Nixon Collection of Mantle

This collection of 6,000 specimens is one of the most important of its kind. It is composed predominantly of ultramafic rocks (peridotites, kimberlites, carbonatites, dunites etc) collected over a 30-year period from localities worldwide, some of which no longer exist due to exploitation.

The Collection, which was donated to the Museum by Professor Peter Nixon in 1995, will be kept intact on the third floor of the Earth Science Building, and a current project to curate the specimens is expected to reach completion in the summer of 1997. Specimens will be arranged in locality order within a geographical framework. Information about the specimens can be accessed through a computer database. Much of the geochemical data is kept by Professor F.R. Boyd at the Carnegie Institute, Washington. However, attempts are being made to merge the two databases.

The collection has attracted much interest from exploration companies and universities alike, and will provide scope for many research projects.

Arrangements to view the collection can be made through David Smith.
Please allow a minimum of 48 hours notice of your arrival. A fee is required for all commercial enquiries.

For more information contact: David Smith

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