Department of Minerology
This department is largely devoted to the research and description of rare and new minerals. Its researchers focus on the granite rocks of northern Norway and the oxidation zones of Chilean ore deposits. New minerals such as the copper mineral Haydeeite from Chile—first described by researchers in the discipline of geodiversity—play an important role in understanding unusual states of matter at low temperatures. Another area of research focuses on the development of new methods to quickly and easily identify important geoscientific indicator minerals. Over the past several years, researchers have also investigated meteorites, for example, in the Middle East. Over half of the Mineralogical Museum’s 5,100 known minerals are kept for teaching and research. With roughly 90,000 specimens, Hamburg’s collection is one of the most important mineralogical reference collections in Germany—together with university and museum collections in Freiberg and Berlin.