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University of Arizona Mineral Museum: General Exhibits

Aside from the Special Exhibits showcased upstairs, the University of Arizona Mineral Museum also has a permanent museum showcase in the basement with an impressive collection. I had not been down here for several years, and on my previous trip my impression was that the exhibits were outdated and not so impressive. I was pleasantly surprised to see many of the cases refurbished with some new modern cases and interesting minerals. If you are visiting Tucson, it's definitely a worthwhile visit to go downstairs in the museum to view the permanent mineral collection.



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Calcite Oriented Pyrite  Chenzou Pref., Hunan Prov. China
Huge Calcite With Oriented Pyrite from Chenzou Pref., Hunan Prov. China


Fluorite Rainbow Arch De'an Mine, Wushan, Jiangxi Prov, China
Fluorite Rainbow Arch from the De'an Mine, Wushan, Jiangxi Prov, China


Calcite 884 Mine, Leiping, Hunan Prov., China
Twinned Calcite from the 884 Mine, Leiping, Hunan Prov., China


Minerals of Afghanistan & Pakistan Gene Meieran
Minerals of Afghanistan & Pakistan from the Collection of Gene Meieran


Pink Kunzite Elbaite Kunar Province, Afghanistan
Deep Pink Kunzite and Elbaite from Kunar Province, Afghanistan (from the above case)


Copper Minerals from the Ed David Collection
Copper Minerals from the Ed David Collection.
This Exhibit was Put on Display at the Tucson Show, and is Empty in the Meantime.
Click Here to View the Post Where this Display can be Seen.


Platinum Nugget Nizhnii Tagil, Sverdlovsk, Russia
Platinum Nugget from Nizhnii Tagil, Sverdlovsk, Russia


Gold Specimens from California
Exhibit Case of Gold Specimens from California


Brochantite from the Millpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico
Amazing Brochantite from the Millpillas Mine, Sonora, Mexico


Cassiterite Var. Wood Tin from Durango, Mexico
Cassiterite Var. Wood Tin from Durango, Mexico


Cerussite Flux Mine, Patagonia, Arizona
Fascinating Cerussite from the Flux Mine, Patagonia, Arizona


Linarite Collins Vein, Mammoth Mine, Tiger, Arizona
Polished Linarite from the Collins Vein, Mammoth Mine, Tiger, Arizona


Sphalerite & Galena Iron Cap Mine, Landsman Camp, Arizona
Sphalerite and Galena from the Iron Cap Mine, Landsman Camp, Arizona


Minerals of the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Minerals of the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico


Mottramite Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Mottramite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico, found in 2011


Paradamite Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico
Paradamite from the Ojuela Mine, Mapimi, Durango, Mexico, found in 2011


Iridescent Goethite Lavendar Pit, Bisbee, Arizona
Iridescent Goethite from the Lavendar Pit, Bisbee, Arizona


Calcite Malachite Inclusions Bisbee, Arizona
Calcite with Malachite Inclusions Bisbee, Arizona


University of Arizona Mineral Museum: Special Exhibit

Every year, the University of Arizona in Tucson hosts a special exhibit in their mineral museum, located in the Flandrau Science Center. This exhibit is present at the time of the show in Tucson, and I have been visiting the museum every year during my visit to Tucson. This year's special exhibit was titled "Mineral Evolution: Mineralogy in the Fourth Dimension." Represented were rock-forming minerals and minerals showcasing the evolution process of the formation of minerals.

Most of the larger exhibit areas were filled with fossil cases, but there was still a nice representation of interesting and unique minerals, of which some are shared in the post below.



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Forsterite Kolonne, Uva Province, Sri Lanka
Huge Forsterite crystal from Kolonne, Uva Province, Sri Lanka
Mark Le Font Collection


Rutile Cluster from Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil
Large and Hairy Rutile Cluster from Novo Horizonte, Bahia, Brazil
University of Arizona Mineral Museum Collection


Toluca Iron meteorite from Mexico
Polished Toluca Iron Meteorite from Mexico State, Mexico
Mark Le Font Collection


University of Arizona Mineral Museum pegmatites
Various Pegmatite Gem Minerals
Multiple Collections


University of Arizona Mineral Museum
Vertical Section of one of the Display Cases
Multiple Collections


Calcite With Dioptase Inclusions, Tsumeb, Namibia
Amazing Calcite Colored Blue-Green by Dioptase Inclusions from Tsumeb, Namibia
Mark Le Font Collection


Calcite With Dioptase Inclusions, Tsumeb, Namibia
Giant Botryoidal Rhodochrosite from the Oppu Mine, Japan
Mark Le Font Collection


Manganese Nodules from Project Azorian
Manganese Nodules from Project Azorian
Multiple Collections


hewellite Crystal from Zwickau, Saxony, Germany
Rare Whewellite Crystal from Zwickau, Saxony, Germany
Marcus J. Origlieri Collection


Mineral Pseudomorphs After Wood
Various Mineral Pseudomorphs After Wood
Multiple Collections


Opal after Calcite after Ikaite from White Cliffs, NSW, Australia
Opal after Calcite after Ikaite from White Cliffs, NSW, Australia
Museum Gift from the de Monmonier Estate


Danburite Charcas, Mexico
Danburite Showing Regular Crystal and Similar Specimen Replaced by Quartz from Charcas, Mexico
Marcus J. Origlieri Collection


Trilithionite after Elbaite
Elbaite from the Himalaya Mine, San Diego Co., California, Next to a
Pseudomorph of Trilithionite after Elbaite from Minas Gerais, Brazil
Arizona Historical Society (R) and Marcus J. Origlieri (L) Collections


Copper pseudomorph after Cuprite Rubtsovsk, Russia
Cuprite and Copper Pseudomorph after Cuprite from Rubtsovsk, Russia
Marcus J. Origlieri Collection


Pseudomorphs from the Bor Pit, Dal'negorsk, Russia
Quartz pseudomorph After Datolite and Danburite, Bor Pit, Dal'negorsk, Russia
Bill Shelton Collection


Staurolite Fairy Cross Pestsovye Keivy, Kola Peninsula, Russia
Staurolite "Fairy Cross" in Matrix from Pestsovye Keivy, Kola Peninsula, Russia
Mark Le Font Collection


Afghanite Sar-e-Sang, Afghanista
Very Large Afghanite Crystals in Matrix from Sar-e-Sang, Afghanistan
Mark Le Font Collection


Afghanite Sar-e-Sang, Afghanista
Pink Heulandite Geode from Pune, Maharashtra, India
Mark Le Font Collection


Thumbnail Exhibits at the Tucson Show

There were several thumbnail exhibits with fine minerals of excellent quality and smaller size. These thumbnail exhibits are listed below.



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Individual Tourmaline Minerals at the TGMS Show

Tourmaline is considered by many collectors to be the most beautiful mineral. Its multicolor crystals in highly aesthetic formation lend it an enigmatic beauty few minerals can compete against. There are always fine Tourmalines on display at the Tucson show, and this year was no exception. In fact, I noticed quite an abundance of interesting Tourmalines, and was especially enamored by Gerhard Wagner's Tourmaline exhibit of trophy Tourmaline specimens, which was pictured in a previous post here on our news blog. The post below displays some of the individual Tourmaline crystals at the show.



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Bluecap Tourmaline Queen Mine, Pala, California
Bluecap Tourmaline from the Tourmaline Queen Mine, Pala, California
Unknown Collection


Tourmaline Mt. Marie Quarry, Paris, Maine
Green Tourmaline Crystal and Gem from the Mt. Marie Quarry, Paris, Maine
Maine Gem & Mineral Museum


Tourmalines from the Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose de Safira, MG, Brazil
Well-Terminated Tourmalines from the Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose de Safira, MG, Brazil
Gerhard Wagner Collection


Tourmaline from the Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, California
Orange-red Tourmaline from the Himalaya Mine, Mesa Grande, California
Gerhard Wagner Collection


Tourmalines from the Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose de Safira, MG, Brazil
Aesthetic Tourmaline "Flower" from the Pederneira Mine, Sao Jose de Safira, MG, Brazi
Gerhard Wagner Collection