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The Kongsberg Mineral Symposium 2009

Last Updated: 8th Jun 2009

By OT. Ljøstad

The 14th Kongsberg Mineral Symposium was held at the Norwegian Mining Museum in the famous Norwegian mining town Kongsberg on May 23rd, 2009.
During the day several lectures were held by Norwegian and foreign lecturers. The program this year consisted of the following lectures:

Mineral occurrences in south-eastern Australia: Uwe Kolitsch (curator at the Natural History Museum in Wienna, Austria) (Printed in English)
Gemmy diopside from Kragerø, Southern Norway: Stig Larsen and Vegard Evja (two Norwegian collectors) (Printed in Norwegian)
The scandium-mineralization in the Heftejønn pegmatite in Tørdal 1998 – 2008: Roy Kristiansen(Norwegian collector) (Printed in English)
The Swedish mineralogist Berzelius and Norwegian mineralogy: Jörgen Langhof (Curator at the mineralogy department of the Natural History Museum in Stockholm, Sweden): (Printed in Swedish)
The Langban type mineral deposits in the Bergslagen area, Sweden: Erik Jonsson (Mineralogist at the at the Swedish Geological Survey) (Printed in Swedish)
Ancylite-group minerals in Norway: Tomas Husdal (Norwegian mineralogist) (Printed in English)
Mineral localities in the eastern part of the Siljan-Hvarnes pluton, south-western Vestfold: Knut Edvard Larsen and Frode Andersen (two Norwegian collectors) (Printed in Norwegian)
The giant gypsum crystals in the Naica-mine, Chihuahua, Mexico: Professor in speleology, Stein Erik Lauritzen (Printed in Norwegian)

The lectures have been printed in a booklet:
Skrift nr. 41. Kongsberg Mineralsymposium 2009. ISBN 978-82-91337-48-7. ISSN 0800-1855

The booklet also contain the following artickles:

Fluorthalenite-(Y) from Hundholmen, Tysfjord, Norway: Gunnar Raade & Roy Kristiansen (Printed in English)

Plumbopyrochlore, Ceriopyrochlore-(Ce), wulfenite and andradite from the Gjerdingen ekerite: Gunnar Raade (Printed in English)

Mineralogia Norwegica 2008 – 2009: Alf Olav Larsen, Fred Steinar Nordrum & Roy Kristiansen

Newly discovered minerals from Norway 2008 – 2009: Fred Steinar Nordrum: (Printed in Norwegian)

Minerals in the monazite-group found in Norway: Rune S. Selbekk, Hans-Jørgen Berg & Harald Folvik (Printed in Norwegian)

Most of the booklets from previous Mineral Symposia can be bought from the Norwegian Mining Museum. They cost only 150 Norwegian kroners each + postage. The museum can be contacted by mail:

Front page of the booklet published from the Kongsberg Mineral Symposium 2009.

The Kongsberg Mineral Symposium is arranged at the Norwegian Mining Museum in the famous mining town Kongsberg.

Alf Olav Larsen introduce the first lecturer, Uwe Kolitsch.

Jörgen Langhof.

Knut Edvard Larsen and Frode Andersen.

Erik Jonsson.

Roy Kristiansen (the first European Pinch-medalist) and a SEM-photo of kristiansenite

Stein Erik Lauritzen talked about the GIANT gypsum crystals in Naica, Mexico. He is a part of an international team trying to find ways to preserve the crystals.

The retired Norwegian mineralogists Sveinung Bergstøl and Gunnar Juve visited the symposium.

There were also a few collectors selling interesting minerals at reasonable prizes. The minerals from the Langesundsfjord-district sold by Ingulv Burvald were very popular.

The Norwegian collector Peter Andresen (to the left) had some flats with self-collected minerals that he shoved the the Danish mineralogist Henrik Friis and a Danish collector.

A part of the mineral exhibition at the Norwegian Mining Museum.

Jörgen Langhof and Erik Jonsson admires some of the very good anatase specimens in the mineral exhibition at the Norwegian Mining Museum.

Giant Norwegian anatases.

A fantastic quartz specimen with anatase crystals shown slightly above its actual size.

Norwegian emeralds from the Byrud emerald mine.

The Kongsberg Mineral Symposium is arranged by the curator of the Kongsberg Mining Museum, Fred Steinar Nordrum (left) and Museum staff with additional help from the mineralogist Alf Olav Larsen (middle) and the collector Knut Edvard Larsen.

You can also find information in Norwegian about the Kongsberg Mineral Symposium on the NAGS (Norwegian Amateur Geological Society) web-site Here you will also find a list of the booklets and artickles from previous mineral symposia.

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4th Jun 2009 11:12 UTC

Is any information on the Kragero gemmy diopside locality online? I would love to learn about it and see specimen photos (But I can't read Norwegian).

Thanks for posting the photos. Best anatase I have ever seen!!

5th Jun 2009 08:30 UTCOT. Ljøstad Expert

No, the diopside locality is very secret. I have seen some photos from the locality, and it is situated in a steep, wooded terrain. It is not an old mine, quarry, road cut or any similar, "man-made" locality. I do not have any specimens myself, but I hope that someone will post some photos. A good amount of specimens have reached the Norwegian market, and more will come in the future.

Yes, all the anatases are world class. A little too big for my taste since I am a microcollector. These specimens are on a permanent display in the mineral exhibition which is open to all visitors to the museum.

Maybe I will post some photos from the silver exhibition (if I am allowed) at the Norwegian Mining Museum on my report from the symposium next year. There might be a few world class silver specimens there (to say it mildly).
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