Mindat.org
OwnerThe Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, Keswick, Virginia
Created byJolyon Ralph, et al.
IndustryMineralogy
URLwww.mindat.org
CommercialNo
Launched10 October 2000; 21 years ago (2000-10-10)
OCLC number643335336
Crystalline copper "feather" from Itauz Mine, Kazakhstan, an example of a photo from the Mindat database
Crystalline copper "feather" from Itauz Mine, Kazakhstan, an example of a photo from the Mindat database

Mindat.org is a non-commercial online database, claiming to be the largest mineral database and mineralogical reference website on the Internet.[1] It is used by professional mineralogists, geologists, and amateur mineral collectors alike.

The website contains a significant catalogue of mineral entries, localities, and photographs. Registered editors may add and revise information on the regularly updating database.

As of 2016, it included:

History

Mindat was started in 1993 as a personal database project by Jolyon Ralph. He then developed further versions as a Microsoft Windows application before launching a community-editable database web site in October 2000.[2]

Mindat.org is now part of the Hudson Institute of Mineralogy, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational foundation incorporated in the state of New York.[3][4]

Jolyon Ralph was awarded the Mineralogical Society of America's Distinguished public service medal in 2011 for his work on Mindat.org.[5]

References

  1. ^ Mindat.org | The Massachusetts Geological Survey
  2. ^ "The History of Mindat". Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  3. ^ "The Hudson Institute of Mineralogy". www.mindat.org. Retrieved 2021-03-21.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ Mindat.org Database - Potomac State College
  5. ^ Mineralogical Society of America