Upcoming Exhibit

Just Below the Surface: Digging Deep into Rocks and Minerals


Just below the surface of the Earth, rocks and minerals make up the foundation on which we have built our society. Just Below the Surface: Digging Deep into Rocks and Minerals explores the many different groups of rocks and minerals that make up the world around us. We ourselves are composed of minerals such as those found in teeth and bones. The technology we use every day in our homes such as computers, cell phones, and televisions have components made from rocks and minerals. Minerals such as quartz and feldspar are found in glass and concrete, metallic minerals contain iron which we use to build our cars and homes, and various other minerals are used to build the circuit boards for all manner of devices. Even the world money system has dependent on the worth gold and silver ore and other minerals, such as platinum, are often attributed high monetary worth due to their scarcity.

Rocks and minerals can also tell humans about our prehistoric past. Meteorites have chemistry similar to the Earth’s core, which allows us to study what the Earth may have been like early in its formation. Rocks like sandstone can preserve fossilized remains of animals and plants of the past. Just Below the Surface will explore how these various rocks and minerals form, what rocks and minerals certain everyday objects are composed of, and how these resources are obtained and reused.

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