International Mineralogical Association
The International Mineralogical Association (IMA) is an international group of 38 national societies. The goal is to promote the science of mineralogy
Mineralogy is the study of chemistry, crystal structure, and physical properties of minerals. Specific studies within mineralogy include the processes of mineral origin and formation, classification of minerals, their geographical distribution, as well as their utilization.-History:Early writing...

 and to standardize the nomenclature of the 4000 plus known mineral
A mineral is a naturally occurring solid chemical substance formed through biogeochemical processes, having characteristic chemical composition, highly ordered atomic structure, and specific physical properties. By comparison, a rock is an aggregate of minerals and/or mineraloids and does not...

 species. The IMA is affiliated with the International Union of Geological Sciences
International Union of Geological Sciences
The International Union of Geological Sciences is an international non-governmental organization devoted to international cooperation in the field of geology.-About:...


Working Groups and Commissions

The most active IMA commission is the Commission on New Minerals and Mineral Names (CNMMN). It was founded in 1959 to coordinate the assigning of new mineral names, revision of existing names and discreditation of invalid species. In July 2006 a merger between the CNMMN and the Commission on Classification of Minerals, initiated at the request of both commissions, resulted in the
Commission on New Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification (CNMNC).

Members of the IMA

Among the societies represented at the IMA are:
  • Associación Mineralogica Argentina
  • Geological Society of Australia
    Geological Society of Australia
    The Geological Society of Australia was established as a non-profit organisation in 1952 to promote, advance and support earth sciences in Australia...

  • Österreichische Mineralogische Gesellschaft
  • Union Minéralogique de Belgique
  • Sociedade Brasileira de Geologia
    Sociedade Brasileira de Geologia
    The Sociedade Brasileira de Geologia is a technical and scientific society that aims brings to bring together Brazilian geologists, to disseminate technical and scientific information, and to participate in national decisions involving the geological sciences....

  • Bulgarian Mineralogical Society
  • Mineralogical Association of Canada
  • The Chinese Society of Mineralogy, Petrology and Geochemistry
  • Ceska geolicka spolecnost
  • Mineralogical Society of Denmark
  • The Mineralogical Society of Egypt
  • Suomen mineraloginen seura r.y
  • Société Française de Minéralogie et de Cristallographie
  • Deutsche Mineralogische Gesellschaft
  • Committee of Economic Geology, Mineralogy and Geochemistry, Geological Society of Greece
  • Magyahoni Földtani Tarsulat, Asvantyan-Geokémoai Szakosztaly
  • Mineralogical Society of India
  • Società Italiana di Mineralogia e Petrologia
  • Mineralogical Society of Japan
  • Mineralogical Society of Korea
  • Konincklijk Nederlands Geologisch Mijnbouwkundig Genootschap
  • New Zealand Geochemical and Mineralogical Society
  • Mineralogisk Gruppe av Norsk Geologisk Forening
  • Polskie Towarzystwo Mineralogiczne
  • Sociedade Geologica de Portugal, Grupo de Mineralogia
  • Mineralogical Society of Romania
  • Russian Mineralogical Society
    Russian Mineralogical Society
    The Russian Mineralogical Society is a public scientific organization uniting specialists and scientific groups working in the field of mineralogy and adjacent sciences. RMS was founded in 1817 Saint Petersburg, Russia, and is the world oldest mineralogical society among present...

  • Mineralogical Society of Slovakia
  • Slovenian Geological Society, Mineralogical Branch
  • Mineralogical Association of South Africa
  • Mineralogical Society of America
    Mineralogical Society of America
    The Mineralogical Society of America is a scientific membership organization. MSA was founded in 1919 for the advancement of mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry, and petrology, and promotion of their uses in other sciences, industry, and the arts...

  • The Swedish Mineralogical Society
  • Schweizerische Mineralogische und Petrographische Gesellschaft
  • Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Ukrainian mineralogical association
  • Sociedad Española de Mineralogía
  • Mineralogical Society of Uzbekistan

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