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Boise, ID 83712 (Next to the Old Pen)

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Mineral Identification

April 17, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Don Adair as he discusses and presents a variety of minerals, then lets participants take one home. Appropriate for all ages.

Pre-registration is required.

Don Adair, PE is a retired geologist and mining geology consultant who has been associated with the Museum since its inception. Now a Life Member, Don has led many field trips to the gold claims he holds on Grimes Creek. Well known as a raconteur and historian of the Boise Basin, he has contributed real gold-bearing sand for sale in the Gift Shop as well as for use in our panning activities.

Geologist Don Adair found the Gunlock Meteorite, so named because it was found near the town of Gunlock in southern Utah, on June 22, 1982. He sawed the large meteorite in half. One half has been residing at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and the other half, an 18-pound specimen, he donated to the Utah Geological Survey (UGS).


April 17, 2021
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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