First of all, I offer thanks to Tuff Cookie over at Magma Cum Laude for resurrecting her In the Humorous Vein series. It had been too long since one of her inspirational posters.
The busy schedule that is a week spent at a conference continues. I succeeded in getting my poster printed on time to put it on the poster board today (Thanks to Robert, the person in charge of helping IMA conference attendees with, well, everything, near as I can tell.)
One of the highlights of Tuesday’s lectures for me was the Element’s lecture by Nigel Kelly on Zircon. Anyone who saw the Zircon issue of the Elements magazine will recall what a useful (and pretty) mineral zircon is. Even though (or because of?) the fact that much of the information in the talk was review for me, having read that issue cover-to-cover I very much enjoyed the talk.
Here is the list of talks to which I’ve actually made it on Monday and Tuesday. There were others which sounded interesting, but, alas, the interesting talks in different areas of specialization often conflict with one another. It was also necessary to miss a few I’d have liked to attend while dealing with the logistics of actually getting my poster printed.
From the session MH111 History of mineralogy: The role of the Carpathian region in the 18th century:
The tradition of Theophrastus’ “On Stones” during the early stages of modern mineral science
Sir James Hall’s visit in Schemnitz
Letters of German naturalists to Domokos: Teleki, the first president of the Jena Mineralogical Society
From the session H112 The scientific value of mineral beauty:
Garcia-Ruiz, J.M., Canals, A., Villasuso, R., Van Driessche, A.E.S. & Otálora, F.
On the formation of giant crystals of gypsum: the science behind beauty
Gilg, H.A., Krüger, Y., Taubald, H., Morteani, G. & Frenz, M.
Genesis of amethyst geodes at Ametista do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Emerald gastropod fossils from the Mantecanã mine (Gachalà district, Colombia): a record of the recipe for Colombian emerald formation
Feneyrol, J., Giuliani, G., Ohnenstetter, D., Galoisy, L. & Pardieu, V.
Is the V/Cr ratio a fingerprint of the geographical origin of 'tsavorite' in the Mozambique Belt?
From the session: MH110G – Mineral museums and Historical mineralogy
Müller, A., Rumsey, M. & Ihlen, P.
Historical minerals from the Evje-Iveland pegmatites at the Natural History Museum in London
Early 19th century scientific networking – a study in Jacob Berzelius’ mineral collection
From the session: GM72 – Accessory minerals: Tracers of magmatic and metamorphic evolution
Harlov, D.E., Williams, M., Jercinovic, M., Budzyn, B. & Hetherington, C.
Partial alteration of monazite and xenotime during mineral-fluid interaction: implications for geochronology
Finger, F., Dunkley, D. & Knop, E.
Multiple phases of monazite growth in the South Bohemian HP-HT granulites: a chance to constrain the entire timing of metamorphic evolution from subduction to exhumation by Th-U-Pb geochronometry?
Krenn, E. & Finger, F.
Unusually yttrium rich monazite with 6-14 wt.% Y2O3 in a granulite from the Bohemian Massif: implications for monazite-xenotime miscibility gap thermometry
Uher, P., Dianiška, I., Bačík, P., Ondrejka, M., Pršek, J. & Zubaj, R.
Gadolinite and crichtonite group minerals: breakdown products of primary monazite and xenotime in granitic and metamorphic rocks
Today is my poster session—we are meant to be at our posters from 14:00 to 16:00. However, today, at 14:00 is also the second rehersal of the IMA 210 Choir. Therefore I’ve written a note stating that it isn’t too late to join the choir, and inviting one and all to join the author of this poster at the 2nd rehearsal, and promising to return to the poster promptly after rehearsal.