Complete and free guide of minerals to bring with you all the information of the minerals that you like the most and to be informed about the exhibitions of minerals, fossils and gems that are held throughout the year.
Runs offline: partially (connection needed to view certain sections such as fairs or flea markets)
Last update: Android 02/06/2016 (v. 4.2) – iOS 06/06/2016 (v. 1.8.13)
Website of the developer: ATMovilidad
Mundomineral is an application specially designed to help mineral collectors to identify these natural elements, also including information on exhibitions and events taking place in Spain and other countries that are related to this hobby or profession.
The menu displays the following options:
- “Noticias” (News), where articles and news of interest are shown.
- “Orden alfabético” (Alphabetical order), with a list of minerals included in the app (it has also a search by name). Each mineral element has a data sheet which, along with a photograph, displays its main characteristics, the most important deposits or its most common uses.
- “Clasificación Strunz” (Strunz classification), which as stated in Wikipedia, «is a scheme for categorizing minerals based upon their chemical composition.» The application groups together the different minerals attending to the eight categories established by Karl Hugo Strunz between 1941 and 1970.
- “Yacimientos” (Deposits), with access to a map that displays the areas where the most important deposits are located.
- “Ferias” (Fairs), section that links to the web TradeFairDates, offering information on events related to minerals.
- “Mercadillo Escuela de Minas” (Market of the School of Mines), section through which you can access the web Mercadillominerales, an initiative promoted by the School of Mining and Energy Engineering of the Polytechnic University of Madrid.
- Accesses to minerales.es web and social networks (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter).
- “Acerca de” (About), that includes information about use of the application.
- “Ajustes” (Settings), which it includes a switch that allows the offline use of the application.
Images: Screenshots 10/10/2016. © ATMovilidad
The minerals collecting is a world in which thousands of amateurs and professionals buy and sell minerals and exchange knowledge in dozens of forums and web pages. In some developing countries, this trade of minerals can also be an important source of income in some cases. However, in some cases, depending on the extracted element, instead of creating awareness about the protection of natural resources, a significant environmental impact is generated, so it is necessary to observe the current legislation for each zone.
Mundomineral does its bit to this activity compiling in a mobile application features and pictures that can be useful to identify these georesources. Although the application incorporates interesting information, it has ample room for improvement, from both the design and content point of view. For example, it should better distinguish the different sections within the data sheets of minerals, since the titles of the headings may go unnoticed. The wording of some sections could also be improved (as example, the “Employment” on the tab of corundum). Also more images or location of deposits are missing, as well as an explanation of what were the criteria to include a mineral or other in the application. Likewise and according to the Mindant web, it would be advisable to update the classification of Strunz included in the app with the version approved by the International Mineralogical Association (IMA) in 2004.