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Saturday, December 27, 2008

DRC 2.0 Update - Build 2.0.3 is available

Hi everyone:

I just released an update to Digital Rockhound's companion version 2.0.

Bug Fix: Saving mines to list causes duplicate index error if a mine is listed twice. This is caused when alias names are being shown in the search results. Full revision history

This update will be made available through the new integrated update feature (Added in build 2.0.1).

This update is free to all current users of DRC 2.0.
I have sent email notification to all current users, however if you feel you should get this update and did not receive an email please contact me Gary Kindel.

Gary Kindel

Saturday, December 6, 2008

DRC 2.0 Update - Build 2.0.2 is available

Hi everyone:

I just released an update to Digital Rockhound's companion version 2.0.

Bug Fix: Cannot add available Map Layer to new or existing Digital Map
This update will be made available through the new integrated update feature (Added in build 2.0.1).

This update is free to all current users of DRC 2.0.
I have sent email notification to all current users, however if you feel you should get this update and did not receive an email please contact me Gary Kindel.

Gary Kindel

DRC 2.0 Update - Build 2.0.1 is available

Hi everyone:

I just released an update to Digital Rockhound's companion version 2.0.

This update includes a fix poor auto-fill-in functionality for Dropdown list downs.
Also included an integrated check for updates right in DRC.

This update is free to all current users of DRC 2.0.
I have sent email notification to all current users, however if you feel you should get this update and did not receive an email please contact me Gary Kindel.

Gary Kindel

Friday, December 5, 2008

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mineral Collection Storage - Specimen Tab

Database Menu
>>Mineral Storage
>>>>Browse

Displays all of the specimens you have associated with that location.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mineral Collection Storage

Database Menu
>>Mineral Storage
>>>>Browse

Create your own storage location for your mineral collection. This becomes an very useful feature when you have a large collection. Use it to track where your specimens are.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mineral Collection Storage List

Database Menu
>>Mineral Storage
>>>>List

Searchable/ filterable list of mineral storage locations you have configured in DRC.
Shown are my personal locations (not distributed) with DRC.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Business Contacts

Database Menu
>>Contacts
>>>>Browse

View, add, delete, or modify business contacts within DRC. It comes preloaded with mineral and lapidary shops for the US.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Magazines

Database Menu
>>Magazines

View, add, delete, or modify magazine issues for your favorite mineral related publication.
DRC comes with a partial index for Mineralogical Record and for Rock and Minerals Magazine.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: USGS Topographic Map Index

Database Menu
>>Maps
>>>>Topo Maps
>>>>>>Browse

You can Browse through all of the USGS Topo map index database records that are referenced by mines and locations with DRC.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Place displayed on Google Map

Every location, place or mine in DRC can be displayed on Google Maps integrated with DRC.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: USGS Place Name Record

After searching for a Place name, selecting the record opens the record.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: USGS Place Name Search

Database menu
>>Places
>>>>Search

This screen allows you to search over 1 million records for place names for locations or points of interest that appear on any USGS map. Map data is current to circa 1997.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Digital Map Layer Record

Database Menu
>>Digital Maps
>>>>Browse

Here is typical record for digital map layer. Most of the map layers are in ESRI Arcview map layer format.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: List of Digital Map Layers

Database Menu
>>Digital Maps
>>>>List

Filterable list of digital map layers that are included with digital rockhound's companion.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mine Displayed on Digital Map

Any mine or location in DRC can be displayed on a digital map.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Locations from alicatsrocks.com

Locations listed at alicatsrocks.com

Licking Creek, OH
Creek is between Newark and Zanesville.
Galena

Monroeville OH
South of Sandusky Ohio. At the intersection of Rte. 20 and Rte. 99.
Pyrite balls

Monroeville, OH
2 miles north of town.
Aragonite, Baryte, Botryogen, Calcite, Copiapite

Wellston, OH
Numerous coal mines near town.
Pyrite

Articles from www.vasichkominerals.com

I found the following articles from the Ohio Mineral Collector on www.vasichkominerals.com.
Site author is Joe Vasichko from Wooster Ohio. Well worth the read.

Ohio Rockhound
Articles for the Ohio Mineral Collector

Collecting Wurtzite Crystals, Negley, Ohio

Mineralization of Geodized Brachiopods,
Georgetown, Ohio

Mineral Habits of the C.E. Duff and
Son Inc. Quarry

Gypsum var. Selenite Crystals from
Ellsworth, Ohio

Septarian Minerals of the Huron River near
Lamereaux Road Bridge, Monroeville, Ohio

Map of Septarian Minerals of the Huron River near Lamereaux Road Bridge, Monroeville, Ohio

Mineral Collecting in Ohio

Online Resources
Factiods from DRC 2.0 Data:
  • 2115 mines listed for Ohio
  • 33 Mine entries listed for Galena
  • 46 mine entries listed for Celestite
  • 90 mines listed for Gold

Monday, November 24, 2008

My favorite Mineral Databases

Here is a list of my favorite online databases.

Mindat.org is the largest mineral database and mineralogical reference website.

WebMineral.com
is a complete, up-to-date, mineral database containing 4442 mineral species descriptions and comprehensive picture library of images.

Athena is a Alphabetical list of minerals with formula and system.

Geologynet Online Geology Search Engine

www.mineralatlas.com is a database provides information about mineralogy and is dedicated to providing access to physical and chemical data, photos, electron microscopy images, images of thin sections and analytical data such as Mineral Vibrational Spectra in the near-, far- and mid- infrared regions of the spectrum, infrared emission spectra and Raman spectra of minerals.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mineral Collection Slide Show

Databases Menu
>>Mineral Collection
>>>>Image Slide Show: Displays all mineral specimen photos

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mineral Collection Search

Databases Menu
>>Mineral Collection
>>>>Search

Showing an example of finding all Rockbridgeite specimens from New Jersey USA

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mineral Collection List

Databases Menu
>>Mineral Collection
>>>>Browse - List: Filterable and sortable list of all specimens in the mineral collection database.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mineral Collection Treeview

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mineral Collection - Images Tab

Databases Menu
>>Mineral Collection
>>>>TreeView: Display collection organized by Species

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mineral Collection - Images Tab

Databases Menu
>>Mineral Collection
>>>>Browse - Images Tab _Displays all images associated with specimen.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mineral Collection - Reports Tab

Databases Menu
>>Mineral Collection
>>>>Browse - Reports Tab: Summary reports that can be run on the mineral collection database.



Species List


Summary by Year

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mineral Collection - Additional Tab

Databases Menu
>>Mineral Collection
>>>>Browse - Additional Tab: Shows associated species on specimen.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mineral Collection

Databases Menu
>>Mineral Collection
>>>>Browse - Main tab of Mineral Collection Screen

Screen Shot Slide Show of DRC 2.0

Here is a slide show of DRC 2.0 screen shots

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Search Minerals

Here is an example showing searching for all minerals that are:
Color= Blue, Luster=Adamantine and have a tetragonal crystal

Databases
>>Minerals
>>>>Search

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mineral Data References

Databases Menu
>>Minerals
>>>>References - Show references for the mine data in DRC.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mineral Image Slide Show

See all the mining images you may have associated with mines in DRC in one convienant place.
Databases Menu
>>Minerals
>> SlideShow

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Minerals Periodic Table Search

Databases
>>Minerals
>>>>Periodic Table Search: Find mineral species using chemical compositions.

This is alot of fun.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Minerals List

Databases
>>Minerals
>>>>List - Images tab: Filterable and sortable list of all mineral species in DRC.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Associated Species - Images Tab

Databases
>>Minerals
>>>>Browse - Associated Species Tab: Displays commonly occurring minerals based on mineral occurrences reported by the mine locations for the mineral and from associations based on your personal collection.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Minerals - Specimen Images Tab

Databases
>>Minerals
>>>>Browse - Specimen Images tab: Displays any specimen images for this mineral species.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Minerals - Names Tab

Databases
>>Minerals
>>>>Browse - Names tab: Shows variety and alias names for the mineral species.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Minerals - Images Tab

Databases
>>Minerals
>>>>Browse - Images tab: Displays any images for this mineral species you have downloaded.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Minerals - Specimen Tab

Databases
>>Minerals
>>>>Browse -Specimen tab - Displays your mineral specimens for this mineral species.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Minerals - Locations Tab

Databases
>>Minerals
>>>>Browse - Locations tab - Shows mine locations (from DRC) that report occurance of the mineral species.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Minerals - ReferenceTab

Databases
>>Minerals
>>>>Browse - Reference Tab: Shows data bibliography

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Minerals - Additional Tab

Databases
>>Minerals
>>>>Browse - Additional Data tab - Shows optical and crystal cell size data

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Minerals - Main Tab

Databases
>>Minerals
>>>>Browse - Main tab for a record in Minerals database.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mine Image Slide Show

See all the mining images you may have associated with mines in DRC in one convienant place.
Databases Menu
>>Mines
>> SlideShow

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mines - Nearby Mines Tab

This is the Nearby Mines tab for the Mine Screen, which lists all of the nearby mines close this mine.

>>Mines
>>>>Mines in TreeView (And then double-click on an mine lists.)
or
Databases
>>Mines
>>>>Search Mines (And then double-click on an mine in the search results.)

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mines - Mine Images Tab

This is the Mine Imagestab for the Mine Screen, showing all of the images you have associated with this mine.
>>Mines
>>>>Mines in TreeView (And then double-click on an mine lists.)
or
Databases
>>Mines
>>>>Search Mines (And then double-click on an mine in the search results.)

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mines - Specimens Tab

This is the Specimens tab for the Mine Screen, all of the mineral specimens in your collection cross referencing this mine.
>>Mines
>>>>Mines in TreeView (And then double-click on an mine lists.)
or
Databases
>>Mines
>>>>Search Mines (And then double-click on an mine in the search results.)

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mines - Geology Tab

This is the Geology tab for the Mine Screen, showing site geology for the mine.
Databases
>>Mines
>>>>Mines in TreeView (And then double-click on an mine lists.)
or
Databases
>>Mines
>>>>Search Mines (And then double-click on an mine in the search results.)

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mines - Ore Deposits Tab

This is the Ore Deposits tab for the Mine Screen, showing ore deposits classification for the mine.
Databases
>>Mines
>>>>Mines in TreeView (And then double-click on an mine lists.)
or
Databases
>>Mines
>>>>Search Mines (And then double-click on an mine in the search results.)

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mines - Mining Info Tab

This is the Mining Info tab for the Mine Screen, showing activity history for the selected mine.
Databases
>>Mines
>>>>Mines in TreeView (And then double-click on an mine lists.)
or
Databases
>>Mines
>>>>Search Mines (And then double-click on an mine in the search results.)

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mines - Lat/Long Tab

This is the Lat/Long tab for the Mine Screen, showing location coordinates and map references for the mine
Databases
>>Mines
>>>>Mines in TreeView (And then double-click on an mine lists.)
or
Databases
>>Mines
>>>>Search Mines (And then double-click on an mine in the search results.)

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mines - Main Tab

This is the Main tab for the Mine Screen.
Databases
>>Mines
>>>>Mines in TreeView (And then double-click on an mine lists.)
or
Databases
>>Mines
>>>>Search Mines (And then double-click on an mine in the search results.)

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Search Mines

Here is an example showing searching for all mines in South Dakota where Spodumene has been reported to ocurr.

Databases
>>Mines
>>>>Search Mines

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mine Data References

Databases Menu
>>Mines
>>>>References - Show references for the mine data in DRC.

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Mines listed in Tree View

Databases Menu
>>Mines
>>>>Browse in Treeview

Saturday, November 15, 2008

DRC 2.0 Walk Through: Collecting Locations

Databases Menu
>>Collecting Locations
>>>> Browse - Opens to first record in Collecting Locations database.


See the Minerals listed to occur at this location.



Databases Menu
>>Collecting Locations - Opens a selectable list of records in Collecting Locations database.

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