“These days there seems to be nowhere left to explore, at least on the land area of the Earth. Victims of their very success, the explorers now pretty much stay home.”
― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
When it comes to exploration geology, this could not be further from the truth.
The world is still very much the undiscovered country and it is earth sciences professionals that are leading our charge into uncovering the vast secrets of our planet.
“Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and our highest endeavor ought to be to set off that spark in one another.”
- Kenny Ausubel
One of our goals in education at the Britannia Mine Museum is to provide children the opportunity to ignite that spark of interest in earth sciences.
A major step to enabling us to reach that goal was competed this September with the opening of Minerals Unearthed: Earth Sciences Discovery Zone. The Zone provides an engaging backdrop for our earth sciences programs – “What Use Are Minerals To Me?” and “Mineral Diversity: Up Close”.
The first introduces students to the role of exploration geologists in mining as well as why minerals and mining are important to our everyday lives. In the Zone, students take on the role of junior geologists, testing, identifying, and labeling our samples.
The second explores the diversity of minerals found on our planet and how life and mineralogy are closely intertwined. In the Zone, students examine selected rocks and minerals as we reveal what they tell us about our planet’s, and our own, past and future.
One of the displays in Minerals Unearthed
Some of the highlights of the Zone are: