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Adding / correcting localities

Posted by Jean-Yves Lamoureux  
Jean-Yves Lamoureux December 28, 2011 05:04PM

My mistake ... No action needed !

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 12/30/2011 03:15PM by Jean-Yves LAMOUREUX (2).
Anonymous User January 20, 2012 07:26AM
I registered to, I thought be a member of this website so I could navigate to all the pages for all the different programs that I see. When I try to add a new post on the locality talk pages it says "Sorry you do not have permission to post/reply on this forum". When I went to the auction site just to check out an auction on meteorites, it said "You have not been validated or you do not have a validated account or something like that. Then I read something about when I have joined that I would not be eligible till after three months had passed. Then I keep jumping back and forth on posts by people telling how to get on the locality talk pages by clicking on discussion buttons and going here and there and I still cannot get a new post to come up on localities. I will be the first to admit that I'm not the brightest bulb in the package and I am getting more and more frustrated by not being able to maneuver around as I would like to.
Rock Currier January 20, 2012 07:34AM
Bill if you want to make a new post about a particular locality, go to that locality and then click on the discussion menu choice at the top of the page and then on the Create Talk Page choice. That will let you open a thread on the Locality forum. I am not sure what is going on with the auction thing but I am sure that someone will come along here and help you with that. Don't worry, they tell me that after another five years I will have learned all the stuff I need to know everything there is to know about mindat, that is if I can keep up with all the new stuff they keep adding. My main worry is that my creeping senility is progressing faster than they are adding new things.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
David Von Bargen January 20, 2012 02:27PM
Actually you have to get your membership activated (on your home page)

"Want to add your own photos and data? If you would like to be able to add your own photographs, contribute data to the site, write blog entries
and articles on, you will need to have your account approved by site management. In order to do this, please
fill in the box below and your request for access will be dealt with normally within 48 hours. You can
check back on this page for progress regarding your request. If you just want to post questions and photos on the messageboard, you aren't required to do this."
Anonymous User January 24, 2012 03:35AM
David Von Bargen: Since your name is on the list of managers, can I ask you to check to see if I am a registered member and to what membership level am I. Do I have permission to submit new posts? I am getting so frustrated in not being able to do so. I have read reply posts from you, Rock Currier, Paul Brandes, Dan Fountain, Scott Sadlo........? and others. I go back and re-read them and try posting on the localities talk pages to no avail. Bill
Debbie Woolf January 24, 2012 03:47AM
Bill, try logging out & then log back in, see if that works.
Alfredo Petrov January 24, 2012 04:24AM
Bill, you are recorded as having logged in today, and your access was approved, so you should be able to post messages, photos, new locality info, etc. Try what Debbie suggested and see whether that works. Make sure you haven't blocked or deleted all your cookies (although I'm barely computer literate myself, so I'm not certain that makes a difference).
Don Saathoff January 24, 2012 07:53PM
Bill, I may be wrong but I don't think anyone has mentioned that you must go to the Mindat homepage (click the big red tourmaline xtal at the upper left-hand corner) THEN type in a locality in the search box on the right of the screen to get to a locality THEN find the discussion box and click. I've used Mindat for ~8years and I'm STILL learning how!!!

Welcome aboard!!!
Norman King January 30, 2012 12:32PM
On January 20 I uploaded a photo of glauconite (actually, undoubtedly a mixture of several minerals besides glauconite per se, but that’s another issue) to, Roubaix, Galena District, Lawrence Co., South Dakota, USA. Glauconite was not on the list of minerals reported from there, so I added it. I knew it might be difficult to find the references to document this occurrence, so I just now got around to it, using on-line topo maps, geological maps, and publications listing measured sections of sedimentary formations in the area. It only took me about two hours to get my stuff together!

First I documented that the Deadwood Formation is rife with glauconitic strata. (Incidentally, it also contains metasomatized dolostone beds rich in gold and other goodies mined in the Deadwood and Lead areas.) The locality that came with the specimen lists Brownsville, Lawrence Co., South Dakota. Well, Brownsville is a ghost town today, but there is a convenience store there, along US385 several miles south of Deadwood. This precise locality is in an outcrop area of Precambrian crystalline rocks–not where you might expect to find glauconite. Using a combination of topographic maps and a map showing the elevation of the Precambrian surface, I was able to determine that the contact between crystalline rocks and the Cambrian Deadwood Formation winds its way across the area all around the site of Brownsville, so, although you have to get off the main drag by a few miles, this is ripe territory for finding glauconite.

I thought the locality page could use those two bits of information–the reference to glauconite in the Deadwood Formation, and the geological map showing the height of the Precambrian surface (that's basically the height of the Precambrian-Deadwood contact, to show that it intersects the surface in the area). First, I input the source for lithological/mineralogical verification, published in 1909. When I hit to add the map citation (that might be a more credible one, published in 2010), the locality page was already done with me, the glauconite was already there, and it seemed to be saying, “What do you think you’re trying to do, you idiot!”

But I’m happy–my mineral is added, and I am vindicated. So, is Mindat happy with that? (Really?)
Patrick Haynes (2) January 10, 2013 10:36PM
How does one add a new locality?
The National Dividend Mine in the Tomichi (Creek) District, Gunnison Co., CO.
David Von Bargen January 10, 2013 11:34PM
Once you are logged in

You go to the Tomichi (Creek) District, page
On the edit dropdown menu (rightmost button)
3rd option is add sublocality (click it)


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 01/10/2013 11:35PM by David Von Bargen.
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