And I'm all for a museum that posts signs like this one on its perimeter fence:
|Sign outside OMSI, Willamette River side|
There's far more - machines and such, which my intrepid companion will likely blog about in a bit. Glacial Till and I, being geo-nerds, hightailed it to the Earth Science Hall. We were pressed for time and too busy meeting in meatspace for the first time to get really in-depth, but we saw some wonderful stuff.
|Oreodont, John Day Fossil Beds|
A fossil makes a nice transition between the living stuff and the rocks. Moving on to the minerals, then, we find something a little ironic. I moved from Arizona to the Pacific Northwest, in part because of all of the wonderful young geology, and when I go on a geotrip to look at Oregon rocks, I find mostly rocks from Arizona. This amused me so much I'm a bit afraid for my sanity.
|Azurite and Malachite|
|Aragonite from Queens Cave, Arizona|
This next one might remind you of Michael Klaas's Sunday Science series:
|Garnet Mica Schist|
|Ye olde micaceous mineral habit|
There's a whole room there for florescent minerals.
|Esperite and Fluorite|
Calcite, that ubiquitous mineral that we encounter so often, is quite lovely under a blacklight. I shall have to get one, now I've got some calcite.
That's it for the minerals, alas. But I've got plenty o' fossils for ye before we leave OMSI, and we're soon to have a great many gorgeous rocks in the field. I just wish we could have kidnapped Glacial Till and Michael Klaas away from work and brought them with us - they're both amazing people, enormous fun to wander about with, and there's nothing I want more now than to get them and Helena out on a monster field trip with Lockwood. Maybe next summer, we can manage it. At the very least, we should invade OMSI in one big bunch and then go in search of beer.
Tremble, Portland. Tremble before our combined geoawesomeness!