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Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Bornite Identity

Movie puns are obviously the best way to start the week. Well, second best. The best way to kick off this week is Mineral Monday. Bornite is commonly known as Peacock ore, for obvious reasons. The bright iridescence of Bornite (Cu5FeS4) is actually a tarnish on the surface of the mineral. If you cut into […]

State Secret Saturday: NC’s State Fossil

2013 is drawing to a close, but there’s still time for some great fossils. I’m visiting my family in North Carolina for the holidays, and I recently learned that North Carolina has a new state fossil as of this year*! The new North Carolina state fossil is a megalodon shark tooth, which can apparently be […]



AGU Meeting

I’m about to head off to my first full day at the AGU Fall Meeting here in San Francisco, and I couldn’t be more excited. The massive size of the conference (and those terrifying escalators) is a little intimidating, but I’m thrilled to be here along with the thousands of geoscientists that have descended on […]