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Lessons in Mineralogy

An Index to John White's "Let's Get it Right"

Rocks & Minerals Magazine by Dr. John White

As confusing as the naming of individual minerals, varieties, and descriptors can get, the quasi-monthly Rocks & Minerals article “Let’s Get It Right” published by Taylor & Francis  and authored by John S. White does a fine job of clearing up some of the cloudy, nomenclature-related muck. A consulting editor of Rocks & Minerals and operator of Kustos, a museum/collector consulting business as well as having the distinct honor of being the recipient of the 2010 Salotti Mineralogical Award and having the mineral whiteite named after him, John White tackles everything from the varietal naming of elbaite species, perimorphs versus epimorphs, the commercial use of the word “granite,” and International Mineralogical Association’s Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature, and Classification. Below is a chronological listing of the existing “Let’s Get It Right” articles. Please contact us for available Rocks and Minerals back-issues at dakotamatrix@gmail.com. We have a limited supply at low costs. Back issues are also available online at http://www.rocksandminerals.org.

Title

Author

Issue (month/month & year)

Vol.

No.

Clinozoisite and Epidote from Pakistan

John S. White

September/October 2001

76

5

Quartz (Not Chalcedony) "Fingers" from Jalgaon, India

John S. White

November/December 2001

76

6

More about Epidote and Clinozoisite

John S. White

March/April 2002

77

2

The Hope Diamond Weighs 45.52 Carats!

John S. White

May/June 2002

77

3

Cavansite or Pentagonite?

John S. White

July/August 2002

77

4

The -hedrals: Euhedral, Subhedral, and Anhedral

John S. White

September/October 2002

77

5

Disbelieving Dissolution

John S. White

November/December 2002

77

6

Scepters or "Decepters"?

John S. White

March/April 2003

78

2

The Cumberland Habit

John S. White

May/June 2003

78

3

Diaphaneity, or Looking through a Glass Darkly

John S. White

July/August 2003

78

4

Using the Proper "-morph"

John S. White

September/October 2003

78

5

Selenite—Die, You Accursed Term

John S. White

November/December 2003

78

6

Spessartine Garnet?

John S. White

March/April 2004

79

2

The Nomenclature Debacle

John S. White

May/June 2004

79

3

Misinformation about Mars on Earth

John S. White

July/August 2004

79

4

Taking It For Granite

John S. White

September/October 2004

79

5

A Response to "The Nomenclature Debacle"

John S. White

November/December 2004

79

6

A Second Response to "The Nomenclature Debacle"

John S. White

March/April 2005

80

2

Tajikistanian Heliodor

John S. White

July/August 2005

80

4

Lava, Magma, and Volcanoes

John S. White

September/October 2005

80

5

Reliable Sources

John S. White

November/December 2005

80

6

The Plagioclase Feldspars

John S. White

July/August 2006

81

4

Cleavage in Quartz

John S. White

September/October 2006

81

5

Single Crystals

John S. White

November/December 2006

81

6

Paraiba Tourmaline, or Not?

John S. White

March/April 2008

82

2

What to Include as Inclusions

John S. White

July/August 2007

82

4

Semi-precious Equals Semi-silly

John S. White

September/October 2007

82

5

Epitaxy—A Simple Concept?

John S. White

March/April 2010

85

2

Lepidocrocite—It Just Won’t Go Away!

John S. White

May/June 2010

85

3

Some Thoughts about Tourmalines (and Garnets)

John S. White

January/February 2011

86

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