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GSA 2016 - Live report day 2

Last Updated: 26th Sep 2016

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

This is a LIVE report, keep this page loaded for live updates - new images will appear as they are added.

Here I am day 2, if you want a place to sit down and plug in your laptop to work you have to get here early.

Presentations on the geology of dwarf planet Ceres. Isn't it amazing we live in an age when we can be discussing in detail the geology of other worlds.

Hundreds of car number plates on the wall for some inexplicable reason.

I'm going in to spend more time with the exhibits today.

Mineralogical Association of Canada

Posters today seem to be heavy in palaeontology

All the universities are here trying to recruit

GSA bookstore. There are plenty of discounted bargains here too

Just ten dollars

A classic Russian work. Lomonosov predates James Hutton's theory of the earth by 25 years.

Working with Josh Golden and Alex Pires from University of Arizona on their mineral evolution project, which is being developed in partnership with mindat, You'll be seeing a lot more of this in the near future!

About to start a series of presentations on gemmology

Presentations this afternoon

Jeffrey Post from the Smithsonian talking about luminescent properties and composition of coloured diamonds.

Presentation on diamond fluorescence and natural/synthetic diamonds by GIA

Karen Smit talking about rare type 1b diamonds.

Graham Pearson on diamond formation and relation to salt.

Evan Smith talking about origin of large gem quality diamonds

Are near colourless synthetic diamonds difficult to identify?

Beryl and emerald

Iridescent hematite, made famous by Rock Currier who imported it from Brazil.

Ruby provenance

Raquel Alonzo-Perez from Harvard museum

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