August Meeting: Speaker Julian Gray, Executive Director of the Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals

On August 13th Julian Gray did a presentation on quartz that was rich in content and dazzled us all.

He talked about how quartz is one of the most common minerals on the planet. In combination with other minerals, it forms comment rocks like granite. The term “quartz” is named for “icy cold” in Latin as it was believed to be an ice-like formation in ancient times.

Julian Gray is the Executive Director of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals in Hillsboro, Oregon. He is an expert in photomicrography, the photography of rocks, minerals, and gems under the microscope. He is also a geologist and former curator of the Tellus Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.

Julian is also an author and his next book, Minerals of Georgia: Their Properties and Occurrences, will be available on Amazon.com in February 2016.

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