The University of New Mexico Geology Museum
University of New Mexico Geology Museum
The Geology Museum was established in the 1930s by Stuart Northrop and provides public exhibits of mineral, fossil, and rock specimens. The material on display represents a small portion of the geological collections of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. These collections include nearly 20,000 catalogued specimens that are utilized in research, teaching, and as reference materials. The Geology Museum is open to the public free of charge, and a free brochure provides a self-guided tour through the exhibits.
Current exhibits include introductory displays on the nature of minerals and major groups of fossils, numerous outstanding mineral specimens representing the major mineral groups, gem minerals, Triassic and Paleocene-Eocene vertebrates, Miocene-Pleistocene elephants in New Mexico, Pennsylvanian and Permian marine fossils from around the state, orbicular rocks from around the world, and geological materials used in everyday life.
Two exhibits focus on world-renowned geologic features in New Mexico -- the Jemez caldera and the Harding pegmatite mine, and another includes a large dinosaur bone available for close inspection. A separate room contains minerals that fluoresce when the lights are turned out. Cabinets of new acquisitions, such as a pair of dinosaur eggs, are also on display.
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