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Several members of the Mineralogy Society of Hong Kong on a field trip to the Manaoshan mine, Chenzhou, Hunan. From left to right: Dougal Pitt, SK Lai, Sam Yung, Barbara Gambling, and John and Anthea Strickland.


HONG KONG'S FIRST MINERAL SOCIETY
The Mineralogy Society of Hong Kong, http://www.minsochk.org, was started in January 2005 by a core group of mineral enthusiasts from Hong Kong and abroad. They use both English and Chinese as languages of communication, and much of their printed material (website, newsletter, and so on) is bilingual. In 2006 I spoke at one of the meetings, and in 2008 I attended their second annual mineral show (Hong Kong Mineral Fair). The club is made up of a great group of individuals, and I thoroughly enjoyed my visits with them. As one of the few mineral clubs in Southeast Asia, it is a great resource for people in that area who are interested in minerals and mineral collecting.


The third annual Hong Kong Mineral Fair will be held on 25 July 2009, from 10 A.M. to 7 P.M. at the BGCA Auditorium, 3 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong. The venue is conveniently close to the Wanchai MTR station, exit C. More information about the show is available at http://minsochk.org/fair09/09_fair_home.html.

John Rakovan
Miami University
Oxford, Ohio

SCHLOSS FREUDENSTEIN MINERAL MUSEUM
After sending off the article on the new mineral museum at Schloss Freudenstein in Freiberg, Saxony, Germany, that appeared in the March/April issue, I came across additional information that readers may find of interest.

While doing research on a Namibian mineral location using the recently published book Namibia, by Ludi von Bezing, I noticed a number of specimens that looked familiar. Upon closer reading, I determined that many of the fine specimens from Namibia, particularly in the section on Tsumeb, that are now on display in Freiberg are included in the book and are noted as being from the Pohl/Schloss Freudenstein collection. So, in addition to the Chinese specimens that appear in the recently published book China: Minerals—Localities—Deposits, by Berthold Ottens, and Terra Mineralia, published by Bode, that include the history of the Schloss Freudenstein and the Pohl-Ströher collection, there is now another book that helps to document many of the wonderful specimens that await the visitor in this great new mineral museum.

Shields Flynn
Tryon, North Carolina


NEWS FROM MAINE
Several years ago the Maine Geological Survey (MGS) attempted to purchase the pegmatite mines in Newry, Maine, for a public mineral collecting site. Many people contributed to this effort, but we were unable to raise enough money to purchase the Newry property or an alternative site. Therefore, all of the funds that were donated will be used for other projects to enable recreational mineral collecting. MGS is arranging with quarry operators to hold a series of collecting field trips. We plan to sponsor several trips each year starting in 2009. Trip announcements, guidelines, and sign-up procedures will be posted on the MGS website as soon as details become available: http://www.maine.gov/doc/nrimc/mgs/mgs.htm. Other mineral collecting initiatives are also being explored, so watch for further news.

The MGS website has been updated with a link to Google Earth that includes much information on the state’s mines and minerals. The Google link takes you to a list titled “Maine’s Mineral Resources” that shows rock and mineral products and enables you to zoom in over the state and see where the resources are located. The principal headings in our Google Earth list include mineral commodities, metal deposits, historical mines, and the Maine database from the U.S. Geological Survey’s “Mineral Resources Data System.” Each of these headings can be opened to reveal various types of deposits. For example, opening the historical mines list takes you to further listings of selected metal mines, famous pegmatite operations, and stone quarries. Then the individual sites can be located on the Google photo mosaic of Maine, with associated informative text and locality photos.

Woodrow Thompson
Maine Geological Survey, Augusta

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