David K. Joyce Minerals

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France, Page Three

I'm glad that I took the time to examine some of this old collection. I could easly go back again for another look! Here are some more images.

 

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France, Page Three

Of course there are many things to do in Paris! While there, we also visited other museums, art galleries, reataurants, gardens, etc. I think I'll just HAVE to go back again, some day. In the meantime, I hope that you enjoyed this little expose?!

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France, Page Three

These old German mochellandsbergites are really amazing! The crystal in this specimen is about 15mm across.

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France, Page Three

Well, that ends our visit to the Mineral Gallery at the Ecole des Mines. I'd love to visit again! This is the view as you descend the stairway from the Gallery.

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France, Page Three

Even the stair well is interesting! Have a look at the paneling on the way down? Sorry, I don't recall the identity of the bust (Hauy?).

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France, Page Three

As you know, minerals like this are not my thing. However, I found these twinned crystals of thenardite, each about 30-35mm across to be fascinating. From the famous borax mining area in California.

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France, Page Three

This is one heck of a thorianite!! The biggest crystal, from Fort Dauphin, Madagascar is about 50mm across. I expect that it is rather radioactive!

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France, Page Three

What a display of large vivianite crystals! The big cluster is over 90.0 cm tall! The Cameroun locality was famous for these large crystals of course. I have never seen a better display of them.

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France, Page Three

Another Canadian ex-pat. This is a modest wardite specimen, from Rapi Creek, Yukon Territory, with the larger crystals at around 10mm in size.

Recent Activities -Ecole des Mines, Paris, France, Page Three

Most of the old museums around the world seem to have some of these very large zircon crystals in feldspar from Kuehl Lake, Ontario. I recently visited the site and can tell you it is difficult to find such specimens now! This piece is about 30.0cm tall.