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New Mexico Mineral Symposium

Public health considerations and mandates prevent our hosting the 41st New Mexico Mineral Symposium this year. We may try to host a short, remote "symposium," including a few talks and Q & A, so please watch this page for more information.

We plan to host the event next year on November 12-14, 2021.

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

41stAnnual Symposium — November 13-15, 2020 (CANCELED)
Macey Center
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
Socorro, New Mexico

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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.

The Mineral Symposium is organized each year by the Mineral Museum at the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources.

Sponsors this year include:

  • Albuquerque Gem and Mineral Club
  • Chaparral Rockhounds
  • Los Alamos Geological Society
  • New Mexico Geological Society Foundation
  • Friends of Mineralogy
  • City of Socorro
  • Grant County Rolling Stones
  • Friends of Mineralogy–Colorado Chapter

Featured Speaker: TBA

Friends of the Mineral Museum Reception — Friday, November 13th

A Friends of the Mineral Museum reception will be held at the museum on Friday, November 13th from 5-7 pm. An informal tailgating session will be held at local motels beginning on Friday and will last through the weekend. You can join the “Friends” group at the reception with a donation of $25 or more.


At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 14th, a silent auction and Dinner will be followed by a voice auction to benefit the New Mexico Mineral Symposium. The auctions and dinner will take place in the Fidel Center Ballrooms (registration fee required).

A silent auction will also take place from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the lower lobby of Macey Center on November 15th. The auction is sponsored by the Albuquerque Gem and Mineral Club for the benefit of the Mineral Museum (FREE).


The pre-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. On-site registration will cost an additional $10 each.

A cocktail hour with a cash bar, followed by a dinner and auction, will be held on Saturday, November 14th. The cost for the dinner is $30.00 for adults, $10.00 for children (2-12 years old). A auction to benefit the symposium will conclude the evening's activities.

Pre-registration forms and online registration will be available about a month before the symposium.

Fieldtrip Photos

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