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The 44th Rochester Mineralogical Symposium

Last Updated: 4th Dec 2018

By Jolyon & Katya Ralph

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

I am going to live report from the symposium over the next 4 days.

Ray McDougall starting the ball rolling with the Bay of Fundy

Super presentation, now taking questions.

The 4th floor is a mini mineral show.

John Betts


Robert Lauf is giving Frank Hawthornes presentation on silicate minerals as Frank could not attend due to illness.

Structure of silicates being discussed.

Silicate double chain 'ribbons'

Nets in sheet silicates.

Wonderful maybe 30cm+ calcite Crystal from Dalnegorsk - Terry Huizimg specimen in his display.

Terry and his case.

A display of mineral stamps by Fred Haynes

John Cornish and Vandal King

David Joyce giving a presentation about internal examination of a sperrylite specimen using a CT scanner.

Bob Morgan talking about fluorite twinning.

John Rakovan talking about neutron analysis of gold from Venezuela

Homestake mine, collection of Dr Robert E Jenkins

The fabled Viking sunstone, display by Elise Skalwold

Jeff Fast at mineralmovies has made some mineral light switch covers!

Also from MineralMovies this Lazurite pseudonorph of Phlogipite from Sar-e-Sang, Afghanistan.

He also has some miniature amethyst groups from India.

Steve Chamberlain announcing the next speaker.

Renato Pagano talking next about the Monteponi mine

Penfield quarry fluorite from Bob Hiler

Meteorites from outer space are by far and away my favourite kind of meteorites.

Brown Dog Natural Creations showing some Franklin rocks.

English hematite from American Hobby Shop

Vlad and Mila Klipov are here with their lab-grown Quartz

Sweet Home Mine microminerals - Cardinal Minerals

Chalcanthite, from Utah. Geologic Desires specimen.

And also from then a Bingham fluorite

Past 1am and the mineral talk doesn't stop - at least in Dave Bunks room!

Just about to start my presentation

Silent auction

Awards being given out

Voice auction

John Rakovan showing the cake being auctioned now. It raised $500

Frank Melansom won it for his table.

At leastv65% of the cake is being reauctioned.

33% of the cake being teauctioned. Raises another $150

22% of the cake being resold again. Made $100 again

Great blackdene fluorite from Well Arranged Molecules

A Canadian collectors lament.

Herwig Pelkmans talking about Vaes, the "unknown mineralogist"

Les Preszmik talking about mines in Arizona

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How are the mineral display cases?
Pictures are appreciated to enhance the VR experience
Thanks ahead Jolyon,

Steven Kuitems
21st Apr 2017 2:56am
Who entered the case with the minerals from the Bob Jenkins collection?
Bob was a good friend.

Doug Rambo
22nd Apr 2017 4:58pm
The Bob Jenkins Exhibit is the work of George Loud. A wonderful tribute to Bob! Miss him and his pick up truck.

Peter Chin
22nd Apr 2017 8:06pm
Thank you for showing us.

Jose Miguel Sola Fdez.
23rd Apr 2017 8:53am

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