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Students study displays on loan to
Lincoln Elementary School of Science & Technology.
The fluorescent display was put on by the Cañon City Geology Club, Fremont County Stones 'n Bones, and Conrad North, President of the Rocky Mt Chapter of the Fluorescent Mineral Society in Denver.
Most of the fluorescing minerals were from either the Franklin or Sterling Hill mines in New Jersey, well known for its fluorescing green willemite and calcite that fluoresces in more than 7 colors, depending on the activators in the rock.
Other mineral specimens: halite (common rock salt) gives off a neon red glow, diopside looks like light blue dots in the night sky, and uranium (often found in petrified wood) glows green. Some rocks can fluoresce over a year, though this can't be seen by the human eye. Only 15% of minerals fluoresce.
Super Science Fridays
October 4, 2013 - Students know and understand the characteristics and structure of living things, the processes of life, and how living things interact with each other and their enviroment.
November 8, 2013 - Energy comes in many forms such as light, heat, sound, magnetic, chemical, and electrical.
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