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American Museum of Natural History Visit: Part 3 - Individual Minerals 1

The American Museum of Natural History is known for many of its iconic minerals in its collection. I captured in photographs some important specimens of the collection in these next two posts, which feature individual minerals on display. I chose some of the museum's famous mineral specimens, as well as those that are highly photogenic or historically significant. 


Unfortunately, I was not able to get a good photograph of the Newmont Azurite. This specimen, a giant Azurite from Bisbee, Arizona, is among the most famous minerals of the collection (and the world). While exceptionally aesthetic, it is very hard to capture on camera from within its display case. Another famous mineral I did not see is the Subway Garnet, a very large, well-formed Almandine Garnet found in 1885 in Midtown Manhattan during a sewer excavation. This mineral is not on display but in the museum's repository, and I was therefore unable to see it. However, I was happy to hear that it will be showcased on display when the museum completes its current renovation, scheduled for 2020.


Despite missing some key mineral specimens, I was able to capture many other important specimens, and feature them in this and the following post.


Elbaite Tourmaline with Quartz from Pala, California
Elbaite Tourmaline with Quartz from Pala, California

Stibiconite Pseudomorph after Stibnite from San Luis Potosi,
 Mexico
Stibiconite Pseudomorph after Stibnite from San Luis Potosi, Mexico

Large Epidote Crystals from Untersulzbach, Tyrol, Austria
Large Epidote Crystals from Untersulzbach, Tyrol, Austria

Calcite Crystals with Red Hematite Staining from Egremont, England
Calcite Crystals with Red Hematite Staining from Egremont, England

Giant Topaz Crystal from Minas Gerais, Brazil
Giant Topaz Crystal from Minas Gerais, Brazil

Sulfur Crystals from Cianciana, Sicily, Italy
Sulfur Crystals from Cianciana, Sicily, Italy

Hematite Kidney Ore from Cumbria, England
Hematite "Kidney Ore" from Cumbria, England

Red Mushroom Elbaite Tourmaline from Mogok, Burma
Red Mushroom Elbaite Tourmaline from Mogok, Burma

Giant Calcite Crystals from Joplin, Missouri
Giant Calcite Crystals from Joplin, Missouri

Sulfur Crystals from Cianciana, Sicily, Italy
Sulfur Crystals from Cianciana, Sicily, Italy

Pink Apophyllite from St. Andreasberg, Germany
Pink Apophyllite from St. Andreasberg, Germany

Phosphophyllite from Bolivia
Phosphophyllite from Bolivia

Stolzite from Broken Hill, NSW, Australia
Stolzite from Broken Hill, NSW, Australia

Calcite Crystals from Joplin, Missouri
Calcite Crystals from Joplin, Missouri

Hemimorphite from Joplin, Missouri
Hemimorphite from Joplin, Missouri

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