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Best C Minerals - Welcome

Posted by Rock Currier  
Rock Currier March 06, 2009 10:51AM
In this forum we hope to create articles with pictures about all minerals beginning with the letter C. You are welcomed and encouraged to help create content for this and all the Best Mineral forums. You are encouraged to use the approximate format that has already been developed and exampled in the more extensively developed examples in the Best A Minerals forum. If you would like to take a crack at creating content for a particular mineral, please read over the suggestions and example in the sticky message at the top of the A minerals forum and then add it to this thread entry and I will work with you and walk you through any problems you may encounter. Ill also create a thread entry for the mineral you want to work on and help get you started. You will not be able to create new threads in this forum, unless you are approved as a moderator of the Best Minerals forum. If you have something you think is worth adding to the thread about a particular mineral, just make a thread entry about it, and Ill add it into the thread for that particular entry or at leas ask you for more information about it. There is a huge amount of work to do, so lets get started.

Ideally what we want to know about each significant mineral from each locality is:

1. What is the largest crystal of the mineral that the locality has produced?
2. What do the best specimens from this locality look like and where can one be seen?
3. Does the locality produce a variety of different kinds of specimens of this species, and what do the best of each type look like and how many of them were found etc.
4. What are the associated minerals found with this species and what is its geological setting?
5. How abundant are these specimens and when were they found? A type locality? In other words, how rare are they.
6. How do they compare to other specimens of the same mineral from other localities?
7. How much is it worth. This should probably be optional, but in cases where specimens are worth thousands of dollars we should probably say something of the value of these things.
8. What kind of care and feeding do these specimens require? Are they delicate, radioactive, unstable, color changeable etc.?
9. Are the specimens commonly faked, and if so, how to tell if they are?
10. Are there any interesting stories relating to the collecting of these specimens or their discovery as a new mineral?

Of course this is in reality impractical, but if we keep these questions in mind, we will do a lot better job when writing about them.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/19/2009 05:08PM by Rock Currier.
David K. Joyce April 03, 2009 01:01AM
Hi Rock,

I have posted an article on Cubanite on my website, under "Articles" in the main menu. Could something like that serve as a basis for a "best of" for cubanite? Similarly, there is an article about the howlite from Nova Scotia that is "the best" that might serve a similar purpose? Probably needs to be edited down. If you can have a quick look at them and let me know what you think, perhaps I can help out with those minerals.
Rock Currier April 03, 2009 06:36AM
David, Yes, It would serve very well as the basis on an article on cubanite. Would you like to try and adapt it to our format and start on an article for Cubanite? As you work on it you will most likely find people willing to help and chip in with descriptions and or pictures. Have you read the introductory article that has been written here? We are trying to use small 200 pixel images when depicting micro material and larger images 400 pixels when showing larger specimens.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
David K. Joyce April 03, 2009 12:21PM

I'll aim to start next week.
Rock Currier April 03, 2009 08:58PM
That is good news. Ive made a Cubanite thread for you to work in under Best Minerals, C. Just reply to the Cubanite thread and use the rough format that I have suggested there and you will be off and running. I have also just rewritten in the introductory remarks for the Best Minerals which include what we are trying to do, a description of the format we are currently using, advice to authors, details on how to import images into these threads and the example article on Aluminium. You may wish to read through this before you start work. If you find any errors in it or have questions about something that is not clear, let me know and we will fix any problems and answer any questions you may have.

Rock Currier
Crystals not pistols.
Andrew Tuma May 10, 2009 06:56AM
Hi Rock,

I have done some work on a entry for cassiterite, only for Australia at this stage. Do you want to set up a entry for me and can load it up. I have followed the structure you have suggested...I hope

Andrew Tuma
Ralph Bottrill May 10, 2009 09:04AM
Good work Andrew, it was on my priority list; see:

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