Category Archives: Minerals

Christmas Geobaubles 2017

Here are my thin section Christmas geobaubles for 2017. For festive geologically themed decorations, print off two sheets, cut out the baubles and stick the two sides together. Pierce the black hole in the tag to thread a string. Merry … Continue reading

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Inside the Bartlett Brick

The new building at 22 Gordon Street houses The Bartlett School of Architecture. Completed in 2017 and designed by Hawkins\Brown Architects, the building has recently been named on the shortlist for The Architect’s Journal AJ100 Building of the Year prize … Continue reading

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The mis-appliance of science in cultural heritage?

Science applied to archaeology and cultural heritage is a thing. It has been happening for decades. Scientific analysis of materials can provide much needed information about materials, trade, manufacture, provenance, foodstuffs, populations, individuals. With today’s kit we can make analyses … Continue reading

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Catch a falling star: the strange story of the Tocopilla Meteorite

Think ‘meteorites’ and think ‘art’ and the average human mind will probably conjure up the garish and probably fantastical cover of a sci-fi novel depicting colliding worlds in shades of pink and blue or alternatively an ‘artist’s impression’ of the … Continue reading

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Oxford Ochre – An English Artists’ Pigment

The Oxford Ochre deposits are derived from a series of quartz and iron-rich sands of Lower Cretaceous, probably Valanginian age, the Whitchurch Sand Formation[1]. It overlies the Jurassic Purbeck, Portland and Kimmeridge Clay Formations. The Whitchurch Sands extend from Wiltshire … Continue reading

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Pentagonite & Cavansite

Whilst shopping at my favourite shop, Kremer Pigmente for some aerinite, I came across a mineral pigment I did not know, and obviously just had to buy it. It is called pentagonite, and Kremer indicate that it is sourced in … Continue reading

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