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Tre Croci, Vetralla, Viterbo Province, Lazio, Italy

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Well, I guess some info about me would be appropriate here.

I was born in the summer of '62, and that might be the reason I like warm weather better. :-) Grew up in the suburbs of Antwerp, Belgium, where I was exposed to large teeth and bones found in the local sands. These were HUGE, so of course they were dino bones!
Later on, they turned out to be fossil shark teeth and whale bones, but that really did not matter, for I was already infected with the collecting bug. That infection is still very active today, to my joy!

Studied geology at the Uni Ghent, but never practised it. Became a DBA for the Belgian Army till I retired in '13. Ever since, I never had such a busy life! People need you everywhere and all the time! :-)

Besides some field collecting, most of my time is spent writing articles and giving talks. I have been invited repeatedly to talk on many occasions in the USA (Rochester, Tucson, Socorro, San Francisco,...) and Europe (Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany, ...). If you're in need of a passionate speaker, send me a PM!
Or if you are in need of articles for your newsletter, let me know too!

I am also fascinated by the history of minerals, and by their behaviour under the POL, by fluorescence, and the spectroscopy of minerals. I love learning more and find this hobby to be an endless source of information! I call myself a "recreational mineralogist", because the expression "mineral amateur" has a negative ring to it, at least in Belgium and surrounding countries.

Still living in Belgium with my (way) better half, two sons, a dog and a small garden, in the small town of Hasselt. We love to travel and have spent most of the summers in the USA for the last 35 years. Some of our friends say we know the US better than they do! :-)

(Old) books and magazines on minerals and mineralogy is another passion. My library hosts almost a thousand books now, besides many magazines (full sets of Lapis, Min Rec, Min Welt, Bocamina, Mineral Up, Le Regne Minéral, ...). If you are in search of a specific book or article, or are interested in exchanging minerals for books/magazines, shoot me a PM!

Hope you'll enjoy this hobby as much as I have done so far, and look forward to many more enjoyable years!

Cheers, Herwig
Herwig Pelckmans
ACAM & MKA (Belgium)

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2dFluorite crystal - even more complicatedPosted by Herwig Pelckmans. 3 replies in Photos.3dRecent references for tanzanite and raygrantite pagesPosted by Herwig Pelckmans. One reply in Improving by Herwig Pelckmans. 2 replies in Minerals.5dLooking for Rocks&Minerals, Vol 26, p. 478-485Posted by Herwig Pelckmans. 4 replies in Education.1wLapis 2020 issues - Table of content & commentsPosted by Herwig Pelckmans. 2 replies in Education.1wLinks as mentioned in photo caption do not workPosted by Herwig Pelckmans in Photos.1wCookeite - add data to webpage pleasePosted by Herwig Pelckmans. 6 replies in Improving - reference has errorsPosted by Herwig Pelckmans. 2 replies in Improving FerriPosted by Herwig Pelckmans. 15 replies in Minerals.2wBook for free - on U and Th in the USPosted by Herwig Pelckmans in Education.2wRaman effect: some minerals better than others?Posted by Herwig Pelckmans. 6 replies in Education.2wWhat a great photo of a small crystalPosted by Herwig Pelckmans in Photos.3w🦟 BUG: Elements - latest issue on Lithium (References not shown on commodity page)Posted by Herwig Pelckmans. 9 replies in Improving English - Mineral monographs - trade for (micro)mineralsPosted by Herwig Pelckmans. One reply in Education.3wPhotos - options changedPosted by Herwig Pelckmans. One reply in General.4wIncluding Mindat community in the validation process of new mineralsPosted by Herwig Pelckmans in General.4wOR - Summit Rock - SW fluorescent - Orange - Prismatic xx + Is there a trick?Posted by Herwig Pelckmans. 5 replies in UV Minerals.4w🦟 BUG: Problems showing caption of POTD of 21 Aug 2020Posted by Herwig Pelckmans. 4 replies in Improving glossary - cuboctahedron - please addPosted by Herwig Pelckmans. 4 replies in Improving calcite - HelgustadirPosted by Herwig Pelckmans. 3 replies in Education.

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