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Minerals from the Island of Elba
April 22 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
“Minerals from the Island of Elba”
Joseph Baldelli, Cenacolista
The island of Elba is the largest of seven islands that make up the Italian Tuscan Archipelago. The small Island of only 86 square miles is a treasure of mineral resources because of its iron mines operational for 3000 years and its abundance of over 170 different mineral species, nine of which were first identified there. He will speak first about the history of the Island of Elba, then about several of the gem-quality and collectible minerals found there, including Elbaite, Ilvaite, Morganite and Pyrite.
In his PowerPoint presentation, he will, with permission, present many photos from the geological magazine entitled The Italian Island of Elba-A Mineralogical Jewel in the Italian Tuscan Archipelago” published by Lithographic Ltd, Arvada, CO.
Joseph Baldelli has been a member of Il Cenacolo for four years, and currrently serves on the Board. He is a retired civil engineer and has been an avid “rock hound” since science class in grammar school. His interest in mineral collection has followed him through college and was especially vital while living and working in Hawaii. Presently he keeps his interest up to date by subscribing to the Mineralogical Record. For the past 12 years he has been a volunteer as a Docent at the California Academy of Sciences presenting the Gem and Mineral Collections to the general public.
Photo: Paolo Malesci, Elban Minerals Museium, 2008.