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Joel Dyer's Mindat Page

Registered member since 15th Aug 2012

Joel Dyer has uploaded:
221 Mineral Photos
10 Locality Photos
73 Other Photos

Joel has written 6 blog entries
Joel has published 4 articles on mindat.org
I'm an IT Pro who was born and has lived repeatedly in Canada & elsewhere but is currently stationed in Finland again.

My rock collection illness started acutely in the late 1970's with the Viitaniemi and Parainen as some of my favorite hunting grounds, among others. I founded a Rock Club with friends in Tampere,Finland but our club was dismantled around 1982 or 1983. Some of my Viitaniemi samples were analyzed by the Geological Survey and / or the Geological Department in Otaniemi, Helsinki in the 1980's.

After a slumber of over 20 years, the Mineral Virus broke to the surface again several years ago, again acutely and perhaps incurably. I currently "work" with members of several Finnish Rock Clubs, the Geological Survey of Finland and various experts or authorities to gain and share analysis, identification and other information on Finnish minerals. Today, Viitaniemi, Haapaluoma and the nearby locality of Otamo are some of my standard localities.
My mineral identifications CAN CONTAIN ERRORS & I constantly work to update/edit my information. Feedback is welcome, via private messages or email.

I also like to photograph minerals, in normal and UV light. My photos are mostly stored in my Flickr gallery available at http://www.flickr.com/photos/finnchaga/ .
The name Finnchaga comes from another hobby of mine: collecting and selling processed Chaga to people who want remedies for various health issues & to boost their immune system. And no, I'm not a health food / alternative medicine freak, but very many critical, modern medicines have originated from fungus etc. for a very long time & will continue to be developed from fungi, which are delicious food as well.

Collecting and studying minerals is a social business, so I'm very happy to communicate and exchange ideas and minerals with "colleagues" around the world. Please feel free to shoot me a message. Today, I am more and more interested in REE- and microminerals, Fluid Inclusions (of fluid, gas or solid type),and also very much in macrophotography. I also write articles for various amateur publications.

Writing is one part of my mineral hobby, parlty due to a strong drive to polularize science and shed light on some matters one is involved with. Some publications i contribute to: http://www.tampereenkivikerho.fi/index.php/mineralia , https://www.sjhy.fi/fi/kivi-lehti/ , http://www.worldgemfoundation.com/gemmology_today.html , http://www.gom.it/notiziari.asp , http://www.kullankaivajat.fi/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=62&Itemid=153

Anyone who has extensively visited Otamo or Viitaniemi and likes to chat about these localities, please contact me. These are one of my favorite localities and I can always use some advise, criticism and in particularly information on unpublished mineral finds.

In recent years, I have also studied analytics a lot. I have also built my own MicroRaman Spectrometer, with which I contantly analyse different materials, including minerals. Customer work is carried out through my company West Coast Minerals (Finland).


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