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User and Contributor Manual

Locality Pages

Locality pages hold information relevant to individual localities. Localities are arranged in hierarchies to designate specific areas within larger, more general areas.

For more detailed information regarding locality hierarchies and the naming conventions and protocols used within to describe localities, see Locality Hierarchies and Naming Conventions.

Information Available on Locality Pages

Locality pages are structured similarly throughout the database as described below. Some localities may have more detailed information than others depending on the work that has been done to study that locality and whether that information has been added to the database.

General Information

General information about a locality is given here. This may include latitude and longitude of the locality, regions associated with the locality, the Köppen climate type of the locality, names of the locality in local languages, history of the mining in the area, geological details, or any other relevant information about the locality that has been submitted.

Mineral List

This section lists the minerals reported from the area (this includes any sublocalities). Minerals are listed alphabetically by default, but can be filtered using the toggles in the “Filter Mineral List” above the list itself. The list can be filtered by element(s) to search for certain chemistries (e.g. clicking on As and O narrows the list to arsenates from the locality), or by “Valid Species” to remove listings of mineral groups, IMA discredited minerals, and unnamed or unapproved minerals.

  • Items that appear in bold followed by (TL) are minerals whose type locality falls within the locality.
  • Items that appear within quotes are those that are not formally recognized as a mineral species.
  • Items that are listed with a line drawn through them are minerals that were reported erroneously from the locality and have since been disproven.
  • Items that appear "grey" are minerals that are not currently found, but are implied to have existed in the past (i.e. in the case of pseudomorphs where the original mineral is not found unaltered).

Information about a mineral at a locality can be accessed by clicking the ⓘ icon (or gold/silver star that designates exceptional minerals at the locality) next to the mineral listed. This directs to a locentry page that includes data about the mineral species, a description of the quality of samples, the validity of the report of the mineral at the locality, associated minerals based on photo data, links to data about the mineral or locality, and details about any sublocalities reported with occurrences of the mineral.

Photographs of a specific mineral from the locality can be accessed by clicking the photo icon. This directs to an image search of the mineral in the given locality – the search can be further refined per the image search filters. For more details about image search filters, see the section about Viewing and Searching Photographs under Searching

Rock Types Recorded

This section provides a list of rock types recorded within the locality, including sub-localities. Note that this is a newer feature within and the data is currently limited; however, this section will continue to grow as more data is contributed regarding rock types.

This section defaults to an alphabetical list, but also has the option to display as a tree diagram, which will group the rock types according to geological classification.

Regional Geology

This section provides a large-scale view of the regional geology of an area based on the data provided by This section acts to give a background of the local geology, but does not necessarily represent the complete geology at a locality.

Localities in this Region (Regional Report)

Lists any sublocalities in the standard hierarchical format.

Sublocalities may be accompanied by an icon:

  • Red mindat icon – locality has a latitude/longitude.
  • Blue mindat icon - locality latitude/longitude is estimated.
  • Green polygon - the arial boundaries of the locality are displayed on page map.
  • No icon – locality has no estimated latitude/longitude.
  • Plus sign in a box - click to display further sublocalities for that locality.
  • Clicking on either the red or blue mindat icons will isolate the relevant locality on the map.


Lists any reported references concerning the locality.

For information about editing locality information, see Editing a Locality

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