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Recent Activities -Tucson, 2006


This news is not as recent as I'd like but here are a few images of people and minerals from the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, this past January and February, 2006. This year, ahem… the Them was "Minerals of Canada" so us Canadians were out in force, eh? Here are some pictures of some of the minerals that were on display and some friends and acquaintances that were around the show.

This specimen of acanthite ps argentite is superb! It is not one of your classic localities, however but is from Sandon, BC, an old silver mining area in Southern British Columbia.

A giant cordierite crystal on matrix from Snow Lake, Manitoba. This crystal is about 20cm or so long!

THIS is a cubanite specimen! The crystal is a couple of cm across. Despite its name, cubanite is really a Canadian Mineral. I have well crystallized cubanite from nine different Canadian Localities, in my collection. Top that Cuba!

A beautiful cluster of grossular crystals from the Jeffrey Mine, certainly a classic Canadian locality.

Michel Pickard of the Canadian Museum of Nature places specimens in the Museum's display. The display had many exquisite specimens for the crowds to admire.

This is probably one of the more famous serandite specimens in the world. With analcime.

A wonderful catapleiite specimen!

Tony Fraser and the crowd that hang around his room are always interesting and hospitable. Here I am with a few of them.

Some of the Canadians that attended a "Canadian Night" at a Mexican restaurant. Many margaritas later.....

Another table at the Canadian Night. That was a good party!

And a few more... They were all happy campers; good minerals and good friends! (good margaritas, too!)

I actually went to Tucson then had to return to Canada to deliver a couple of lectures at U. of Toronto. THIS is what I came back to!! I was glad to head back to Tucson again a couple of days later.

An exquisite proustite and acanthite specimen from the Cobalt area. This is a small part of the excellent Cobalt Mining Camp collection that the Royal Ontario Museum has.

Hard to imagine actually collecting a twinned serandite like this one from the Royal Ontario Museum.

I've admired this specimen for many years. It is a ring of calcite crystals with antimony crystals in the middle.

This is the biggest augelite crystal that I've seen. This crystal from Tyson's display is about 2cm long!

This fantastic vesuvianite was in the display of Rod and Helen Tyson. An awesome private collection.

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