Smith, D. G. W., & Leibovitz, D. P. (1987) MinIdent – A Data Base for Minerals and a FORTRAN 77 Program for Their Identification – A Reference Manual, xiv-127. Department of Geology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. [doi:10.13140/RG.2.1.1815.9841] (pdf)
Abstract: Minldent is an interactive mineral identification and mineral data base management program written in FORTRAN 77. The data base contains compositional, optical and other parameters describing more than 3700 minerals. The data base management aspect of the program will not be used by the general user. It contains facilities to modify the data base through additions, deletions, etc. The normal usage consists of the following steps:
- entering data for a mineral to be identified (the unknown) or entering search criteria.
- identifying the mineral, or matching minerals meeting the search criteria.
- displaying data for specified, identified or matched minerals.
This manual assumes the reader is already familiar to some extent with Minldent. It contains all the terms that may be explained via the ? / HELP / EXPLAIN commands.