Category Archives: Rocks and minerals

Cracking the mystery of crystal structure

Canadian Museum of Nature intern Joachim de Fourestier explores one of hardest mineral questions: The mystery of internal crystal structure. Continue reading

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Cabinets, Cabinets Everywhere: The Sequel

Meteorites and fossil plant type specimens are among the first of the collections of the Geological Survey of Canada to be housed within our walls. It’s the first part of an important move taking place in 2017. Continue reading

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Minerals Are Species Too!

The definition of a mineral species and its classification are based on the chemistry and the atomic structure of the mineral. Consequently, defining a mineral species is more straightforward than defining a biological species. Continue reading

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In the Amazing Business: Museum Collections

A 3 metre-long tooth? A retractable stomach that penetrates the body of the prey? The museum’s collections are not lacking in surprising specimens! Continue reading

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Species Discoveries in 2014 at the Canadian Museum of Nature

Discovery of new species is a specialty of the museum’s scientific research, and a bumper crop was named and classified in 2014. Continue reading

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Cabinets, Cabinets Everywhere: Getting Ready to Welcome New Collections From Geological Survey of Canada

In 1842, Sir William Logan and his colleagues undertook a comprehensive geological survey of Canada. A great many of the specimens they collected are moving to the Canadian Museum of Nature. Palaeobiologist Kathlyn Stewart tells about the preparations that are underway to welcome these precious specimens. Continue reading

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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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