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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2014 10:11    Post subject: Perot Museum visit  

Laura and I recently had an opportunity to visit the Perot Museum in Dallas. The building itself is very impressive and was conceived by award-winning California architect Thom Mayne. It's design allows for the incorporation of many sustainable strategies including a rainwater collection system that meets 75% of the non-potable water needs and 100% of the irrigation needs. LED lighting, off-grid energy generation, and solar water heating contribute to make the building very environmentally friendly.

The museum features many interactive displays and really seemed to capture the interest of the many visitors, including lots of school children. The mineral specimens, most of which are on loan from private collections are wonderfully displayed. The photos shown are a few of the cases that caught my eye, and the measurements are obviously approximated.

Michael



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Perot Museum exterior
The south facade features a glass enclosed escalator that allows wonderful views of the Dallas skyline.
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View of the Dallas skyline from the escalator.
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Entrance to the Lyda Hill Gem and Mineral Hall on the 3rd floor.
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Minerals are displayed in cases with state of the art lighting.
Touchscreen displays seen at the right of each case show the minerals displayed, and information specific to a particular specimen is retrieved by touching an image of that specimen on the screen.
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Barite Elk Creek.jpg
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Baryte
Elk Creek, South Dakota
Approximate crystal size is 3" tall.
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Fluorites
The Minerva Mine fluorite in the upper right is about 9" across.
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Serandite
Mont Saint-Hilaire, Canada
Huge serandite with analcimes. Approximated 12" across.
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Case featuring a ram's horn gypsum, scheelite, Meikle Mine Baryte, Katanga malachite, and Chinese rhodochrosite.
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Wulfenite Los Lamentos.jpg
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Wulfenite
Sierra de Los Lamentos, Mexico
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Case featuring a stunning Bolivian vivianite, scolecite, brazilianite, 2 kunzites, and one of the blue halites from New Mexico.
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Copper
Quincy Mine, Keweenaw Co., Michigan
Approximatey 14" tall
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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2014 10:23    Post subject: Re: Perot Museum visit  

Jim and I have been involved in the Mineral hall committee since inception. We now have over 45 pieces on display as loaners there. I docent on Tuesdays when not going through chemotherapy. Please come visit, glad you were there crosstimber!
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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2014 12:49    Post subject: Re: Perot Museum visit  

Gail,

We are looking forward to another visit to the museum. We only had one afternoon and concentrated on the 3 floor. There is so much more to see.

Michael



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Cavansite
Wagholi, Maharashtra, India
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Fluorite
Gilgit District, Pakistan
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Cobaltian calcite, rhodochrosite, corundum var. ruby, gold, and beryl var. aquamarine.
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Eagles Nest Mine, Placer Co., California
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Halite on sylvite
Intrepid Potash mine, Eddy Co., New Mexico
Crystal approx. 2" across.
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Rhodochrosite - Sweet Home Mine, Colorado, Pyromorphite Bunker Hill Mine, Idaho,
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Topaz, microcline, quartz
Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
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Topaz
Xanda Mine, Minas Gerais, Brazil
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Jianshan Mine, Ruoqiang Co., Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China
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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2014 13:08    Post subject: Re: Perot Museum visit  

That gold is ours, Eagles Nest.
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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2014 16:19    Post subject: Re: Perot Museum visit  

Gail wrote:
That gold is ours, Eagles Nest.

Thanks for the info Gail. I've added the location to the image.
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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2014 16:56    Post subject: Re: Perot Museum visit  

Great specimens and very nice pictures.

Thank you for sharing.

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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2014 17:43    Post subject: Re: Perot Museum visit  

Excellent photography and great specimens.

Thanks for posting.

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PostPosted: Apr 17, 2014 19:36    Post subject: Re: Perot Museum visit  

Wow!!!
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