|4th Winter Micromount Gathering Report
By Dr. Henry Barwood
Winter Gathering of Micromounters
Advent Christian Village, Dowling Park, Florida
Friday and Saturday February 25, 26 2005
The Winter Gathering did not officially begin until Saturday morning,
February 26, 2005; however, on Friday evening there were already 15
microscopes set up and the early arrivals conducted a brisk session with
lots of exchanges of minerals and ideas.
The meeting is hosted by Ed and
Martha Cunningham at Advent Christian Village which has a marvelous facility
complete with meeting hall, lodge and restaurant.
The meeting officially began on Saturday after an early breakfast.
There were 16 microscopes and 20 attendees. Talks began at 8:30 with Bill Lechner
giving a report on the Aris Quarry in Namibia and examples of various
minerals from Mt. St.Hilaire.
Julian Gray followed with report on the history of micromounting.
After a short break, Joe Horton discussed photomicrographic techniques and methods of manipulating the image(s) for
Jim Daly demonstrated how to make air tight containers for sensitive micromounts and generated quite a few comments on the technique.
A modest fee was collected and an excellent lunch was provided with sandwich
materials, salad, drinks and desserts.
After lunch Jason Smith presented a tour of worldwide localities through excellent photomicrographs of 80 different mineral species.
Henry Barwood concluded the talks with a report on recent analyses of specimens collected on the Fall FM field trip to the Arkansas syenites.
Dave Babulski was to present a talk on his open frame
gimbal mechanism microscope stage and paintings of micromounts, but he and
his wife came down with the flu and were unable to attend.
Dave sent along a
print out of his presentation and called to see if anyone had any questions
After the formal talks, Don Reems brought out his collection of
Graves Mountain rutiles for everyone to see. While they were not exactly
micromounts, they are exceptional rutile specimens. The meeting did not
break up until around 11:00 PM.
There was an overwhelming abundance of give-away material available and
discussions and specimen exchanges proceeded throughout the day.
for lighting methods and photomicrography, especially digital imaging, were
discussed by the participants.
The group decided to have the theme of a
comparison between Mt. St. Hilaire and the Arkansas syenite minerals for the
meeting in 2006. Henry Barwood will remain as program chair, and Bill
Lechner and Julian Gray will assist him with the program.
This was another
very successful and enjoyable micromount meeting and we hope it will
continue to grow in the future.
Associate Professor of Science, Earth Science
Department of Math and Physics
Troy, Alabama 36082
Henry L. Barwood
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information about him.
|Location and Facilities
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The retreat Center
The Conference room
Links to the past gatherings are below:
2nd Wintergathering report
3rd wintergathering report
3rd wintergathering photos