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Eagle Co., Colorado, USA

Mindat Home Page: Steve Hardinger and Dragon Minerals

Registered member since 6th Dec 2006

Steve Hardinger has uploaded:
4428 Mineral Photos
7 Locality Photos
28 Other Photos


I starting collecting minerals in 1976, in eastern Pennsylvania. The French Creek Mines, an apartment complex since 1989, was my first serious collecting experience. It remains one of my favorite localities and a focus of my personal collection.

I also collect gypsum associated with other minerals, and pegmatite minerals (especially from southern California). If you have material available, please send me a message.

Dragon Minerals is my modest effort to sell affordable specimens. Please visit if you can.

When avoiding the mineral world, I am a lecturer in organic chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where I teach the subject to (probably) more aspiring physicians (i.e., pre-meds) than anybody else in the United States (and possibly the world).

Messaging Statistics

Total messages posted:2,781
New threads started:277
First message posted:23rd Dec 2006
Latest message posted:15th Sep 2019

My Latest Discussions and Replies

9hDenver Mineral Shows 2019Posted by Jolyon Ralph. 8 replies to an article.2dCleaning Cinnabar With Iron-OutPosted by Bart Cannon. 12 replies in General.3dbent, deformed or strange habits of crystalsPosted by Tony Charlton. 434 replies in General.6dPseudomorphsPosted by Rolf Luetcke. 467 replies in General.1wAfghan mystery mineral.Posted by Lance Tannahill. 15 replies in Identity Help.2wBest Of California MineralsPosted by Jay Buscio. 203 replies in General.2wNeed My Own PhotosPosted by Steve Hardinger. 4 replies in General.3wRocks from afghanPosted by jose burell. 8 replies in Identity Help.4wLooking for Thumbnail FlatsPosted by Steve Hardinger. 5 replies in General.4wUnidentified minerals from AfghanistanPosted by Aymeric Longi. 18 replies in Identity Help.4wFeldspar TwinsPosted by Jobe Giles. 10 replies in General.5wDurango, Mexico Cassiterite MysteryPosted by Yalmer F Primeau. 5 replies in Education.5wSulphur?Posted by shaheer niazi. 36 replies in Identity Help.6wCleaning ZincitePosted by David Dantes. 12 replies in Techniques for Collectors.6wVisit to the Natural History Museum of LA County Posted by Jolyon Ralph. 6 replies to an article.6wStolen SpecimensPosted by JILL BRUNNER. 73 replies in Lost and Stolen Specimens.7wGreenish Yellow Colored CitrinePosted by Young Collector. 7 replies in Fakes & Frauds.7wDarf ich mein Mineral waschen?Posted by Steve Hardinger. 2 replies in Improving about mineral specimens, sources ofPosted by Dana Morong. 6 replies in General.7wSomeone With Hydrochloric AcidPosted by Sean. 23 replies in Techniques for Collectors.

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