The Mineralogical Society


Southern California

975th Meeting

 December 13, 2019

Program : Minerals Containing Carbon

Presented By Steve Hardinger

Friday, December 13, 2019

Pasadena City College
Building E, Lecture Hall (room 220)
1570 E. Colorado Boulevard
Pasadena, California. 

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The Mineralogical Society of Southern California is dedicated to the dissemination of a general knowledge of the mineralogical and related earth sciences through the study and collecting of mineral specimens. Organized in 1931, it is the oldest mineralogical society in the western United States.
The MSSC is a scientific non-profit organization that actively supports the Pasadena City College Geology Department, its associated Dana Club,, and the Field Science Scholarship Fund. Support is also given to the San Bernardino County Museum of Natural History and Mindat.
The MSSC is affiliated with the California Federation of Mineralogical Societies and American Federation of Mineralogical Societies.

About the Program: Minerals Containing Carbon,

Presented By Dr. Steve Hardinger

We are all familiar with carbon as the basis for life as we know it, but what about its presence in minerals? In this talk we will explore what makes carbon special among the elements, some aspects of how carbon’s bonding influences the properties of minerals, general structures of carbon-containing minerals, and their origins.

Dr. Steve Hardinger has been a mineral collector for 42 years and a dealer (Dragon Minerals; for 17 years. His collecting interests include gypsum, ‘tortured’ (etched, bent, etc.) minerals, and unusual mineral species association. After nearly 30 years in academia, he recently retired from UCLA as a University Distinguished Senior Lecturer (Chemistry). His new co-authored book on “Mineral Cleaning, Preparation and Storage” is nearing completion.

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