Photo: © Roger N. Weller
Azurite - Morenci, New Extension, Greenlee County
Arizona minerals are the backbone of the Arizona Experience. Arizona Mineral Education provides links to mineral museums, photo galleries, and education outreach programs. It is a resource for educators, students, and the Arizona public.
Of Earth’s more than 4000 naturally occurring minerals, 76 were first discovered in Arizona. A partial list includes: andersonite, bisbeeite, coesite, fairbankite, flagstaffite, jeromite, navajoite, ransomite, wickenburgite, and yavapaiite.
But Arizona is best known for its eye-catching, world-class examples of copper-bearing minerals - azurite, chalcocite, chalcopyrite, cuprite, malachite, native copper, and turquoise, to name a few -- harvested from porphyry copper deposits from Bisbee to Jerome. But there is more to Arizona minerals than copper. There’s olivine –peridot - (Gila County), rhodocrosite (Cochise County), vanadinite (La Paz County) and wulfenite (Yuma County). And we are just scratching the surface of the 809 minerals found throughout Arizona.
August 10, 2011 - LAST DAY TO REGISTER!
Register today for "Changing Boundaries: Borderlands of Today and Yesterday" teacher workshop this Saturday, August 13, 2011 at the Arizona History Museum in Tucson. Workshop includes primary resources, GIS technology, historic maps, and professional collaboration. You don't want to miss this. Contact Mary Ann Ruelas to register.