Minerals The Age of Discovery

green malachite mineral

In the 18th and 19th centuries, there was a great deal of interest in mineralogy.

Some collectors travelled all over the world searching for rare and impressive specimens to add to their collections. Many were attracted to Cornwall because of the great number of mines and the remarkable variety of minerals they produced.  


Photograph reproduced with the kind permission of Pat Comber


Mineral Identification

Click to see a larger version of this imagemineral specimen glowing green and orange under ultra violet light

There are over 4000 different minerals.

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Goethite (HFeO(OH))

Click to see a larger version of this imageGoethite mineral specimen

A German Poet.

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Botallackite Cu2[(OH)3|Cl]

Click to see a larger version of this imagebotallackite mineral specimen

A blue-green mineral first found at Botallack Mine, the type location which it is named after.

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Pyrite (FeS2)

Click to see a larger version of this imagepyrite mineral specimen

Gold? Fooled you!

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Comment left by mineral man on 2010-06-29 15:34:14

i like pictures

Comment left by Sinjary on 2010-09-14 02:09:36

nice ..


Comment left by Peter Barnes on 2010-10-19 12:05:53

Your data on the Azurite page says: "Data Panel: Iron Sulphide: Azurite" But azurite is iron carbonate, not sulphide (as shown by your correct formula).


Comment left by Peter Barnes on 2010-10-19 12:08:47

Re my previous comment - I should have said azurite is copper carbonate! Now we've both been wrong! ............ GEEVOR REPLY: Thank you for pointing our typing error out to us Peter, we have now amended it above.


Comment left by TT on 2012-05-16 16:16:22

Hi, I have a quartz like the picture Sio2 above and am cleaning it with iron out. It is from Arkansas.


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