Friday, June 21, 2013

Geology museum at UW-Madison

The sister had been wanting to visit UW-Madison's Geology Museum for quite some time now, so we went last Saturday with mother.  I have faint memories of being there when I was younger, perhaps for an elementary school field trip or something, but I also went at some point in college (sophomore year when I was in an evolution class, I believe).


At the end of the first open space, there was a display of minerals from the R.A. Greiner Mineral Collection.  The collection comes from Dr. Greiner, who was a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering for 36 years at UW-Madison.  I liked the variety of colors:

Minerals UW-Madison Geology Museum
10. Azurite (Namibia)
R.A. Greiner Mineral Collection
UW-Madison Geology Museum

Number 10 (above) is Azurite from Namibia.  Number 20 (below) is Cavansite on Stilbite, and it's found in India.

Minerals UW-Madison Geology Museum
20. Cavansite on Stilbite (India)
R.A. Greiner Mineral Collection
UW-Madison Geology Museum

Around the corner were displays of some minerals that naturally glow under black light:

Glow in the dark minerals UW-Madison Geology Museum

Some fossils in a large slab:

Fossils UW-Madison Geology Museum

Boaz Mastodon

"Following a stormy day in 1897, four young farm boys, the Dosch brothers, were amazed to discover large bones protruding from the eroded bank of a water-swollen creek at their farm near Boaz in Richland County, Wisconsin. Soon the whole family, neighbors, and friends were at work excavating what was to become known as the Boaz mastodon."

That's the first paragraph on the sign in front of this Boaz mastodon skeleton:

Boaz mastadon, UW-Madison Geology Museum
Boaz Mastadon
UW-Madison Geology Museum

Most of the skeleton and lower jaw are real, but plaster models were used for the several missing bones.  Replicas include the skull and tusks, right legs, and the foot bones.

This Boaz mastodon is on display next to a fluted spear -- which was reportedly found with the skeleton.

Giant globe

One of my favorite parts of the Geology Museum is actually just outside of the entrance.  There's a giant (taller than me), rotating globe that you're not allowed to touch -- but it's fun to look at!

If you go...

Where: 1215 West Dayton Street; Madison, WI
Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 1:00pm Saturdays
Cost: Free!
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