Maggie Wilson Author

Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

Mineral Collecting

One Word Photo Challenge: Carmine

A crystal fragment of Villiaumite from Koashva Mt, Russia 1.8 x 1.7 x 0.7 cm Chemical make-up: NaF – or sodium fluoride. Sound familiar? Inspired by Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge A warning to minerals collectors from the Villiaumite page on Mindat: Poisonous! Fluoride ion in water-soluble form is what makes this mineral highly toxic. Its availability in macrospecimens, and the attractive colour, might lure small children into […]

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One Word Photo Challenge: Livid

Plumbogummite from Yangshuo Mine, China 3.0 x 2.7 x 1.0 cm The mineral is named from the Latin “plumbum” for lead, and “gummi” for gum, in allusion to its lead content and appearance at times as drops or coatings of gum. What I learned today? That livid means Inspired by Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Photo Challenge

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Graphite for Moo

For Moo This may not be the largest graphite specimen in the world… but it is one of the largest graphite balls! Balls of Graphite in calcite matrix from Gooderham, Ontario The overall specimen measures 3.5 x 3.0 x 2.5 cm The largest ball measures 0.5 cm The balls are composed of micro crystals of graphite. Dr. John A. Jaszczak is crazy nuts for graphite. His website has a ton of […]

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One Word Photo Challenge: Lavender

[To herself] Lavender, eh? Lavender… hmm, I’ve done purple, I’ve shown them eggplant, and I already flooded the blogosphere with pictures of amethyst. What do I have left to show them that fits this variation of purple? OK, nothing to do but search through the photo files. This time, though, I’m sorting the list from Z to A. That way I’ll avoid aforementioned quartz variety. BINGO! This is PERFECT! Ladies […]

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One Word Photo Challenge: Emerald

“It’s just beryl,” says my husband when mineral talk turns to emeralds. Scornful like. It troubles him that precious stones such as diamond and emerald are so incredibly plentiful relative to the rarer mineral species yet they command huge dollars on the cut-stone market. You have to hand it to De Beers for outstanding marketing. His scorn is further enhanced by the fact the perfectly gorgeous natural crystals are put […]

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