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

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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See a real moon rock collected by the Apollo 17 space mission in 1972—the last time that humans set foot on the moon!

Named the Goodwill Moon Rock, it is one of about 135 such specimens that were presented to countries around the world by the United States.

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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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