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New Mexico Mineral Symposium

4 corners minerals
New Mexico Minerals
(clockwise from upper left):
pyrolusite; halite; malachite pseudomorph; magnetite.

Plan to attend the:

39thAnnual Symposium — November 10-11, 2018
Macey Center
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
Socorro, New Mexico

The New Mexico Mineral Symposium provides a forum for both professionals and amateurs interested in mineralogy. The meeting allows all to share their cumulative knowledge of mineral occurrences and provides stimulus for mineralogical studies and new mineral discoveries. In addition, the informal atmosphere encourages intimate discussions among all interested in mineralogy and associated fields.

This year’s symposium will consist of a day and a half of formal papers presented in 30-minute time blocks. Papers will focus on mineral occurrences from New Mexico and adjacent states, as well as Mexico. A few selected papers may be presented from other parts of the world.

A Friends of the Mineral Museum reception will be held at the museum from 5-7 pm. An informal tailgating session will be held at local motels beginning on Friday and will last through the weekend.

A silent auction, sponsored by the Albuquerque Gem and Mineral Club for the benefit of the Mineral Museum, will be held on Sunday, November 11 from 9am-1pm. The auction will be open to the public, and all interested may buy or sell. All sellers pay a modest fee to the club to benefit the symposium and Mineral Museum. More information will be available at the symposium.

Featured Speaker: TBA


Bob Eveleth reminds you to join us for the Mineral Symposium, held the 2nd weekend of every November.

Papers on mineral occurrences and artifacts in New Mexico and adjacent states are invited for 30-minute presentations. All papers on the history of collecting, geology and geochemistry of mineral occurrences, new mineral localities, and mineralogical research will be considered.

Titles of papers must be submitted by July 15, 2018, to be included in the final announcement and program. Abstracts must be in no later than September 15, 2018. Abstracts can be no longer than 1,000 words. Electronic submissions are encouraged, via e-mail or on standard electronic storage media. Hard copy versions are also accepted if sent in a timely manner.

Please submit titles and abstracts to:
2018 Mineral Symposium Abstracts

Dr. Virgil W. Lueth
New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801


The general registration fee for the symposium is $40.00, and the fee for students is $20.00 (with student ID). Registration includes a copy of the abstracts, two continental breakfasts, and coffee breaks. A cocktail hour and dinner will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018. A cash bar will be available. The cost for the dinner is $30.00 for adults, $10.00 for children (2-12 years old). An auction to benefit the symposium will conclude the evening's activities.

Pre-registration for next year is not yet available.


Fieldtrip Photos

We have posted photographs of some prior symposium fieldtrips. If you have photographs you would like to share, please contact the webmaster.