Category: Minerals

  • Geoscience BC Study: Detecting Mineral Deposits with Treetop Analysis

    Geoscience BC Study: Detecting Mineral Deposits with Treetop Analysis

    A recent Geoscience BC study sampled treetops for halogen elements to detect underground mineral deposits. The study, “A Geochemical Investigation of Halogens in Spruce Treetops and Integration with Existing Multi-Element Data,” investigates how tree-top samples could be analyzed for halogen elements to determine the presence of mineral deposits or changes in geology below ground. “Our…

  • Unveiling the Minerals of Massachusetts: A Collector’s Journey

    Unveiling the Minerals of Massachusetts: A Collector’s Journey

    On September 18th, 2019, author and collector Peter Cristofono gave a lecture at the Westborough Public Library. His lecture served as an introduction to the 275 minerals that can be found in Massachusetts and the best places to find them. Peter Cristofono has been an avid field collector of New England minerals, gems, and fossils…

  • HardRock Summit 2021: Unveiling Gems, Jewelry, Minerals, and Fossils

    HardRock Summit 2021: Unveiling Gems, Jewelry, Minerals, and Fossils

    The HardRock Summit 2021 in Denver is set to be a groundbreaking event for the gem, jewelry, mineral, and fossil industries. With a full schedule of educational programming and special exhibit presentations, this trade show aims to bring together professionals and enthusiasts alike for a unique experience. The event will be held in two key…

  • Unveiling the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum: A Treasure Trove of Earth’s Wonders

    Unveiling the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum: A Treasure Trove of Earth’s Wonders

    In the quaint town of Bethel, Maine, a new beacon of cultural and scientific exploration has emerged with the opening of the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum (MMGM). This state-of-the-art facility, spanning 15,000 square feet across three floors, boasts an impressive collection of 40,000 gems and minerals, 6,000 meteorites, and a comprehensive library of 10,000…

  • Unveiling the World of Subsea Mining: Balancing Wealth and Sustainability

    Unveiling the World of Subsea Mining: Balancing Wealth and Sustainability

    The burgeoning field of subsea mining, particularly off the shores of Norway, is drawing significant attention for its potential to tap into the vast wealth of marine minerals lying deep beneath the ocean’s surface. With projections suggesting an industry capable of generating $20 billion in annual revenue by 2050, the race is on to develop…

  • Health Benefits of Mineralized Alkaline Water: Study Findings

    Health Benefits of Mineralized Alkaline Water: Study Findings

    A recent study led by Montana State University (MSU) Health and Human Development professor Dan Heil and his team of graduate and undergraduate students has shed light on the potential health benefits of drinking mineralized water. The research focused on the effects of consuming water with a high mineral content, specifically alkaline water supplemented by…

  • Enhancing Deer Health and Antler Growth Through Advanced Management Practices

    Enhancing Deer Health and Antler Growth Through Advanced Management Practices

    Managing deer herd health is akin to nurturing a good marriage; it requires effort, patience, and a strategic approach. Over the years, the practices of habitat and whitetail management have significantly evolved, introducing advanced methods such as food plots and mineral supplements to enhance deer health and antler growth. Mineral supplements are crucial for deer…

  • Unveiling Earth’s Hidden Carbon Minerals: The Carbon Mineral Challenge

    Unveiling Earth’s Hidden Carbon Minerals: The Carbon Mineral Challenge

    The quest to uncover Earth’s hidden carbon minerals has taken a significant leap forward. Scientists, leveraging advanced statistical calculations, have unveiled that at least 145 carbon-bearing minerals are yet to be discovered. This revelation has sparked a global initiative, enlisting the aid of both amateur collectors and professional mineralogists in a collective effort to uncover…

  • U.S. Army ERDC Collaborates with Dominican Republic on Rare Earth Elements Exploration

    U.S. Army ERDC Collaborates with Dominican Republic on Rare Earth Elements Exploration

    In a groundbreaking collaboration, researchers from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center’s (ERDC) Environmental Laboratory have embarked on a mission to assist the Dominican Republic in the exploration of rare earth elements (REEs). These elements, crucial for the manufacturing of modern technologies such as smartphones, computer hard drives, and flat-screen televisions, are found…

  • OSIRIS-REx Returns Asteroid Sample: Unlocking Solar System Mysteries

    OSIRIS-REx Returns Asteroid Sample: Unlocking Solar System Mysteries

    NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft made history by successfully returning a sample of asteroid soil to Earth, marking the agency’s first-ever asteroid sample return mission. The spacecraft dropped off a capsule containing several ounces of material collected from the asteroid Bennu in the Utah desert, a significant milestone in space exploration and scientific research. About a quarter…