blog of the State Geologist of Arizona
You have the two shows, the Phoenix Best Fest and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, highlighted in your two stories. All I can think of is that I would rather see the real thing in full mineral form over pictures of the same specimen. We are fortunate in Arizona that we can see these specimens in person. The picture of the malachite in the article below this one where the malachite looks like a bowl is absolutely sensational. As you well know the AHS has been put in charge of the Experience Museum and most of the minerals that were once on the AZMMM floor will never reappear because of the lack of space they will allot for mineral specimens. They also have a new educational site for mineral education and if they have pictures of the minerals on it, I personally feel it will not give either the teachers or students the true feeling of what minerals REALLY look like or a feeling for their true beauty.
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The graphic display was well done, but how unfortunate that the once top rated Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum across the street was not also open for Best Fest.The historic mining equipment in front of the now empty building we a top draw for the Best Fest Guests. Kids and adults alike flocked to the haul truck tire and shovel bucket to have their pictures taken They would have been absolutely fascinated if the restored stamp mill had been operating. Given the opportunity, the many volunteers that restored that equipment would have been proud to operate it for Arizona centennial celebration.
The Tucson Gem & Mineral Show was spectacular and it was great to see so many interesting displays with rock and mineral specimens; the display cases with minerals from the historic mining districts was very well done and educational. The AZGS booth had great information. The displays in Phoenix on Arizona geology were very well done but it is so sad that the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum is gone. Being able to see the huge variety of rocks and minerals instead of just a photograph is such a more complete educational experience. I am still hoping the AMMR will be restored. I used to go there with scouts, school groups, and visitors because it was so interesting. Thank you for posting the information.