Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New Books: including "Flowers of the Mineral Kingdom" are launched!

Flowers of the Mineral Kingdom is now in the works! Nature's Garden of Crystals was an instant success and many who did not know of its development have inquired if they could be in a similar book. The short answer is "Yes!" Details are found at 


Mineralogy of Franklin and Ogdensburg, Sussex County, New Jersey, USA - a Photographic Celebration

Fund-raising is also started for a color-plate book about the minerals of Franklin and Ogdensburg, New Jersey to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the incorporation of the  Franklin Mineral Museum. Van King and peter Chin are the editors.

For over half a century, authors have contemplated this work, but have never succeeded. For much of its existence as a mineral collecting locality, it was the most species-rich locality in the world and it is still the second most prolific locality. Because of this area's species diversity, the book will be a daunting task. The book will feature images of every species found at the locality and the captions will discuss the characteristic associations from the various ones which are known. Fluorescent minerals will receive equal time. As many of the great specimens as possible will be included. This book will be published under the auspices of the Franklin Mineral Museum. Look for this one in 2014

The photo shows a white cahnite in the center with pink hodgkinsonite to the right while the red needle crystals on the drusy yellow andradite are pyrobelonite. FOV = 3 mm Photo by the author.