Monday, May 16, 2011

Burminco Rock Shop

The boys and I visited the Burminco Rock and Mineral Shop in Monrovia (on April 21st). This shop is a hidden treasure. Anthony, who led our tour, was so informative. We learned so much about rocks and minerals, including the processes they go through to obtain the rocks and minerals in the first place. Rocks and minerals are quite fascinating.

Anthony started us in the mineral room.

The kids were intently listening.

Ooh, talc...

Bode checking out the talc - 1 on the Moh's scale of hardness.

The minerals that make up granite.

Onto the rock room...

Watching the reaction between limestone and hydrochloric acid - bubbles.

Ian looking at obsidian.

This guy hand cuts all the rocks and minerals - amazing.

We had a great time at this rock shop. We also couldn't leave without spending some money on our own rock collection. But it's all in the name of education (and fun).

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