By Jack Caldwell

Probably the most extraordinary website I have yet come across is Data Metallogenica on-line. I became aware of the site via an e-mail that read in part:

I am a former Mineral Deposits professor (University of Manitoba, Canada), presently living in Adelaide, Australia, where I have relocated seven years ago together with my lifetime collection of miniaturized rock/ore sets from more than 3000 ore deposits of the world. Since 1999, the collection and related global information has been developed for internet delivery as http://cms.infomine.com/articles/xigla/scripts/www.Datametallogenica.com.

This year (in May), the latest of my five major books on empirical field observation-related global metallogeny has been published by Springer International. Its title is "Giant Metallic Deposits; Future Sources of Industrial Metals".

More information about the site from the site:

Data Metallogenica on-line is a continuously expanding searchable database for global mineral deposits with over 40,000 image and text files containing:

This is truly the most extraordinary resource I have yet come across. I must recommend it.