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Chips From The Quarry

AFRICAN MINERALS: This year's Denver Gem and Mineral Show®, 16–18 September, should be bursting with beauty and vivid colors with its focus on the Minerals of Africa. Famed mineral photographer Jeff Scovil provided an appetizer with his cover photo of malachite and cobalt-rich calcite from Kolwezi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and his pictorial, ‘Some African Beauties,’ beginning on page 308, serves up several pages of more delectable African specimens. But beyond the pretty pictures, this issue's articles also have an African focus.

And it's not the first time this vast continent has been the subject of an issue. When the Tucson Show chose Minerals of Africa as its 2002 focal point, so did our January/February issue of that year. In fact the coverage was so extensive (it included gemstones, type minerals, geology, and fossils in addition to locality articles) that several articles spilled over into the March/April 2002 issue. Then, several years later, in 2012, the Munich Show celebrated the Minerals of Africa and so did our September/October issue of that year. Turns out that Dr. Bruce Cairncross, of the Department of Geology at the University of Johannesburg and also a consulting editor of Rocks & Minerals, contributed to those issues as he did to this one.

Africa revisited: two previous issues of Rocks & Minerals were devoted to Africa and its minerals, January/February 2002 and September/October 2012 (both are still available through www.rocksandminerals.org).

Africa revisited: two previous issues of Rocks & Minerals were devoted to Africa and its minerals, January/February 2002 and September/October 2012 (both are still available through www.rocksandminerals.org).

SPRINGFIELD: Not to get ahead of ourselves here, before Denver comes the East Coast Show, held in West Springfield, Massachusetts, 12–14 August, and it has its own enticement. Namely, Peter Megaw is this year's featured exhibitor. We've all seen Peter, as exhibits chairman, wheeling around the Tucson Show on his scooter, but have we seen his fabulous collection? Now's our chance. As featured exhibitor, he will be filling some fifty display cases with his mostly Mexican specimens.

Peter Megaw, featured exhibitor at the 2016 East Coast Show, 12–14 August, in West Springfield, Massachusetts

Peter Megaw, featured exhibitor at the 2016 East Coast Show, 12–14 August, in West Springfield, Massachusetts.

WHERE WE'LL BE: Look for a Rocks & Minerals booth at several upcoming events, including the East Coast Show in West Springfield, Massachusetts (12–14 August), the Dallas Mineralogical Symposium in Dallas, Texas (19–21 August), the Fine Mineral Show in Golden, Colorado (14–17 September), the Denver Gem and Mineral Show® in Denver, Colorado (16–18 September), the Detroit Gem and Mineral Show in Detroit, Michigan (14–16 October), the Munich Show in Munich, Germany (28–30 October), and the New Mexico Mineral Symposium in Socorro, New Mexico (12–13 November).

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: The Houston Gem and Mineral Society, in memory of Arthur E. Smith, and the Cincinnati Mineral Society underwrote color costs in the Connoisseur's Choice column; Maryanne and John Fender (Fender Minerals) did the same for the Museum Notes column. Donors to the Color Fund contributed toward color in the remaining columns and articles. All are thanked for partnering with Rocks & Minerals to support color photography in the magazine.


Double winner: It was a clean sweep for Matteo Chinellato, of Venice, Italy, who won in both categories of the mineral photo competition at the 2016 Tucson Show in February. As announced by Jeff Scovil, Chinellato was awarded best photograph in the micro category for his photograph of a 0.8-mm anatase crystal from Susa Valley, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy (left), and best photograph in the macro category for his photograph of a .72-cm spessartine crystal from the Haramosh Mountains, Skardu district, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan (right). Both specimens are in Chinellato's collection.

Double winner: It was a clean sweep for Matteo Chinellato, of Venice, Italy, who won in both categories of the mineral photo competition at the 2016 Tucson Show in February. As announced by Jeff Scovil, Chinellato was awarded best photograph in the micro category for his photograph of a 0.8-mm anatase crystal from Susa Valley, Torino Province, Piedmont, Italy (left), and best photograph in the macro category for his photograph of a .72-cm spessartine crystal from the Haramosh Mountains, Skardu district, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan (right). Both specimens are in Chinellato's collection.

 

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