LINKS & SOURCES
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Click picture to enlarge. Unless noted all specimens are from Bill & Diana Dameron’s barite suite
LINKS AND SOURCES
Dongchuan mines, Kunming, Yunnan, China
MinDat is the most comprehensive mineral/locality web site. http://www.mindat.org/index.php. It is indespensible for the collector.
For checking political subdivisions Wikipedia is also quite useful- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_subnational_entities, although both sites have a few errors since information is provided by contributors who may not be experts on the mineral or locality in question.
Books on mineral specimen localities are usually reliable, although many classics are out-of-date and not so useful. Regional books with barite locality data and useful specimen descriptions include:
- Minerals of the Carpathians, Sándor Szakáll, editor
- Minerals of Nevada, Castor and Ferdock
- Minerals of Colorado, Eckel
- Idaho Minerals, Ream
- Mineralogy of Arizona, Anthony, Williams, Bideaux, Grant
- Minerals of Scotland, Livingstone
- Minerals of Northern England, Symes and Young
- Minerals of Cornwall and Devon, Embrey and Symes
The new Moore's Compendium of Mineral Discoveries 1960-2015 will be available from The Mineralogical Record in February 2016. It summarizes all discoveries of new specimen minerals reviewedin that time perioed in almost all of the world's magazines aimed at collectors. Cost is $399, but it will likely be a most valuable book for collectors who want to find the answers to questions about specimens -- locality checking especially, when brought to market, etc.
The newer general mineral books, such as Minerals and their Localities (Bernard & Hyršl) are quite helpful. Older ones such as Dana, British Mineralogy (Greg & Letsom) or Gem and Crystal Treasures (Bancroft) are not quite as useful given today's market and changes in borders and geographic names.
- the Mineralogical Record, its 25 year printed index, its up-to-date online index, and special issues such as Peru (Vol. 28 #4) are very useful: http://www.mineralogicalrecord.com/
- le Règne Minéral (French - regular issues & its hors série #2-'96-Barite) is the best source for French barite locality information: http://www.leregnemineral.fr/
- UK Journal of Mines and Minerals (UKJMM)was published more or less annually and often has good barite locality information, but as of 2015 publication has been suspended: http://www.ukjmm.co.uk/backissue.htm
- Mineral News (black & white, usually about 16 pages) is a montly newsletter with information not found elsewhere on localities and often on rare minerals. http://www.mineralnews.com
- Lapis (German) and extraLapis English: http://www.mineralien-welt.de/ and http://www.lapisint.com/ . Lapis regular issues in German contain a wealth of data and the extra issues on specific subjects sometimes cover barite: #26/27 on China is very helpful. extraLapis English is a quarterly with high quality photos featuring specific localities and minerals.
There is at least one other barite website, http://www.barite.co.uk/, which has some pictures of interesting different UK barites.
John Veevaert (Trinity Minerals) has lots of good information on his site, including links, recommended books, how to clean benitoite/neptunite specimens and other useful tidbits: http://www.trinityminerals.com/index.htm .
One good source for finding links is http://www.ukjmm.co.uk/links.htm#.
Please consider supporting (by joining) Friends of Mineralogy, either as a national member or a regional chapter; see www.friendsofmineralogy.org .
Other links with good locality or general mineral information will be added here over time.
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