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Museums and Collections

Mineralogical Marvels

May-June 2010

Blue-green aurichalcite on reddish gossan, from the Ojuela Mine in Mapimí, Durango, Mexico

Blue-green aurichalcite on reddish gossan, from the Ojuela Mine in Mapimí, Durango, Mexico

Patrick Rogers

Anhydrite  from the Naica Mine in Chihuahua, Mexico

Anhydrite from the Naica Mine in Chihuahua, Mexico

Patrick Rogers

Here quartz has replaced anhydrite, in the process taking on the latter's shape to create a pseudomorph. The specimen comes from Ametista Do Sul, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil.

Here quartz has replaced anhydrite, in the process taking on the latter's shape to create a pseudomorph. The specimen comes from Ametista Do Sul, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil.

Patrick Rogers

Green arsentsumebite has created a pseudomorph of mimetite, a generally colorless mineral (notice the small pale spot remaining at the extreme upper right). The specimen comes from the Tsumeb Mine in the Otjikoto region of Namibia.

Green arsentsumebite has created a pseudomorph of mimetite, a generally colorless mineral (notice the small pale spot remaining at the extreme upper right). The specimen comes from the Tsumeb Mine in the Otjikoto region of Namibia.

Patrick Rogers

Purple crystals of fluorite, intergrown with barite, from Berbes, Oviedo (Asturias), Spain

Purple crystals of fluorite, intergrown with barite, from Berbes, Oviedo (Asturias), Spain

Patrick Rogers

Calcite scalenohedrons (six-sided polyhedrons) with red hematite inclusions from the iron mines of West Cumbria, England

Calcite scalenohedrons (six-sided polyhedrons) with red hematite inclusions from the iron mines of West Cumbria, England

Patrick Rogers

A rhodochrosite rhombohedron on quartz, with brown flecks of hübnerite in the foreground, from the Sweet Home Mine in Alma, Park County, Colorado. Each edge of the rhombohedron is about two inches long.

A rhodochrosite rhombohedron on quartz, with brown flecks of hübnerite in the foreground, from the Sweet Home Mine in Alma, Park County, Colorado. Each edge of the rhombohedron is about two inches long.

Patrick Rogers

The edges of this rhombohedron crystal of rhodochrosite from Pasto Bueno, Ancash, Peru, measure roughly eight inches each.

The edges of this rhombohedron crystal of rhodochrosite from Pasto Bueno, Ancash, Peru, measure roughly eight inches each.

Patrick Rogers

A large botryoidal (“resembling a bunch of grapes”) mass of Smithsonite from the Kelly Mine, Magdalena district, Socorro County, New Mexico

A large botryoidal (“resembling a bunch of grapes”) mass of Smithsonite from the Kelly Mine, Magdalena district, Socorro County, New Mexico

Patrick Rogers

A prismatic crystal aggregate of stibnite from the most famous mineral occurrence known in Japan, the Ichinokawa Mine in Saijo, Ehime Prefecture

A prismatic crystal aggregate of stibnite from the most famous mineral occurrence known in Japan, the Ichinokawa Mine in Saijo, Ehime Prefecture

Patrick Rogers

Spiky orange crystals of calcite with barite crystals, from the Minerva #1 Mine in Hardin County, Illinois

Spiky orange crystals of calcite with barite crystals, from the Minerva #1 Mine in Hardin County, Illinois

Patrick Rogers

The Harvard Museum of Natural History’s mineralogical collections offer visitors a glorious display of shapes and colors, as the photograph of crocoite in the May-June issue makes clear. Here are a few more specimens to enjoy, with caption material provided by Carl A. Francis, associate curator of the Mineralogical Museum.

The photographs were taken by Patrick Rogers. For examples of his work as a portrait and wedding photographer, see his website: www.IAmWhatISee.com. His job at the University is as evening imaging supervisor in the Harvard College Library's Digital Imaging and Photography Services, where he may find a medieval illuminated manuscript or an antique map of the world in front of his lens. Extracurricularly, he explores the Museum of Natural History. "It is easy to spend hours there in quiet reflection," he says, "getting a glimpse at the evolution of this planet over eons as represented by the variety of rocks and minerals in this collection."

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