You probably knew Virginia is for lovers, but you might not have heard about its geological merits. A new exhibition opening January 24, 2014 at the University of Richmond will showcase the wide variety of minerals found in the Commonwealth, and will discuss the past and future use of those resources.
The exhibit, titled Virginia ROCKS! Geologic Selections from the Collection, will be shown in the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature. Many of the specimens on display are from the museum’s permanent collection, and will be divided by the Coastal Plain, Piedmont, Blue Ridge, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau regions to show how the rocks relate to the topography.
Public tours and educational programs, as well as hands-on activities will be offered for the duration of the exhibit, which will close on June 12, 2015. Parents, teachers and students will find the Virginia ROCKS! exhibit illustrates geological concepts related to Virginia Department of Education’s Standards of Learning.
Catch the free opening reception and preview for the exhibition in the Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature from 8 - 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 23.
Article by Lauren N. Colie, Print/Online Journalism and English major at Virginia Commonwealth University. Lauren is Editor-in-Chief of Auctus, VCU’s Undergraduate Research Journal, as well as a Lead Teaching Assistant for a research-writing course. She recently joined the Science Matters team as a special student correspondent.