The image above depicts a rare specimen called crocoite from the historic Red Lead Mine of Dundas in Tasmania, Australia. It is one of hundreds of sparkling minerals belonging to the Marvin Rausch Mineral Collection, one of the finest in the country. The eye-catching collection curated by the Department of Geosciences can be viewed in the halls of the Morrill Science Center and serves as a resource for students, teachers, and budding geologists. Learn more.
Photo credit: Amanda Drane