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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

Manitoba Rocks! always a hit in Snow Lake

The Snow Lake Mining Museum celebrated its 6th annual Manitoba Provincial Mining Week event, 'rain or shine' on May 26, 2017, with free admission, BBQ hot dog lunch and a 'mining themed' cake for 160 visitors. Kids of all ages got into the spirit of the event which included several happy prize draw winners of Manitoba Rocks! items provided courtesy of Growth, Enterprise and Trade - Resource Development.

"We always enjoy the Manitoba Rocks! 'made-to-order' draw prizes and mineral awareness and mining-related items," reports museum director, Paul Hawman, who added that the prizes are always a hit with kids, parents and grandparents.

Museum guests, representatives and sponsors at the event included the Town of Snow Lake, MLA Tom Lindsey, Hudbay Minerals, Dumas Mining, Atlas Copco, MacLean Engineering and Rockcliff Copper Corporation.

Photos:

Farrah Galloway, Manitoba Rocks! ‘Bear’ and Messenger Bag winner.
Farrah Galloway, Manitoba Rocks! 'Bear' and Messenger Bag winner.

 

Shayanne Stephen, Manitoba Rocks! Messenger Bag winner.
Shayanne Stephen, Manitoba Rocks! Messenger Bag winner.

Snow Lake Mining Museum visitors enjoy Provincial Mining Week celebration.
Snow Lake Mining Museum visitors enjoy Provincial Mining Week celebration.

Mining-themed cakes...a delicious part of the day!
Mining-themed cakes...a delicious part of the day!

 

 

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

 

 

Manitoba Rocks! at Rock Doctor Day in Snow Lake

 

The Snow Lake Mining Museum held its 7th Annual Rock Doctor Day for kids of all ages on August 25. Three 'Rock Docs' were on hand to assist in identifying samples that people brought to the event. With 50 visitors attending, there were plenty of discussions about rocks, minerals and mining.

Lucky winners of Manitoba Rocks! bags were Brayden Tower, Chloe Cairns and Kaynen, Maddox & Ryder McMechan (who also won last year)!  Chloe Cairns also won the "Guess the Mineral" quiz to win a very nice hand lens courtesy of Milber Exploration. Other Manitoba Rocks! items were awarded to all the kids who participated in the Toss the Copper in the Hopper game.

The Snow Lake Mining Museum extends appreciation and thanks to Manitoba Growth, Enterprise and Trade - Mineral Resources and the Manitoba Geological Survey's Manitoba Rocks! program for their support in making this annual event a great educational and fun afternoon for everyone. The Museum also thanks its volunteer Rock Docs Dennis Merber of Milber Exploration, and Dori Forsyth for baking mini-cupcakes topped with chocolate 'rocks'.

Photos:

Rock Doctors Dennis Merber, Ernie Guiboche & Bill Salahub Jr.
Rock Doctors Dennis Merber, Ernie Guiboche & Bill Salahub Jr.


Toss the Copper in the Hopper game
Toss the Copper in the Hopper game


Free draw for kids
Free draw for kids

 

Prize winner Brayden Tower
Prize winner Brayden Tower

 

Prize winner Chloe Cairns
Prize winner Chloe Cairns

Prize winners Kaynen, Maddox & Ryder McMechan
Prize winners Kaynen, Maddox & Ryder McMechan

 

MGS Geology...on the go!

On March 17, 2016, the Manitoba Geological Survey (MGS) took geosciences on the road for a rockin' fun visit with fourteen grades 5-7 'FAME' students in the classroom of Archwood and Frontenac Schools' (Louis Riel School Division) teachers Shauna Tait and Anita Fedoruk in Winnipeg. The students were excited to learn all about MGS geologist Kathryn Lapenskie's career path and what led to her becoming a professional geologist. Students asked Kathryn questions about the geoscience work she carries out for the Province of Manitoba. Fascinating rock and mineral samples were distributed to students through the MGS's Manitoba Rocks! mineral education/awareness program.

Students were also invited to share their stories involving rocks as well as a favourite outdoor adventure. Kathryn answered questions about Manitoba's rich geological history and helped students to examine and identify the various rock and mineral samples they received. In the summer of 2015, Lapenskie launched a summer Manitoba Geology blog series to deliver insights into the exciting field work conducted by MGS geologists, showcasing the diverse geology and mineral potential of Manitoba. Kathryn anticipates continuing the blog in the summer of 2016.

"Everyone enjoyed discovering that there's always more to explore in the diverse geological landscape of our province," said classroom teacher Shauna Tait. "We would love to do it again!"

Kathryn Lapenskie is an industrial and specialty minerals geologist for the Province of Manitoba's department of Mineral Resources.

 

Geologist Kathryn Lapenskie explains the properties of agate and other rock and mineral samples to students.
Geologist Kathryn Lapenskie explains the properties of agate and other rock and mineral samples to students.

 

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