Mineral Monday: Wulfenite

Learn about this yellow tabular mineral called wulfenite on this week's episode of Mineral Monday.

Wulfenite on display

This wulfenite specimen can be found in the main gallery of the Keck Museum in case number 40.

Mineral Monday: Wulfenite

Learn about this yellow tabular mineral called wulfenite on this week's episode of Mineral Monday.

This wulfenite specimen can be found in the main gallery of the Keck Museum in case number 40.

Wulfenite on display

This wulfenite specimen can be found in the main gallery of the Keck Museum in case number 40.

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. The Keck Museum has over 1,500 different minerals on display with even more stored in its collection. However, wulfenite, often described as looking like yellow cellophane, stands out as one of the more unique looking minerals in the collection. Watch this week's episode of Mineral Monday to learn more about wulfenite!

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Wulfenite forms as these unique tabular crystals you see here. This particular specimen was found in Elko, Nevada.

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More about the Keck Museum and Mineral Monday

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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