Friday, September 30, 2016

A New Updated Maryland Minerals Website

For the past month, much of our time has been devoted to working on the Maryland Minerals website, from which the all-important slide show went missing sometime in early September. 

The reason was that Google closed down its Picasa program, which the site had depended upon for our slide show of Maryland -collected minerals. We have since updated the site, replacing 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 with 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. The new slide show will enable viewers 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 site of this our Mineral Bliss blog.  Other additions include a menu item listing shows in the general region where minerals are displayed and sold as well as a new template for users of the site to contact us. The next change will be to the header image shown at the top of this post, soon to be replaced with one where the rock hammer is surrounded with Maryland minerals. 

We hope you like the new site