Ok. My AGU abstract is submitted. My quizzes are graded. My powerpoints (both Monday's and tomorrow's) are uploaded onto the course management site, so students can print them if they prefer to do that. (I'll still encourage them to draw.) Lab is done, the kid is at a soccer clinic, and the plants are watered. It must be time for a meme.
Use bold to indicate minerals you’ve seen in the wild. Italics is for those seen in laboratories, museums, stores, or other non field locations.
Ex pet nerds may use underlining to indicate those that they’ve grown with their own two hands.And I won’t bother with stuff you intend on seeing- if you didn’t want to see all these minerals yourself, you’d be spending your precious lunch hour on a physics or biomedical blog.
I'm going to underline minerals that I've probed, dated, or had some other intimate acquaintance with.
And I'll put an * beside any minerals in my intro class's mineral lab.
50 minerals everyone should see:
Apatite (I'm sure some of my rocks have had apatite, but the &^%# blueschists didn't. Good thing Trevor found some in the other rocks.)
*Hematite (I may have probed this while trying to figure out what was in a rock, too.)
*Hornblende (Ugh. I will never date a hornblende again.)
Monazite (Only probed, not dated. And they were too small to see.)
*Quartz (I've also probed it when I meant to probe plag. A lot.)
Zeolite (Which one? Huh?)
Zircon (The ones in my rocks have been too small to see without a microscope.)
Minerals that should be on the list
I vote to ditch florencite, willemite, and illite in favor of three of these.
Edit: You know this is a really funny meme to be doing during the week when my intro class is talking about minerals. Especially when I've just finished writing an online assignment (well, open-book quiz, kind of) in which my students are supposed to find out which minerals from their lab are in which mineral groups.