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Thirty-seventh Rochester Mineralogical Symposium: Contributed Papers in Specimen Mineralogy—Part 2

THE TWENTY-SEVENTH TECHNICAL SESSION of the Rochester Mineralogical Symposium was held on 16 April 2010. Eight abstracts were accepted and presented as oral papers. The review panel consisted of Dr. Steven Chamberlain, New York State Museum; Dr. Carl Francis, Harvard University; Dr. Sarah Hanson, Adrian College; Dr. Marian Lupulescu, New York State Museum; and Dr. George Robinson, Michigan Technological University.

MICROMINERALS FROM THE SCENIC LOOP ROAD CUTS IN JEFF DAVIS COUNTY, TEXAS. E. Grundel (a project of the Micromineralogists of the National Capital Area). 2000 S. 2nd St., Apt. 8, Arlington, VA 22204.

The Trans-Pecos Region (TPR) of West Texas is an area of thousands of square miles of generally well-exposed rocks, many of them igneous. The Tertiary-age igneous geology of this region, which includes the Big Bend (BB), has been much studied. Except for the mining districts of BB, little attention has been paid by either amateurs or professionals to the TPR's mineralogy. Despite its large area and diverse geology, both published and unpublished lists of Texas mineral localities mention relatively few specimen-producing sites in the counties of the TPR. The land in this region consists of large private ranches and public parks. The lack of information on the mineralogy of the region can, therefore, be explained in part because these areas are off-limits to collecting.

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