For the year 2018, we are looking for donations that will improve our permanent exhibition, complete our collection of reference and systematic samples, of French minerals, and expand our collection of gems and meteorites. New species and mineral varieties are constantly being discovered (about 50 new minerals per year!) and new deposits are being mined, producing samples of interest (example: the new production of yellow brucite from Pakistan). We intend to improve our exhibitions on gemstones, completing the exhibition on the Crown Jewels of France. For meteorites, we are looking for achondrites (primitive achondrites, nakhlite and chassignite, aubrite, ureilite, diogenite, angrite and brachinite), pallasite (such as the new find of pallasite from Kenya or spectacular pallasite) and chondrite (enstatite, and carbonaceous chondrite). The word is out!
- Baryte from Saint-Georges-les-Bains, Ardèche, France (#83543), given by Jean-Pierre Termier. This remarkable sample was self-collected by the donor.
Baryte with a blue zoning, from Saint-Georges-les-Bains, Ardèche, France, given by Jean-Pierre Termier (#83543 ; 12.3 x 9 x 6 cm).
- Gypsum from Mazan, Vaucluse, France (#83542) given by Jean-Pierre Termier. This sample is one of the largest (if not the largest!) from this deposit, and is 91 cm in length. The pocket of giant gypsum crystals from Mazan was discovered in the early 70s. Jean-Pierre Termier had this sample in his collection since its discovery, and gave it to our museum this year.
- Martian meteorite NWA 6963, which is shergottite found in 2011 in Morocco (#83541), donated by Ed "ET" Thompson. The sample is a fragment containing partially a fusion crust.
Mars meteorite NWA6963 (shergottite), given by Ed Thompson (#83541 ; 2.2 x 1.7 x 1.2 cm, 6.1 g).
- Wulfenite from the Tchah Kharboze Mine, Anarak District, Esfahan, Iran (#83540), given by Christophe Gobin.
Intense orange crystals of wulfenite on matrix, from Iran, given by Christophe Gobin (#83540, 6.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm).
- Sapphirine from Farafangana, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar (#83539), given by Laurent Thomas of Polychrom France. This deposit has produced the largest crystals of the species, including this spectacular exemple on display in the museum.
Sapphirine crystals of exceptional size for the species, from Farafangana, Fianarantsoa Province, Madagascar, given by Laurent Thomas (#83539 ; 2.8 x 2.5 x 0.8 cm)
- Stichtite in serpentinite from Stichtite Hills, Dundas, Tasmania, Australia (#83538), given by Suzanne Fittzerald.
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