"And some run up hill and down dale, knapping the chucky stones
to pieces wi' hammers, like so many road makers run daft.
They say it is to see how the world was made."
Sir Walter Scott
St. Ronan's Well 1824

The NZ Micro-Mineral Club is based around the annual Labour Weekend Symposium and publication of the Club Newsletter "Micro-Scope" (published quarterly).

Topics covered in recent copies of the Club Newsletter. The newsletter is not presently available online but subscriptions at a modest cost ($NZ6 local or contact Editor for overseas rates) are available from the Editor;

                    Jocelyn Thornton
                    29 Carlton Street
                    Wellington 6003
                    New Zealand

No 64 Dec 2007

General news. 
2007 Symposium report
2007 30th Annual Joint Seminar of the Australian Mineralogical Societies report
Advance notice for 2008 26th Symposium
Narsarsukite from Mayor Island
Sulphur crystals from White Is
A tale of tuhualite

No 65 Mar 2008

General news 
Whitianga Quarry
Notes from the North
2008 26th Symposium news and registration form

The 2008 26th Micro-Mineral Symposium will be held
Oct 24-28
at Bannockburn Camp, Cromwell, Otago

(Contact Ron Keen or Jocelyn Thornton for info)

The last New Zealand Micromounters Symposium (25th) was held at Waihi Beach, Coromandel.
A full report from the Symposium is posted on the Symposium news page.

For further information contact Rod Martin or Jocelyn Thornton.

"Essence of Micro-Scope"
The NZ Micro-Mineral Group has just released a compilation of articles on NZ minerals from the Micro-Scope newsletter edited by Michael Hirst and Jocelyn Thornton. Now also includes some Powerpoint presentations on NZ localities.
The issue is available
for $10 on CD ROM , - NZ/Aus dollars for Australasia.
For all other overseas, at $7 US or Euros incl p&p.
Note: The compilation is produced on a non-profit basis for subscribers and non-subscribers are asked to include a donation for our annual Symposium fundraising auction eg a micromount or similar.

New Zealand mineral localities

Minerals of Maunganui Bluff

Gemstones of NZ by Jocelyn Thornton (free download)

Shortly after each newsletter is published an E-mail of relevant links is sent out to on-line subscribers and any other interested parties, if you wish to receive this E-mail then please contact  Rod Martin.

Schedule and topics for 2008 Northern Region Mineral Interest Group (Held in Auckland)   (10AM - 2 PM) is:

Jan 19       Te Henga Q
Feb 9        Naica Caverns (PP on mexican selenite)
Mar 1       Your choice (bring any material you want to ID, work on etc)
Apr 5        North Island copper deposits
May 10     Blackhead Q
May 31     Banks Pen volcanics
Jul 5         Oamaru Volcanics
Aug 2        Lookout Volcanics
Aug 30      Your choice (bring any material you want to ID, work on etc)
Oct 4        Sym prep
Oct 24-28  Symposium, Bannockburn
Nov 2       Sym follow up (Sun)
Nov 29     Your choice

Several field trips may well be run during the year.

Note dates may change   - contact  Rod Martin.

NZ Geochemical and Mineralogical Society

GeMS logo
New website

The Antiquities Science list is devoted to the study of the analysis and authentication of ancient artifacts through the tools of modern science.

Antiquities Science

Links for Mar 2008

Christie AB, Barker R G, 2007. Mineral resource assessment of the Northland Region, New Zealand.

GNS Science science report 2007/06 [5.9 mB PDF]

is a specialist group in volcanology under the auspices of the Geological Society of Australia.

Bangkok gemstone mineral dealer

Eifel minerals on CD

Lavrion - microminerals

Lavrion - mineral list at Mindat

Mineralogical Museum of Lavrion

Laacher See volcano and minerals
(in German)

A well laid out and informative guide to localities and minerals
(in German)

Babelfish language translator (enter URL or text block)

Richard De Nul - minerals and mineral photography

Digital and Video imaging hardware

Science New Zealand

Crown Minerals - NZ overview


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Acquiring minerals in China

Archive links


[Rod's homepage]


Updated 30/03/2008