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PEG 2013, 6th International Symposium on Granitic Pegmatites, 26 May–2 June 2013

The 6th International Symposium on Granitic Pegmatites was held in New Hampshire and Maine from 26 May to 2 June of this year. The meeting, organized by William “Skip” Simmons, Karen Webber, Al Falster, Bob Whitmore, and others, was composed of two parts. The technical meeting, with talks and poster presentations, was held at the Attitash Grand Summit Hotel, in Bartlett, New Hampshire, 26–30 May. It involved three days of technical sessions and a one-day midmeeting field trip to the phosphate-rich Palermo pegmatites of Grafton, New Hampshire. There were also special exhibits of New England pegmatite minerals on display by local collectors, miners, and museums including Don Dallaire, Gary and Mary Freeman, Gordon Jackson, Jeff Morrison, Bob and Edna Whitmore, the Maine Mineral and Gem Museum, and the Capital Mineral Club of New Hampshire. Not only was it a pleasure to view beautiful local minerals but the displays were also a great source of inspiration for scientific discussions. In total there were 105 participants from nineteen different countries, and most attendees gave presentations. The symposium was a forum for original research and, as such, was technical in scope; however, it was open to anyone interested in pegmatites.

Dr. John Rakovan, an executive editor of Rocks & Minerals, is a professor of mineralogy and geochemistry at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

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