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Chris Whitney-Smith has uploaded:
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Dedicated to all who are inspired by the beauties and mysteries of the mineral kingdom. (Arthur L. Flagg)

I am a fourth generation Arizona native, born in copper mining town of Morenci at foot of the Coronado Trail. I credit my remarkable Mother for nurturing my curiosities in the beauties of art and earth sciences at an early age. I often reflect that if Arizona is the Holy Land for minerals and mineral lovers, for me, Greenlee County was the Holy Grail.

A serendipitous visit to a Glenwood, New Mexico Rock Shop, summer of 1985 sparked what would become my lifelong passion for gemstones and minerals; it was there, a lustrous Red Cloud Wulfenite became the lens that forever changed how I viewed the rock and mineral universe.

I departed college early in 1991 to serve in United States Navy stationed on Oahu at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. I relocated to Phoenix in 1997 and joined Mineralogical Society of Arizona in 2007.

My interests range from gemstones and micro to décor size mineral specimens that includes radioactive and fluorescent minerals. My current obsessions include work with select non-profits in earth sciences, installing educational mineral exhibitions, mining, field collecting, competitive thumbnail minerals with focus on minerals of Arizona & Africa and finding new ways to help others explore world’s most people never knew existed.

I am a Life Member Mineralogical Society of Arizona (2007-Present) serving as President (2014-Present), Editor The Rockhound Record (2015-Present), and Curator MSA Mineral Collection (2012-Present), Board Member and Founding Trustee Earth Science Museum (2012-Present), Member Flagg Mineral Foundation (2012-Present) serving as Board Trustee (2014-Present), Sponsoring Member Mindat.org (2012-Present), Member Tucson Gem & Mineral Society (2012-Present), Member Arizona Mineral Minions (2013-Present) serving as Coordinator (2018-2019) and Treasurer (2017-2018), Advisory Board Member LGF Foundation for Natural History Museum (2017-Present), Member Bay Area Mineralogists (2017-Present) and National Board Director Friends of Mineralogy (2016 and 2018-Present).


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