Latest news and announcements from the Rice Northwest Rock and Mineral Museum.

30,000 Diamonds

A rare diamondiferous peridotite has been found in the Udachny Diamond Mine. The Russian mine is one of the 10 deepest open-pit mines on Earth. A chunk the size of a golf ball has geologists counting the micro-diamonds imbedded within the rock. In addition to diamonds, the 10.5 g rock contains specks of red and …

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Earthquake Swarm

The State of Connecticut has been experiencing earthquakes the recently. The phenomenon is referred to as a swarm, and has residents on edge. A similar recorded incident in this area of the United States happened in 2006-2007 in the State of Maine and reported a swarm of 40 earthquakes. The east coast has been relatively …

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9 New Mineral Names Announced

American Mineralogist announces 9 new mineral names in their latest issue. The new names are adachiite, dymkovite, ferroindialite, grandaite, iwateite, kitagohaite, rauchite, torrecillasite, and c. For a look at the complete article, it is available as a PDF file online.

Antique Trader’s Guide to Fine Mineral Collection Recommends Rice Museum

The Antique Trader magazine recently featured the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals as one of their favorite resources in their article, “Digging for Information: 10 Things to Consider Before Collecting Fine Minerals.” The article is a step-by-step guide for those considering if fine mineral collecting is right for you, offering helpful information and …

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