Summer Fun at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

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Colorado’s State mineral: Rhodochrosite. Red like the Colorado soil!
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An amazing look at the different geometric shapes these minerals take as they grow and develop.
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The gold collection. Kept under lock and key in a safe. Behind bulletproof glass!
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A miner’s cap circa 1920.
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Rhodochrosite and 24 karat gold makes for one heck of a necklace!
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The mineral that led, in large part, to the population boom in Colorado: silver.
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Even prospectors enjoyed a little light reading. Leadville Gold Belt Map circa 1884.
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No that is not a blue ICEE.
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A look at both the amazing coloration and geometric shapes of our planet’s minerals.
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It would be pretty cool to find a rock so rare that it ended up on the cover of an introductory textbook.
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One of the museum’s best cases: a showcase of old mining tools.
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Colorado’s state rock, mineral, and gem.
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An awesome interactive feature of the museum is the “View From Our Window” station. The informational video takes visitors on a journey back in time to relive the geological past of Colorado.
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Miss Colorado Crown jewels.
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A journey into Blaster’s Uranium Mine lets visitors explore life inside an old Colorado mine.
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One of the state’s two moon rocks is housed at the museum. Under lock and key and behind bullet proof glass.
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A fossilized dinosaur femur. That bad boy is huge!
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The museum did an excellent job of balancing “cool looking rocks” with educational content. For example, this hardness scale engages students with samples to exemplify the scientific content.
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A new addition to the museum is the Geology Trail. The trail takes visitors across the School of Mines campus to explore different geological features. Pictured here: a fossilized palm tree from when this part of the state was pristine beachfront property.

 

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