At some point, you’ve probably admired mineral crystals.  Their beautiful shapes and colors have fascinated human beings for centuries.   But did you realize that the smaller a crystal is, the more perfect it usually is? That’s where the allure of microminerals comes into play.

In this month’s free Nature Connections we will be taking an in-depth look at microminerals.   Dr. Alan Pribula, curator of the NHSM mineral collection and President of the Baltimore Mineral Society, will be leading a discussion about and workshop on micromounts.  We will lean how micromounts are prepared and studied. Microscopes will be available for your use to examine and study a variety of micromineral samples. You’ll be able to see first-hand just how beautiful these tiny specimens can be.  You’ll also have the opportunity to prepare one of your own mounts, and will receive a mounted specimen from the NHSM collection.

Join us for a fascinating look at the beauty and wonder present in these tiny specimens!

Nature Connections are free and made possible by our amazing volunteers and sponsors.



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Photo credit: Barite Pribram