Event Title

The History, Occurrences, Structure and Properties of the Mineral Kyanite and its Uses in science and everyday life

Presenter Information

William Ware, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

Start Date

30-4-2015 2:00 PM

End Date

30-4-2015 3:55 PM

Project Type

Poster- Restricted to Campus Access

Description

The goal of this project was to identify and research an unknown mineral throughout the semester. I identified my unknown mineral as Kyanite and have been studying the uses, structure, composition, and history of Kyanite. Kyanite is a stunningly beautiful mineral which also has many important uses in everyday life as well as for scientists. It is found in areas of high metamorphism like mountain ranges and subduction zones. It is generally royal blue but can also be seen black, white and even orange! We use Kyanite as an index mineral to decipher the metamorphic grade of the rock it is found in. This makes kyanite highly useful as its presence tells us a great deal about the temperature and pressure of its surroundings. The uses and history of Kyanite are fascinating and I will be excited to present them for CLAS.

Faculty Sponsor

Herb Wilson

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Geology Dept.

CLAS Field of Study

Natural Sciences

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1619

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Apr 30th, 2:00 PM Apr 30th, 3:55 PM

The History, Occurrences, Structure and Properties of the Mineral Kyanite and its Uses in science and everyday life

Parker-Reed, SSWAC

The goal of this project was to identify and research an unknown mineral throughout the semester. I identified my unknown mineral as Kyanite and have been studying the uses, structure, composition, and history of Kyanite. Kyanite is a stunningly beautiful mineral which also has many important uses in everyday life as well as for scientists. It is found in areas of high metamorphism like mountain ranges and subduction zones. It is generally royal blue but can also be seen black, white and even orange! We use Kyanite as an index mineral to decipher the metamorphic grade of the rock it is found in. This makes kyanite highly useful as its presence tells us a great deal about the temperature and pressure of its surroundings. The uses and history of Kyanite are fascinating and I will be excited to present them for CLAS.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/203