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A guide to the lay-out for the Best Minerals articles

Posted by Harjo Neutkens  
Harjo Neutkens November 28, 2010 10:58PM
Some advice about the lay-out of the Best Minerals articles

All the articles start with the Best Minerals navigation options, followed by a blank line. This is followed by our standard introduction text (Can you help etc....)
Then leave two blank lines followed by the mineral name in bold letters, linked to the mineral's Mindat page.
On a new line will come the mineral formula in bold immediately followed on the same line by the crystal structure (in normal letters)
Then two blank lines followed by a large photo showing an exceptional specimen for the mineral.
This photo should be followed by one blank line followed by the introduction text for the mineral.
After this text block another two blank lines should follow before the first locality entry.
For the introduction section it will look like the following example:


Click here to view Best Minerals E and here for Best Minerals A to Z and here for Fast Navigation of completed Best Minerals articles.

Can you help make this a better article? What good localities have we missed? Can you supply pictures of better specimens than those we show here? Can you give us more and better information about the specimens from these localities? Can you supply better geological or historical information on these localities?

Epidote{Ca2}{Al2Fe3+}4|SiO7> Monoclinic

Epidote from the Knappenwand, Austria

Epidote is a common mineral found in low to moderately regionally metamorphosed rocks. Epidote also occurs in contact metamorph limestone, especially near ore deposits. In granitic rocks Epidote is found in small fissures.
Until the advent of the discovery of the Knappenwand Epidote was not a popular collectors mineral.
When the first Knappenwand specimens saw the daylight the Strahlers didn't know what they found, only that the crystals were extremely beautiful. Some specimens were then handed over to a dealer who got them analysed. From then on the news travelled fast, spreading over Europe and soon arriving in the USA.
Most of the early specimens consequently landed in the USA where many still reside.
For a long time the Knappenwand remained the only locality delivering outstanding specimens.
The first locality since the Knappenwand that delivered very good specimens was Green monster Mountain in Alaska, followed by localities in Pakistan and Iran in recent years.
Outstanding specimens from either of the top localities command very high prices with the Knappenwand ranking first, for the amount of money needed to buy a really top class Knappenwand specimen one can also buy a house......or two..


In code it will look like this (on the XX places you fill in mineral name, size, locality, mineral id, locality id, etc)

Best mineral guide 1


For the individual locality entries you start with the mineral name in bold letters. On the next line comes the country name in bold. Then on the next line the locality name linked to the locality page, also in bold letters. The hierarchy in the locality name should be from large to small i.e. County or province, mountain range, valley, municipality, village, quarry, mine or deposit.
Then one blank line followed by the photos. For the different possibilities for making a nice photo block see the next message.
Below the photo block will follow one blank line, followed by the description of the locality and its minerals.
This in turn will be followed by two blank lines before the next locality.
It will look like this:


Salzburg, Hohe Tauern Mts, Habach valley, Gamseck Mt. area, Leffler Brunnen

Anatase, Adularia FOV 0,8cm
Anatase, Adularia FOV 0,8cm
Anatase, Quartz FOV 0,6cm
Anatase, Adularia FOV 0,6cm

In 2005 a very interesting and prolific Anatase locality was discovered near the Leffler source in the lower Habach valley. Several Quartz fissures in black Phylite (Schwarzphylit, a grey to black Schist) were encountered holding hundreds of Anatase accompanied by Brookite, Rutile, Ilmenite, Apatite, Synchysite, Calcite, Aragonite, Adularia and Quartz crystals. Most of the Anatase crystals show a tabular habit and have an almost opaque black colour although blue Anatase crystals showing a double pyramidal habit have also been found in 2007. Two other noteworthy Anatase localities in the lower Habach valley close to the Leffler source are the Windbach and the Schönbach valleys, it is said that in the early 1900s or late 1800s an Anatase crystal has been found in the Schönbach area measuring 4 cm. Nowadays it is still quite easy to find nice blue Anatase in the Schönbach up to 0,5 cm in length. The best locality for Anatase in the upper Habach valley is the Teufelsmüle area, an area most famous for fantastic finds of electric green Sphene.


In code it will look like this (on the XX places you fill in mineral name, size, locality, mineral id, locality id, etc)

Best minerals guide 2


Edited 14 time(s). Last edit at 11/29/2010 12:40PM by Harjo Neutkens.
Harjo Neutkens November 29, 2010 08:34AM
There are different possibilities for the locality lay-out of the photos in the locality listings.
Here will follow some examples:

One large photo, centred on the page:

Annabergite, FOV 2,5cm

Two photos next to each other:

Baryte, FOV 0,6cm
Nosean, FOV 0,3cm

One larger photo with two adjacent vertically aligned smaller photos:

Crocoite, FOV 1cm
Opal-AN, FOV 0,7cm
Cacoxenite, FOV 0,3cm

Three photos on one line (not my favourite option, it leaves hardly room enough for name and size under the photos):

For all the above possibilities the codes will look like this (on the XX places you fill in the mineral id number)

Best minerals guide 3

Edited 31 time(s). Last edit at 12/01/2010 09:56PM by Harjo Neutkens.
Keith Compton November 29, 2010 11:29AM
Great Harjo

Glad you have put the effort into this.
It will make it much easier for others to follow.

Well done

David Von Bargen November 29, 2010 02:33PM
I have gone in and written a little program that makes it a lot easier to do the more mundane tasks of creating the reverse locality strings and put the selected photos in the proper BBCode format.

You can also view a gallery of photos in a message (helpful for finding size info that needs to be transferred to the message - instead of having to open each individual photo)

See the manual page for how this works.
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