Tuesday morning, August 5, 2008 – Butte, MT

 


Geode interior
Originally uploaded by marymompics

Life in our household is divided up. John is responsible for car things, meat and garbage. I am responsible for vegetables, day-to-day finances and planning stuff. So I am responsible for this vacation and activities. Today my planned activities included a trip to the Mineral Museum in Butte, MT at Montana Tech at UM. (The home of the Diggers.)

This was quite interesting. We’ve been reading our “Roadside Geology” as we’ve been traveling along. It makes me wonder what people do on the east coast while riding in the car. There’s no geology there. I guess they must listen to the radio or something. Anyway, Butte is known as the “richest hill in the world” for all the mineral wealth taken out of it – copper, zinc, molybdenum, silver and gold. So a trip to the Mineral Museum seemed an apt choice.

We spoke to a geologist there about the museum. We proudly told him how we read “Roadside Geology.” He seemed unimpressed. But he explained about the rock exhibits, the flourescent minerals dark room and mentioned that they also had an earthquake tracking station. As we were in a brick building, that made me a little nervous. We perused the exhibits and I took a picture of the inside of a giant geode. Good times!

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