Skip to main content
Collections Object:

Sorosilicate Mineral Vesuvianite

Sorosilicate Mineral Vesuvianite
Collections Object:

Tectosilicate Mineral Amazonite

Tectosilicate Mineral Amazonite
Collections Object:

Cyclosilicate Mineral Tourmaline

Cyclosilicate Mineral Tourmaline

Mineral Dependence Webcast with Michael Wise

Maggy Benson and geologist Dr. Michael Wise at a table that has gems, minerals, crystals. He is holding a large Quartz gem.
In this video, Smithsonian geologist Dr. Michael Wise explains the incredible qualities of rocks called pegmatites, and our dependence on them for minerals

Smithsonite, Mr. Smithson's Mineral

Medium shot of Curator Paul Pohwat in the mineral lab with shelves behind him holding a Smitsonite sample from a Mine timber.
Curator Paul Pohwat shows examples from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History collections of smithsonite, a mineral named after James Smithson, the founder of the Smithsonian.
--> -->