Established in late 2007, the Maryland Minerals website’s mission is to create awareness about all that the State of Maryland offers to mineral collectors. The site’s most recent update on September 30, 2016 brings a vastly improved slide show program as well as several new menu items.
During the summer of 2016, Google closed down the Picasa program, which Maryland Minerals had depended upon for its slide show of Maryland-collected minerals. We have since updated the site to replace the previous Picasa slide show with a more user friendly slide show program that we know our viewers will prefer. No longer is the Maryland Minerals slideshow a separate journey through nearly 200 mineral specimens and their labels. That vast series of images now consists of links to separate smaller slide shows, each featuring minerals from different Maryland counties shown in alphabetical order. The localities within each county also appear in alphabetical order, as well as the specimens that are pictured for each locality. This will enable viewers to to access the images they seek more quickly and efficiently.
In addition to the list of articles pertinent to Maryland minerals, we have inserted a separate menu that provides a link to the Mineral Bliss Blog, which I launched in February, 2009. Other additions include a menu item listing shows in the general region where minerals are shown and sold as well as a new template for users to contact us.