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How the Earth's Mystery Mineral Got Its Name

We seldom get to see a sample of the Earth’s most common mineral. It resides within the mantle at extreme heat and pressure not found on the surface. 1,432 more words


Part II- Ten New Diamonds from NC

One of the comments on the earlier blog post came from Richard Jacquot:

rick@wncrocks.com commented …In an article published with Ed Speer in Volume 1, Issue 2 of American Rockhound magazine in June, 2014, we discussed 15 diamonds that were found in Reedy Creek in Mecklenburg County. 949 more words


Ten New North Carolina Diamonds

There have been 13 diamonds found in the state of North Carolina since 1893, the largest of which was four carats. Most of them were found as a result of panning operations for gold or monazite. 763 more words


Georgius Agricola - Renaissance Geologist

Georgius Agricola…the name conjures up images of togas, but not at a modern party.

Actually he wasn’t Roman. This German by the name of Georg Bauer just took the Latin name because all cool people did back in the early 16th century. 1,233 more words

Geoscientist Of The Week

Glow-in-the-Dark with Earth

I’d have to travel a decade back in time to remember the fascination and curiosity I had with “glow-in-the-dark” toys back when I was in elementary school. 620 more words