Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Guest Blog about Mineral Museum

Someone posted the following on It succinctly describes the value of the existing mineral museum, and is quoted here in its entirety.

"Member Blog: one2three Blog
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To close the existing Mineral and Mining Museum, to open a "flash in the pan" museum honoring Arizona's five C's - is an incredible waste of money and a waste of the knowledge and skill that went into the existing educational exhibits displayed in the Mineral museum. These exhibits open a child's mind to the wonders to be found in nature. Rocks and minerals are the history of our planet. To foster interest in the study of nature that transcends man -made borders is so important in our world today. Arizona is known for a lot more than our 5 C's - many of which are being depleted at an alarming rate. But, our rich heritage of ores, minerals and gems is as timeless as our planet. My grown children and I have lived all over the world, but our love of science and the beauty of nature has been a common interest that we have shared with other people no matter where we lived. To deprive a new generation from learning about Earth's geological bounties, is shallow and vapid. We need to realize what is important now and to the future. We do not need to be using our limited funds to impress other states that Arizona is having a birthday. Let's celebrate the gifts Arizona has given us! We have wonderful mountains, deserts, rocks, ores, and minerals. We need our Mineral and Mining Museum now and for future Arizonans to expand their minds and their interests.
Monday, March 1, 2010 at 11:58 AM"

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