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bucketofholes CALLAGHANITE - Cu2Mg2(CO3)(OH)6•2H2O - Premier Chemicals Mine, Gabbs Dist., Nye Co., NV - 2.3mm field of view 6mon

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bucketofholes TINSLEYITE - KAl2(PO4)2(OH)•2H2O - Tip Top Mine, Fourmile, Custer Co., SD - 3.6mm field of view 6mon

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bucketofholes KASOLITE - Pb(UO2)[SiO4]•H2O - Musonoi Mine, Katanga, Congo - 3.6mm field of view 6mon

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bucketofholes CARMINITE - PbFe2(AsO4)2(OH)2 - Gold Hill Mine, Tooele Co., UT - 1.5mm field of view 6mon

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bucketofholes COPPER - Cu - centennial mine, houghton co., MI - 4.4mm field of view 7mon

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bucketofholes CALEDONITE - Pb5Cu2(SO4)(CO3)(OH)6 - grand reef mine, laurel canyon, graham co., AZ - 2.6mm field of view 7mon

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bucketofholes ADAMITE (manganoan) - (Zn,Mn)2(AsO4)(OH) - ojuela mine, mapimi, durango, mexico - 4.5mm field of view 7mon

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bucketofholes VANDENBRANDEITE - Cu(UO2)OH)4 - musonoi mine, kolwezi, katanga, congo - 4.2mm field of view 7mon

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bucketofholes ORTHOWALPURGITE - (BiO)4(UO2)(AsO4)2•2H2O - alt saint joseph mine, wittichen, black forest, germany - 2.5mm field of view 8mon

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bucketofholes BULACHITE - Al2(AsO4)(OH)3•3H2O - sa malesa, sarroch, cagliari, italy - 1.8mm field of view 8mon

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bucketofholes ANATACAMITE - Cu2Cl(OH)3 - la vendida mine, caracoles, sierra gorda, antofagasta, chile - 3.1mm field of view 8mon

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bucketofholes MARKCOOPERITE - Pb2(UO2)(TeO6) - bird nest drift, otto mountain, baker, san bernadino co., CA - 1.1mm field of view 8mon

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bucketofholes SAMPLEITE - NaCaCu5(PO4)4Cl•5H2O with green atacamite - la farola mine, cerro pintado, copiapo, atacama, chile - aggregates up to 4mm 9mon

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bucketofholes SKORPIONITE - Ca3Zn2(PO4)2(CO3)(OH)2•H2O - skorpion mine, rosh pinah, karas, namibia - 1.8mm field of view 10mon

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bucketofholes DIOPTASE CuSiO3•H2O and WULFENITE Pb(MoO4) - mammoth-saint anthony mine, tiger, pinal co., AZ - 3.9mm field of view 10mon

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bucketofholes SANTABARBARAITE - Fe3(PO4)2(OH)3•5H2O - kerchenskoe deposit, kerch peninsula, crimea, ukraine - 5.2mm field of view 10mon

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bucketofholes CORNETITE Cu3(PO4)(OH)3 and PSEUDOMALACHITE Cu5(PO4)2(OH)4 - star of the congo mine, lubumbashi, katanga, congo - 6mm field of view 10mon

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bucketofholes SALÉEITE - Mg(UO2)2(PO4)2•10H2O - lake boga quarry, lake boga, victoria, australia - 4.6mm field of view 10mon
  •   fiaob That's beautiful!!! :D 10mon
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  •   dioptase_dream Just curious, how do you go about ID-ing macro minerals in the field? Take a sample? Crystal habit? Surrounding minerology? Intuitively I imagine a combination ? 10mon
  •   the_shmitty_limits @dioptase_dream hi. I'm responding from my personal account. well I guess first of all the most important thing is just experience with minerals. once you've seen one quartz crystal it's unlikely that too many others will confuse you. it's the biggest game of pictionary in nature really. I spent a lot of time as a kid looking through mineral books and building a database in my brain on what things generally looked like and what geologic environments they may occur in. it's not out of the question but it's rather unlikely to find a mineral like erythrite in a pegmatite, and so on. it's also much easier these days to identify minerals because you have so much information at your fingertips. MinDat.org for example has nearly every significant mineral locality on the planet cataloged with photos uploaded by users at your disposal in the field (if you have signal). aside from that, hardness, color, form and setting are the main ways to hazard a guess. typically though I'm searching for tiny, rare things so if I'm stumped the only other course of action really are analytical things like EDS and XRD which require knowing a gifted and willing mineralogist to help, which luckily I do. you won't always know what everything is of course, I have many, many unknown specimens in my collection, including a couple new minerals that are so tiny that I'm waiting for technology to catch up to them. getting a decent handle on the 7 basic crystal systems is also a good start, and get a nice field loupe. 10mon
  •   dioptase_dream @the_shmitty_limits thanks! I'm studying geol but not enough crystallography yet. Minedat is so mesmerising, awesome resource. At the moment I have a 10x triplet Belomo but neeed more power for them tiny guys. What kind of magnification do you carry? 10mon
  •   the_shmitty_limits @dioptase_dream I carry a 10 and 20x coddington for collecting. have a 30x field scope that I'll use sometimes but the 20x is my most used. the 20x coddington is really small so sometimes I'll wear it for weeks on end, just in case. 10mon

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bucketofholes LEIGHTONITE - K2Ca2Cu(SO4)4•2H2O - chuquicamata mine, calama, el loa province, argentina - 3.7mm field of view 10mon

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bucketofholes LUDLOCKITE - PbFe4As10O22 - tsumeb mine, tsumeb, otjikoto region, namibia - 3.8mm field of view 10mon

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