billion years) - Acasta-Tonalite from near Point Lake, 350km north of Yellowknife, NWT, Canada


Dinosaurs from the Cardboardiferous period


Pueblo Show (Update)



My previous report for the Pueblo Show was written before I'd had a chance to visit all the dealers - here is the update.

Riverpark Inn - Home of the Pueblo Show


Fine Art Minerals specialise in minerals from Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Microlite with Cassiterite and Topaz from Skardu, Pakistan


Emerald - Panjsher Province, Afghanistan


Fluorite - Hunza Valley, Pakistan


Mustafa from Fine Art Minerals


Childrenite- Mawi Pegmatite, Nuristan, Afghanistan


Shannon & Sons sell an enormous number of rare and unusual mineral species.

Native lead replacing plant root - Tubac, Arizona


Tyuyamunite


Metamunirite


Assorted rare Hg minerals


Mineraly's ML Creations is a dealer I had not come across before with some interesting items:

Iranian Wulfenite


Madagascan beryl


Calcite pseudomorphs after Vivianite in oyster shell fossils, from southern France


Sound Minerals, another dealer who hasn't appeared on these reports before, had an interesting selection of good pegmatite gem minerals.

Kunzite - Pala Chief Mine, California


Unusual beryl from Ukraine


The Kristalle Party



Every year Kristalle and Crystal Classics host a themed party - and this year the theme was Jamaica!

Kristina Bode, Katya Ralph and Diana Schlegel


Dave Waisman and Bryan Lees


Night view over Tucson


Justin and Brandy Zzyzx


One of these three is American. Can you tell which?


John Veevaert Open House



John Veevaert, Steve Perry and Brett Keller had an open-house to show John and Steve's minerals and Brett's wine.

Marshalsussmanite from South Africa (John Veevaert specimen)


Wine from mineral-wines.com


Day off!



We managed to escape for the day to visit Mt Lemmon. Snow in Arizona!


Fine Minerals International



Fine Minerals International have a superb building right next door to the Inn Suites show.

Fine Minerals International - Outside


Fine Minerals International - Inside


Fluorite - Denton mine, Illinois


Russian Tourmaline


Mindat meeting



Every year we have a mindat.org meeting - and as usual this year it was held in Rock Currier's Jewel Tunnel ballroom at the Inn Suites.

Attendees of the mindat meeting


Westward Look Show



The weekend prior to the TGMS show is the Westward Look show, where a smaller number of fine mineral specimen dealers set up in this exclusive resort for four days.

Beautiful alpine Fluorite - Christophe Gobin specimen


Native gold (230g) - Western Australia - Crystal Classics specimen


Native gold - Colorado Quartz Mine, California - Crystal Classics specimen


Variscite from Fairfield, Utah - Crystal Classics


Native copper with Willemite and Franklinite from Franklin Mine, New Jersey - Kristalle specimen


Unique Minerals had a new find of cuprite from the Milpillas mine, Mexico.

Cuprite


Cuprite with light


Cuprite


Cuprite


Slices of Variscite from Fairfield, Utah - Unique Minerals specimens


Ludlockite from Tsumeb, Namibia - Unique Minerals specimen


Becquerelite from Shinkolobwe, Katanga, DRC - Unique Minerals specimen


Incredible Mimetite with Wulfenite from the Rowley Mine, Arizona - Unique Minerals


The Arkenstone had bigger pieces of the interesting Chalcocite from China that we'd seen previously with Jordi Fabre.

Chalcocite from the Tongshan mine, China - Arkenstone specimen


Chalcocite from China - Arkenstone specimen


Very interesting new fluorite from the De'an fluorite mine, Wushan, China - Arkenstone specimen


Calcite from the Elmwood Mine, Tennessee - Fine Minerals International specimen


Metatorberite from the Old Gunnislake Mine, Cornwall - Dave Bunk specimen


Sperrylite from the Broken Hammer property, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada - Dave Bunk specimen


Gersdorfite from Bou Azzer, Morocco - Mike Bergmann specimen


Gold, Round Mountain mine, Nevada - Miners Lunchbox specimen


Wulfenite and mimetite pseudomorph after cerussite, from the Glaze Claim, Death Valley, California - Miners Lunchbox specimen


Gold, Breckenridge, Colorado - Miners Lunchbox specimen


Silver from Kongsberg, Norway - Miners Lunchbox specimen


The fourth and final report will come shortly from the TGMS show! Thank you for reading.




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Comments

Nice report, thanks!
Concerning "chalcocite" from China it would be fine to make polished sections and WDS analysis. It is very similar to partial pseudomorphosis of chalcocite and bornite after stromeyerite from Vrančice, Czech republic.

Kind regards
Pavel

Pavel Skacha
15th Feb 2014 8:15am
Reticulite, eh? Looks a lot like pumice to me.... ;-)

Nice report, BTW!

Paul Brandes
16th Feb 2014 4:12am
Yes, the suspicious 'reticulite' has been removed from this report. Sorry about that - IANAP (I am not a petrologist).



Jolyon & Katya Ralph
16th Feb 2014 4:21am
I really enjoy your reports on Tuscon. I hope to get there one day. I also hope you don't mind a correction. It is my belief the oldest rocks in the world come from Jack Hills, Western Australia. Can only hope people did their research before buying any. Maybe they are the oldest rocks from Canada.

Kim Macdonald (2)
17th Feb 2014 3:32pm
The oldest rocks on Earth are, to my knowledge, part of the Acosta Gneiss in Northwest Territories of Canada dated at 4.00-4.03 Ga, originally reported to be 3.96 Ga. These are metamorphosed granitic rocks of the basement complex between Great Slave Lake and Coronation Gulf (Arctic Ocean). The material from Jack Hills, Western Australia is zircon dated at 4.404 Ga. This zircon is the oldest dated material originating on Earth. However, they are detrital grains of zircon deposited in a now metamorphosed conglomerate generally thought to have been deposited about 3.0 Ga. So the Jack Hills rock is not older than the gneissic rock from NWT, and Gunnar's information is basically correct.

Norman King
17th Feb 2014 5:28pm
Back in 2008, scientists from McGill University discovered rocks from the Nuvvuagittuq greenstone belt on Hudson Bay in Quebec that were dated to about 4.28 Ga and are thought to be the remnants of a portion of Earth's primordial crust. I am sure that when Gunnar obtained the specimen of Acasta Gniess shown, it likely was the oldest known rock on Earth at the time, so one can't really fault Gunnar (or Jolyon for that matter) for labeling it as such.

Paul Brandes
18th Feb 2014 1:23pm
One word, Cardboardiferous.

Jason Evans
20th Feb 2014 7:21pm

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