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Background imageMineral Collection: Feldspar Crystals from Summit of Mount Erebus (Natural Size), 1909

Feldspar Crystals from Summit of Mount Erebus (Natural Size), 1909. Specimens of crystallised magma from the volcano Erebus

Background imageMineral Collection: Star of the East Gold Mine, Ballarat, 1901. Creator: Unknown

Star of the East Gold Mine, Ballarat, 1901. Creator: Unknown
Star of the East Gold Mine, Ballarat, 1901. Ballarat on the Yarrowee River in the Central Highlands of Victoria, was transformed during the Victorian gold rush. From " Federated Australia"

Background imageMineral Collection: View of salt shack at large salt pan in Trapani, 1778. Creator: Louis Ducros

View of salt shack at large salt pan in Trapani, 1778. Creator: Louis Ducros
View of salt shack at large salt pan in Trapani, 1778. Drawing from the album Voyage to Italy, Sicily and Malta

Background imageMineral Collection: View of the salt pans of Trapani, 1778. Creator: Louis Ducros

View of the salt pans of Trapani, 1778. Creator: Louis Ducros
View of the salt pans of Trapani, 1778. Drawing from the album Voyage to Italy, Sicily and Malta

Background imageMineral Collection: Portrait of Lucas de Clercq, c.1635. Creator: Frans Hals

Portrait of Lucas de Clercq, c.1635. Creator: Frans Hals
Portrait of Lucas de Clercq, c.1635. Other Title(s): Lucas de Clercq (c 1603-1652), Haarlem Potash Dealer

Background imageMineral Collection: Fiord of Kangerlic, South Greenland, in the Month of August, 1856. Creator: Unknown

Fiord of Kangerlic, South Greenland, in the Month of August, 1856. Creator: Unknown
Fiord of Kangerlic, South Greenland, in the Month of August, 1856. View of...the Fjord of Kangerluarsuk [also spelt Kajarlik

Background imageMineral Collection: Lead Mine and Cryolite, in Arksul Ford, 1856. Creator: H. Crane

Lead Mine and Cryolite, in Arksul Ford, 1856. Creator: H. Crane
Lead Mine and Cryolite, in Arksul [sic] Ford, 1856....Evigtok...in Arksuk [Arsuk] Fiord, with the miners houses, smithy, store-house...and the lead ore being wheeled over the ice to the ship...the

Background imageMineral Collection: Crystallised Cavern, in the Blue John Mine, 1854. Creator:s Read

Crystallised Cavern, in the Blue John Mine, 1854. Creator:s Read
Crystallised Cavern, in the Blue John Mine, 1854. Geological tourist attraction in Derbyshire. Fluor spar was called by the miners "Blue John"...The Blue John Mine is chiefly celebrated for

Background imageMineral Collection: Emery in the Shape of a Strawberry, c. 1937. Creator: Ann Gene Buckley

Emery in the Shape of a Strawberry, c. 1937. Creator: Ann Gene Buckley
Emery in the Shape of a Strawberry, c. 1937

Background imageMineral Collection: Royal Institution - Sir Roderick Murchison's Lecture on the Distribution of Gold Ore, 1850

Royal Institution - Sir Roderick Murchison's Lecture on the Distribution of Gold Ore, 1850. Creator: Unknown
Royal Institution - Sir Roderick Murchison's Lecture on the Distribution of Gold Ore, 1850. Geological talk in London

Background imageMineral Collection: Loading copper on ship, between c1900 and 1916. Creator: Unknown

Loading copper on ship, between c1900 and 1916. Creator: Unknown
Loading copper on ship, between c1900 and 1916

Background imageMineral Collection: Loading copper on ship, between c1900 and 1916. Creator: Unknown

Loading copper on ship, between c1900 and 1916. Creator: Unknown
Loading copper on ship, between c1900 and 1916

Background imageMineral Collection: Gold in pan, 1916. Creator: Unknown

Gold in pan, 1916. Creator: Unknown
Gold in pan, 1916

Background imageMineral Collection: Montana Mine, 1889. Creator: John C. H. Grabill

Montana Mine, 1889. Creator: John C. H. Grabill
Montana Mine, 1889. Eight men, holding pick axes and shovels, standing in front of entrance to mine

Background imageMineral Collection: Open cut in the great Homestake mine, at Lead City, Dak, 1888. Creator: John C. H. Grabill

Open cut in the great Homestake mine, at Lead City, Dak, 1888. Creator: John C. H. Grabill
Open cut in the great Homestake mine, at Lead City, Dak, 1888. Distant view of mine entrance; four men posed on or near three mining cars on tracks

Background imageMineral Collection: Geognostic Map of the Localities of Irkutsk, Verkholensk, and Balagansk Districts, 1873

Geognostic Map of the Localities of Irkutsk, Verkholensk, and Balagansk Districts, 1873. The first geological (geognostic) maps in Russia were produced in the 1850s

Background imageMineral Collection: Topographical sketch of the gold & quicksilver district of California, 1848. Creator: Edward Ord

Topographical sketch of the gold & quicksilver district of California, 1848. Creator: Edward Ord
Topographical sketch of the gold & quicksilver district of California, 1848. Published in July 1848 after the first gold strikes at Sutter's Mill on the American River in northern California

Background imageMineral Collection: Map of the mining district of California, 1851. Creator: William A. Jackson

Map of the mining district of California, 1851. Creator: William A. Jackson
Map of the mining district of California, 1851. This map, produced in two parts in the early years after the California Gold Rush of 1849

Background imageMineral Collection: Gold Miners Near Beechworth, 1901. Creator: Unknown

Gold Miners Near Beechworth, 1901. Creator: Unknown
Gold Miners Near Beechworth, 1901. Beechworth in the north-east of Victoria, Australia, saw major growth during the gold rush of the mid-1850s. From " Federated Australia"

Background imageMineral Collection: Copper Mines, Walhalla, 1901. Creator: Unknown

Copper Mines, Walhalla, 1901. Creator: Unknown
Copper Mines, Walhalla, 1901. Walhalla was a small town in Victoria, Australia, founded as a gold-mining community in late 1862 and at its peak home to around 4, 000 residents

Background imageMineral Collection: Gold Diggers at Work near Beechworth, Victoria, 1901. Creator: Unknown

Gold Diggers at Work near Beechworth, Victoria, 1901. Creator: Unknown
Gold Diggers at Work near Beechworth, Victoria, 1901. Beechworth in the north-east of Victoria, Australia, saw major growth during the gold rush of the mid-1850s

Background imageMineral Collection: Granite Quarries, Trawool, Victoria, 1901. Creator: Unknown

Granite Quarries, Trawool, Victoria, 1901. Creator: Unknown
Granite Quarries, Trawool, Victoria, 1901. Trawool in central Victoria, on the middle reaches of the Goulburn River, first explored by Hume and Hovell in 1824, was later settled as a sheep station

Background imageMineral Collection: The Loan Collection, South-Kensington: Hemispherical cat's-eye, 1862. Creator: Unknown

The Loan Collection, South-Kensington: Hemispherical cat's-eye, 1862. Creator: Unknown
The Loan Collection, South-Kensington, 1862. Large hemispherical cat's-eye (supposed to. be the largest known). It is mounted in massive pure gold

Background imageMineral Collection: Melon-Shaped Snuff Bottle with a Squirrel and Fruiting Branches, Qing dynasty, 1800-1900

Melon-Shaped Snuff Bottle with a Squirrel and Fruiting Branches, Qing dynasty, 1800-1900
Melon-Shaped Snuff Bottle with a Squirrel and Fruiting Branches, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), 1800-1900

Background imageMineral Collection: Spade-Shaped Snuff Bottle with Basketweave Pattern, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), 1730-1800

Spade-Shaped Snuff Bottle with Basketweave Pattern, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), 1730-1800

Background imageMineral Collection: Pear-Shaped Snuff Bottle with Stylized Dragons and Stylized 'Shou'

Pear-Shaped Snuff Bottle with Stylized Dragons and Stylized "Shou"
Pear-Shaped Snuff Bottle with Stylized Dragons and Stylized " Shou" (Longevity) Character, Qing dynasty (1644-1911), 1730-1800

Background imageMineral Collection: Chunkey Stone, A. D. 1200 / 1400. Creator: Unknown

Chunkey Stone, A. D. 1200 / 1400. Creator: Unknown
Chunkey Stone, A.D. 1200/1400. Kaolin stone from a game which originated c. 600 AD. Mississippian, reportedly Kaskaskia River, Randolph County, Illinois

Background imageMineral Collection: Fan, France, 1870 / 1880. Creator: Unknown

Fan, France, 1870 / 1880. Creator: Unknown
Fan, France, 1870/1880

Background imageMineral Collection: Mirror with Jaguar or Coyote Mosaic, A. D. 500 / 600. Creator: Unknown

Mirror with Jaguar or Coyote Mosaic, A. D. 500 / 600. Creator: Unknown
Mirror with Jaguar or Coyote Mosaic, A.D. 500/600

Background imageMineral Collection: Candelabrum, Birmingham, c. 1770. Creators: Matthew Boulton, John Fothergill

Candelabrum, Birmingham, c. 1770. Creators: Matthew Boulton, John Fothergill
Candelabrum, Birmingham, c. 1770

Background imageMineral Collection: Mask, 100 B. C. / A. D. 500. Creator: Unknown

Mask, 100 B. C. / A. D. 500. Creator: Unknown
Mask, 100 B.C./A.D. 500

Background imageMineral Collection: Ring, Italy, c. 1525-c. 1575. Creator: Unknown

Ring, Italy, c. 1525-c. 1575. Creator: Unknown
Ring, Italy, c. 1525-c. 1575

Background imageMineral Collection: Ornament: fish and water plants, Goryeo period, 12th-13th century. Creator: Unknown

Ornament: fish and water plants, Goryeo period, 12th-13th century. Creator: Unknown
Ornament: fish and water plants, Goryeo period, 12th-13th century

Background imageMineral Collection: Piece of pyrite from the workshop of C. Edgar Patience, n. d. Creator: Unknown

Piece of pyrite from the workshop of C. Edgar Patience, n. d. Creator: Unknown
Charles Edgar Patience (1906-1972), was an African American anthracite coal sculptor who raised the form to high art, exhibiting works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Background imageMineral Collection: Needlenose pliers from the workshop of C. Edgar Patience, 1900-1972. Creator: Unknown

Needlenose pliers from the workshop of C. Edgar Patience, 1900-1972. Creator: Unknown
Charles Edgar Patience (1906-1972), was an African American anthracite coal sculptor who raised the form to high art, exhibiting works at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Background imageMineral Collection: Pendant, Iran, 11th-12th century. Creator: Unknown

Pendant, Iran, 11th-12th century. Creator: Unknown
Pendant, Iran, 11th-12th century. May have been a talisman

Background imageMineral Collection: Study of a Rock, early 19th century. Creator: Anon

Study of a Rock, early 19th century. Creator: Anon
Study of a Rock, early 19th century

Background imageMineral Collection: Mud-Springs, 1872. Creator: John J. Harley

Mud-Springs, 1872. Creator: John J. Harley
Mud-Springs, 1872. Geothermal feature in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA. Below the falls there is an extensive area covered with the deposits which extend from the south side of Mount

Background imageMineral Collection: Marble Quarry in Vermont, near Proctor - Largest Single Quarry Opening, c1930s. Creator: Unknown

Marble Quarry in Vermont, near Proctor - Largest Single Quarry Opening, c1930s. Creator: Unknown
Marble Quarry in Vermont, near Proctor - Largest Single Quarry Opening, c1930s. In the early 19th century, small high-quality marble deposits were discovered in the area

Background imageMineral Collection: Unloading Iron ore at Port of Cleveland, Ohio, the Heaviest Handler of Ore in the World, c1930s

Unloading Iron ore at Port of Cleveland, Ohio, the Heaviest Handler of Ore in the World, c1930s. The Port of Cleveland opened in 1895 as a a bulk freight shipping port on the Cuyahoga River

Background imageMineral Collection: Ross Island, 1898. Creator: Unknown

Ross Island, 1898. Creator: Unknown
Ross Island, 1898. Ross Island peninsula in Killarney National Park, County Kerry, source of the earliest known Irish Pre-Bronze Age metalwork. From " Our Own Country, Volume III"

Background imageMineral Collection: The Erzberg Mine, Styria, Austria, c1935. Creator: Unknown

The Erzberg Mine, Styria, Austria, c1935. Creator: Unknown
The Erzberg Mine, Styria, Austria, c1935. Erzberg ( ore mountain ) is a large open-cast iron ore mine near the town of Eisenerz

Background imageMineral Collection: Hochosterwitz Castle, Carinthia, Austria, c1935. Creator: Unknown

Hochosterwitz Castle, Carinthia, Austria, c1935. Creator: Unknown
Hochosterwitz Castle, Carinthia, Austria, c1935. Burg Hochosterwitz is a medieval castle built on an outcrop of dolomite rock near Sankt Georgen am Langsee in the state of Carinthia

Background imageMineral Collection: Charters Towers Goldfield, 1901. Creator: Unknown

Charters Towers Goldfield, 1901. Creator: Unknown
Charters Towers Goldfield, 1901. Mine shafts built from 1883 to 1916 during a period of intense gold mining. From " Federated Australia". [The Werner Company, London, 1901]

Background imageMineral Collection: Prospecting a Lease, 1901. Creator: Unknown

Prospecting a Lease, 1901. Creator: Unknown
Prospecting a Lease, 1901. From " Federated Australia". [The Werner Company, London, 1901]

Background imageMineral Collection: The Silver King Mine, Sunny Corner, New South Wales, 1901. Creator: Unknown

The Silver King Mine, Sunny Corner, New South Wales, 1901. Creator: Unknown
The Silver King Mine, Sunny Corner, New South Wales, 1901. Sunny Corner grew following the discovery of silver in the area in 1884. From " Federated Australia"

Background imageMineral Collection: Long Tunnel Gold Mine, Walhalla, 1901. Creator: Unknown

Long Tunnel Gold Mine, Walhalla, 1901. Creator: Unknown
Long Tunnel Gold Mine, Walhalla, 1901. Long Tunnel Gold Mine was one of the richest and profitable mines of Walhalla. From " Federated Australia". [The Werner Company, London, 1901]

Background imageMineral Collection: Fossickers at Work, 1901. Creator: Unknown

Fossickers at Work, 1901. Creator: Unknown
Fossickers at Work, 1901. Fossicking is prospecting for minerals as a recreational pursuit without intention to sell for commercial purpose and is governed by law in Australian states



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