Author Archives: Paula Piilonen

About Paula Piilonen

A mineralogist with the Research Division at the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Basalt: A Source of Beauty and Wonder

Come along with us to Cambodia as two museum mineralogists hunt for basalt for their research. Continue reading

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Mineralogy Adventure in Cambodia: Looking for Topaz in Takeo Province

Follow mineralogists Paula Piilonen and Glenn Poirier in Cambodia, from the summit of Phnum Bayong Kao to the stalls of local mineral vendors. Continue reading

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Water from a stone?

One of our mineralogists, Paula Piilonen, writes about extracting water from a 34-million-year-old rock—an extremely rare find. Continue reading

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Searching for ‘White Gold’ in southern Greenland

Mineralogist Paula Piilonen fulfills a dream to collect some unusual minerals and share this knowledge during her journey with Students on Ice. Continue reading

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A Geological Wonderland Defines a Journey with Students on Ice

The Arctic is a magical place and mineralogist Paula Piilonen discovered this firsthand during her time in Labrador with the Students on Ice Arctic expedition. Continue reading

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Rubber Trees and Zircon Mining in Cambodia—All in a Day’s Work

The life of a miner in Cambodia is not easy. Mineralogist Paula Piilonen returns to field sites two years later and discovers much has changed. Continue reading

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What’s in a Colour? On the Trail of Zircons in Cambodia

Paula Piilonen returns to a favourite stomping ground to collect and study these intriguing minerals. Continue reading

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Mineral Exchange Collections: The “Trading Cards” of the Mineral World

Baseball cards, hockey cards and others have long been traded. But did you know that mineralogists have their own version of this activity? Continue reading

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Searching for Zircon in the Wild, Wild East of Cambodia

A change of scenery for Paula Piilonen and her colleagues: they’ve returned from Cambodia where they studied and acquired stones of the mineral zircon. Continue reading

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New Mineral Discoveries on Baffin Island, Nunavut

Museum mineralogists hit the ground and find some cool specimens for future studies. Continue reading

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