Tag Archives: 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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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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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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X-Ray Insights into the Atomic World of Minerals

Mineralogist Joel Grice carries on a 100-year legacy of deciphering the makeup of minerals. Continue reading

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Searching for gem deposits on Baffin Island, Nunavut

Museum mineralogists Paula Piilonen and Glenn Poirier head north for first-ever field season in Arctic. Continue reading

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Field Work

One of my favourite museum quotes is, “museums are organisms that ingest but do not excrete”, and is from noted museum professional Suzanne Keene. The implication is that museums are actively gobbling up specimens to the collection vaults and are … Continue reading

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The Undead

There are times when real life imitates fiction. That might be the case with mineralogy and vampires. Vampires are undead fiction, even though volumes of popular media try to convince us otherwise. Mineralogy is the real-life version of the undead. … Continue reading

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Broken Glass

If you reduce a problem to the clarity of its simplest form the next steps go in one of two directions, nasty impassable or hopefully, easier to solve. When a Parks Canada archeologist came to the Canadian Museum of Nature … Continue reading

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