November 2013 - Prospecting with Doug Bowes https://www.industrialheritagens.ca/apps/photos/ November 2013 - Prospecting with Doug Bowes Fluorescent minerals under normal light https://www.industrialheritagens.ca/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186668914 186668914 More fluorescent minerals under normal light https://www.industrialheritagens.ca/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186668915 186668915 Fluorescent minerals under black light The minerals include Nova Scotian samples of Barite, Calcite, Fluorite, Willemite, and Sheelite. Samples from other locations include opal, franklinite, and zinkite. Some minerals occur as multible samples of various colors and crystal structures. The result is a veritable rainbow of natural fluorescence. https://www.industrialheritagens.ca/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186668917 186668917 More fluorescent minerals under black light The minerals include Nova Scotian samples of Barite, Calcite, Fluorite, Willemite, and Sheelite. Samples from other locations include opal, franklinite, and zinkite. Some minerals occur as multible samples of various colors and crystal structures. The result is a veritable rainbow of natural fluorescence. https://www.industrialheritagens.ca/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186668919 186668919 https://www.industrialheritagens.ca/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186668921 186668921 These crystals were particularly bright under black light https://www.industrialheritagens.ca/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186668916 186668916 With no light at all, the crystals revealed another property - several seconds of phosphorescence, generating their own light! https://www.industrialheritagens.ca/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186668918 186668918 Doug Bowes shows off a piece of arsenic pyrite One member of our audience commented that arsenic pyrite has a strange property: "When you hit it with a hammer, it smells just like garlic!" https://www.industrialheritagens.ca/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186668922 186668922 A dramatic natural "fold" in this stone is highlighted by polishing https://www.industrialheritagens.ca/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186668923 186668923 Doug Bowes brought mineral samples and some tools of his trade https://www.industrialheritagens.ca/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186668924 186668924 Fred demonstrates gold panning, a traditional and tried-and-true method of recovering gold https://www.industrialheritagens.ca/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186668926 186668926 Members look on as gold panning is demonstrated in a small tub https://www.industrialheritagens.ca/apps/photos/photo?photoID=186668925 186668925