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Sven Hedin

Sven Hedin
Sven Hedin (1865-1952) pictured as a Mongolian pilgrim in camp approximately 100 years ago. Photo: From the photocollection, NRM

The rock collections of Sven Hedin (1865 - 1952) from Central Asia


During a 42 year period (1893-1935), the Swedish explorer Sven Hedin led and co-ordinated four expeditions to remote and inhospitable parts of Central Asia (Tibet, Xinjiang, Pamir). Along with collaborators he collected a diverse collection of ca. 3100 rock samples, including blueschists, mantle peridotites and serpentinites, granitoids, K-rich alkaline lavas, mylonites, and fossil-rich limestones. A spreadsheet listing all the samples collected during Hedin´s first three expeditions (1893-1897, 1899-1902, 1906-1908) includes a brief sample description with additional information on the availability of thin sections. Samples are cross-referenced with the geographical position of Hedin´s campsites indicated on maps published with his extensive reports. Most samples, and a number of thin sections, are available for loan.
Click here to download the spreadsheet file (Excel format):
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The Hedin petrological collections and the spreadsheet is described in some detail in the article:

Weinberg,F. W. and Green, O. R. (2002) The Central Asiatic (Tibet, Xinjiang, Pamir) petrological collections of Sven Hedin (1865-1952) — Swedish explorer and adventurer. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 20 (2002) p. 297-308.

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