Locality Editor

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To add a new locality, you must be registered and logged on to the system.

To add a locality, click on the "Add Sublocality" button from the appropriate locality page. This is probably the easiest way to add a locality since the locality name and name in original language fields are partially filled in when the add locality screen is displayed.

The sublocality is just our way of referring to a locality lower in the hierarchy tree. For instance in the US, you could add a locality in a particular county by going to that county and clicking on the add sublocality button. ie if you wanted to add a locality in Grant county you would go to the locality page for Grant Co., New Mexico, USA and hit the button. This would bring up the add locality form with ",Grant Co., New Mexico, USA" already filled in the locality field. You would then just need to type in the specific locality name.

If the locality level that you want to add isn't already in the database, you can go for a deeper level locality and add from there. For instance if you want to add "ABC mine, Fierro District, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA " but there isn't a page for "Fierro District, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA" but there is a "Any mine, Fierro District, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA", you can add a sublocality for "Any mine", then change "Any mine" to "ABC mine".

The Locality Name Field:

  • entry: ", Any mine, Fierro District, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA"
  • erase Any: " mine, Fierro District, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA"
  • Add ABC: "ABC mine, Fierro District, Grant Co., New Mexico, USA"



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Locality name

The name of the locality. For the format used and rules see Naming Conventions

Name in original language

This is used primarily for locality names in nonlatin alphabets or if portions of the name have been translated to English from the native tongue (ie. - Rio and river). See Original Name.

Locality Description

The locality description box is used for various types of miscellaneous information about the locality. It can include the following information:

  • The legal description for a locality (in the US - Section/Township/Range information - NW/4 Sec 5 T15S R17W - this is the NW quarter {160 acres} of section number 5 township 15 south range 17 west).
  • Detailed distances and directions to a town or other landmark.
  • Descriptions of the geology, mineralogy, or history of the deposit

References

  • Literature references to the locality. A literature reference should especially be included if there isn't a mineral list available for the locality. This allows one to find where a particular entry into the database originated.

Links

On-line references. Use one URL per line.

UK OS Coordinates

The National grid reference for a location can be placed here for localities in the United Kingdom. The latitude/longitude will automatically be calculated when this data is entered. When you edit this value (not when adding a sublocality), you need to check the box to recalculate the lat/long from the OS grid value. This allows you to manually change the latitude and longitude directly and not have that overwritten by a simple edit of the locality (the OS grid used has 100m blocks, while a second of lat/long is approximately 30 meters).

Survey Links

You can add links to surveys in these two fields. The first field allows you to choose which Geological Survey the link is to. The second field is the number of the link on the Survey site. Currently there are two national geological surveys to which it is possible to link. These are the BRGM database (BRGM: Bureau de Récherche Géologique et Minéralogique) in France and the USGS (United States Geological Survey) in the United States. For the USGS MRDS database, the number that should be entered is the deposit ID number, not it's MRDS number.

Latitude/Longitude

There are a number of different ways of entering the latitude/longitude for the location. In the UK, you can use the OS grid for the location. In other parts of the world there are a number of ways to enter the longitude/latitude. It can be entered in degrees/minute/seconds format or decimal latitude/longitude. You can also enter it via a UTM northing/easting. There is also the option to move the pointer on the map, which also changes the latitude/longitude. For locations where there is no latitude/latitude, you can enter multiple locations via the coordinate report.


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Latitude

Latitude is entered in a degrees/minutes/seconds format. You will also need to change the direction to S if the locality is south of the equator for those countries that straddle the equator. These coordinates should refer to the locality, if they refer to something higher on the hierarchy chain, it should be so noted in the Location Description. You can enter decimal degrees instead of degrees/minutes/seconds. This should be a positive number in the degree field. The N/S field at the end of the line determines if the decimal number is positive or negative.

!! If you are changing an incorrect latitude or longitude by replacing the degree/minutes/ seconds with a decimal degree numbers you must first make sure the minute and second fields have a 0 (zero) in them before placing the decimal degree number into the degree fields. Otherwise you will get an error message.

Longitude

Longitude is entered in a degrees/minutes/seconds format. You will need to change the direction to W if the locality is west of the prime meridian or the International dateline for countries straddling those longitudes. You can enter decimal degrees instead of degrees/minutes/seconds. This should be a positive number in the degree field. The E/W field at the end of the line determines if the decimal number is positive or negative.

!! If you are changing an incorrect latitude or longitude by replacing the degree/minutes/ seconds with a decimal degree numbers you must first make sure the minute and second fields have a 0 (zero) in them before placing the decimal degree number into the degree fields. Otherwise you will get an error message.

Submit

When you hit the submit button, the data on this form will be added to the database. You will be returned to this edit page, but there will be a location followed by a number in parentheses replacing the New Locality (0) heading. You can then click on the "Add minerals" button to continue the process of creating the mineral list for the location.



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