April Virtual Presentation
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Mineralogy, and Mineral History of
Unrivaled as Georgias most famous mineral locality, Graves Mountain also ranks among the nations top classic mineral sites. It is mentioned in every respectable mineral handbook and is one of the fifty locations selected for the 2008 book American Mineral Treasures. First collected in 1859, Graves Mountain has produced world-class rutile, lazulite, pyrophyllite, iridescent goethite, and more than 30 other minerals, an assortment once described as the occurrence of an interesting association of rather uncommon minerals (Thomas Watson, Georgia Geologic Survey, 1912).
The sites geology is intertwined with that of Georgia, involving volcanic island arcs, hydrothermal alteration, metamorphism, secondary mineralization, and weathering. The story also involves Graves Mountain as a picnic location for locals (even politicians), a place for continuous specimen collecting including a connection to Tiffanys, and a massive mining project for an unexpected mineral resource. Most remarkably, more than 160 later, one can still go to Graves Mountain to collect mineral specimens.
our speaker: Jose Santamaria:
Having collected at Graves Mountain since the 1980s, Jose has written the Mineral History of Graves Mountain (Matrix Magazine, 2003-2004) and co-written the Graves Mountain chapter in American Mineral Treasure (2008). He is also co-author of The 50 Coolest Things at Tellus (2015) and editor of Minerals of Georgia (2016). Active for 35 years in the mineral education community, Jose is past president of the Georgia Mineral Society and the Rome Georgia Mineral Society. He is also a past president of the Georgia Association of Museums, and in January 2016 was awarded the Museum Professional of the Year award by the organization. He and his wife Maia live in Romes Old East Rome neighborhood in a renovated 1930 craftsman bungalow with their two dogs and one cat.