The public can start or grow its own mineral collection by attending the Geology Club’s third annual Gem and Mineral Sale that runs from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Bristlecone Building lobby. Plan to come early for the best selection.
“We have rock, mineral, fossil and gem specimens from all over the world,” said WNC Geosciences Professor Winnie Kortemeier, club adviser, who estimates that nearly 1,000 samples will be part of the sale on the mezzanine level of the Bristlecone Building.
According to Kortemeier, “Rocks and minerals make great Christmas gifts for kids, as long as it’s not coal. And these beautiful samples need homes for the holidays.”
Kortemeier said the sale is important to the club to help fund field trips and other events the club hosts. The Geology Club would also like to use the funds from the sale to set up a scholarship for students interested in the geosciences.