Event Title

Apatite for Apatite!

Presenter Information

Trevor Thomas, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

1-5-2014 1:00 PM

End Date

1-5-2014 2:00 PM

Project Type

Poster

Description

This poster presentation seeks to navigate the wild world of apatite (the mineral!). In this presentation Ill be discussing the geological history and localities of apatite, its optical and physical characteristics (which will include a discussion of symmetry class), and finally the practical applications of apatite. In addition I will discuss references to a number of papers on topics such as biomineralization and even what happens when you try to light it on fire! This paper will also discuss the properties of apatite in relation to its hexagonal crystal class, and hopefully will allow us to gain a broader perspective on how interrelated all of its properties are. Ultimately, we seek to gain a better understanding on the inner workings of apatite, so we can utilize our pet minerals for the greater good.

Faculty Sponsor

Tasha Dunn

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Geology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Natural Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

683

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May 1st, 1:00 PM May 1st, 2:00 PM

Apatite for Apatite!

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

This poster presentation seeks to navigate the wild world of apatite (the mineral!). In this presentation Ill be discussing the geological history and localities of apatite, its optical and physical characteristics (which will include a discussion of symmetry class), and finally the practical applications of apatite. In addition I will discuss references to a number of papers on topics such as biomineralization and even what happens when you try to light it on fire! This paper will also discuss the properties of apatite in relation to its hexagonal crystal class, and hopefully will allow us to gain a broader perspective on how interrelated all of its properties are. Ultimately, we seek to gain a better understanding on the inner workings of apatite, so we can utilize our pet minerals for the greater good.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2014/program/396