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Improving Mindat.orgIn search of information on pseudomorph

15th Feb 2010 19:24 GMTMichel Gadoury

Hello everyone,

I'm looking for information on pseudomorph's origin. It could be a book, a magazine or an internet site. It need to be in english or in french. If you want to share some ideas, it would help me a lot.

Thank you


15th Apr 2010 11:45 BSTKeith Compton Manager

Hi Michel

I see that noone has responded to this

I am certainly not aware of a book solely devoted to pseudomorphs

I think that your best bet simply is to refer to many mineral texts, articles and magazines as there invariably will be some mention of particular pseudomorphs of different minerals.

The formation or origin of particular pseudomorphs will depend on the mineral in question, its environment and geologic time frame.

Mineralogy for Amateurs by Sinkankas will give you a two page brief introduction and a table of several common minerals that are found as pseudomorphs.

Sorry couldn't be of more help


15th Apr 2010 13:11 BSTjacques jedwab

At the beginning was:

J.R. Blum: Die Pseudomorphosen des Mineralreichs. Stuttgart, 1843.

C'est une demi-blague. Bon courage! J.J.

11th May 2010 18:50 BSTHerwig Pelckmans Expert


The book mentioned above by JJ can be found & read on Google Books (as well as later versions).

It is indeed a whole book on pseudomorphs.

Cheers, Herwig

11th May 2010 20:52 BSTDenise Bicknell


has good information and references by Si Frazier.

12th May 2010 00:16 BSTMichel Gadoury

Hi keith,

Thank you so much for reactivate this topic. I will shurely take a look at Sinkankas's book.

Jacques and Herwig,

Thank you for the info but unfortunately, i don't read German.

Dear Denise,

You just made my day ! This text by Si Frazier is exactly what i was looking for. I can't thank you enough.



12th May 2010 18:01 BSTDenise Bicknell


has loads of pseudomorph photos.

Glad the paper helped.

18th May 2010 16:44 BSTEberhard Riech Expert

Hi Mr. Jacques Jedwab,

the book of R. Blum (1843) was not the first book on pseudomorphs.

Maybe that this was the book:

Georg Landgrebe: Ueber die Pseudomorphosen im Mineralreiche und verwandte Erscheinungen .- Cassel: J.J. Bohné, 1841 (344p.). This book is very rare and I´m glad to own a copy.

It would be interesting to hear about earlier books depending pseudomophs.

E. Riech

11th Jun 2010 20:52 BSTJohan Kjellman Expert

August Breithaupt (1815) "Uiber die Aechtheit der Krystalle"

According to Schuh "The first monograph devoted exclusively to those strange mineral formations Werner had termed "Afterkrystalle," and what are now called mineral pseudomorphs."

check it out here:


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