Apatite is the most common phosphate mineral on earth. It is a minor constituent of the igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks but an essential component of our teeth and bones. Apatite was initially used in jewelry due to its beautiful colors and easiness to cut and polish and then as fertilizer. Recently, it has become an important source of rare earth elements essential for making hybrid cars, computers, smartphones, color TV, lasers, ceramics, and military devices. Curator of Geology, Dr. Marian Lupulescu will present the apatite family and the geological stories we can learn from it.
This program includes a 20 minute talk and Dr. Lupulescu will be happy to answer any questions following the presentation. Participants are welcomed to bring their lunches.