Carbon Mineral Discovery Program Invites Public

8th February 2016

UA geoscientists are part of the hunt for new carbon-containing minerals and will be at the Carbon Mineral Challenge booth this week at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show.

Barbara Lafuente

Barbara Lafuente, UA geosciences doctoral candidate and Carbon Mineral Challenge team member, on a field trip in Spain. (Photo courtesy of Barbara Lafuente)

University of Arizona geoscientists are part of the Carbon Mineral Challenge, which calls on amateur and professional mineral collectors to hunt for new carbon-based minerals.

To help mineral enthusiasts from the community get started in the challenge, UA geosciences researchers will join their Carbon Mineral Challenge colleagues at the program’s booth at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. The booth (104G in the Galleria) will be at the Tucson Convention Center, Thursday through Sunday.

“We encourage anyone interested to come to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show to talk to us and pick up some free materials that will help them get started on the challenge,” said Barbara Lafuente, UA geosciences doctoral candidate and Carbon Mineral Challenge team member. “We’re excited to connect with the mineral collecting community and discover some new minerals together.”

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