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Mineral Society of Manitoba Speakers

The Mineral Society of Manitoba meets on the first Wednesday evening of each month (except December). Guest speaker and title of presentation are announced in advance in the newsletter, the Mineral Vein.

Meeting Time: 7:30 pm 
Meeting Location: Manitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, Room P-47, Planetarium Level (use north side entrance)



News/Past Events

2018 Snow Lake Mining Museum Rock Doctor Day Rrrr-ocks!

By Paul Hawman, Snow Lake Mining Museum Chair

Visitors from ages four to well over 40 turned out in record numbers to enjoy the 9th Annual Rock Doctor Day, held August 9, 2018 at the Snow Lake Mining Museum.

Every rock brought in by collectors was identified by one of the six geologist 'rock doctors' in the free walk-in clinic, and for the first time ever an X-Ray Analyser was available to probe even the most mysterious samples. Kids enjoyed games like Toss the Copper in the Hopper and Toss the Zinc in the Sink! Children could also visit Treasure Island to guess what various minerals and mining items were for a chance to win prizes.

Museum curator Dori Forsyth went the extra mile to make the day interesting, educational and fun-filled for everyone. “Our 9th Annual Rock Doctor Day was the best ever,” says Dori, adding the event had the highest attendance since it started in 2009: a total of 97 visitors including 41 children and young people. “Snow Lake Mining Museum extends a 'rockin' big thank you' to the amazing 'rock doctors' and to Hudbay Minerals for letting employees attend and for the use of Hudbay's analyser equipment. Special appreciation goes out to volunteers Bob Forsyth, Sandy Hawman, Kalee Forsyth and Tony Kuleza.”

Winners of Manitoba Rocks! and other Rock Doctor Day door prizes were Adelle Barnabe (first prize), Yanik Barnabe (second prize) and Lizzy Rolles (third prize).

Photos:

Adelle Barnabe, Manitoba Rocks! first prize winner
Adelle Barnabe, Manitoba Rocks! first prize winner

 

Yanik Barnabe, Manitoba Rocks! second prize winner
Yanik Barnabe, Manitoba Rocks! second prize winner

Lizzy Rolles, Manitoba Rocks! third prize winner
Lizzy Rolles, Manitoba Rocks! third prize winner

 

The rock doctors
The rock doctors

 

 

On the Road with Josh (A Roving Geoscientist!)
By Josh Myers, The Mineral Society of Manitoba

On November 8th I stopped by the Child Life Department, Children's Hospital, Winnipeg, on behalf of the Manitoba Rocks! program. What a great time of hands-on rock and mineral exploration and gold-panning. I first met children and teachers in the Child Life classroom. Everyone enjoyed the display of unique rocks, minerals and fossils from around the province and finding out about all the stuff a geoscientist carries around in his backpack in the field.

Next, gold fever took over with NoName the puppet, who interviewed me 'live' on Children's Hospital Television (CHTV). I connected with more kids on wards via the TV program and have to say, NoName sure was good peppering me with questions, including asking about the coolest rock I've ever found. Next, kids and family members caught up with me in the Child Life play room for more gold panning fun. Throughout the day, kids appreciated receiving Manitoba Rocks! 'surprise' bags, including polished rock samples of green quartz, tourmaline, hematite, labradorite and more. 

 

Josh Myers conducting field work with the Manitoba Geological Survey at Bigstone Lake, summer 2016.
Josh Myers conducting field work with the Manitoba Geological Survey
at Bigstone Lake, summer 2016.

Somewhere in between our activities, I almost forgot about lunch! Fortunately no one asked if the geologist was getting hungry, or I'd probably have told them I lost my apatite. I know, I know — silly joke. Anyway, you probably know, apatite is the name of a group of phosphate minerals and the main source of phosphorous, essential in the manufacturing of fertilizers. To learn more about fascinating rocks and minerals around our province, visit the Dig It! page of this website. Thanks for going on the road with me. Keep on rock'in!

Josh Myers: Avid rockhound. Honours graduate, University of Manitoba, BSc in Geological Sciences.  From an early age, Josh filled his pockets with rocks at the beach to later paint with his mom and grandmother. Today, Josh works in the groundwater industry and as a geology teaching assistant at the U of M. As a past Vice President of the Manitoba Mineral Society, Josh continues to volunteer for the society as a classroom speaker, and enjoys passing on his knowledge and love for rocks and minerals to future generations. 

 

 

Archaeology, Rocks and Minerals weekend

Over 200 visitors and school students enjoyed learning about rocks, minerals and the province's geological landscape during the Manitoba Mineral Society's annual Archaeology, Rocks and Minerals weekend held during Provincial Mining Week, May 21 to 27. 

Photos (courtesy of Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretative Centre):

Mike Beauregard, Manitoba Mineral Society member and Nunavut geologist answers questions about rock specimens
Mike Beauregard, Manitoba Mineral Society member and Nunavut geologist answers questions about rock specimens

Sheldon Dawson from Quarry Park explains a unique fossil find
Sheldon Dawson from Quarry Park explains a unique fossil find

 

 

Manitoba Schools Science Symposium 2017 Award Recipients

Award 1 - Project Title: The Effect of Electromagnetic Radiation on Living Organisms; Students: Danielle Marie Borbajo
Award 1
Project Title: The Effect of Electromagnetic Radiation on Living Organisms
Students: Danielle Marie Borbajo


Award 2 - Project Title: The bioremediation of nitrate in fertilizer-contaminated soil; Student: Jakob McKenna
Award 2
Project Title: The bioremediation of nitrate in fertilizer-contaminated soil
Student: Jakob McKenna

Award 3 - Project Title: ReefHub - A Novel Autonomous Coral Reef Conservation System; Students: Derek Yin, Himanshu Sharma
Award 3
Project Title: ReefHub - A Novel Autonomous Coral Reef Conservation System
Students: Derek Yin, Himanshu Sharma

 

 

 

Have you seen an OMAR? (Community Geoscience Project)

Do you like to explore? Are you a rockhound? If you enjoy being outdoors and spying out cool rocks, and if you see an OMAR...Manitoba geoscientists want to hear from you! But hey, you are probably asking, 'What on earth is an OMAR?' Great question. It's an Omarolluk formation or unique type of rock also known as 'erratics'. OMARS are found across parts of Manitoba, Canada, and the northern USA. Learn more about OMARS here and remember...the next time you're out exploring Manitoba terrain and think you see an OMAR, follow the instructions on the OMARS page to report your discovery!

Omar image

 

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