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Metals, Minerals and You

Learn more about Earth's precious resources from the Mining Association of Canada (1.5 Mb PDF).

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Vale Earth Gallery

This fascinating exhibition showcases dazzling minerals and rocks, and explains how geological forces have shaped our planet.

There are many interactive games and simulations, which visitors of all ages will enjoy:

  • build a volcano
  • create an earthquake
  • check out the fun sedimentator, magmanator and metamorphicator that reveal how different types of rock forms over time
  • cool magma to make granite
  • cook a rock to create a new one
  • examine a rock cycle diorama
  • watch a mineral grow
  • look inside a smartphone to see the minerals used in its manufacturing process
  • discover the stars of the Canadian Mining Hall of Fame
  • manipulate a 1.8 metre-high animated globe
  • explore a limestone cave with stalactites, stalagmites, and trickling water.

And, of course, the gorgeous, colourful specimens from our world-class collection steal the spotlight, with even more rocks and minerals to behold than before!

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Regular microcline is used with other minerals to make porcelain. This variety of microline, amazonite, is used mainly as a decorative polished stone. Catalogue: CMNMC 37537.

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Of all the tourmalines, elbaite is the one most commonly used as a gemstone. Because it is a bit softer than many conventional gemstones, it isn't as popular as some, such as emerald or ruby. This specimen comprises a variety of elbaite called verdelite (green), and quartz (white). Catalogue: CMNMC 40992.

 

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