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New Mexico Mineral Symposium

flourite on quartz
Photo by Jeff Scovil
Fluorite on quartz, Pine Canyon deposit, Burro Mountains District, Grant Co., NM. Gift of Gary & Priscilla Young.

Plan to attend the:

42cdAnnual Symposium — November 11-13, 2022
Macey Center
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
Socorro, New Mexico

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A PDF version of this announcement is also available.

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. An informal pre-symposium social and tailgating session will be held at local motels beginning on Friday, November 11, 2022, and will last through the weekend.

Wulfenite on malachite
Photo by Virgil Lueth
Wulfenite on malachite, Graphic Mine, Magdalena District, Socorro Co., NM.

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:

4 corners minerals
Photo by Kelsey McNamara
Barite, Day Tunnel, Pelican Mine, Hermosa District, Sierra Co., NM.

Dr. John Jaszczak — Michigan Technological University

John Jaszczak is Director and the John and Phyllis Seaman Endowed Curator of the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum of Michigan Technological University. He is also a professor of physics at Michigan Tech, where he has taught and conducted research since 1991. His childhood love of minerals inspired him to become a scientist—first in chemistry and then in physics—but always with minerals in mind. John grew up in the Cleveland, Ohio area and was a junior member of the Parma Lapidary Club. He earned his BS degree in physics from Case Western Reserve University; while there he joined the Micromineral Society of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Moving to Columbus, Ohio, he earned his MS and PhD degrees in physics from Ohio State University. During his graduate studies, he was a member of the Columbus Rock and Mineral Club. After doing research at Argonne National Laboratory for two years as a postdoctoral appointee, he and his family moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. John's mineralogical interests currently focus on unusual crystal shapes, graphite, diamonds, hemimorphic minerals, and the minerals from the famous Merelani gem mines in northern Tanzania from which he has helped describe the two new minerals merelaniite and richardsite. Jaszczakite was named in his honor by Bindi and Paar in 2016.

map of Socorro

Friends of the Mineral Museum Reception — Friday, November 11th

A Friends of the Mineral Museum reception will be held at the museum on Friday, November 11th 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 12th, 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 13th. 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 $50.00, and the fee for students is $25.00 (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 12th. 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. The dinner and auction will be in the Fidel Center.

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


Friday November 11, 2022

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friends of the Museum Reception — Headen Center (Bureau of Geology) atrium. Appetizers and cash bar.

7:00 pm to ? Informal motel tailgating and social hour — individual rooms, Comfort Inn & Suites (# 1 on map and other venues — FREE)

Saturday November 12, 2022

8:00 a.m. Registration — Macey Center, continental breakfast

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Silent auction to benefit the New Mexico Mineral Symposium

8:50 Opening remarks, main auditorium
9:00 Crystal faces and forms — John Rakovan
9:30 The many faces of New Mexico fluorite — Herwig Pelckmans

10:00 Coffee and burrito break

11:00 A copper bowl with a silver lining — Tom Rosemeyer
11:30 120 years of the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum of Michigan Tech — John Jaszczak

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:30 Colorado mining scams, frauds, and poor business practices — Ed Raines
2:00 A tour of the outstanding crystallized minerals of the Colorado mineral belt — Phil Persson
2:30 Crystal Peak: Lesser-known mineral finds — Mark Jacobson, Brad Meese, Thomas Cheatham, Joseph Dorris, and Markus Raschke

3:00 Coffee break

3:30 Wieliczka salt mine, Kraków, Poland — David Stoudt
4:00 Criminal Minerals: Investigating minerals that break the Laws (of classical crystallography) — John Jaszczak (Featured Speaker)

5:30 Sarsaparilla and suds: cocktail hour, cash bar — Fidel Center Ballrooms

6:30 Dinner followed by a voice auction to benefit the New Mexico Mineral Symposium — Fidel Center Ballrooms

Sunday November 13, 2022

8:00 a.m. Morning social, coffee and donuts

8:50 Welcome to the second day of the symposium and follow-up remarks
9:00 New Mexico minerals/mines along old Route 66 — Anna Domitrovic
9:30 A shining past–a glowing future–The Steeple Rock mining district, Grant County, New Mexico — Patrick Rowe

10:00 Coffee break

10:30 New Mexico copper, cuprite, and delafossite — Ramon DeMark, Michael Michayluk, and Tom Katonak
11:00 New Mexico Originals: Type specimans from the Land of Enchantment — Nathalie and Paul Brandes
11:30 Occurrences of orbicular granite in New Mexico — Tom Katonak, Dave Wells, and Joan Karrie

12:00 p.m. Lunch

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Silent auction, lower lobby, Macey Center — sponsored by the Albuquerque Gem and Mineral Club for the benefit of the Mineral Museum (FREE)


See our Gallery of photographs from past symposia and associated field trips. If you have photographs that you would like to share, please contact us.

For more photos and “live reports” of past symposia, please peruse Erin Delventhal’s in-depth coverage on