Mineral Monday: Tektites

Learn about the mysterious tektites for this week's episode of Mineral Monday.

You can find the Keck Museum's tektite collection in the main gallery in case number 21.

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4/16/2018 | 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. This week, learn about the mysterious tektites. For centuries, their formation confounded scientists. How do you think these nuggets of natural glass were formed? Take a guess before you watch the video!

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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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