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Library Exhibits Specimens from W.M. Smith Mineral Collection

In late July Rocky Freeman and Wendy Bartlett of the Geology Department designed and set up a display of mineral specimens in the display case on the second floor of the Legacy Library near the entrance to the Worthington Center for Teaching Excellence. Containing fifty pieces, the exhibit is drawn from the W.M. Smith Mineral Collection, recently gifted to the College and the Geology Department.

Drawn from all over the world, the W.M. Smith Mineral Collection includes what may be more than 1000 gorgeous mineral specimens including numerous large, impressive samples of barite, beryl, calcite, fluorite, quartz, selenite, stibnite, stilbite, and tourmaline, among others, and many smaller samples of a great breadth and beauty.

Some of the more interesting and dramatic pieces on display include:

GypsumRed River Floodway, Winnipeg, Manitoba
MalachiteShaba Province, Zaire
Lapis LazuliFirgamu Mines, Badakhshan, Afghanistan
CalciteRio do Sul, Brazil
QuartzSichuan, China
Smoky Quartz   Arkansas
FluoriteGlory Hole, Bingham Area, Hansonburg Mining District, Socorro County, NM

Please stop by the Legacy Library's Second Floor to view this exhibit sometime soon. Library hours during the summer are 8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Friday.