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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:
312 Mineral Photos
299 Locality Photos
8 Other Photos

Paul Brandes 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 both history and mining. After college, I worked as an air, water, and mining consultant in Las Vegas, Nevada until the weirdness of “Sin City” caught up and I moved to Southeast Texas. I next spent twelve years as a criminal investigator in environmental crimes for the State of Texas, a job that I enjoyed, but after twelve years I needed a change. Currently, I am a professor of geology at a community college outside of Houston. In addition, I am also a contributing author and senior photographer for a major college textbook publishing company which has taken me all over the world obtaining geologic photographs for their books.

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, a member of the Copper Country Rock & Mineral Club in Houghton, Michigan, and a charter member and honorary life member of the Mikenauk Rock & Gem Club in Roscommon, Michigan.

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:

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


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Pumpellyite
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Fluorite
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Chamosite
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Pumpellyite
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Fluorite
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Chamosite
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Pumpellyite
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Fluorite
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Chamosite


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


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Datolite
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Datolite
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Datolite
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Datolite
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Datolite
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Datolite
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Datolite
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Datolite
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Datolite

Messaging Statistics

Total messages posted:5,913
New threads started:110
First message posted:9th Feb 2006
Latest message posted:24th May 2020

My Latest Discussions and Replies

10wPhoto link or actual photo?Posted by Paul Brandes. 3 replies in Improving Mindat.org.Dec 2019POTD - 13 Dec. 2019Posted by Paul Brandes in Photos.Sep 2019GSA Annual Conference in PhoenixPosted by Paul Brandes in General.May 2019Pyrite - Sugar Grove Basalt, Pendleton Co., West Virginia, USAPosted by Paul Brandes. One reply in Photos.Feb 2019Interesting new rock naming practicePosted by Paul Brandes. 11 replies in General.Nov 2018Chrysocolla - Sunshine No. 3 adit, Blanchard Mine, Bingham, Hansonburg District, Socorro Co., New Mexico, USAPosted by Paul Brandes. 2 replies in Photos.Nov 2018Kamenický Šenov-Panská skála, Česká Lípa, Liberec Region, Czech RepublicPosted by Paul Brandes. 10 replies in Photos.Nov 2018GSA Annual ConferencePosted by Paul Brandes. 4 replies in Education.Sep 2018Yooperlites?Posted by Paul Brandes. 16 replies in General.Jul 2018Osceola Mine, Osceola, Houghton Co., Michigan, USAPosted by Paul Brandes. 5 replies in Photos.Apr 2018Specimen localitiesPosted by Paul Brandes. 21 replies in Identity Help.Mar 2018Icelandic BasaltPosted by Paul Brandes. 2 replies in Mineral Exchanges.Jan 2018Malachite - Medora Mine, Mandan, Keweenaw Co., Michigan, USAPosted by Paul Brandes. 2 replies in Photos.Dec 2017Seamanite - Homer Mine, Homer-Wauseca Group, Mineral Hills, Menominee iron range, Iron Co., Michigan, USAPosted by Paul Brandes. 2 replies in Photos.Oct 2017Geological Society of America Annual ConferencePosted by Paul Brandes. 4 replies in Education.May 2017API KeyPosted by Paul Brandes. 13 replies in General.Aug 2016CentennialitePosted by Paul Brandes. One reply in Minerals.Oct 2015Nepheline - Kiya-Shaltyrskoe deposit, Belogorsk, Kemerovskaya Oblast', Western-Siberian Region, RussiaPosted by Paul Brandes. 2 replies in Photos.Sep 2015GSA Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, Nov. 1-4Posted by Paul Brandes in Education.Jul 2015ID Help tag on home pagePosted by Paul Brandes. 2 replies in Improving Mindat.org.

 
 
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