--Welcome to the Mineral Image Help Page--
This page shows the layout of information for mineral images that can be found in the MIROFOSS MOBILE database. Please note that the help pages have been written as a simple reference guide in relation to the MIROFOSS database. For more information about minerals and their properties. Please visit the Lessons and Tutorials page which can be found in the mineral database index.

Through-out the research, design, and development of MIROFOSS, care has been taken to ensure all pages within the database follow the same format. All mineral article toolbars and other colour schemes are shown in various shades of blue. Each article has an image page which is located in the right frame of your browser and an article page which is located in the left frame of your browser. If further assistance is required, please -contact us-. .


--Image Frame Information--

+ The image located to the left is an example of the toolbar which is located at the top of every mineral image article in the database. By using the buttons on the toolbar; You can navigate to the MIROFOSS search page, go back to the mineral index page, get help on various web and mineral related topics, as well as navigate between mineral varieties and alternate mineral names linked to the main topic.
+ The information located directly below the toolbar gives information about how the mineral is classified in various types of mineral catalogues, where this specific mineral sample was found, a description of the mineral sample, and the sample collection number.

+ Each sample found in MIROFOSS is given a unique collection number which can be seen underneath the mineral sample along with the country of origin for the sample.

The unique collection number is refereed to as the 'Dynamo Collection Number' and is created using information from the Nickel-Strunz classification system as well as date information of when the mineral was acquired. Using the mineral sample shown to the left, we can further explain the Dynamo Collection Number:

C - The mineral name is 'creedite' therefore, the first character is 'C'
3 - The mineral is a halide so it is given the character '3'
C - The character 'C' after the character '3' shows the mineral is a complex halide
2010 - the year in which the mineral was acquired
0006 - shows it was the sixth mineral starting with the letter 'C' to be acquired in the shown year


The Instacanvass icon opens a new tab in your browser to the MIROFOSS instacanvass page. This is where high quality images of MIROFOSS samples can be purchased, with proceeds going to the MIROFOSS foundation.

The You Tube icon opens a new tab on your browser to the MIROFOSS channel on You Tube. This is where you can watch videos related to the MIROFOSS database as well as the MIROFOSS foundation.


--Geographical Information--

The Sample Map shows the approximate location of where the sample was discovered. The location is marked with a red 'X' with an amber circle around it.

--Sample Images--

The ruler image is used to show the actual size of the mineral sample in relation to practical measurement.

- The measurement is in millimeters (mm)
- The image is
generally taken as a top down view
- The image is shot in artificial light
- The image is sometimes cropped to remove white space

The preview image is used to show the mineral under ideal conditions.

- There is no scale on the image
- The image can be from various angles
- The image is shot in artificial light
-The image is sometimes zoomed in

The macro image is used to show a detailed focused section of the mineral sample

- The image is shot in macro mode
- The image focuses on a particular section of the sample
- The image is shot in artificial light
- The image is never zoomed in
- The image is cropped to remove unfocused space