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Visit to the Natural History Museum of LA County

Last Updated: 1st Aug 2019

By Jolyon Ralph

This is a LIVE report, keep this page loaded for live updates - new images will appear as they are added.





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I'm in LA for business and with time spare to visit the Natural History Museum.



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I'm with Jim.Spann and we are about to enter the Gem and Mineral gallery



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Amazonite from the Ten Percenter mine, Colorado



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Impossible to photo without reflections but impressive Sweet Home rhodochrosite



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The main gallery



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Starting with a systematic display



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Red Ledge gold



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Gold!



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Gold display



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Some fantastic gold including a ground hog mine wire gold.



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Nuggets!



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Moving on to silver - Kongsberg Norway



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Platinum from California and Russia



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Stibnite from Murray mine, Nevada



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You don't often see significant Massicot specimens. Natural 'white lead'



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Thorianite from Madagascar



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Minium from Broken Hill Australia



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Betafite



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Otavite from Tsumeb (where else)



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Witherite from Pigeon Roost mine, Arkansas



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Liebigite from Colorad!



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California borates



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Selenite from Texas



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Picromerite from Rossleben, Germany



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Coquimbite from San Rafael Swell, Utah



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Syngenite from Kalush, Ukraine



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Cyanotrichite from Mackay, Idaho



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Miguelromerite



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Francevillite. Stand well back :)



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Euchroite



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Zapot mine, Nevada topaz



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I like that they have got interesting soles even of rock forming silicates



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Kaolinite!



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Red beryl



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Pyroxmangite from Japan



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Sanidine from Puy de Samcy, France



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Mexican amethyst



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218 new minerals in the last 10 years.



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In the lab.



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Raman spectrometer



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In the vault



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Topaz!



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Garnet



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Beryl



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Corundum



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Sapphire



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Chrysoberyl



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Collector gems



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More collector gems



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Diamond



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Tourmaline



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And finally, a display of California gemstones as cut and rough.



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Most famous of course the Boleoite wreath



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Topaz 8.7ct cut from Little Three mine, San Diego Co.



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Tourmaline.



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More tourmaline



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Amethyst from Shaver Lake



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Synthetic gems



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Carvings



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Tourmaline bird brooch, carved in Germany late 20th century



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Blue John fluorite vase 18th century English



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Tourmaline on quartz from the Cryo-Genie mine



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Displays of the minerals of California



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Thank you CFMS



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Coast ranges



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Stibnite from Stayton district



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Magnesite



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Sierra Nevada



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Uvarovite



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Japan law quartz



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Ilmenorutile



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Desert region



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Woodhouseite on quartz



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Kyanite



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Peninsula ranges / desert regions



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Corundum



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Clintonite



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More from peninsula ranges



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Blue cap!



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Kunzite from Beebe Hole mine



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Morganite



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Topaz



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Map of meteorites from LA county.



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Neenach meteorite



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Littlerock meteorite



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Los Angeles Martian meteorite



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Wall display. Crystals need room to grow



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Now let's look at some of the central display cases



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Orpiment from Nevada



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Large Glove mine wulfenite



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Herderite



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Topaz from Pakistan



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Kermesite from Zimbabwe



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Rhodochrosite



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Cornish bournonite



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Kongsberg silver



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Bisbee malachite



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Hematite from Ishpeming, Michigan



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They have several displays dedicated to major donors to the collection. Here is a case dedicated to Ben Frankenberg.



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Bisbee specimens.



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These specimens from David Eidhal, who died at only 26, won the McDole and Lidstrom trophies in Tucson 1980.



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Gold



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Phosphophyllite



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Silver



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The Mel Hindin collection



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Sapo mine tourmaline



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Rhodochrosite



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Emerald with fluorapatite



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The Hyman and Beverly Savinar collection



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Beryl



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Gold



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Just for Steve, the Golden Bear, 1.04oz mass found in 1871 in Yankee Jim, Placer co. Mounted on a slab of Californian serpentine, it's the centerpiece of the emblem of the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies.



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Had to come back to the incredible David Eidahl collection. Here are two butterfly twin calcites interpenetrant!



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Silver from Mineral Park, Arizona



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Jeremejevite



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Boleite



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Viewing the gallery through a quartz sphere



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Special museum exhibit on Antarctic dinosaurs



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How they are extracted



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Reunite Pangaea!



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Reunited!



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Bones



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Crylophosaurus Ellioti skull



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Reconstructed specimen



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And a lifesize model



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Smaller Dinos. sauropodomorph A



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This one has been 3D printed.



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Taniwhasaurus.



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All done, time to get back to the hotel!





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Discuss this Article

31st Jul 2019 21:26 BSTTony Albini

Nice post! I hope some of the Mindat members have seen photos of the magnificent gold wire at Harvard.

31st Jul 2019 21:49 BSTSteve Hardinger Expert

Did you miss the Golden Bear?

1st Aug 2019 00:00 BSTKeith Compton Manager

Thanks J

Another place to add to my bucket list !!

1st Aug 2019 02:01 BSTKevin Conroy

I checked with Homer Simpson, and he said that the location of the Liebigite was in Colorad D'oh!

1st Aug 2019 11:07 BSTPaul De Bondt Manager

Thank you for the interesting report.
I was there in 1988 and see a lot has changed since.

Never heard about the Tswaneng mine !

1st Aug 2019 23:41 BSTGareth Evans

Beautiful report and photos - breathtaking!
But sadly no periodic table of the chemical elements made from real elements. Unless it is hidden away in another section.
 
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