Well a real museum sorts everything according to some kind of logic! This is not the case! WHY?

To cut a long story short: Emile AMADE (1928-2016) worked as a geologist in many places on earth except Asia and Antartica! He was fond of mineralogy and has been collecting minerals all his life… But (there is a but!) he died before documenting all his belongings. So I (his son Bernard) decided to put everything in strong plastic boxes and take a picture of every specimen.

  • I took the pictures and registered them "as is" (so no logical order whatsoever).

  • Often the quality is bad (blurred pictures abound: I am no photographer and there were about 7000 items to register!). Note that there is a difference between the original picture and those appearing on the web site! If needed you can copy these pictures (or ask for a better original) please mention the origin!

  • Many specimen are not identified! I know this is a terrible thing… and that’s why I publish everything on the web! … and hope some of you will provide some help (thanks!). If you have identified some items please send me an email (please don’t do this just for a single picture: updating the site is a lot of work!) Note: the images have been managed using the (now defunct) Picasa application: there is a strange bug where comments are switched from an image to another (sorry)!

    If you want a better picture of some item just notify me (you can use these pictures for your own need -they are kind of "open source" as long as you document the fact that it comes from the Emile Amade collection-)

  • Rocks in this collection are diverse: they are not necessarily "beautiful", they were collected because they are technicaly interesting from a geologic point of view. If you get bored while wandering through the boxes ("caisse" in French) don’t forget to come back later… there might be real gems down the line!

  • What about the the "real" rocks that are stored and waiting for something to happen? Well I have some options open right now: some are at the natural museum in Toulouse and another public museum at Nancy is going to manage the others (see below)… So if you are interested (by identification or for examination) you can notify them.


Bernard AMADE

(→ "bernard" dt "amade" somewhere on "free" dt "fr")

Now the links (sorry but many comments are a mix of french and english):

Specimens that have been given to museums (or private individuals)

Final list

These are to be stored at Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Géologie (Vendoeuvre-Lès-Nancy FRANCE) - and a subsequent geology Museum set up by Pr. Giovanni Zingo- except some rocks which were given to individuals (marked with arrow → ). Please notify them if you are interested by identification or for examination.