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19 October

We have had no internet connection for much of the last 3 months.  Ugh! 

If you have problems with any orders placed with MS Book and Mineral Company during this hurricane period please let me know.

We had two hurricanes (Laura and Delta) this fall separated by about 6 weeks.  We are doing fine, with some damage.  We will need new shingles, new windows, new garage doors, and a new fence.
The original roof structure is intact with no leaks.  Many people here have no roofs or very leaky ones.  Lake Charles will never be the same, ever.  FEMA has been asked to stay for 6 months to help clean up the mess.

I am starting the November sale immediately to help with these unexpected expenses. 

10% off all books, minerals, or fossils that you would like to purchase.  No limits or restrictions!

15% off everything - on all orders over $ 150 (after discount) with a bonus of free, domestic media mail shipping.

The October sale is still in effect.  Go to the sale page to see the details about the October Sale.  A quick link to the sale page is available at the top of this page.

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1.  The Cycadophyte Catalog has just been updated.  Please check it out:

2.  The Pteridophyte Catalog has just been updated.  Please check this one out also:

3.  A new Select Mineral Specimen Catalog is coming on line soon.

4.  New ore samples from Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama are now in the Ore Mineral Catalog. Check out the top 3 new entries in that catalog! 

5.  A whole new mineral catalog has been launched....Minerals of Michigan with lots of new minerals.....Many more items to be added to that catalog soon.

6.  A new mineral has been added to the East European Mineral Catalog from Kosovo!

7.  I have just completed uploading to the website all publications I had into the Alask5 Catalogs.   Please check out all that is now available.

Alaska 1 Catalog - Federal Publications

Alaska 2 Catalog - State and Miscellaneous Publications

. The Australian Catalog has been split into 3 sections:

Australia 1 - Individual States

Australia 2 - Journal of Australian Earth Science

Australia 3 - West Australian Bulletins for serious collectors

9. Two new catalogs coming on-line soon of real rare material.

Tristate Pb-Zn Mining:  Lead and Zinc Mining in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri

Upper Mississippi Valley Zn-Pb Ore Deposits: Zinc and Lead Mining in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois.

. Six new catalogs were created during 2019:

Minerals Science and Engineering
* A Minerals Science Journal of Johannesburg, South Africa

Salt and Salt Domes
* Publications concerning the production and formation of salt deposits

Canadian Mineralogist
** The main Canadian Journal dedicated to the Science of Mineral Structure and Science

der Aufschulss
** A German journal packed with articles on minerals, fossils and geology from locations around the /World

Journal of Geochemical Exploration
** The journal dedicated to locating mineral deposits

Mineralium Deposita
** An International Journal for Geology, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry of Mineral Deposits,

*This catalog is now complete
**This catalog is a work in progress with hundreds more to add to the catalog

11.  I have just completed updating the USGS Folio Catalog.  It now contains about 2000 more folios than previously.

USGS Folio Link

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Items I need:

The request for an Invertebrate Paleontology library has now been deleted from this list as we have received a huge personal library to fill that need.

1. Ore Deposit books, more recent publications preferred

2. Igneous books, a complete igneous library was be nice

3. Mineralogical Records, a complete set, some individual volumes, whatever you have that is in excellent condition please

4. Mineralogy Books, old classics, but more recent publications preferred

5. All Trilobite or Ammonite books

6. More Upscale minerals for purchase, trade, or consignment

7. A set of rock thin section microscope slides

Mel Schmidt, Owner

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