florida calcite specimens on black silk background

Exhibit Showcases Florida Calcite’s Beauty and Diversity

The community has an opportunity to get a sneak peek of “Florida Calcite,” the newest exhibit at the Gillespie Museum on Stetson University’s campus during Science Saturday on Saturday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m. – noon.

The exhibit runs from January 28 through April 27, 2019. Calcium carbonate (CaC03) is the mineral that makes up most of the limestone formations throughout the Florida peninsula. The exhibit features 39 specimens collected by geologist Tom Scott, Ph.D., P.G., during his decades-long career with the Florida Geological Survey.

The Science Saturday event will also introduce young scientists to the karst and limestone caves of Florida’s limestone foundations. The display includes rare specimens of speleothems (cave-formed structures) such as stalactites, cave pearls, helictites and cave flowers from world-renowned localities, including the Crystal River Quarry in Citrus County and Rucks’ Pit in Okeechobee County.

Attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a teaching station with a laboratory experience for testing the physical properties of calcite. Visitors can also explore the museum’s mineral collections and earth science displays, including “Florida Formations: Shifting Seas and Sediments” and “Storied Stone” during this science showcase.


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