At the Palacio de Aguirre, headquarters of the Autonomous Community in Cartagena, the program for the XXIV edition of the Minerals and Fossil Fair of La Unión and its poster poster has been presented today.
The ceremony was attended by Carlos Bernabé, President of FAEPU (organizing entity), Pedro López, Mayor of La Unión, and Horacio Sánchez, Deputy Director General of Industry, Energy and Mines of the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia.
The Fair will take place, coinciding with the Mining Holy Week, on April 9, 10 and 11, 2020, at the headquarters of the former Public Market of La Unión.
Admission is free, at a time of 10.00 h.
at 2 pm, and from 5 pm.
at 9:00 p.m.
The La Unión Minerals and Fossils Fair is an event that arose in 1997, and is funded through the private initiative of the La Unión entrepreneurship.
His initial idea was that this City did not forget its mining history, and allowed to know the enormous mineralogical wealth of the Sierra de Cartagena-La Unión.
Today, without losing that essence, it has become an event of the first magnitude, since it is undoubtedly one of the most important cultural events in the entire Region of Murcia.
Moreover, we can affirm that this is undoubtedly the most important non-religious cultural and tourist event of the entire Holy Week of our beloved Region.
And that spirit is precisely the one that perfectly embodies the poster announcing this year.
It was selected by the Organizing Committee of the Fair due to its uniqueness, and consists of a snapshot of the reddish-water lake formed in the short of the Brunita Mine, located halfway between La Unión and Portmán.
Its author, Pedro López, has described it this way:
"Red, ocher and blue. The three colors that perfectly define the mining essence of La Unión. Red stains with the minerals, and sometimes with the blood of the miners, the waters that flow from the depths of the Sierra. The ocher gives that color so characteristic of the spectacular landscapes of the great open-air mines; and the luminosity of the Mediterranean blue, which floods everything and helps us understand the whole history of this spectacular mining area.
The mixture of these three colors makes us a landscape that, together with the open wounds in the physiognomy of the Sierra Minera, have accompanied this city for hundreds of years, and it has been wanted to be reflected in the poster announcing the edition of the Fair of 2020 minerals "
Regarding this year, among the most innovative mineralogical elements, and to name just a few, we will have dioptases and crisocolates (copper ores) from Congo and, of course, representing our Sierra, there will be as always a great variety of baritins and High quality quartz, and many more surprises that exhibitors will bring us but want to keep secret.
And it is that one of the elements that gives this Fair the greatest singularity is the presence of non-professional ore mincers and that represent more than forty percent of the total exhibitors;
This data is very relevant, since it takes us away from conventional commercial circuits, and provides visitors with interesting mineralogical news every year, something very much appreciated by fans.
In addition to having a wide variety of minerals, fossils, gems, tools and jewelry with natural mineral, exposed for sale, the Fair presents an exhibition, each year different and equally curious, which does not leave any of our visitors indifferent.
Specifically, this year is surprised again bringing the largest meteorite currently in Spain.
It is a huge rock of 600 kg.
which was found in the region of Campo del Cielo, in Argentina, back in 1800.
Its owner acquired it a few years ago at the Tucson Minerals Fair (USA), which is the most important Minerals Fair in the world.
Its enormous weight is due not only to its size, but also to its density, much greater than that of existing materials on Earth.
It is composed of nickel and pure native iron, that is, an iron without mixing with any other chemical or mineral element, which evidences its extraterrestrial origin, since in our planet the native pure iron is only found in its core, while in The crust of the Earth iron is always presented as part of many other minerals.
It is estimated that it comes from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and its exhibition constitutes a real achievement for the Fair.
Another of the most significant elements of this edition is the continuation of the collaboration agreement with ONCE, through which it is intended to promote the universal accessibility of the Fair to all persons with disabilities.
Already last year we had a stand adapted with minerals, monitors and information written in Braille, which served as a pilot experience.
This year we intend to take another step, through the installation of the Navilens system, a mobile app application that will allow blind people not only to identify elements of the ONCE exhibitor, but also to obtain more information about the Fair and its elements.
Finally, the photography contest on Sierra Minera has been strengthened, reformulating its call bases and improving its economic endowment.
All photographs can be appreciated by the general public on the giant plasma screen that will be installed on the stage of the Old Public Market.