I have been involved in the mining and oil/gas industries since 1988. I have worked for universities, hardrock mining companies and a major oilfield services company. I started Near Earth Exploration as an outlet to promote mineralogical sciences by providing specimens and samples affordable to the enthusiast.
BATFE-- Explosives User-in-Charge
NRC-- Radioactive Materials Supervisor
OSHA and MSHA certified (40 and 38 hr)
I have worked with minerals my entire career. X-ray Diffractometry for mineral identification and Acoustic/Resistance profiles for formation identification. I have worked around the world, and most recently returned to beautiful North Idaho where I now spend my time curating a large mineral collection, performing retail sales of specimens, and consulting for small scale mining start-ups.