Mineral Monday: Mohs Hardness Scale

The Mohs Hardness Scale is often used as a first step when classifying rocks and minerals.

The Mohs Hardness Scale display can be found in case number one on the main floor of the main gallery at the Keck Museum.

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5/14/2018 | By: Jennifer Sande |

Mineral Monday is a weekly video series exploring the many amazing minerals, fossils, and historic objects on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum as told by museum curator Garrett Barmore.

The Mohs Hardness Scale is often used as a first step when classifying rocks and minerals. Before watching, any guesses as to which mineral Friedrich Mohs chose to represent the hardest mineral on the scale?

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Located in the Mackay School of Mines building at the University of Nevada, Reno, the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Keck Museum houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens, and photographs, in addition to mining related relics. The museum is also home to some of the spectacular Mackay Silver Collection, created by Tiffany & Co., for John Mackay and completed in 1878.

For directions and museum details, visit unr.edu/keck

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