Beautiful plate of emerald-green Dioptase crystals from Tsumeb! From the Tsumeb Mine, Tsumeb, Namibia, SW Africa.
Be ready to get your hands dirty when you pick up a bag of buried treasure and pan for rocks and minerals in our very own mining sluice at the Creation Museum. You’ll get to practice your own geology and identify the rocks, minerals, and gems you uncover while the water rushes by.
TANZANITE -Tanzanite is the blue to violet gem variety of the mineral Zoisite. Since its relatively recent discovery in it has become a mainstream and popular gemstone, and is used extensively in jewelry.
Petrified wood forms when wood is buried and minerals dissolved in groundwater slowly replace the actual wood, preserving the original shapes of rings, bark and even cells. The wood is gone, but the rock looks remarkably like it.