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"Unearthing the Beauty: Exploring the World of Minerals" Step into a world where nature's treasures shine bright

Background imageMineral Collection: Geological crosssection through the Earths crust

Geological crosssection through the Earths crust.. Chromolithograph from Dr. Fr. Rolles Geology and Paleontology section in Gotthilf Heinrich von Schuberts Natural History, Schreiber, Munich, 1886

Background imageMineral Collection: Coal mine in England, 1850s

Coal mine in England, 1850s
Removing coal in the Bradley mine, Staffordshire, England, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageMineral Collection: Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. September 1902

Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. September 1902
A view of the quarry face showing workers sitting on a granite block weighing an estimated 2, 738 tons. It was claimed to be the largest single block ever quarried

Background imageMineral Collection: Quarry in Mabe or Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Quarry in Mabe or Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904
A view of the quarry face showing two workers with sledge hammers standing by a granite block that is being dressed. Part of the Freeman & Sons, Penryn Collection. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageMineral Collection: Picture No. 10984558

Picture No. 10984558
Grand Prismatic Spring Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA Date:

Background imageMineral Collection: A China Clay Pit, Leswidden, Harold Harvey (1874-1941)

A China Clay Pit, Leswidden, Harold Harvey (1874-1941)
Oil on canvas, Newlyn School, 1920 or 1924. This painting shows the harsh, labour-intensive working conditions of a china clay pit

Background imageMineral Collection: Copper and magnesium sulphate, LM

Copper and magnesium sulphate, LM
Copper and magnesium sulphate crystals. Polarised light micrograph (LM) of copper sulphate (CuSO4) and magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) crystals

Background imageMineral Collection: The Clay Pit, Harold Harvey (1874-1941)

The Clay Pit, Harold Harvey (1874-1941)
Oil on canvas, Newlyn School, 1923. View of Leswidden China Clay Works near St Just. This painting shows the harsh, labour-intensive working conditions of a china clay pit

Background imageMineral Collection: Gold, Carnon Stream Works, Perranarworthal, Cornwall, England

Gold, Carnon Stream Works, Perranarworthal, Cornwall, England
Gold is a native element and precious metal which has been prized by mankind for thousands of years for its beauty, malleability and resistance to corrosion

Background imageMineral Collection: Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. 1903-1904
A general view of Polkanuggo Quarry with steam traction engine BETA No 483 and workers posing for the camera. The traction engine was made around June 1885 by John Fowler of Leeds

Background imageMineral Collection: Crysotile asbestos

Crysotile asbestos
Scanning electron micrograph of 5-Fold symmetry in crysotile asbestos. Magnification on the 5 x4 transparency = X 600, 000

Background imageMineral Collection: Calcareous phytoplankton, SEM

Calcareous phytoplankton, SEM
Calcareous phytoplankton. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the external mineralised structures (coccospheres) of small marine algal organisms called coccolithophores

Background imageMineral Collection: Aquamarine crystal

Aquamarine crystal. Aquamarine is a transparent blue or blue-green variety of beryl (beryllium aluminium silicate). The colour is due to trace amounts of iron within the crystal structure

Background imageMineral Collection: Malachite - Lumumbashi, Katanga Province, Congo, Africa

Malachite - Lumumbashi, Katanga Province, Congo, Africa
CAN-2366 Malachite - Lumumbashi, Katanga Province, Congo, Africa John Cancalosi Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageMineral Collection: Picture No. 11091681

Picture No. 11091681
Galena and Sphalerite the main ore minerals of lead and zinc respectively Date:

Background imageMineral Collection: Birthstone Series: Amythest Quartz

Birthstone Series: Amythest Quartz
An Amythest quartz specimen. Amythest is a form of quartz that is usually purple in colour, it is the birthstone for the month of March. Natural History Museum specimen number 84817

Background imageMineral Collection: Polarised LM of a thin section of gabbro rock

Polarised LM of a thin section of gabbro rock
Gabbro. Polarised light micrograph of a thin section of gabbro, an igneous rock. Gabbro is coarse-grained, containing the minerals olivine and plagioclase feldspar

Background imageMineral Collection: Salt grains and ground peppercorn, SEM

Salt grains and ground peppercorn, SEM
Salt grains and ground peppercorn, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Each salt (sodium chloride) crystal (white) is composed of a cubic lattice of sodium and chloride ions

Background imageMineral Collection: Australian Gold Rush prospectors, 1850s

Australian Gold Rush prospectors, 1850s
Australian prospectors panning for gold, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMineral Collection: Leadville, a Colorado boom town, 1870s

Leadville, a Colorado boom town, 1870s
Chestnut Street in Leadville, Colorado, during the mining boom, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageMineral Collection: Waxing gibbous Moon, computer-enhanced

Waxing gibbous Moon, computer-enhanced image. The colour saturation of this image has been enhanced to accentuate the natural variation in colour of the Moons surface

Background imageMineral Collection: Discosphaera tubifera, coccolithophore

Discosphaera tubifera, coccolithophore
Scanning electron microscope (SEM) showing the unicellular planktonic algae Discosphaera tubifera from the North Atlantic surrounded by a sphere of calcite plates - coccoliths

Background imageMineral Collection: Wiesbaden - Kochbrunen Hot Spring

Wiesbaden - Kochbrunen Hot Spring
Wiesbaden, Germany - Kochbrunen ( Cook Well ) Hot Spring. This building is the Pump Room. Date: 1913

Background imageMineral Collection: Perovskite crystal structure

Perovskite crystal structure. Perovskite is the name for the mineral calcium titanium oxide (CaTiO3). It forms a crystal structure that is very common in oxide minerals

Background imageMineral Collection: Laguna Banded Agate, Quartzsite, AZ

Laguna Banded Agate, Quartzsite, AZ

Background imageMineral Collection: Martian landscape

Martian landscape, artwork. Mars is a rocky desert world with no surface water. The red colour of the rocks is due to a high content of iron oxides

Background imageMineral Collection: Citrus fruits

Citrus fruits. Lemon and lime slices. The juices of citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, needed for healthy skin and gums

Background imageMineral Collection: Diamond, computer artwork

Diamond, computer artwork
Cut and polished diamond, computer artwork. Diamond is a naturally occurring form of carbon that has crystallised under great pressure

Background imageMineral Collection: Cut agates

Cut agates. Assortment of cut and polished agates. Agate is a variety of quartz (silicon oxide). The colours are produced by impurities in the mineral

Background imageMineral Collection: Copper sulphate crystals, LM

Copper sulphate crystals, LM
Copper sulphate crystals. Polarised light micrograph (LM) of copper sulphate (CuSO4) crystals

Background imageMineral Collection: Badoit Discovered

Badoit Discovered
A druidess of Ancient Gaul, holding the sacred mistletoe, reveals to a group of warriors the spring which to this day gives us naturally sparkling BADOIT MINERAL WATER

Background imageMineral Collection: Green apophyllite

Green apophyllite from Jalgaon, India

Background imageMineral Collection: Aquamarine crystal

Aquamarine crystal. Aquamarine is a transparent blue or blue-green variety of beryl (beryllium aluminium silicate). The colour is due to trace amounts of iron within the crystal structure

Background imageMineral Collection: Peridot

Peridot. The specimens at top right and middle right are polished and the specimens at left are in their natural state. Peridot is a variety of the mineral olivine (magnesium iron silicate)

Background imageMineral Collection: WY, Yellowstone National Park, West Thumb Geyser Basin, on the shore of Yellowstone Lake

WY, Yellowstone National Park, West Thumb Geyser Basin, on the shore of Yellowstone Lake, Blue Funnel Spring

Background imageMineral Collection: Freeman & Sons dressing floor, probably Penryn, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Freeman & Sons dressing floor, probably Penryn, Cornwall. 1903-1904
Classical granite columns on the dressing floor of Freeman & Sons works. The man pictured is either Bernard Freeman or his brother. Part of the Freeman & Sons, Penryn Collection. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageMineral Collection: Transporting granite blocks for King Alfreds statue to Penryn Station, Penryn, Cornwall. 1901

Transporting granite blocks for King Alfreds statue to Penryn Station, Penryn, Cornwall. 1901
Fowler traction engines 7974 and 9016 are pictured hauling blocks of granite from one of the Mabe quarries to Penryn Station, for onward transportation by train to Winchester, Hampshire

Background imageMineral Collection: Bournonite with Quartz, Herodsfoot Mine, Lanreath, Cornwall, England

Bournonite with Quartz, Herodsfoot Mine, Lanreath, Cornwall, England
Steel-grey twinned bournonite crystals, in distinctive cog wheel formation, with colourless quartz. This fine specimen from the lead and silver mine, Herodsfoot

Background imageMineral Collection: Liroconite, Wheal Gorland, St Day, Gwennap, Cornwall, England

Liroconite, Wheal Gorland, St Day, Gwennap, Cornwall, England
A large, rare, liroconite crystal on strashimirite found in 1808. At 2.5cm, the specimen is the largest known crystal from any locality worldwide

Background imageMineral Collection: Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, Grindavik, Iceland

Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, Grindavik, Iceland

Background imageMineral Collection: Ammonite fossil

Ammonite fossil
Ammonite, Biology, Black Background, Color Image, Cross Section, Extinct, Fossil, Geology, Invertebrate, Mineral, No People, Paleontology, Photography, Polish, Shell, Single Object, Spiral

Background imageMineral Collection: Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic - The Sprudel at the Spa

Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic - The Sprudel at the Spa
Karlovy Vary or Carlsbad (Karlsbad), in western Bohemia, Czech Republic - The Sprudel (Mineral Hot Water Spring Fountain or Geyser) and Spa Attendants in their waterproof uniforms! Date: circa 1911

Background imageMineral Collection: Tresahor Quarry, Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904

Tresahor Quarry, Constantine, Cornwall. 1903-1904
A general view of the quarry with the crane used for moving the granite blocks. Part of the Freeman & Sons, Penryn Collection. Photographer: Unknown

Background imageMineral Collection: Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. Around 1900

Polkanuggo Quarry, Stithians, Cornwall. Around 1900
A view of the quarry face showing workers holding the tools of their trade while dressing stones. Blocks of granite are ready to be moved using the cranes based at the edge of the quarry

Background imageMineral Collection: Cassiterite, Wherry Mine, Wherrytown, Penzance, Cornwall, England

Cassiterite, Wherry Mine, Wherrytown, Penzance, Cornwall, England
Cassiterite with quartz. A very rich tin ore of a brown colour with black crystals of a curious form on the surface intermixed with white quartz

Background imageMineral Collection: Jurassic reptiles, dinosaurs, fish and birds

Jurassic reptiles, dinosaurs, fish and birds.. Chromolithograph from Dr. Fr. Rolles Geology and Paleontology section in Gotthilf Heinrich von Schuberts Natural History, Schreiber, Munich, 1886

Background imageMineral Collection: Plant landscape of the Permian

Plant landscape of the Permian.. Chromolithograph from Dr. Fr. Rolles Geology and Paleontology section in Gotthilf Heinrich von Schuberts Natural History, Schreiber, Munich, 1886

Background imageMineral Collection: Trilobite, sponge and zoophyte fossils

Trilobite, sponge and zoophyte fossils.. Chromolithograph from Dr. Fr. Rolles Geology and Paleontology section in Gotthilf Heinrich von Schuberts Natural History, Schreiber, Munich, 1886



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"Unearthing the Beauty: Exploring the World of Minerals" Step into a world where nature's treasures shine bright. From the depths of Cornwall, England, to the coal mines of the 1850s and beyond, minerals have captivated humanity for centuries. In Carnon Stream Works, Perranarworthal, Cornwall, England, gold gleams in its purest form. Its allure has sparked dreams and ambitions throughout history – just like during the Australian Gold Rush in the 1850s when prospectors flocked to unearth their fortunes. Harold Harvey's masterpiece "The Clay Pit" transports us back to a time when coal mining shaped communities in England during the 19th century. The grit and determination of those miners echo through time as they delved deep into darkness to fuel industrial progress. Polkanuggo Quarry in Stithians witnessed an era of extraction that left lasting imprints on both land and culture. Harold Harvey captures this momentous period with his skilled brush strokes – from copper and magnesium sulphate discoveries to calcareous phytoplankton fossils preserved for eternity. Leswidden's China Clay Pit reveals another facet exploration; here lies a delicate balance between human intervention and natural beauty. Harold Harvey once again immortalizes this scene with his artistic prowess. As we delve deeper into our planet's geological cross-section through Earth's crust, we uncover secrets hidden beneath our feet. Picture No. 10984558 serves as a window into these mysteries waiting to be unraveled by curious minds. Aquamarine crystals glisten like drops from Poseidon himself – enchanting all who lay eyes upon them with their ethereal hues reminiscent of tranquil waters, and are not mere commodities; they represent stories etched within Earth itself – tales told through layers upon layers over millions of years. They remind us that even amidst chaos and change, there is enduring beauty waiting patiently to be discovered.