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4 million digital specimens and counting | Digital Collections Programme

This image of Carl Linnaeus has been created from Museum specimens rather than pixels.

This image of Carl Linnaeus has been created from Museum specimens rather than pixels. 1,238 more words
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George F. Kunz, Gentleman Explorer

It’s a Golden Oldies weekend, with a Geoscientist of the Week I first described back in 2014.

The US Geological Survey has said almost everything that needs to be said about this man: “George F. 1,144 more words

Geoscientist Of The Week

Metamorphic and Igneous Rocks @TU

Yesterday my igneous and metamorphic lab class took a trip to two locations on The University of Tulsa’s campus.  Why?  Because these locations have structures built using metamorphic and igneous rocks! 296 more words


Stepped Fans and Phyllosilicates on Mars

Post by Peter Grindrod, Natural History Museum, London, UK.

A number of different studies have catalogued features on Mars that could be given the general heading of sedimentary fans . 1,100 more words


Aquamarine - March Birthstone

It’s time to dig deep into the science of the gemstone aquamarine and its mineral family today. This post will definitely be more science-y than my last post about birthstones which was about the amethyst, which can be considered a fairly “simple” gemstone. 1,207 more words


Mineralogy/Optical Mineralogy: Thin Section Creation and Review

One of more interesting projects that was required in this course was the creation of a Thin Section from a unidentified Igneous Rock. In this case, we have an example of some local Granite (K-Feldspar) that I was able to Thin Section. 401 more words


Mineralogy/Optical Mineralogy: X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF)

One of the first classes that I began in my Upper division coursework is one all Geologists must take, or be familiarized with. Mineralogy is a fascinating study of the properties of the Crystals, Minerals, Gems, and every scientific facet associated with it. 296 more words