Call for Papers

The 40th
FM-TGMS-MSA Tucson Mineral Symposium
“Minerals of the apatite supergroup and mineral fluorescence”
Saturday, February 12, 2022

Tucson Convention Center, Tucson, AZ

Call for Papers

The fortieth Mineral Symposium held in conjunction with the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® will take place on Saturday, February 12, 2022.  The symposium is cosponsored by the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, the Friends of Mineralogy, and the Mineralogical Society of America.  As a tie in with the show, the symposium theme is the same as the show theme: “Minerals of the apatite supergroup and mineral fluorescence.”

            Presentations on the apatite supergroup, would include their descriptive mineralogy, mineralogical structure, paragenesis, classic and new localities, their fluorescence or lack thereof, and related subjects are welcome. For clarity, some of the minerals in the apatite supergroup in addition to apatite are pyromorphite, mimetite, vanadinite, and britholite.

            Fluorescence presentations can highlight mechanisms of fluorescence, historical recognition of mineral fluorescence, the development of UV light sources, UV sources that are currently available, applications of mineral fluorescence, and lesser-known localities (other than Franklin/Sterling Hill) of outstanding fluorescent minerals.

     An audience of amateur and professional mineralogists and geologists is expected.

            Anyone wanting to present a paper should first submit their desired talk title for a presentation length of 30 minutes (or 25 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions).  

            We will acknowledge all submitted presentations. Accepted presentations will need to be followed up with a 200-500 word abstract (single spaced in Word or equivalent format) with a few graphics if desired by the author, a 5 sentence speaker biography and a photographic headshot of the speaker. All presentation abstracts will be combined for creation into an abstract booklet. In addition these talks might be recorded or simultaneously broadcast to a logged-in virtual audience.

Please send submitted titles and later abstracts to:

Mark Ivan Jacobson, 1714 S. Clarkson St., Denver, CO 80210 or

Presentation titles must be submitted prior to July 31, 2021.

Abstracts with speaker biography and photographic headshot for Tucson Gem and Mineral Show® program must be submitted prior to September 10, 2021.