Mineral Identification

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Gem and Mineral Identification - Scott Forward
This course will provide background for individuals who would like to learn the essentials of what to look for and what to avoid in shopping for gem stones. We will study instruments such as the microscope, dichroscope, refractometer and polariscope. Also, wondering what that rock you picked up on vacation might be? We will learn how to identify minerals, as well. There will be class lecture and discussion, field trips and hands-on experience to help you identify your finds. Be sure to bring old clothes, shoes and boots for our outings, The only other items you will want to bring with you are a rock hammer, a sharp eye and your enthusiasm. Lab fee covers travel expenses, handouts, notebook, color copies and tools.

Lab Fee: $200.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0
Prerequisites: None

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Mineral Identification I - Marsha Harmon
Students can expect to collect rocks in nature 4 full days, observe wonderful area museums, work a sluice mine, learn to pan gold in the stream, and learn the basics of mineral identification as it applies to most locations. WNC specimens are not limited to but include: ruby, sapphire, garnets, smaragdite, gold, quartz, moonstone, feldspar and staurolite. Bagged lunches will be provided by the cafeteria.

Lab fee: $35 covers everything except a rock hammer, wading boots or water shoes, an old towel, entry into
a museum $7 and a $5 bucket from the sluice mine.

Estimated Material costs: No additional material cost.
Prerequisites: You must be able to climb a hill (at a 30 degree incline for 150 ft.), wade across streams (up to 3 ft. deep) and get really dirty, while having lots of fun!

Lab Fee: $35.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $12 for museum & mine bucket
Prerequisites: None

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Mineral Identification I - Scott Forward
Wondering what that rock you picked on vacation might be? Do you enjoy the thrill of finding a jewel laying on the ground? This class will start you on your journey into mineral identification. We will conduct class discussion in the field, go on field trips and encourage hands-on experiences to help you identify your finds. Be sure to bring old clothes, shoes and boots for outings. The only other items you will want to bring with you are a rock hammer, sharp eye and your enthusiasm. Lab fee covers travel expenses, handouts, miscellaneous supplies, color copies, tools and a notebook.

Lab Fee: $200.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0
Prerequisites: None

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