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The geology collection is subdivided into the three areas of mineralogy, petrology, and paleontology.

Mineralogy is the study of the chemistry, crystal structure, and the physical properties of minerals. The mineral collection is strong in Iowa specimens.

Petrology is the study of the formation and breaking down of igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. The petrology collection has many examples of sedimentary materials from around the world.

Paleontology is the study of fossil plants and animals. Iowa specimens predominate in the collection, as do invertebrates and Paleozoic materials.

View list of current geology collection distributions, including quantities


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