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Norman King has uploaded:
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Norman King has published 4 articles on mindat.org
 
I first learned about mineral collecting in 1950 when I was five years old from my neighbor and landlord, well-known southern California collector Earl Calvert who had given my mother two small crystals (quartz and apatite) in a cotton-padded box. Then, growing up, I spent a lot of time in the desert regions of eastern California, learning to appreciate the out-of-doors, and eventually decided I would become a geologist. I had been impressed by career pamphlets showing geologists trekking across deserts and fording jungle streams, and also found that geologists have good potential to do well financially. While still in elementary school I began collecting rocks and minerals myself. I never found anything resembling what I had seen in museums and picture books, so I learned early on to buy specimens I liked. My budget wasn’t big, but I acquired perhaps half a dozen decent specimens while still in high school, using money earned from a bicycle-powered paper route. Then came college, which kept me busy and cost a lot, so that ended my mineral collecting, at least for a while. I went on to post-graduate work, ultimately earning a Ph.D. in geology from Indiana University. From there I took an academic position at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, staying until the oil boom of the late 1970's when geological expertise became highly valued in the oil industry. I worked for Getty Oil first, then went to Ladd Petroleum (a General Electric subsidiary), where I became Geological Manager for the Western United States. Oil crashed in the 1980's, and after a few years running a technical writing company, I had the opportunity to return to academics at the University of Southern Indiana. I stayed there from 1988 to 2009, retiring as Chair of the Department of Geology and Physics. With more time now (not a lot, but just more), I returned to my roots in the geological realm, going to some local mineral shows and buying a few specimens here and there. Then I began to learn the ropes of serious mineral collecting, and jumped in with both feet. Today I collect systematically and look for ideal and otherwise interesting crystals.

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These photos show what 51 years can do to a person--1963 in California, on the day I left for college to study geology, and 2014 presenting my poster on the minerals of Lookout Pass, Utah at the National Meeting of the Geological Society of America in Vancouver, BC.

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3dMultiple photos of the same specimens having likewise multiple minID's Posted by Norman King. One reply in How to Contribute.1wFossil trees?Posted by Norman King. 6 replies in General.2w253 imagesPseudomorphsPosted by Rolf Luetcke. 472 replies in General.3w20 imagesworst photo on MindatPosted by Tony Peterson. 66 replies in Mineral Photography.13w165 imagesbent, deformed or strange habits of crystalsPosted by Tony Charlton. 438 replies in General.Oct 2019Message board avatarPosted by Eddy Vervloet. 15 replies in General.Aug 201946 imagesBest Of California MineralsPosted by Jay Buscio. 203 replies in General.Aug 2019Dallas Mineral Collector Symposium 2019Posted by Jolyon Ralph. 43 replies to an article.Aug 2019sponsoring a pagePosted by Norman King. 10 replies in General.Aug 2019Spelling and Grammar Errors on MindatPosted by Vik Vanrusselt. 191 replies in Improving Mindat.org.Jul 2019California zeolite location questionPosted by Rolf Luetcke. 9 replies in Identity Help.Jul 2019551 imagesGail's NEW favourite of the day, PART 2Posted by Jolyon Ralph. 1911 replies in General.Jul 2019Lightning strikes on ore depositsPosted by Rick Dalrymple. 48 replies in General.Jul 2019What Misidentified Minerals have you Bought (and been happy with!)Posted by Jolyon Ralph. 68 replies in General.Jun 201914 imagessilicified mudstone?Posted by Daniel Bennett. 55 replies in Identity Help.Jun 201913 images"Black Amethyst"Posted by Kristi Huggins. 96 replies in Fakes & Frauds.May 2019Number of hours put into mindatPosted by Jolyon Ralph. 59 replies in General.Apr 2019What is this? Petrified wood? or?Posted by Sh77 MN. 6 replies in Identity Help.Mar 2019FossilPosted by Todd T Freund. 12 replies in Identity Help.Jan 2019New category "crystal drawings"Posted by Branko Rieck. 11 replies in Improving Mindat.org.

 
 
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