The Fifth Annual Micromounters Winter Gathering Report

Thank all of you who participated, and especially our hosts
Ed and Martha Cunningham,
and the speakers who gave such informative talks.

Following is Henry Barwood's email report about the gathering:

Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2006 18:00:33 -0600
From: "Henry Barwood"
Subject: Winter Micromounter's Gathering

The 5th Annual Winter Micromounter's Gathering was held over the weekend at
the Advent Christian Village at Dowling Park, Florida. For those of you not
familiar with this event, it was originated and hosted by Ed and Martha
Cunningham, and is an outstanding meeting for anyone interested in minerals
or mineral collecting. The atmosphere is very relaxed and there is abundant
food and drink between sessions! For those of you who missed it, plan to
attend next year (The theme will be lesser known mineral locations of the

This year's presentations were: Alkaline Rocks of the World (Mt. Ste.
Hilaire, Greenland etc.) by Julian Gray, Lithologic Associations of
at Granite Mountain and the Southeastern Rim of Magnet Cove by Henry
Barwood, Minerals of Mt. Ste. Hilaire by Bill Lechner, Mineral
Photomicrographs by Earl English and "Around the World in 80 Minerals" by
Jason Smith. There was lots of mineral swapping, and a huge table of really
nice give-aways (where else can you pick up specimens of burbankite and
tuperssuatsiaite for free!). Henry and Bill handed out lists of minerals
and print-outs of their talks and Both Julian and Bill had a table with selected
literature on alkaline rock mineral localities that was top notch!

When contacting the Village Lodge for reservations make sure that they know that you are with the Micromounters.

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