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Historical Non-Fiction in Northern Ontario

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One Word Photo Challenge: Clear

Halite aka Sodium Chloride aka NaCl aka plain old ordinary salt of the earth This cleavage of clear halite measures 2.5 x 2.2 x 2.0 cm and comes from salt mines in Goderich, Ontario. Some minerals are trickier to photograph than others. Anything shiny, lustrous, black like patent leather, and especially clear specimens are particularly challenging. I find, anyway. I learned the trick of placing text behind the specimen as a […]

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One Word Photo Challenge: Mint

Look! Out in the yard! It’s a bird! It’s a blob! It’s… it’s… what the heck is it? It’s a 20.5 x 13 x 13 cm plasticine-like mass of annabergite – the weathering product of nickeline and rammelsbergite found at the Bellellen Mine, Cobalt-Gowganda region,Ontario, Canada. The mine stopped production in 1917. This hunk was found buried in the dumps October 2010. *** Me: Honey? Remember that great honkin’ mass […]

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One Word Photo Challenge: Mustard

OK – I’m taking huge liberties with this blog challenge. My take on “mustard” is this honey-mustard or Grey Poupon mustard-coloured calcite specimen. It is an example of a speleothem – or cave calcite. The layered portions are similar to onyx and the bubbly, blobby bits are popcorn calcite. We found this in a tufa outcrop along a river near our home. The spring runoff of 2008 eroded away a great mass of the […]

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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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