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Me at Black Canyon of the Gunnison NM, Colorado

Paul Brandes - Geologist/Photographer

Registered member since 6th Nov 2005
Member of the Management Group

Paul Brandes has uploaded:
275 Mineral Photos
275 Locality Photos
8 Other Photos

Paul has published 3 articles on mindat.org
 
I have been interested in minerals and the earth sciences ever since I can remember. Growing up on the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan, I had access to some of the best mineral collecting and mining history in the world. When it came time to decide what I wanted to do with my life, it was a pretty easy decision! I attended the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and Michigan Technological University, earning graduate degrees in Geology with minors in history and mining. During and after college, I worked as an independent consultant for the minerals and mining industry which took me all over North America and the world. I also spent some time in Las Vegas, Nevada as an air, water, and mining consultant until the weirdness of “Sin City” caught up and I moved to the Houston, Texas area. Currently, I am a professor of geology at a community college.

While I’m currently far away from any “good” mineral collecting, I’m an avid collector of minerals and still do some geologic research on occasion. I am very active with the Geological Society of America (GSA), the Geological Association of Canada (GAC), and the Institute on Lake Superior Geology. I am a lifetime member of the Quincy Mine Hoist Association in Hancock, Michigan, and a charter member and honorary life member of the Mikenauk Rock & Gem Club in Roscommon, Michigan. Currently, I am President of the Houston Gem & Mineral Society in Houston, Texas.

I still enjoy collecting in and visiting the Great Lakes Region of North America and specifically, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. If anyone has any questions regarding this beautiful corner of the world, please contact me.

Below is just a sampling of some of the fine minerals Upper Michigan has to offer:

Lake Superior Agate
Hematite
Analcime
Lake Superior Agate
Hematite
Analcime
Lake Superior Agate
Hematite
Analcime


Pumpellyite
Fluorite
Chamosite
Pumpellyite
Fluorite
Chamosite
Pumpellyite
Fluorite
Chamosite


Copper
Copper
Copper, Silver
Copper
Copper
Copper, Silver
Copper
Copper
Copper, Silver


Datolite
Datolite
Datolite
Datolite
Datolite
Datolite
Datolite
Datolite
Datolite


 

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