Messenger - Vol. 2, No. 3, Page 23
Summer 1993
Magnificent minerals

     Recently donated to the University of Delaware Mineralogical Museum by
A.B. Stiles of Wilmington, Del., this slice of rhodochrosite shows a
remarkable variety of forms and intensity of color. According to curator
Peter B. Leavens, professor of geology, the specimen is unusual in that it
is a complete section of a stalactite, rather than a fragment. A
"magnificent" 11-inch aquamarine also was donated to the museum this year
by David Byers of Allendale, N.J. Located in the Irenee du Pont Mineral
Room of Penny Hall on Academy Street, Newark campus, the museum houses "the
finest, small mineral display in the world," according to Leavens. The
museum is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the week, and special tours can
be arranged by calling Leavens at (302) 831-8106.