Guest Videos: Shiny Minerals!


Aaaaagh! First workday of the new year!

This calls for some serious Shiny.

First, the Smithsonian:



Of course, there are some shiny minerals you wouldn’t handle so casually for very long —



— and some shinies that you’d proudly flaunt before the world!

Some people flaunt better than others:



This is what’s sparkling on her shoulder at the end.


Lesser-known shiny gems exist, too!



Bottom line: You would not believe what antics the elements pull when under intense heat and pressure. (I couldn’t fully grasp it and so am now retired from a lengthy career that was satisfying but not Geology.)

But the results of all that geophysics and geochemistry sure are beautiful sometimes!


A little lagniappe:



Featured image: PhoenixNeon/Shutterstock



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