The College of Science weekly video series, Mineral Monday, explores the many minerals, fossils and historical objects on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum, as told by curator Garrett Barmore. For this week's episode, learn about the fibrous orange mineral wakabayashilite (try and say that five times fast!). Wakabayashilite was originally classified in Japan, and while similar in color to last week's mineral wulfenite, wakabayashilite is one of the rarest minerals in the Keck Museum's collection.
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.
The first 10 visitors to mention this episode will receive a Mineral Monday: Wakabayashilite button! For directions and museum details, visit unr.edu/keck.
See you next MIneral Monday!