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GeneralQuotations about mineral specimens, sources of

22nd Jul 2019 18:43 BSTDana Morong

Many years ago I started to collect quotations (possibly inspired by some in a series of articles in 1983 in Rocks & Minerals magazine, volume 58: pages 64-69, 161-166, 272-276). I found that there are more quotations, quips, and axioms than in those articles, and I recorded them as I found them, often referenced by source, but sometimes neglected this ‘labeling’ of quotations. Now I am trying to fill in gaps.

Examples of such quotes are:

3. “The collector without books (or who does not read or apply them) is merely an accumulator.”

6. “Alteration-layer colors are too often attributed to the underlying mineral.” (now just where did I get that from? Sounds like something Frederick Pough would have said.)

13. “Associations help identify minerals . . .” (and associations can help identify persons . . .)

However, there is one that has puzzled me, and I have already read and rechecked the article by Bentley, Wilson, & Dunn in the March-April 1986 issue of Mineralogical Record: “Mineral Specimen Mislabeling” (v. 17, pp. 99-103), but I have not found it there (although some of the idea was there, just not in words I recall), so I am asking others to see if they recall where it occurred:

“Too many smaller sites’ specimens, when incompletely labeled, have been erroneously attributed to more famous localities.”

22nd Jul 2019 23:27 BSTSteve Hardinger Expert

“Too many smaller sites’ specimens, when incompletely labeled, have been erroneously attributed to more famous localities.”

Example: A tourmaline from the San Diego Mine, Mesa Grande District, San Diego County, California -- a lesser know locality even to Southern Californians -- maye be attributed to its much more famous neighbor, the Himalaya Mine.

23rd Jul 2019 02:12 BSTFrank K. Mazdab Manager

Hi Dana,

I don't know if you're soliciting new quotes, but I have one for you:

"Minerals and books should only ever be given away, never tossed away".

I contemplate this whenever I need to downsize for a move.

24th Jul 2019 18:44 BSTDana Morong

That's a great one - is it original to you or passed along? (just like to keep up with sources, as in labels with specimens!).

A nearby 'transfer station' (recycle materials otherwise trashed) has a small shed for books no longer wanted, that someone else might want. I check it now and then, and sometimes have found good books, altho I don't think I ever found a good mineral book there (the closest thing to a good mineral book found there was a CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, of which I already had a copy).

24th Jul 2019 19:17 BSTFrank K. Mazdab Manager

Hi Dana, that one is original to me, I think, although according to that other famous quote I'm paraphrasing, "humans have been around long enough now that probably no quote or idea thought new is actually original anymore"... lol

One of those "Little Free Libraries" popped up in a park in my neighborhood a few years ago, so on occasion I've added a mineral book or two, among others, to its holdings. I'd never thought to leave any mineral or rock specimens there, although that might be an intriguing idea.

24th Jul 2019 22:09 BSTKelly Nash Expert

I remember one that goes "the best specimens from any locality usually wind up in collections not far from the locality" I may have read it in Min. Rec. sometime. It seems true to me, even for small localities.

25th Jul 2019 00:57 BSTSteve Hardinger Expert

The (in)famous CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics isn't a really a useful source of mineral data, because (for example) 'soluble in acid' might mean it was boiling in concentrated acid for a week and very minor etching was noted. The CRC handbook is notoriously short of references for its data.
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