"Smithsonian Science How" Live Webcast – Mineral Dependence: Gemstones to Cellphones

published Apr 8, 2015 9:02am

April 16 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. EDT
Featuring Geologist Michael Wise

Meet Michael Wise, geologist at the National Museum of Natural History. He studies unusual rocks called pegmatites, which he considers to be "Nature's Giant Treasure Chests." How would your life be different without these unique rocks? Pegmatites boast much larger mineral crystals than other rocks because of the special conditions under which they form. Take a closer look at garnets, tourmalines, and other minerals that come from pegmatites. Find out how you depend on pegmatites for everyday uses, such as operating your cellphone.

Learn More and Register: http://qrius.si.edu/webcast-mineral-dependence-gemstones-cellphones