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Location: Times Mirror Conference Room
Natural History Museum
Time: 7:30 pm
Congo is famous for beautiful specimens of dioptase from Reneville and Mindouli and of cerussite and wulfenite from M'Fouati. In 1978, a French-Congolese government prospecting program discovered many more copper-zinc-lead prospects, which have also produced some fine mineral specimens. Unfortunately, many of the specimens reach the mineral market mislabeled, because the original diggers have disguised or misrepresented the localities because of collecting restrictions. The problem is exacerbated by the long chain of middlemen and dealers, who have no idea of the geography of the Republic of the Congo.
Demetrius Pohl has spent more than seven years working in the Congo and has had the opportunity to visit many of the localities, talk to the diggers and acquire many mineral specimens, allowing him to unravel the mysteries of the mineral sources. He will provide a short history of mining activity in the Congo’s Niari Basin, an overview of the area’s geology and stories of his trials and tribulations in getting to the localities – all illustrated with photos of the localities and the minerals.
Dr. Pohl earned his Ph.D. in geochemistry from Stanford. In his early career, he served as Assistant Curator at the American Museum of Natural History and Adjunct Professor of Economic Geology at Columbia University. For most of his 40-year career, he has been an exploration geologist, focusing on Africa and South America.
A splendid mineral and gem journey through France and Germany led by Curator Eloïse Gaillou, Curator Emeritus Tony Kampf, and Collections Manager Alyssa Morgan.
• Five nights in Obernai, France, two nights near Idar-Oberstein, and three nights in Dresden, Germany
• Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines Mineral and Gem Show
• Private mineral & museum collection tours
• Mine & Wine: Exclusive excursions of famous mines and celebrated vineyards
• Visits with prominent mineral, gem, and carving dealers
• Outings to historical castles and cultural sights • European culinary delights
For any additional information about these events, please contact the Gem & Mineral Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 763-3326.
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