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Keeping science accessible. Researching how minerals can be used to solve problems like climate change, pollution, and disease. @ NHMLA, USC, NASA-JPL

how mineral science can unlock the potential of rare earth elements

Apatite, Natural History Museum of Los Angele, photo by Stan Celestian.

And a good STEM project

Standing wave (black) and oscillation nodes (red dots).

and what it could tell us planetary processes in our solar system

Looking deep into Earth, Mars, and Moon. The types of minerals we might find on Mars, Ceres, and icy moons could give us clues about their past and current geological processes. Minerals are often used as a way of reconstructing past environments, because they can change depending on how the environment changes, including what life had done. And when the environment changes, the minerals are usually the only things robust enough to record what had happened. However, in order for geologists to be able to interpret the past events on places other than Earth, we need to know the geological conditions that led to mineral formation under a huge range of conditions. Image

Steel beams support the mine walls along a salt road 1.1 km below the surface of the Earth.

Ooids from Cat Bay, Bahamas.

getting comfortable with next-level access to museum minerals

Seawater and Minerals

Mineral stability in today’s changing ocean

add a bit of interactive educational fun to the classroom

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