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Wolfgang Hampel has uploaded:
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I was born and grew up in Munich, Bavaria. When it comes to minerals, Munich is not very prolific. All is underlain by many meters of Molasse sediments. However, we have some very decent mineralogical museums, two very good universities with geology and mineralogy departments and quite a few interesting mineral localities in neighbouring Austria and other parts of Bavaria.

For several years I collected exclusively zeolites. My fascination for zeolites started a day in 1975 when I saw for the first time a mesolite spray on apophyllite from India. I did quite a few successful zeolite collecting trips to Northern Ireland, Scotland, Austria and various parts of Germany. Through trading with other worldwide collectors my zeolite collection soon became rather big.

In 1991 I finished my studies in economic geology at the Technical University of Munich and went immediately afterwards into mineral exploration in West Africa where I stayed for almost 10 years. Since then I have worked in many African countries (Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Madagascar, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, South Africa and Chad) but also in North and South America (Canada, Brazil), Northern Europe (Finland) and East Asia (North Korea). Due to my job I had to move so many times (18 times in 23 years) that I actually gave up collecting minerals.

Instead, I started collecting data and information. Thanks to my job I have access to a lot of mineralogical and geological data from government and company reports. I am happy to share this information here on Mindat, information that otherwise would perhaps get lost in some dusty archives.

Few, if any, of the mineral exploration projects I am working on will ever become important producers of mineral specimens for collectors. However, every now and then I come across some interesting looking minerals. When I am not 100% sure what they are I get them analyzed by XRD or EDS or microprobe or thin and polished sections or IR or Raman.

Now in 2014, at the age of 50, I moved back to my hometown and started collecting typical ore samples from the projects I am working on. Since early 2014 I am working mainly in Zimbabwe, a country which is tremendously rich in minerals.

Since a couple of years I am using an Olympus camera with built-in GPS for my locality photographs. With the help of a freeware program called “Geosetter” I can place my photos directly into Google Earth, a feature I am finding most useful.

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First message posted:22nd Jan 2009
Latest message posted:19th Jan 2020

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3hFloitengrund clefts, Mayrhofen, Schwaz District, Tyrol, AustriaPosted by Martin Rich. 8 replies in Localities.Aug 2019315 imagesThe Nature ThreadPosted by David Bernstein. 1023 replies.Mar 2019How to download Madagascar mines coordinates?Posted by Agata Petrelli. 7 replies in General.Sep 2018The strange structure into silicitolitePosted by Pavel Kartashov. 10 replies in General.Mar 2018Kyanite - ZimbabwePosted by José Zendrera. 6 replies in Photos.Feb 2018Calcite?Posted by Vma Buck. 9 replies in Identity Help.Feb 2018Fluorite?Posted by Vma Buck. 13 replies in Identity Help.Dec 2017Rudy Tschernich, RIPPosted by Alfredo Petrov. 17 replies in General.Dec 2017Platinum from WestphaliaPosted by Ben Grguric. 9 replies in General.Oct 2017Mineral Museums!Posted by Jolyon Ralph. 21 replies in General.Sep 2017Garnet from the Republic of MacedoniaPosted by Wolfgang Hampel. 4 replies in General.May 2017Zeolite from BulgariaPosted by Wolfgang Proestler. One reply in Identity Help.Apr 2017Spessartine not from Zulu pegmatitePosted by Wolfgang Hampel. 3 replies in Improving Mindat.org.Jan 2017Ethically Mined CrystalsPosted by kayma Englund. 17 replies in General.Dec 2016massive copyright infringementPosted by Wolfgang Hampel. 64 replies in General.Dec 2016Please fix localities in ZimbabwePosted by Vik Vanrusselt. 9 replies in Improving Mindat.org.Oct 2016Eudialyte - Norra Kärr, Gränna, Jönköping, Småland, SwedenPosted by Łukasz Kruszewski. 14 replies in Photos.Jul 2016Hefty, metallic isometric crystal mysteryPosted by Dylan W.. 13 replies in Identity Help.Jul 2016Problems editing/adding coordinates for localities in Ivory CoastPosted by Wolfgang Hampel. 4 replies in How to Contribute.May 2016PhotomicrographyPosted by Wolfgang Hampel. 3 replies in Mineral Photography.

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