Exhibition      
       
 
Mineral Room.
 
Exhibition
 
The collection of Highland rocks minerals and fossils spans three billion years of earth history, from the oldest rock in Europe to volcanic rocks extruded at the opening of the North Atlantic.
A geological relief model and diorama illustrate local thrusting during the building of the Caledonian mountains. A good collection of fossil fish, plants and crustacea give a glimpse of Lake Orcadie which covered the north east Highlands four hundred million years ago.
       
  The mineral room contains fluorite and haematite from British mines, Norwegian eclogite, thulite, anatase, zircon and garnet. Some breath-taking geodes, quartz and agate from Brazil lie alongside unusual crystals of rose quartz, lazulite, tourmaline and pyrite. Specimens have been chosen for their beauty and scientific interest, rather than rarity. Many are large. A collection of semi-precious stone spheres (many polished on the premises) will interest the lapidary. Large selection of Minerals to see and purchase.
       
  Large Exibition of Fossils from all round the world
The fossil room exhibits local, British & world specimens from many stages of evolution. These include early stromatolites, trilobites, fish, ammonites, reptiles, mammals, plants and trees.
Fossils both local and from around the world.
Amonites and all sorts of Fossils
       
  Comments by geologists:

Dr Nigel Trewin, palaeontologist of Aberdeen University writes :-
ˇ° Through his excellent geological exhibition, Don made a very valuable contribution to geological education in the north of Scotland. A visit to Orcadian Stone Company is a useful and popular item on the itinerary for field excursions in the north.ˇ±

Dr Andy Moffat, petroleum geologist and mineralogist, writes of the mineral display :-
ˇ°It is a stunning collection. Many of the specimens are not only unique in terms of quality, but also because material, certainly of this quality, no longer comes onto the market.ˇ±

Dr Malcolm Rider, consultant petroleum geologist writes :-
ˇ° Apart from his museum, Don has left the far north of Scotland with some fine outdoor geological displays at Ardgay, Lochinver, Durness, Kilmallie (Fort William) and Lybster. In addition he compiled and published in 1985 the ˇ°Assynt Geological Motor Trailˇ±, an excellent guide for the layman with a clarity of explanation that can only come from a largely self- taught geologist.ˇ±

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